Friday, December 13th, 2013
On a once-neglected plot in Bushwick, Brooklyn, there’s a quiet neighborhood of homes. The decayed former brownfield site of the Rheingold brewery now boasts 58 affordable duplexes, four three-family homes and 30 condominiums that are also 100 percent affordable, along with 88 co-op units and 272 subsidized apartments. A spot that embodied the neighborhood’s plagued landscape now has a tidy neighborhood of houses built in a Dutch style and a brick senior center on the ground floor of apartments with solar panels on the roof.
The neighborhood turned around through the political muscle of Vito Lopez, a fallen Brooklyn giant. He resigned as chairman of the Brooklyn Democrats in August of 2012 and gave up his long-held State Assembly seat in May after sexual harassment allegations—like the night he grabbed a female staffer’s hand in a bar and counted to 60 while looking the stricken young woman in the eye, according to a state ethics committee report.
Lopez lost a City Council race this fall after a career in which he had turned a remote and notorious area of Brooklyn into the home base of a political empire by helping the needy and mobilizing his beneficiaries. The ethnic politics of Williamsburg and the harassment allegations took down the leader of the Kings County Democrats. Yet Lopez also cemented a lasting legacy through the brick and mortar housing now present in the former vacant lots of Bushwick.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Santa Claus showed up early at New York Presbyterian Hospital, riding an FDNY fire truck. Every year, as he gets ready for his Christmas run, St. Nick teams up with the New York Firefighters Burn Center Foundation to deliver gifts. Firefighters became carolers as the group visited the Hearst Burn Center and pediatric floors at the Komansky Center for Children’s Health, spreading holiday cheer.
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Healthcare professional are trained to assess the medical needs of victims of sexual assault or trauma. The Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center HEARTS program aims to train healthcare professional to also comfort victims.
The BI-SLR HEARTS (Healing Emotions and Achieving Resilience to Traumatic Stress) program presented a workshop designed to help healthcare professionals better communicate with trauma victims. The program’s director, Dr. Jacob Ham, said the federally funded program strives to improve care for children and families who have suffered the effects of sexual and physical traumatic stress.
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
The storm surge and winds from Superstorm Sandy last year caused the evacuation of more than 13,000 patients from hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities in New York.
Though none of those evacuated were harmed during the storm, state officials decided to build a new system to keep track of patients. E-Finds, which was introduced over the summer, uses bracelets with scannable barcodes to account for patients.
State officials, who are testing the device in healthcare facilities, showed how the system worked Friday during a drill at Bellevue Hospital, one of six New York City hospitals evacuated during Sandy.
Bellevue Hospital staff members who worked during last year’s storm volunteered for the drill. They recalled taking quick, but methodical steps to get hundreds of patients out of the complex as millions of gallons of water flooded the hospital basement.