The eye-catching facade of National Sawdust, a concert hall in Williamsburg. Photo: Lore Croghan / Brooklyn Eagle
Lander, now New York comptroller candidate, says crisis planning is a key part of his job
Councilmember Brad Lander (D-Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington) recently released a proposal to turn the New York City Comptroller’s Office into a hub to deal with the risks that change climate poses to New York’s economy, health, and infrastructure. “The job of the controller is to have a long-term vision of our city, to assess the risks we face and to prepare for future crises. In the devastation caused by Super Storm Sandy and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we have clearly seen how deadly it can be when we are not prepared for a crisis, ”he said. Lander is a candidate for the post of Controller.
Brooklyn Hospital Center: a new modernized campus, one step closer
The Brooklyn Hospital Center filed a preliminary application in late September to begin the formal public review of its campus modernization plans. Some of the current hospital buildings date from the 1890s. Gary Terrinoni, CEO of the hospital, said the transformation of the hospital’s Fort Greene campus would take eight to 10 years. The billion dollar plan, previously covered by the Eagle, proposes to build two new towers, including a new cancer center, an outpatient surgery center, an enlarged emergency room, a maternity unit and a heart center.
“Pumpkin hunt” is an alternative to Halloween social contact
Amelia Nichols, a Cobble Hill mother and local activist, started the Halloween pumpkin hunt, a socially distanced alternative to trick-or-treat. Participants create paper pumpkins and stick them to their windows, then register on an online card. On Halloween, the kids, dressed in colorful costumes, search the neighborhood for pumpkins, with a candy reward at the end. Nichols is co-chair of the board of trustees of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and a member of the board of directors of the Cobble Hill Association, according to NY1 News.
Orthodox Jews rally for Trump in Brooklyn
A thousand Jews, mostly Orthodox, staged a rally for President Donald Trump in Marine Park on Sunday, attacking Democratic city and state leaders while calling for the president’s re-election. The rally was the last stop in a convoy that started in Monsey, Rockland County, and traveled to all five cities in Nassau County, Manhattan, and several predominantly Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn. In several places, opponents attacked protesters, throwing eggs at them. Despite the mob’s animosity towards Blasio and Cuomo, most wore masks. The loudspeakers played both Israeli and Yiddish music as well as songs like the Village People’s “YMCA”, the Israel Times reported.
Some Brooklyn Schools Close Due to COVID Cases
Several schools last week in Brooklyn and the Bronx temporarily closed after the discovery of positive cases of the coronavirus. In Brooklyn, two schools were forced to close. PS 380 in Williamsburg closed for a day for cleaning and disinfection, and PS 229 in Dyker Heights closed for two weeks. In most cases, even after school buildings reopen, classrooms linked to a positive case remain closed for two weeks. It was not clear whether those who tested positive for COVID-19 were students or staff, according to CBS News.
Ukrainian sports club moves to Brooklyn
After 46 years in Manhattan, the Ukrainian Sports Club of New York recently announced its move to a new home in Brooklyn. The new location is near McCarren Park in Greenpoint, and an announcement containing the location will be made once the deal is finalized. The club sold their building in the East Village four years ago, but stayed inside. The lobby contained photos of Ukrainian football teams from New York over the years, a bar with three televisions to broadcast sports matches and a display of the club’s trophies, according to Ukrainian News.
Adams wants to ensure equal access to parks
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams recently released his testimony to the City Council Parks and Recreation Committee for his hearing on “Improving Fairness of Greenspace Across the City in Light of the COVID-19 epidemic ”. Adams said COVID-19 has exposed uneven access to the city’s green spaces, which promotes physical and mental health. In his testimony, Adams presented proposals that would improve access to green spaces for Brooklynites and New Yorkers in general. Many of the same neighborhoods that have been hit the hardest by COVID-19 – mostly black and brown communities – also don’t have easy access to green spaces.
Radio host invites Proud Boys to Borough Park
Harold “Heshy” Tischler, a leader of the sometimes violent protests in Borough Park against COVID restrictions by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio, told a member of the Proud Boys who called on his radio show, “Just Enough Heshy, ”he likes the way he thinks. When the Proud Boy, who only used David’s name, asked if the Proud Boys could come to Borough Park as a group, Tischler said yes. The exchange took place last Wednesday in the segment in which Tischler spoke about the pro-Trump rally that took place on Sunday, according to Bklyner.
The agents crack down on the bars in the “zone” area
The city and state cracked down on several bars in Brooklyn and Queens that operated in “zoned” areas. On October 16, agents saw customers enter 39 Fantastic, a karaoke bar located at 3914 Eighth Ave. at Sunset Park, which was then in an orange zone. They passed a security guard and found over 100 people singing and dancing at various karaoke bars in the basement. The Wise Bar and Grill in Sheepshead Bay, also in an orange zone, had its liquor license suspended after officers saw numerous patrons inside, also on October 16, according to New York Eater.
COVID cases in red zones are decreasing
COVID-19 rates in Brooklyn’s red zones of Gravesend, Midwood, Borough Park and Flatlands continue to drop. For example, in Gravesend, the weekly case rate has dropped over a recent three-week period, from 241 to 90. Yet the percentage of people testing positive for the coronavirus in these areas remains high, with an average 4.57% for the week ending Friday. In contrast, the citywide average positivity rate over the same period was 1.74%. But in Ozone Park, Queens, the number of cases has doubled, according to city reports.
K-9 block trains in Brooklyn
A new class of police officers and their canine partners from the NYPD Emergency Services Canine Unit are currently in the middle of an 18-week training session at Brooklyn Army Terminal. Many of the dogs are German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois, a similar breed. The dogs trained to jump over high walls, squeeze through tight spaces and more, according to the NYPD. The dogs, many of which are named after deceased NYPD officers, return home with their cops every day and are considered part of their family.
Indiana visitor killed in Bushwick
Ethan Williams, 20, of Indianapolis, who was visiting friends in Brooklyn, was shot dead early Saturday morning outside 51 Eldert St. in Bushwick, authorities said. Police believe Williams was standing outside with a group of friends when gunshots rang out, possibly across the street. Williams was rushed to Wyckoff Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police have not yet determined a motive or identified any suspects, according to ABC 7.
Apt. building to be mounted on the garage site
Permits have been filed for a four-story apartment building at 140 Central Ave. in Bushwick. The site, located between Starr Street and Willoughby Avenue, is currently occupied by a one-story garage and is two blocks from the Willoughby Avenue station of the M train. The building is expected to have eight apartments, most likely rentals , as well as a backyard. Dong Koock Junk is listed as an owner, and Diego Aguilera Architects is listed as an official architect, according to New York YIMBY.
Compiled by Raanan Geberer.