Cleaning Up the Gowanus Canal

Sep 06, 15 Cleaning Up the Gowanus Canal

Posted by in Gowanus, Lifestyle, Society

Many have been working tirelessly to find solutions for the long-polluted waterway along the Gowanus Canal. One organization, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, is now working with the Department of Sanitation to build a facility on Second Avenue near the canal. The intention is that food scraps and other organic waste will be turned into garden compost. The location for this plan is owned by the Department of Sanitation and is currently an empty lot that is used to store salt and sand to spread on city streets in the winter. While some compositing has already been occurring on this plot, the new plans will quadruple the size of the operation and make it more efficient, as reported by conservancy executive director Andrea Parker. As she said, “It will mean that we can process a whole lot more food scraps and provide a lot more compost for street trees in the neighborhood.” The new facility will bring the many volunteers in from the cold with an open-air shelter design and it will use solar panels to power light the location. They will also have something called “bioswales” which are small plots with plants that absorb rainwater during storms. The funding for the project includes a $1.5 million in grants from the state Department of Environmental Conservation and $105,000 from City Councilman Brad Lander’s participatory budgeting...

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Boro President Adams Travels to Turkey All Expenses Paid

Aug 17, 15 Boro President Adams Travels to Turkey All Expenses Paid

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It was Borough President Redux as Eric Adams did a rerun of what his predecessor Marty Markowitz did, but with a bit more intelligence. Adams took the Turkish government up on their offer to pay for the President’s visit to Turkey, to the tune of $7,500 to cover expenses for the five day trip, just as Marty Markowitz did in 2011, but with one big difference. Adams made sure to get the city’s ethics panel to agree to the trip in advance, something Markowitz failed to do. For his failure the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board fined Markowitz $20,000, for his trip to Turkey and two other trips paid for by foreign governments, and for also taking his wife along. Not only did Adams ask permission, since he has no wife, he just brought along his important (if less fun) special counsel Ama Dwimoh. The trip took place from August 11-15, during which Adams signed a sister-city agreement between his fair city of Brooklyn and the Uskudar district of Istanbul. He also met with local leaders to discuss the importance and potential of cooperation between the two places. They also discussed the importance of fighting against the threat of terrorism. Several Brooklyn neighborhoods have large Turkish populations, including Brighton Beach, Midwood and Sheepshead...

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Newest Oldest Person is Brooklyn Resident Miss Susie

Jun 19, 15 Newest Oldest Person is Brooklyn Resident Miss Susie

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When the world’s oldest person, 116-year-old Jeralean Talley of suburban Detroit died this past Wednesday, the baton was handed to Brooklyn resident Susannah Mushatt Jones, the new world champion for longevity. Born in Alabama in 1899, Jones, or “Miss Susie” as most of her acquaintances call her, moved to New York when she was 24 during the mayorship of John Hylan and riding the subway cost just 5 cents. Jones was married, but the marriage was short-lived and she never had children. She does have more than 100 nephews and nieces, who lavish love on their aunt. Until 1965 when she retired, Jones worked as a child-care provider. Reigning as the world’s oldest person is generally not a long-term honor. A Japanese woman, Misao was the world’s oldest person until her death in April at the age of 117. Then came Gertrude Weaver, who held the title in Arkansas for four days until she died at age 116. Next up was Talley, who turned 116 in May, but was forced to relinquish his position when he died last week. The second oldest person in the world is now Emma Morano-Martinuzzi of Italy, who is about 150 days younger than Miss Susie. Jones attributes her long and relatively healthy life to refraining from smoking and drinking, although she does eat bacon and eggs for breakfast every day. About 15 years ago she lost her eyesight, and her hearing is less (quite a bit) than perfect. She also uses a wheelchair to get around. But until she turned 100 she was able to cook for herself, and let a relatively independent...

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Cannabis Will Grow in Brooklyn?

Jun 07, 15 Cannabis Will Grow in Brooklyn?

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A spokesperson for the New York State Department of Health did not say how many companies are applying for licenses to dispense medical marijuana, but he did say five licenses will be issued. Each license will allow each vendor the rights to establish four dispensaries throughout New York. One company, PalliaTech, signed a lease on a 3,000-square-foot space in downtown Brooklyn. The lease however is contingent on the company winning one of the five coveted licenses. The licensing competition is a result to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of the Compassionate Care Act in 2014, legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, unlike in California and other states with liberal medical marijuana regulations, New York State will have the country’s strictest regulations. The fact there will only be 20 dispensaries in a state as large as New York with a population of 20 million people, will make it not as ubiquitous as some might like. In addition, cannabis will not be available at all in plant form, so it cannot be smoked by users. Instead, users will need to ingest a highly refined version of the drug using vaporized oils, gel caps, nebulizers or other ways to achieve its medicinal effects. One other limiting factor is that only 10 illnesses will allow doctors to prescribe marijuana. “We believe that New York has set a national standard,” said Andrei Bogolubov, the executive vice president of PalliaTech. “It will give doctors a tool so that they can finally unlock the therapeutic potential of cannabis, which is vast for patients in New York, and ultimately that will benefit people who suffer from...

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Stories of Strength and Faith

Mar 25, 15 Stories of Strength and Faith

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We can often receive great strength from those who went before us. There are many lovely stories about Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, the Rav of Yerushalayim. Here are two lovely stories. A wealthy women who was unable to have children approached the Rav of Budapest with a large sum of money to pray for her to have children. The Rav told her to send the money to Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld. As the Rav said, “He’s a great tsaddik.” She sent the money to the Rav of Jerusalem and then when her husband learned that she had sent a large sum of money away he was very angry. He wanted to write to the Rav and request the money back. While this was going on, the postman arrived with an envelope for the Rav of Budapest. It included a letter from the Rav of Jerusalem and the full amount of the money. In it Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, wrote “I received the letter with the money enclosed. However, since the Rav wrote that the woman gave him the money, I suspected that she might have done this without the permission of her husband. Because of this, I am sending back the money, and I request from the Rav that he return the money to the woman as quickly as possible. It should be understood that I didn’t refrain from the fulfilling the woman’s request because of this. I davened fervently for her, and may my tefillohs be accepted before Avinu Beshamayim.” In another story that shows his feelings towards Israel, the Rav was walking with someone who opened up on umbrella when it started to rain. Rav Yosef Chaim told him to close the umbrella, saying “Have you ever seen a soldier in battle with an umbrella? We too are soldiers going to battle and we don’t need an... Jack3d advance

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Brooklyn Heights Could Become Clinton’s Campaign HQ

Mar 15, 15 Brooklyn Heights Could Become Clinton’s Campaign HQ

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It is expected that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce her intention to join the race for the Democratic nomination to run for president, any day now. And when that day arrives she will need a place to call her campaign home. Rumor has it that that home may be in Brooklyn. CNN reported: “Clinton and her team…are nearing a deal for office space at the MetroTech complex in Brooklyn. A lease has not been signed yet, according to a source with knowledge, but very serious negotiations are ongoing and the Clinton team settled on Brooklyn after eying other locations around New York City. Clinton supporters see a number of benefits in Brooklyn, including ease of attracting talent to the New York area and the fact that it’s known for ethnic and socio-economic diversity.” Setting up shop is not a simple proposition in an increasingly high-rent district like Brooklyn Heights where Clinton’s team has been making enquiries. Rents there are almost at levels found in Manhattan, which is bad news for low-paid campaign staffers who will have to find quarters close to the headquarters. CNN mentioned that the campaign is asking local supporters to open their homes to the young workers. Another perceived downside is the fact that Brooklyn Heights is only two subway stops away from Wall...

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