Friday, October 31, 2014

Supporters Salute Last LICH Shift in Brooklyn

Photo: MK Metz
NYU is set to take over the emergency department at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill at 9 a.m. Friday.

LICH employees, from the nurses to the cleaning staff, are being terminated.

Community members who have fought with healthcare workers to save the hospital for almost two years will be gathering at 8 a.m. Friday to salute the last shift of nurses when they leave.

All are welcome to join the salute.


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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

SUNY: Don't Let the Door Hit You On the Way Out of LICH

LICH. Photo by MK Metz
SUNY Downstate has finally gotten out of the pretend ER business at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Brooklyn.

On Friday, a new owner, NYU Langone, will take over what has been called a clinic, an emergency department (ED), a "walk-in" ER or various other terms that don't encompass the little medicine room SUNY ran to keep up the "continuity of care" pretense at LICH, which used to be a hospital.

NYU's interim "ED" will also not be a hospital.

NYU Langone to take over LICH emergency department in Brooklyn on Friday [Brooklyn Eagle]

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Want Brain to Explode on Halloween? Visit Gravesend Inn in Brooklyn

Have you checked out City Tech's Gravesend Inn yet? If you visit one haunted attraction in Brooklyn this year, let it be this one. The theater students at City Tech and their professors get VERY into this. And it's easy to get to Downtown. Pay attention to the funny hours.

Photos by MK Metz
They put their whole bodies and souls into it, so to speak.

Previous visitors forgot a few things.


This is one of the hallways in the Inn. We can tell you right now, DON'T GO THAT WAY.

(But seriously, the animatronics and special effects are over the top.)

If you see this, you're lost, never to return.

The Inn is open through Saturday. These are mostly exterior shots. For some great interior shots of the rooms of the hotel, look here.


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On 2-Year Anniversary of Sandy, NYS AG and Comptroller Send LICH to the Wrecking Ball

When the lights went off, LICH was there for NYC. Photo: MK Metz

On the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) was shoved one step closer to the wrecking ball.

The state Attorney General and Comptroller on Wednesday approved SUNY's plan to sell the hospital that saved lower Manhattan and Brooklyn patients during Sandy to real estate developer Fortis Property Group -- to be demolished.

Selling the LICH complex at a time when northwest Brooklyn is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state will likely go down in history as one of the most damaging blunders ever masterminded by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Recall that during the mega-storm:

NYU-Langone in Manhattan was evacuated, flooded and closed. (Repairs cost taxpayers more than one billion dollars and took two years.) Bellevue in Manhattan was evacuated, flooded and closed. Coney Island Hospital was evacuated, flooded and closed. New York Downtown Hospital was evacuated and closed. 30 nursing or adult care facilities were evacuated, displacing roughly 6,300 residents.

The only hospital left perfectly situated and able to serve lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn was LICH.

Since LICH closed, Brooklyn's ERs are overcrowded on a normal day.

Let's hope that Gov. Cuomo has somehow arranged that another disaster never happens again in New York City.

* State AG and Comptroller sign off on LICH sale to Fortis [Brooklyn Eagle]

* A.G., Comptroller sign off on LICH deal [CapitalNY]


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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Brooklyn Prosecutor to Replace AG Holder? And More Brooklyn Briefs


- Working Families Party tensions rise over Cuomo-backed Women’s Equality Party. [NY Post]

- Loretta Lynch, the head federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, is emerging as a leading candidate to replace Attorney General Eric Holder. [TribLive]

- For those who like eating off tree rings: First look at Semilla, the new restaurant from José Ramírez-Ruiz and Pam Yung in Williamsburg. [GrubStreet]

 - Some pretty clever costumes at Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Ghouls & Gourds Halloween celebration. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- The NY Times is reporting on a ghost in a Brooklyn bar. [NY Times]

- "Quarantine This Book." Politico's Jeff Smith really hates Cuomo's book.  [Politico]

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Fun at Packer's Pumpkin Patch, Brooklyn Heights

Photos by MK Metz
Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights threw its always-enjoyable 2014 Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival on Sunday. Kids jumped and climbed on bouncy castles, visited the haunted houses, played carnival games and dodgeball. The weather made it a perfect day for having outdoor fun.

The event is a fundraiser for Packer.

As high as the sky.

Wish they had one of these for grownups.

Ringtoss.

Buying raffle tickets.

This was on the floor of the haunted house. Photos by MK Metz

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Sunday's March for LICH Included Mix of Brooklyn Republicans and Democrats

Photo: MK Metz
A large number of LICH supporters marched down Atlantic Avenue to rally outside Long Island College Hospital on Sunday.

Speakers included Jeff Strabone (Cobble Hill Association), Councilmember Brad Lander, Democratic contender for AD52 Jo Anne Simon, Republican contender for tAD 52 John Jasilli, Joseph Nardiello, president of the Brownstone Republican Club, Sue Raboy, founder of Patients for LICH and others.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, "Marchers hope to catch the attention of state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who must sign off on the deal before LICH can be officially sold."


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Brooklyn Brownstone Republicans to Join LICH March Sunday

LICH in the old days. Photo by MK Metz
The Brooklyn Brownstone Republican club says it will show up in force at Sunday's march and rally to protest the sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn to developer Fortis Property Group.

The Republicans point their finger straight at Gov. Cuomo for demolishing the historic hospital, and claim Democratic politicians are "afraid to speak his name."

According to an article in the Brooklyn Eagle, Republicans are frustrated that Cuomo opponent Rob Astorino doesn't seem to get it.

"Rob Astorino should attend, as everyone here KNOWs the assault on our local hospital by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo is his Achilles Heel," the club said.


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Man Hit by Car on Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn Heights/ Downtown

Man struck by car on Cadman Plaza West. Photo by MK Metz
A man crosssing west across Cadman Plaza West at Clark Street was struck by a car at roughly 9 p.m. Friday night. The man appeared to be a senior. He was accompanied by three companions.

He appeared to have injuries that included a broken leg, according to EMS, but his condition was not confirmed.

The car that struck the man -- a dark blue or black Lexus -- was turning north onto Cadman Plaza West from Clark Street. The driver, a young man, claimed that the victim was "crossing against the light." A young woman was a passenger in the car.

The victim's companions denied that the man was crossing against the light, saying he would never do a thing like that. They told police that the car "zoomed" out of Clark Street and sped left around the corner without slowing, striking the man.

The victim was taken to Lutheran Hospital. His present condition is unknown.


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Friday, October 24, 2014

Officials: Ebola Patient Went Bowling in Brooklyn, Took the Subway and Uber, but Probably Wasn't Contageous

Dr. Craig Spencer. LinkedIn
Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health, confirmed Thursday that the first Ebola patient in New York City, Dr. Craig Spencer, did indeed visit Williamsburg bowling alley The Gutter Wednesday.

"He did bowl," she said during a televised news conference. "He wasn't feeling symptoms, he had no fever" at that time, she said. Only symptomatic patients can spread the disease, officials said.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the bowling alley has been closed," she added.  (Let's hope they find that special bowling ball.)

About his travels on mass transit: "To get there he took the A train and the L train," she said. Officials have his MetroCard and will analyze his movements.

"When he was on the subway he did not have a fever," Dr. Basset emphasized. "He did not have a contagious disease" while he was on the subway. Ebola is only contracted through contact with an infected person's bodily fluids.

He rode home in an Uber car. The driver of the car is not expected to get sick, since he had no contact with Dr. Spencer. Three other contacts are in isolation.

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