Good Morning, Brooklyn: Friday, January 14, 2022
CORRECTION: An email address for Brooklyn Community Board 2 in yesterday’s brief about a Public Hearing for a mixed-use building at 300 Bergen Street (also known as 98 Third Ave.) in Boerum Hill. The correct email address is to send comments or testimony in advance of the meeting [email protected], no later than 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19. The Eagle regrets the error.
END PARKING AT BUSY INTERSECTION: A request to remove parking at the intersection of DeKalb Avenue and Flatbush Avenue Extension will be under discussion at Brooklyn Community Board 2’s Transportation & Public Safety Committee monthly meeting, via Zoom, next Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022 at 6 p.m. This particularly busy section of the Downtown Brooklyn corridor is home to Long Island University and Junior’s Restaurant.
CB2’s Transportation & Public Safety Committee “advocates for matters concerning highway maintenance and street repair, traffic control, transportation franchises, and public transportation. The committee also advocates for fire, police patrol, and related matters of public safety,” according to the board’s website.
VACCINES AND TESTING SITES IN WEEKSVILLE: The Bureau of Brooklyn Neighborhood Health wants residents of Central Brooklyn to be aware of vaccination and testing clinics available in Weeksville: The Kingsborough Houses (1880 Pacific St., Brooklyn, NY 11233) is open the next two Saturdays (January 15 & 22) and next Wednesday, to administer the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines to any person aged 18 and older. The Weeksville Heritage Center (158 Buffalo Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11213) now through Saturday, Jan. 16, and again on Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 19-22.
Each location is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offers booster shots.
INTERFAITH SERVICE: “Together in One Solidarity” is the theme of a noontime ecumenical service at which Pastor Gilford Monrose will be the guest speaker on Martin Luther King Day. The 77th Precinct United Clergy Council and St. Gregory the Great Roman Catholic Church are hosting this first annual service, which begins at noon on Monday, Jan. 17 at the corner of Saint John’s Place and Brooklyn Avenue in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Faith leaders, NYPD officials, elected and business leaders will be participating.
BROOKLYN DEVELOPMENT CENTER GETS BOOST: A housing complex in Brooklyn will benefit from a portion of $991 million in bonds and subsidies that have been awarded to create or preserve 3,242 affordable, sustainable, and supportive homes across New York State, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Thursday. Phase 1A of the six-phase redevelopment at the 27-acre Brooklyn Developmental Center in East New York will receive $262 million to build 450 affordable apartments including 132 homes with supportive services.
As part of the state’s $1.4 billion Vital Brooklyn Initiative, the development is designed to address chronic discrepancies in access to healthcare, housing and services in Central Brooklyn’s neighborhoods.
RUSSIAN NEW YEAR: Brooklyn may be an epicenter for Russian immigrants, but New Yorkers will have to commute to Manhattan for the Russian New Year being celebrated today, Jan. 14. This holiday, which is based on the Russian Orthodox Church’s observance of Christmas and New Year on Jan. 7 and 14 respectively, will be celebrated in New York’s Studio 77, at 800 Third Ave., starting at noon, with Russian American dancers in traditional attire, Russian songs and Eastern European foods.
New York City’s population has an estimated 600,000 Russians; many of them live in Brooklyn. Brighton Beach, just east of Coney Island, is famous for its huge population of Russian and Ukrainian immigrants.
CAREER AND TECHNICAL TRAINING FAIR: Each school year, NYC Department of Education invites middle school students, parents, guardians, and school counselors to join the citywide Career and Technical Education (CTE) High School Fairs. The Brooklyn Fair, taking place virtually on Tuesday, January 18 @ 5:45 p.m., will focus on CTE High Schools in Brooklyn and Staten Island, and will give families the opportunity to discover more than 290 Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, interact with other staff and CTE students, learn the application process, and meet industry and college partners collaborating with CTE programs. Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScUXrs2R_1jo2jN91ySEO-5pv7fgjNqMjm2SOLV1Dc1h7IHDg/viewform
CTE HS fairs will include programs in the following industries: Automotive and Transport; Business and Finance; Construction and Sustainability; Culinary, Hospitality and Tourism; Engineering and Architecture; Healthcare; Information Technology; Law and Public Safety; Media and Design.
IPS NEWS: BROOKLYN’S AID TO BRONX FIRE VICTIMS: Kings County Democratic Committee Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, in thanking Brooklynites for their overwhelming response to the Bronx apartment building fire victims, announced Thursday that donations of supplies are no longer needed.
The Bronx Fire Relief Fund from the NYC Mayor’s Office is still collecting cash donations, and Brooklynites are encouraged to donate.
IPS NEWS: YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS: State Sen. Roxanne Persaud invites educators to nominate outstanding students who excel in and outside the classroom for the New York State Senate Youth Leadership Recognition Award. To apply, visit https://www.nysenate.gov/eform/submit/new-york-senate-youth-leadership before the March 25 deadline.
Students selected to receive this Recognition Award will receive a congratulatory personalized certificate from his or her State Senator.
IPS NEWS: CAMPAIGN RAISES $800K IN THREE WEEKS: Former U.S. Rep. Max Rose has reportedly raised more than $800,000 in the first three weeks of his candidacy to regain his seat in Congress. Rose, who served New York’s 11th Congressional District, comprising parts of Southern Brooklyn and Staten Island, is an Army veteran who served during the war in Afghanistan, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze star for his service. Most recently, Rose served as a senior adviser to the Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin.
Max Rose declared that he has accepted Zero Donations from corporate PACS or federal lobbyists.
IPS NEWS: CYMBROWITZ PUSHES TO RESUME SERVING-SIZE DRINKS: In an endeavor to help the restaurant and hospitality industry recover from the financial losses of the last two years, Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz (D-45th District) has renewed his push for legislation (A.7732) that would allow restaurants and bars in New York State to sell and deliver serving sizes of wine, mead and other alcoholic beverages for consumption off the premises. He is following up on Gov. Hochul’s support, expressed in the “State of the State” address earlier this month, for reinstating and making permanent the measure that allowed liquor license holders to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption.
The legislation requires customers to buy a food item with the alcohol to go. Bottle sales will not be permitted, eliminating any competition with liquor stores.
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