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November 9, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Treyger announces park renovation

Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend) yesterday announced the renovation of Surf Playground in Coney Island. The project will reconstruct the asphalt multi-purpose play area and sports courts at Surf Playground with new basketball courts, a seating area, synthetic turf and plantings. The renovation project is one of only a few projects authorized to begin construction after the COVID-19 shutdown.  “I’m elated to see this project begin so that the children, seniors and families in our community can enjoy the new and enhanced Surf Playground and greenspace. This park will have something for everyone,” Treyger said.

Nike donates 5,500 pairs of sneakers to Maimonides

On Thursday, footwear giant Nike donated 5,500 pairs of sneakers and 20,000 pairs of high-performance socks to Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park. The footwear will be given to the medical center’s doctors, nurses, technicians and other staff members. The donation is part of a $1.1 million collaborative effort between Nike and nonprofits World of Giving and Good 360. “These thoughtful contributions are a great show of support for our staff, as our #OneMaimonides team works tirelessly to deliver world-class care for our patients,” Maimonides Medical Center CEO Ken Gibbs said in a news release announcing the donation. “And they do it all on their feet.” “A pair of shoes can go a long way to filling the heart,” cardiology fellow Dr. Sara Rosanel told Patch.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

Brooklyn woman charged with punching NYPD chief

A Brooklyn woman has been charged with felony assault for allegedly punching an NYPD chief during a night of protests in Greenwich Village. Rachel Menard, 23, is accused of trying to stop Assistant Chief Stephen Hughes, the commanding officer of Manhattan South, from arresting William Beaudoin by punching him twice in the face on Wednesday. She has been charged with second-degree assault and obstruction of governmental administration, while Beaudoin is charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration and harassment. The two share the same apartment in Ditmas Park, although their relationship was not clear, according to the New York Post.

Meat Hook launches weekend smokehouse

The Williamsburg butcher shop the Meat Hook has launched a new weekend curbside smokehouse. The barbecue menu features smoked brisket, pastrami,  a smoky half-chicken and a selection of sausages, along with sides such as pimento mac and cheese, braised greens and jalapeno cornbread. The food is available either for takeout or in the Meat Hook’s outdoor seating area, according to New York Eater.

Persaud is grateful for vote

State Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D- Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park) recently thanked those who voted for her. “On November 3rd, 2015,  I was elected for the first time to the New York State Senate to represent the 19th Senate District. Five years later, on November 3rd, 2020, you re-elected me to serve for another term. “Thank you for granting me the opportunity to continue working on your behalf in Albany,” she said.

Sharing Election Day experiences

This Election day, New York City saw record voter turnout, with more than 1.1 million people voting early and more than 1 million people requesting absentee ballots. The New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee plans to hold a post-election virtual hearing on Dec. 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The committee is asking voters and poll workers to share their experiences with voting in person, voting by mail and requesting absentee ballots, and more. All testimony will be shared with the Board of Elections and local elected officials. The hearing is sponsored by Councilmember Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan).

Housing Works employees prepared to cast union votes

Adam Obernauer, an organizer with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said it’s about time that workers at Housing Works should be able to cast their votes. Housing Works employees first walked out of their offices in October 2019 to address a range of workplace problems. Housing Works started in the 1990s and provides support for New Yorkers with HIV/AIDS and who are homeless. Workers filed for an election in February with the National Labor Relations Board, but in July the anti-union law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP filed an injunction. The NLRB eventually sided with Housing Works, according to published reports.

Many in Brooklyn voted for Nadler’s opponent

Many voters in Southern Brooklyn voted for Rep. Jerry Nadler’s unsuccessful opponent, Cathy Bernstein. Bernstein, a financial consultant who lives on the Upper West Side in the Manhattan part of Nadler’s district, opposes state oversight of Orthodox Jewish yeshivas. She also made an issue out of some Democrats’ call to defund the police and of the city placing homeless people into neighborhood hotels due to the pandemic. Her stand on oversight of yeshivot, in particular, made her popular among Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, according to the New York Post.

Brooklyn man arrested in East Harlem hit-run

A Brooklyn man has been arrested for killing a man during a hit-and-run that took place on Thursday evening. On Nov. 5, the NYPD responded to a call of a pedestrian being hit by a car at East 120th Street and Third Avenue. When they arrived, they found Ganesh Jaman, 28, of the Bronx, lying in the crosswalk, unconscious and unresponsive. He was declared dead at the scene. A police investigation found that he had been struck by a white Mercedes, which was found several blocks east at 120th Street and Pleasant Avenue. 

Man shot dead in Canarsie

Cops are seeking clues in an early-morning shooting in Canarsie on Saturday that resulted in a man’s death. Officers from the 69th Precinct responded to a 911 call about a shooting outside Richard’s Lounge at 9402 Avenue L on Nov. 7. They found Jahdane Oliverre, 29, of East 87th Street with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and leg. EMS crews took him to Brookdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Sources said that witnesses at the scene were not being cooperative with detectives, according to published reports. Cops have not established any possible motive in the shooting.

Housing lottery opens in Prospect Heights

A housing lottery is now open for 834 Pacific St., a six-story mixed-use building in Prospect Heights. The building has 84 rentals ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments. Available on NYC Housing Connect are 34 apartments that range in eligible income from $65,143 to $183,300, The building has a virtual doorman, common area Wi-Fi, a gym with a spa and a yoga room, bike storage lockers and a garage. It also contains community space on the ground floor for medical offices, according to New York YIMBY.

Body found floating in Mill Basin

A body found floating in Mill Basin near the Belt Parkway bridge on Saturday may be that of a missing teen. The body, which is described as that of a teenager, was found by a boater on Nov. 7 near the Belt Parkway Mill Basin Bridge, which exits into Jamaica Bay. The body was recovered by NYPD marine units, and EMS personnel pronounced the teen dead at the scene. Sources say the victim may have been a teen missing from Sunset Park since last month, according to published reports.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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