Tuesday, September 16, 2014

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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Brooklyn CB2 Meeting Tonight to Discuss Food Vendor in Cadman Plaza Park and Other Topics

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At a CB2 committee meeting on Monday night (tonight), Eitan Adler, a project manager in the revenue division of the Department of Parks and Recreation, will brief the committee and obtain feedback on a pending request for proposals for a food vendor in Cadman Plaza Park. 

(That will be so nice for the rats.)

Also, Tucker Reed, president of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, will present on the local development corporation's plans for "BAM Park," and a string of "open spaces" between Borough Hall and Brooklyn Bridge Park.

September 15, 6 p.m., in the Dining Room A (off of the cafeteria), The Brooklyn Hospital Center, 121 DeKalb Avenue at St. Felix Street, in Fort Greene.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

R Train From Brooklyn to Manhattan Opens Again Monday Morning

Office of the Governor
Governor Andrew Cuomo personally went down into the Montague Street tubes on Sunday and OPENED UP THE R TRAIN TUNNEL again.

More here.

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NYC P.A. James to Release Report on Improving Nail Salon Safety

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On Monday, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James will release a report at City Hall that says some of those chemicals found at nail salons can be deadly.

Toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate -- known as “the toxic trio” -- are found in many nail products, and they have been linked with reproductive harm, respiratory problems, and cancer, James said in a release.

Generally, there is little-to-no information given to workers, many of whom are recent immigrants, regarding protecting themselves from the chemicals they may regularly come into contact with at nail salons.

At least one report found that “the intensity of exposure for salon workers is 1,200 times what it would be for the average American”.

Though there are almost 5,000 salons throughout New York State, there are only 27 inspectors statewide.

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There Is a Brooklyn Tea Party, and You Can Meet Its President AND Eat Kosher Pizza on Sunday

Not many people know there are Republicans in Brooklyn, but not only do they exist, some of them are Tea Partiers to boot!

If you're curious about what they're up to, here's a notice we received from the Brooklyn Young Republican Club earlier today:

Attention all Tea Party, Republicans, Libertarians, and those just fed-up about Obama and his dismantling of the American system of government: Come visit with the Brooklyn Young Republican Club as President Glenn P. Nocera hosts ABC Radio Personality and President of the Brooklyn Tea Party Frankie “The Kid” Russo.

Seating and space is limited. Kosher pizza and refreshments will be provided compliments of the Brooklyn Tea Party.

Sunday Sept 14, 5PM-6:30PM
616 East 4th Street Brooklyn, NY 11218-4922. The will be held in the Back Yard, between Cortelyou Road and Ditmas Ave.

The address appears to be a private house in Kensington.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Brooklyn Hospital Affiliates with Mt. Sinai; Watch Out for Rabid Racoons; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Map of rabid animals found in NYC this year. Source: DOH
 - Brooklyn Hospital Center affiliates with Mount Sinai, which is making inroads into LICH's catchment area. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Rabid raccoons found in NYC this year, including 3 in Brooklyn. [News12 - stub] [Also at DOH.]

Was that Cablevision union opinion poll a "bogus sham?" [Multichannel]

- Want to live in former Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd former apartment? Kidd's digs are up for rent for a paltry $22,000 per month. [The Brooklyn Game]

- Photos from Fort Hamilton's moving 9-11 ceremony. [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Police Are Searching for This Mild Looking Man, Who Is Actually a Creep

This guy put his head up a woman's skirt and then pushed her down the stairs, punching and kicking her, on the Dekalb stop in Brooklyn, NY1 reports.

Call Crimestoppers with any information:  1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

(We're curious about how cops got such a clear picture.)

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Sept. 11 Tribute in Light Looks Like It Burned a Hole Through the Sky

Photo: MK Metz
Like many others, we were on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade tonight looking at the 9-11 Tribute in Light.

Way up at the top of the twin blue beams, the clouds moved in such a way as to give the illusion that the lights had burned straight through the sky.

Can't believe it's been 13 years.

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September 11 Space Weather Alert from NOAA Warns of Solar Flare

NOAA has issued several Space Weather Alerts for those who might be flying on high-altitude flights or on spaceships today or tomorrow.

On Wednesday a high intensity solar flare erupted from the sun and shot towards Earth. It may affect high frequency (HF) radios and electronics for an hour or so -- but what NOAA is specifically warning about is the unusual amount of " Proton 100MeV Integral Flux," which presents "increased biological risk to astronauts or passengers and crew in high latitude, high altitude flights."

It also puts satellite systems at risk if they suffer a direct hit.


For those who talk geek, here's the warning:

Space Weather Message Code: WARPC0
Serial Number: 78
Issue Time: 2014 Sep 10 2322 UTC

WARNING: Proton 100MeV Integral Flux above 1pfu expected
Valid From: 2014 Sep 10 2330 UTC
Valid To: 2014 Sep 11 2100 UTC
Warning Condition: Onset
Potential Impacts: An enhancement in the energetic portion of the solar radiation spectrum may indicate increased biological risk to astronauts or passengers and crew in high latitude, high altitude flights. Additionally, energetic particles may represent an increased risk to all satellite systems susceptible to single event effects. This information should be used in conjunction with the current Solar Radiation Storm conditions when assessing overall impact.

Space Weather Message Code: WARPX1
Serial Number: 433
Issue Time: 2014 Sep 10 2105 UTC

WARNING: Proton 10MeV Integral Flux above 10pfu expected
Valid From: 2014 Sep 10 2115 UTC
Valid To: 2014 Sep 11 2100 UTC
Warning Condition: Onset
Predicted NOAA Scale: S1 - Minor
Potential Impacts: Radio - Minor impacts on polar HF (high frequency) radio propagation resulting in fades at lower frequencies.

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