Around Brooklyn: DUMBO tops Brooklyn for expensive home sales
DUMBO tops Brooklyn for expensive home sales
A new report from the real estate data site PropertyShark says that despite a 31 percent drop in the number of sales in the neighborhood from last year, prices in DUMBO edged up 8 percent, resulting in a median sale price of $1.625 million for DUMBO co-ops and condos. This makes the neighborhood not only the most expensive neighborhood in Brooklyn, but the eighth most expensive neighborhood citywide. Boroughwide, while Manhattan’s median home prices fell by 9 percent, Brooklyn’s rose by 4 percent, PropertyShark said. BKLYNER quoted broker Nadia Bartolucci, of Douglas Elliman, as saying that many residents of the Upper West Side, the East Village and the West Village have expressed interest in living in Brooklyn.
Adams: Speed up vaccines for home care, nursing home workers
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and City Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez recently urged the city and state to prioritize an immediate and robust COVID-19 vaccine deployment for home care workers and nursing home staff who are operating in high-risk environments. They addressed their concerns and their bipartisan plan of action to speed up vaccination and expand access outside the NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health Dyckman clinic in Washington Heights, one of the hardest-hit communities in this city.
Vaccine hub to open at Army Terminal
A COVID-19 vaccine hub is coming to the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday. The hub, which is slated to open on Sunday, will serve as the largest vaccination location in Brooklyn and will join the already announced Bushwick site at the Bushwick Educational Campus. The Army Terminal site will be open by appointment only to prevent crowds, according to published reports. “We need people to make appointments, we do not want long lines,” he said. “We do want people pre-certified.”
Three Kings Day observed despite pandemic
Three Kings Day, a holiday widely observed in Hispanic countries as well as by the Greek and Russian Orthodox Church, is usually celebrated in Williamsburg with a parade along Graham Avenue with extravagant outfits, live music and animals. However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this event, like other mass outdoor events, has been canceled. Instead, Woodhull Hospital organized a giveaway of children’s toys. Attendees were even offered the chance to pose alongside the “Three Kings” themselves, according to published reports. Gifts were donated by the hospital, the FDNY and the NYPD.
Fisherman discovers body off Canarsie
A fisherman discovered a decomposed body off the Canarsie pier just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Instead of reeling in a fish, he reeled in the body and then called 911. The man, Edmond Stringa, later said that he thought he caught something on Monday but was unable to reel it in, so he returned Tuesday with a stronger line and a bigger hook. When he pulled on his line, he saw the shoes and the pants and he knew it wasn’t a fish, according to 1010 WINS radio.
Cornegy gives out free food to neighbors
Council Member Robert Cornegy (D-Bedford Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights) has been hosting Wellness Wednesdays starting in the darkest times of the Covid-19 pandemic, and he continues to do so in 2021. After giving out more than 10,000 boxes of food in 2020, he is bringing free food to neighbors. Sponsors include the Campaign Against Hunger and Met Council. The most recent food giveaway took place at 11:00 a.m. Jan. 6 at NYCHA’s Louis Armstrong Houses, 415 Lexington Ave. at Tompkins Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Williams nominates Brooklyn activist to Planning Commission
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams has announced that he will nominate Cea Weaver, Brooklyn-based campaign coordinator for the Housing Justice for All coalition, to serve on the City Planning Commission. Weaver coordinated the 2019 campaign to strengthen and expand tenants’ rights across the state and in 2020 worked to win an eviction moratorium during the COVID-19 pandemic. Weaver holds a master’s degree in urban planning from NYU. She is Public Advocate Williams’ first nomination to the City Planning Commission.
Violent incidents continue in Brownsville
On Monday night in Brownsville, a dispute in the lobby of an apartment building at Tapscott Street near Howard Avenue resulted in a 23-year-old man being shot in the ankle. EMS units brought the man to Brookdale Hospital. Then, around 3 a.m. the next morning, a 26-year-old man was shot in the leg in an apartment building at 240 Lott Ave., also in Brownsville. Police said the man was uncooperative with police afterward, according to published reports.
‘Brooklyn Fare’ market comes to Manhattan
A market called Brooklyn Fare, part of a chain that started in Brooklyn, is slated to replace a Western Beef store on 62nd Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan. The store’s website says it tries to provide “ “fresh, delicious groceries and prepared foods at approachable prices, with the perks and services of an old-school neighborhood grocer,” according to West Side Rag.
Brooklyn man tells why he joined DC mob
A Brooklyn man who joined the mob who stormed the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C., told the New York Post why he did it. The man, who only gave his name as Aaron, says he believed that the U.S. election system cheated President Donald Trump out of 10 million votes. “I think certain states that have been red for a long time turned blue and were stolen, like New York.” The protester was wearing a bulletproof vest as well as a fur costume and a police shield.
Cops shoot man who was aiming van at them
Police opened fire on a man driving toward them in a stolen van in East New York Wednesday night, according to the NYPD. The man was struck in the leg by a bullet that appears to have pierced the vehicle and is in stable condition. The altercation happened after officers spotted two men rummaging through a vehicle at about 8:45 p.m. near Pitkin Avenue and Georgia Avenue. As officers approached, one of the men jumped into a stolen van and drove towards police, sources said. At least one officer opened fire. The man who was struck fled in the van before police stopped him about a half-mile away, took him into custody and took him to Brookdale Hospital, according to the New York Post.
Gillibrand seeks to introduce Health Force bill
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced that her first bill in the new Congress will be her Health Force, Resilience Force, and Jobs to Fight COVID-19 Act in order to aid the country’s lagging vaccine distribution campaign. The Health Force, Resilience Force, and Jobs to Fight COVID-19 Act (Health Force), championed by Gillibrand and others last year, would invest billions in local public health infrastructure and recruit, train and employ hundreds of thousands of Americans to administer and distribute vaccines, particularly in underserved communities.
Compiled by Raanan Geberer.
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