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Bay Ridge goes gold for cancer awareness


NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Sep 9, 2014

From the welcome sign to welcoming looking cakes to signs in cars and ribbons in windows, all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, is going gold to raise awareness about kids with cancer.

The nonprofit group Bay Ridge Cares came together to color the town gold -- day or night, it doesn't matter.

At the Bay Ridge Bakery, nothing was sweeter than special cakes for September's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Baker Nick Nikolpolous is giving the proceeds from his cakes to childhood cancer charities.

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Bay Ridge baker's 'Capitol' idea


Let them eat Bay Ridge cake.

The elaborate cake that Vice President Biden munched at a pol-studded Manhattan lawmaker’s bash last week was the brainchild of one neighborhood perfectionist.

Nick Nikolopoulos of Bay Ridge Bakery created the U.S. Capitol-shaped cake for the birthday of Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D–Manhattan) last week — further proof that Brooklyn bakers are not only better, but bigger.
The vanilla and chocolate mouse cake cost as much as a car and was bigger than a child. It sat as a sweet centerpiece at Maloney’s birthday party/$500-a plate fundraiser on Feb. 23, which was held at a Manhattan hotel, four days after Maloney’s actual birthday.

Nikolopoulos toiled for 42 hours over the five-foot, $8,000 piece of edible art.

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The James Beard Foundation

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Nick Nikolopoulos, top toque at Bay Ridge Bakery, is an Italian only by neighborhood: he’s the scion of a bakery family, and his sweetly scented digs were first opened by his parents, John and Peggy Nikolopoulos, some 30 years ago. They still own the place, but Nick—who learned the secrets of perfect pastry from his dad long before he received his French Culinary Institute degree—is running the stoves these days, turning out the sort of "outstanding" treats that earned him notice in the Daily News and a clutch of other publications.

So for the purposes of geography and deliciousness, we’ve named him an honorary Brooklyn Italian. He’ll share baking honors with that bastion of Brooklyn Italian bread, Royal Crown Bakery.

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The L Magazine


Successfully running a small business entails more than just abundant patience, energy and entrepreneurial ardor. As many shopkeepers and small business owners would agree—whether they’ve been at it for months, years or decades—it also entails a great deal of compromise, creativity and unforeseen adjustments. It’s not exactly a stretch, then, to say it involves a particular sort of artistry.

It was perhaps with a keen awareness of such aspects of entrepreneurship that artist and small business owner John Avelluto, who manages The Owl’s Head wine bar in Bay Ridge, conceived Storefront Art Walk, a.k.a. Bay Ridge SAW, an annual affair that brings artists into collaboration with shop owners up and down the neighborhood’s bustling Fifth Avenue to create exhibits in storefront windows and waiting rooms. If the creative aesthetics of running a small business might seem unsung with respect to those of the visual arts, Bay Ridge SAW is an ode to the relative beauties of both.

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