Around Brooklyn: Nurse sails from Va. to Brooklyn, now lives in marina
Nurse sails from Va. to Brooklyn, now lives in marina
A Virginia nurse who volunteered to come to New York to help treat coronavirus patients undertook a 260-mile sailing voyage rather than a potentially virus-risky airline flight, according to the New York Post. Now, Rachel Hartley of Lynchburg and her husband Taylor are living at the marina off Brooklyn Bridge Park. She works four night shifts per week treating COVID-19 patients. The marina’s deputy CEO, Estelle Lau, allowed them to dock for free because they came to fight the virus crisis. The couple’s four-bedroom boat is known as Turning Points, the Post said.
Council to vote on whether to give hotel rooms to homeless
The City Council plans to hold an emergency vote today on a bill that would offer hotel rooms to indigent New Yorkers, according to the New York Post. The bill, which Mayor Bill de Blasio opposes, would provide a single room to people living in shelters, on the subways or on the streets. Isaac McGinn, spokesperson for the city’s Department of Social Services, criticized the bill, saying it uses “a one-size-fits-all approach for a system that is anything but.” Downtown Brooklyn Councilmember Stephen Levin sponsored the bill. “There have been 75 homeless New Yorkers who have died from COVID over seven weeks,” Levin said.