Welcome to
The Bay Ridge Historical Society


The Bay Ridge Historical Society meets on the third Wednesdays of most months, with breaks in the summer and winter.
All events are free and open to the public.

The Historical Society is on break in January and February.

April 22, 2020
UPDATE: This event has been canceled because of COVID-19. We will work to reschedule it for a later date.
(note: this meeting will be on the fourth Wednesday of the month and not the third)
Robby Schwach, deputy chief of staff and community liaison for Councilmember Eric Ulrich, discusses the first transatlantic flight, undertaken by navel flyers out of Jamaica Bay—eight years before Charles Lindbergh.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

May 20, 2020
Miriam Sicherman presents her book Brooklyn’s Barren Island: A Forgotten History, about “a swampy speck in Jamaica Bay where a motley group of new immigrants and African–Americans quietly processed mountains of garbage and dead animals starting in the 1850s…until their eviction by Robert Moses, in the name of progress, in 1936.” Today it’s part of Floyd Bennett Field.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

June 17, 2020
Victoria Munro discusses her work as executive director of the Alice Austen House on Staten Island, the preserved home of the pioneering American photographer.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

The Historical Society will be on break in July and August.

September 16, 2020
Dave Elligers, president of Friends of Historic New Utrecht, discusses the history of the New Utrecht Dutch Reform Church (to which many early Bay Ridge residents belonged) and the phenomenon of Liberty Poles, one of which exists at the church today.
Shore Hill Community Room, 9000 Shore Road, 7:30pm

View past events here. (Since 2017)


Founded in 1976, the Bay Ridge Historical Society helps preserve the history of the Greater Bay Ridge Area, while enlightening current and past residents about its historic significance. It does so through slideshows, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, bus trips and tours. Its members have also published several books.

President: Tom A. McCarthy
First Vice President: Henry Stewart
Second Vice President: Thomas Hilton
Secretary: Sonia Valentin
Treasurer: Peter Scarpa

Past Presidents: Victor Carlson, Jack Gabel, Susan Pulaski, Peter Scarpa, Jack LaTorre and Andrew Gounardes