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’s public lecture series was on hiatus in 2020 due to the public health crisis, but meetings have resumed virtually for 2021.

April 21, 2021
Victoria Munro discusses her work as executive director of the Alice Austen House on Staten Island, the preserved home of the pioneering American photographer.
Zoom, 7:30pm. Register here.

May 19, 2021
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.

June 16, 2021

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