Brooklyn Tag All blog entries tagged as Brooklyn http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:01:30 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Mayoral Candidate De Blasio Arrested At Protest Over Brooklyn Hospital http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/07/10/mayoral-candidate-de-blasio-arrested-at-protest-over-brooklyn-hospital- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/07/10/mayoral-candidate-de-blasio-arrested-at-protest-over-brooklyn-hospital-

Taking a stand to keep community hospitals in New York City open. RT if you're united to #SaveLICH. pic.twitter.com/c4AjYCsFpH

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Bill de Blasio was escorted out a State University of New York school today, hands bound in a zip tie handcuff after the mayoral candidate and public advocate joined healthcare workers to protest talks of closing Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital.

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Brooklyn Councilman Steve Levin — whose district includes LICH — was also arrested by the New York Police Department, as were a handful of protesters.

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"Today, nurses, doctors, community members, and elected officials stand together against the blatant attempt by SUNY Downstate to shutdown Long Island College Hospital," Levin's office said in a statement earlier today. "Their actions fly in the face of the law and are literally risking the lives of Brooklyn residents. By getting arrested, we are sending a message that we will not tolerate SUNY’s disturbing disregard of the court's orders."

Reporters on the scene also tweeted that former Congressman Anthony Weiner and Comptroller John Liu — also in the race to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg — were on the scene, albeit safe from arrest.

The protest is the latest in a series of events organized by local leaders and unions in advance of the debt-ridden hospital's potential closure.

SUNY partially staved off a shutdown in late April after it withdrew its earlier plan to close the Cobble Hill location. "Don’t let this happen on your watch," de Blasio said at another protest in Brooklyn on Sunday as he called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to intervene. "Don’t let us lose more hospitals."

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Wed, 10 Jul 2013 16:59:22 +0000
Today's Lead Story: City Population Hits Record High http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/15/todays-lead-story-city-population-hits-record-high- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/15/todays-lead-story-city-population-hits-record-high-

More People Moving to City Than Leaving

According to Mayor Michael Bloomberg the city's population has reached an all-time high of 8.3 million and for the first time since the 1950's more people are moving into the city than moving out. The city's population grew by 161,000 between 2010 and 2012 bringing the population to 8.3 million. Each borough saw an increase in population but Brooklyn trumped them all with a jump of 61,000 people. "The facts bear out that this is a great place to come, to live, to vacation, to get medical care, to get an education," Bloomberg said.


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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 15 Mar 2013 11:40:40 +0000
Fairway Market in Red Hook Reopens (#Sandy News) http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/01/fairway-market-in-red-hook-reopens-sandy-news http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/01/fairway-market-in-red-hook-reopens-sandy-news

Months after flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy forced Red Hook's Fairway Market to close it doors, the grocery store held a grand re-opening on Friday morning.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was on hand for the event and called it a “great day for Red Hook.” The 39,000-square-foot store was one of many businesses along the waterfront forced to rebuild after Sandy’s $19 billion in losses to the city.

Reconstruction was also the focus of a City Council hearing on Friday. Members from the Finance and Community Development Committee released statements asking legislators in Albany not to punish home- and business-owners affected by Sandy. The Council members argued that the state’s property law doesn’t properly distinguish between reconstruction costs and home improvements.

“Clearly, one person is improving their property at their discretion and the other is trying restore their life and home after a devastating event outside of their control,” said Speaker Christine Quinn in a statement.

In other Sandy-related news, City Comptroller John Liu earlier this week announced that four of the city’s pension funds voted to invest $500 million in real estate projects for areas hit hardest by the storm. The investment is part of the comptroller’s effort to connect the pension funds with local real estate developers to potentially rebuild 3,000 units of housing and as much as 200,000 square feet of commercial space.

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Image of Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Fairway in Red Hook, courtesy of the mayor's office. Photo by Edward Reed.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Fri, 01 Mar 2013 21:55:25 +0000
Brooklyn District Leader Race Still Undetermined http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/17/brooklyn-district-leader-race-still-undetermined http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/17/brooklyn-district-leader-race-still-undetermined

In a heated district leader race in northern Brooklyn, reform candidate Lincoln Restler trails behind longtime Greenpoint activist Chris Olechowski, the candidate backed by disgraced party boss Vito Lopez.

The race in Lopez’s 50th Assembly District may come down to a counting of affidavit and absentee ballots. Restler is behind Olechowski by a margin of 136 votes, with Olechowski receiving 5,820 votes to Restler’s 5,684.

Valerie Vazquez, a spokeswoman for the city Board of Elections, said in an email today that affidavit and absentee ballots will be counted starting on Friday, Sept. 21, and may continue through Sunday.

More than 11,000 people voted in the high-profile district leader race, with a large flow of members of the Satmar-Hasidic community filling into poll sites ready to cast their vote for Olechowski. The New York Times reported that “it made it seem as if the election would determine the nation’s president rather than the low-profile position of the district leader of a few Brooklyn neighborhoods." The Times said the turnout reflected the group’s loyalty to the Brooklyn party boss.

Restler, 28, whose win as district leader in 2010 represented a major success for anti-machine Brooklynites, is depending on the count of absentee ballots and voting procedure challenges to close in on the margin of votes needed for his re-election.

While Chris Olechowski, 65, chairman of Greenpoint and Williamsburgh’s community board, is an ally of state Assemblyman Lopez, he and other politicians have been working to distance themselves from Lopez. The assemblyman has been accused of sexually harassing two young women who worked for his office.

Olechowski’s campaign website features a clarification to the statement he made to the Daily News last Tuesday that Lopez should resign from his Assembly position because of the sexual harassment scandal.

“Let me make it clear that I am not by any means condemning Assemblyman Vito Lopez for any wrongdoing ... But, at the same time, I cannot delve into a man's heart and state for a fact whether he is guilty or not,” he said in the statement.

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Photo by Mitch Waxman, used with permission.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:24:24 +0000