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Around Brooklyn: BP Adams joins anti-diabetes effort

November 17, 2020 Editorial Staff
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BP Adams joins anti-diabetes effort

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has joined Preventive Lifestyle Assistance Network’s “Check Your Risk” diabetes awareness challenge as an ally. The challenge is a one-minute survey of eight questions designed to assess people’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Many people don’t realize that type 2 diabetes is not only preventable but reversible with changes in lifestyle, especially diet and exercise. Adams was afflicted with type 2 diabetes at one time and even lost his vision temporarily. With increasing cases of diabetes, the CYR challenge will likely continue beyond November, which is National Diabetes Prevention Month. The campaign seeks to test one million Americans.

NYU College of Dentistry opens in Downtown Brooklyn

NYU College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) has opened a new dental care practice in Downtown Brooklyn’s City Point. “NYU Dentistry Brooklyn Patient Care marks the first time in the 155-year history of NYU College of Dentistry that we have opened a patient care and education facility outside of Manhattan,” said Charles N. Bertolami, the Herman Robert Fox dean of NYU Dentistry. NYU Dentistry Brooklyn Patient Care provides comprehensive patient care, including general dentistry, pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, and implant dentistry. The practice — which will see 25,000 to 30,000 patients each year — is staffed by NYU Dentistry faculty and, going forward, will include advanced dental students.

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

Cops seek man who punched MTA conductor

Police are searching for a man they believe randomly punched an MTA train conductor in the face last weekend in Brooklyn. According to officials, the 38-year-old woman was working on a southbound train just before 6:30 a.m. on Saturday when she was attacked at the Prospect Park subway station. An unknown man approached the victim and punched her in the face in an unprovoked attack while the train was boarding passengers in the station, police said. The woman suffered pain and bruising to the face, but refused medical attention at the scene, according to 1010 WINS News.

Assault aboard the A train

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two people wanted for questioning in connection to an assault aboard an A train that was approaching the Borough Hall station. On Sunday, Sept. 20 around 7 p.m., a 27-year-old man got into an argument with a man and woman aboard a southbound A train. The argument escalated into a physical confrontation. The male suspect then brandished a knife and stabbed the victim several times about the head and torso. The two suspects left the train when the doors opened and fled the station towards Schermerhorn Street. EMS crews responded and transported the victim to New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in serious but stable condition, police said.

Nadler, Maloney: Trump shouldn’t ‘wait ’til the midnight hour’

U.S. Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, both of whose districts are partially in Brooklyn, recently expressed strong concern against a “potential last-minute rollback of protections by the outgoing Trump Administration.” In a letter to the Government Accountability Office, they requested that the agency ensure that all executive-branch rulemaking during this period complies with the Congressional Review Act, which requires federal agencies to submit reports of new rules to each house of Congress before any rule may take effect. The letter comes amid rumors that the Trump administration will seek to rush through a series of regulatory rollbacks during its final weeks in office.

Nurses demand hospital psych units reopen

Nurses at New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital as well as several public officials, patients and their families, held a rally on Monday to demand that the hospital reopen two psychiatric units that have been closed for eight months. “With Methodist Hospital’s 50 beds closed, it’s created an unsafe environment,” said Irving Campbell, RN, a psychiatric nurse at Methodist. “We’re hearing about increased attacks on our fellow colleagues, ER wait times to transfer the behavioral health patients has increased and we’re seeing them on our non-behavioral health units.” Nurses say a recent announcement by NYC of a pilot program directing 911 calls for mental health care to trained EMS staff is very positive, but is not enough to handle the magnitude of psychiatric emergency care needs.
Frontus to hold forum on school tests

Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus (D-Coney Island, Bath Beach, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Gravesend) will host a forum discussing New York’s standardized tests in comparison to those in other states. The forum will include a presentation from Dr. Josh Starr, chief executive officer of PDK International, an educators’ advocacy group, who will address the issues around specialized high school admissions and what approaches have been successful in other states. This event is slated to take place at 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov 27.

Adams launches ‘The Hunger Truck’

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined with Muslims Giving Back and Pakistani American Youth Society (PAYS), along with elected officials, to launch “The Hunger Truck.” The Hunger Truck project, which is in collaboration with Long Island Halal Guide, Artisans of Medicine, Freedom Bakeries, DH Care Home Agency, United Elite Group, and Nile Ridge Pharmacy, is meant to address the need for a rapid and mobile response to hunger throughout New York City. The launch comes as food insecurity is rising rapidly throughout the five boroughs, with two million New Yorkers expected to be facing food insecurity by the end of the year.

Symon says exterior work is complete

Exterior work is finished on The Symon, a 13-story condo building at 76 Schermerhorn St. in Brooklyn Heights. Colberg Architecture was the architect of record, and Lonicera Partners, Orange Management and The Davis Companies are the three developers. The building features 59 apartments. The apartments will be a mixture of one- to four-bedroom apartments, and the building will also include a rooftop terrace, a gym, a children’s playroom, a bicycle room and indoor parking spots, according to New York YIMBY.

Man shot while sitting in car

A 31-year-old man was shot on Sunday night while sitting in front of 480 Sutter Ave. in East New York around 10 p.m., police said. The man was hit in the shoulder and was brought to Brookdale Hospital in stable condition. Police say he was uncooperative with investigators in their attempts to find the suspect. There have been several shootings on Miller Avenue, which is known as a hotbed of gang activity, according to published reports.

NYU Langone expands lung cancer care

NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, in partnership with NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, is expanding its treatment and screening services. “When we built the state-of-the-art Perlmutter Cancer Center-Sunset Park last year, it was our intent to enhance and complement the excellent oncologic care already provided by our physicians in Brooklyn,” said Abraham Chachoua, MD, associate director of Perlmutter’s Lung Cancer Center. The expansion will include the addition of advanced surgical approaches, including minimally invasive thoracic surgery using robotic surgical systems to treat both lung and esophageal cancers; expanded access to medical oncology services; state-of-the-art interventional pulmonary care; and new opportunities for patients to enroll in clinical trials of experimental medications and cutting-edge cancer therapies.

Pizzeria to offer Disney-themed pizzas

Chef Roy Choi and the Disney corporation are collaborating with five pizzerias across the U.S., including Roberta’s in Brooklyn, to offer Disney-themed pizzas for Thanksgiving. The Bushwick location of Roberta’s will offer a Donald Duck pizza, with sausage and raddichio topped with Taleggio cheese. The Williamsburg location will offer a Daisy Duck pizza, with salsa verde and thinly sliced potatoes, according to published reports.

 17-year-old shot in Red Hook

A 17-year-old was shot several times inside the lobby of NYCHA’s Red Hook Houses on Brush Street, police said. The incident took place around 9 p.m. on Saturday. At press time, the teen was being treated at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. Police have not identified any suspects in the case, according to CBS News.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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