By Paula Katinas
Editor’s Note: Even though the controversial show “Brooklyn 11223” aired its season finale April 30, there is no shortage of “real” women in Bay Ridge. The Bay Ridge Eagle is proud to continue profiling them and their accomplishments.
Bay Ridge — “My husband and I just got back from watching the Norwegian Day Parade!” Andrea Zaldivar told a reporter on the phone.
It was the afternoon of May 20 and Zaldivar was talking about how much she and her husband, Community Board 10 member Michael Festa, love living in Bay Ridge.
“It has a wonderful atmosphere. We live on a fabulous block. People really care for each other. We watch out for each other after a storm. Neighbors shovel snow from their neighbor’s sidewalk. If someone isn’t seen for a couple of days, someone will always knock on their door to make sure they’re all right. There’s a real sense of community,” Zaldivar said.
Zaldivar, a nurse practitioner who also runs her own business, Bay Ridge Diabetes Counseling Services, wasn’t born and raised here. But she and Festa moved here several years ago and she considers Bay Ridge to be her true home.
“There is so much this community offers. The parade today was beautiful,” she said. read more