It was a heady gala at Bishop Kearney as awards were handed out like rose bouquets at a beauty pageant to deserving students. Among the many accolades handed out was the National College Athletic Association award, which is given to student athletes who earn an average of 90 percent or more while participating in sports. However, because Bishop Kearney has so many students that would fit into this category (Sheesh! they are smart), the school upped the ante and only presents the awards to students who carry a 95 percent average or more. The following are the uber smart, uber athletic honorees: Noel Girgenti, Jessica Nunziata, Lauren Marino, Christine Nunziata, Cathrine Tucci, Francesca Ingargiola, Diana Shcherbenko, and Allison Gasparino.
Bishop Kearney High School [2202 60th St. between Bay Parkway and 23rd Avenue in Bensonhurst, (718) 236–6363].
A sip and a twist
Break out the mustard and mix me an egg-cream, the Brooklyn Pretzel Factory has opened up shop. Borough President Markowitz and state Sen. Marty Golden, (R–Bay Ridge) were on hand to cut the ribbon that signaled a new dawn in Bay Ridge — the day of the salty, steamy treat known far and wide as the hand-twisted pretzel. Stand-up counters line the side so you can walk right in and treat yourself to the borough’s best comfort food. The factory does its best to use all things Brooklyn, from Fox’s U-Bet Chocolate Syrup in delicious egg creams to Nathan’s Famous on a bun with a side of Gabila potato knishes. Step back into history and order up an entree of nostalgia. Just the thought of a hot steamy fluffy potato square oozing spicy brown mustard has Standing O jonesing for a lime rickey. Brother and sister team Kathy Casey and Terence Casey wanted to bring back an old-fashioned mom-and-pop soda shop. “I always wanted to own a business, and I really like fresh hot pretzels, but I could never find one just right, so my brother and I decided we’d have to make it ourselves, and we opened up Brooklyn Pretzel Factory,” Kathy told Standing O. Boy oh boy is Standing O happy they did.
The Factory is open seven days a week, Sunday from noon to 7 pm, Monday to Thursday, from noon to 8 pm, and Friday and Saturday, noon to 9 pm. So there’s no excuse not to get down there and help yourself to some good old-fashioned Brooklyn goodness.
The Brooklyn Pretzel Factory [7504 Fifth Ave. between Bay Ridge Parkway and 76th Street in Bay Ridge (718) 439–5100].
Breakfast special on deck
Stop the presses! The borough’s biggest hot spot now has a new diner to get your Hunter Special fix at. The Bath Beach Diner has opened its doors and will be slinging hash as well as all those tried-and-true specials and some new items too. Owners George Kremidas and Billy Grillas have branched out and opened a second restaurant in our neck of the woods. Standing O pal state Sen. Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge) was on hand to help the hash honchos snip the ribbon signaling a new dawn in Bath Beach. Since Marty is such a good friend to small businesses it was only fitting that he heralded the opening by providing the owners with a certificate.
“I know how hard it is to run a small business, and I want to thank George Kremidas and Billy Grillas for investing in our community.” It was such a love fest that the owners thanked the senator back. “Sen. Golden has been a friend to small businesses for decades. Without community leaders like him, we would not be able to be here today,” said Billy.
Standing O says “Welcome to the Beach.” Oh, and Standing O takes coffee black with no sugar.
The Bath Beach Diner [2028 Bath Ave. between Bay 25th and Bay 26th streets in Bath Beach, (718) 266–0600].