Friday, September 19, 2014

NYU Pulls Out of LICH Deal in Brooklyn Over Hiring Two Dozen LICH Nurses?

Photo: MK Metz
NYU Langone Medical Center announced late Thursday that it has pulled out of the deal to offer ambulatory care at the LICH site in Cobble Hill.

The withdrawal appears to leave the Fortis Property Group's proposal to buy LICH in tatters, the Brooklyn Eagle reports.

NYU gives as their reason for withdrawing: a lawsuit by NYSNA nurses, who were trying to get NYU to honor their promise to rehire as many of these nurses as posssible.(The promise that was in writing in the Fortis proposal.)

So let's be clear:

NYU is telling northwest Brooklyn that they are walking away from a $150 million state of the art ambulatory care center in Cobble Hill because two dozen nurses wanted them to honor their promise to hire them?

Obviously NYU had very little commitment to the project.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

LICH Nurses Take Fortis - NYU to Court in Brooklyn Today (Thursday)

Former LICH nurses will be in Brooklyn's state Supreme Court at 10 to confront Fortis-NYU about their refusal to keep their promise to hire LICH nurses to work at NYU's clinic at Long Island College Hospital.

As part of the Fortis Property Group’s bid to buy the LICH campus in Cobble Hill, NYU promised to “preserve the legacy of excellent care provided at LICH” by maximizing the number of rehired LICH nurses at the walk-in unit.

Brooklyn politicians recently voiced support for the LICH nurses and other healthcare workers.

State Senator Dan Squadron, Assemblymember Joan Millman, Councilmembers Brad Lander, Carlos Menchaca and Steve Levi, and now  Councilmember Mark Treyger issued statements supporting the workers.

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Frank Seddio's On a Roll

Add that to the Democratic love-fest at Junior's . . . and that's a lot of lovin' for the Brooklyn Democratic Chair.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BPL Board OKs Sale of Brooklyn Heights Library Branch to Hudson Developer

The sale of the Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) to real estate developer the Hudson Companies for $52 million was approved Tuesday evening at the library’s board meeting.

The developer will replace the Heights branch with a smaller branch on the ground floor and part of the basement of a roughly 20-story luxury condo.

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So Many Brooklyn and NYC Politicians, Packed into Juniors

Juniors Restaurant was overrun with Brooklyn Democrats Monday morning, as pols of all stripes made the pilgrimage to pay homage to party boss Frank Seddio, who pulled off a coup during the recent primary.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, Seddio exuded confidence about Domenic Recchia's chances against Michael Grim:

“What we did with John Sampson, we’re going to do with Domenic Recchia. What we did with Jessie Hamilton, we’re going to do with Dominic Recchia. What we did with Jo Anne Simon, we’re going to do with Domenic Recchia. What we did with Felix Ortiz, we’re going to do with Domenic Recchia!” he said.

Lots of photos of the party-goers accompany the story -- Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, indicted Sen. John Sampson (with his arms around Seddio), Jo Anne Simon, Carlos Menchaca, Jesse Hamilton, Felix Ortiz, Emma Wolfe, and more. (Even Zephyr Teachout, who just happened to show up for breakfast )

Eagle: Praise for Brooklyn’s Democratic leader Seddio at post-primary breakfast

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Sky Gondolas to Connect Brooklyn Neighborhoods to Manhattan?

Roosevelt Island Tramway foggy
Remember when ex-Mayor Michael Bloomberg was considering running aerial gondolas from Brooklyn to Governors Island?

The idea is back, this time with overhead gondolas running from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to Williamsburg, and then from Williamsburg to the Lower East Side.

According to Crain's, the gondolas would eventually branch out to connect Dumbo to the South Street Seaport, and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and Long Island City, Queens, to Roosevelt Island. (There, the network would meet up with the existing gondola route between Roosevelt Island and Manhattan.)

The idea was proposed Tuesday at the Massey Knakal Brooklyn Real Estate Summi.

Photo by Kris Arnold from New York, USA (Foggy Tram) [CC-BY-SA-2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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Downtown Brooklyn Thinking Up Ways To Build More Office Space

Photo: MK Metz, McBrooklyn
From Crain's, quote from Tucker Reed, head of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, at the Massey Knakal Brooklyn Real Estate Summit:

<<"We have to start thinking about other tools [to spur Brooklyn office development]," he said, citing examples including the possibility of creating a density bonus, which would allow developers to build more income-generating space than zoning would normally allow, or rethinking zoning laws to help make commercial construction more attractive.>>

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Every Ex-Con in Brooklyn Will Be Reporting to Gowanus for Their Parole Meetings Soon

U.S. Dept. of Justice
Surprise, Gowanus! State corrections officials have unveiled plans for a new borough-wide parole reporting center in Gowanus, NY1 reports.

When it opens in January, every parolee in Brooklyn -- some 5,000 -- will have to report there.

While the area is mostly industrial, there are residential blocks nearby and restaurants, art galleries and bars around the corner, including the popular Bell House, NY1 says.

Residents are not happy.

Read NY1 for the whole story.

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DOH Says No Confirmed Cases of Enterovirus D-68 in NYC Yet

States with confirmed cases. CDC
A panic in Borough Park about enterovirus D-68 is unfounded so far, the NYC Dept. of Health told the Brooklyn Eagle on Monday.

The respiratory disease, which hits kids with asthma the hardest, hit upstate NY recently -- but so far no confirmed cases have been found in Brooklyn.

The Health Department is monitoring the situation, DOH told the Eagle.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Forum at Brooklyn Boro Hall Tuesday, 9/16

Photo: MK Metz
Tuesday at 6:00 PM, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will host a forum on emergency preparedness with Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph Esposito in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall.

As a part of OEM’s efforts for National Emergency Preparedness Month, the group will explain the measures that city residents can use to be storm-ready during hurricane season as well as response procedures to follow in the wake of a natural disaster.

Also speaking at the forum will include partnering representatives from FDNY, NYPD, FEMA, the American Red Cross, National Grid, and Con Edison.

Residents can get answers to questions like: Where is the closest hospital to Cobble Hill / Red Hook during a disaster; what should we do with the kids now that pediatric surge capacity has been eliminated; how to survive Brooklyn Hospital's emergency room during times of crisis; which hospital will our elected officials go to during a major health event, and how can we get there?

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