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Medical residents at Methodist Hospital demand new contract amid stalled negotiations

Medical residents on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic at Park Slope’s Methodist Hospital have been operating without a contract for several months after they say hospital administrators snubbed them during negotiations.  “We have been trying to renegotiate our union contract with Methodist since the fall,” said one resident, who asked to remain anonymous in fear of retaliation. “And the process has just been getting delayed and delayed.”  Their union negotiated their previous multi-year contract that expired in October 2019, forcing them to work without a stable contract ever since — and management has routinely avoided reopening negotiations and denied them a scheduled raise last November, said the resident.  “We had planned…

Did Brooklyn Heights Lose Over 40% of its Population Because of COVID-19?

According to this story by Kevin Quealy in the New York Times, which has a very interesting map and graph, because of the coronavirus pandemic,roughly 5 percent of residents — or about 420,000 people — left the city between March 1 and May 1. In the city’s very wealthiest blocks, in neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, the West Village, SoHo and Brooklyn Heights, residential population decreased by 40 percent or more, while the rest of the city saw comparably modest changes.As the next paragraph notes, “some of these areas are typically home to lots of students, many of whom left as colleges and universities closed….

DOE Announces New Remote-Learning Grading Policy

It’s been 48 days since Friday, March 13th, the day students last attended NYC public schools before they were officially shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  (Private schools closed on Wednesday, March 11th just prior to their scheduled two-week spring break). Not that anyone’s counting. Oh, who are we kidding? EVERYONE has been counting, Parents and caregivers certainly have.Families suddenly faced the daunting task of balancing working from home while schooling their…

5 New Coronavirus Testing Locations Opening Including 2 Locations in Brooklyn

Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, five new testing facilities are opening, primarily in neighborhoods where the need is greatest. A drive-through mobile testing facility will open at the ;Sears Parking Lot at 2307 Beverly Road in Brooklyn ;(April 10 @ 12:30pm) A drive-through mobile testing facility opened at the ;Club House at Aqueduct Race Track Parking Lot, 110-00 …

Brooklyn Bridge Park During PAUSE

Brooklyn Bridge Park President Eric Landau has issued the following guidance for use of the park while New York is on PAUSE:The health and safety of our staff, visitors, and community is our top priority. While the Park is open, please note that it is open for passive use and solitary recreation only. We encourage people to walk their dog, go for a run, or just spend a few minutes outside. While in the Park, please be sure to practice good social distancing, keeping at least 6 feet apart from others.In the interest of everyone’s wellbeing, areas of the Park where social distancing is not practical (e.g., Pier…

NYC’s first possible coronavirus case being tested by CDC

The NYC Department of Health said on Saturday that a city resident who fell ill after returning from mainland China is at Bellevue Hospital, getting testing for the novel coronavirus. The individual, who is under 40 years old, has been hospitalized in stable condition. Testing to confirm the presence of the virus will take a … The post NYC’s first possible coronavirus case being tested by CDC appeared first on Brooklyn Eagle.

Measles cases rise to 566 citywide, but the disease slows down in Sunset Park

The number of confirmed measles cases in New York City has risen to 566, up 31 since May 28. The epidemic, mostly contained to the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg, has continued to spread in Sunset Park with 13 cases, but at a slower pace, with only one person contracting the disease in the last week. Assistant Speaker of the Assembly Felix Ortiz held a press conference on Friday afternoon with Sunset Park doctors to let residents know that help is available. The doctors reiterated the importance of vaccinations and outlined some of the dangers of the disease. Dr…

Teresa’s to Re-Open Tomorrow Morning?

The Brooklyn Paper reports that popular neighborhood eatery Teresa’s was closed Tuesday by order of the Health Department because of “evidence of mice inside, and … that the kitchen’s setup did not adequately protect food from contamination.” However, this afternoon the yellow Health Department sign was gone, and in its place was a hand-lettered sign saying the restaurant was “closed for maintenance” and would re-open tomorrow (Friday) morning.

BQE and Mega-Jail Dominate BHA Annual Meeting

It was standing room only at the Founders Hall Auditorium of St. Francis College for Tuesday’s Annual Meeting of the Brooklyn Heights Association. As the Eagle’s Mary Frost reports, BHA President Martha Bakos Dietz said the BHA had submitted to the City’s Department of Transportation an alternative plan that would avoid putting a temporary six lane highway in the present location of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, and that the DOT has said it is considering this alternative, as well as “three to five others.” Ms. Dietz also announced that the BHA will hold a town hall meeting on the BQE …

Patients Struggle To Find A Good Dentist In The Local Area?

Finding the right dentist is important and can be a challenging task considering the several practices offering similar services. Here are recommendations on where to look: Patients Struggle To Find A Good Dentist In The Local Area?Click To Tweet – Seek references from colleagues or family who can honestly tell you about a dentist they trust, their personality and location. – Ask for recommendation from your current dentist who will refer you to a dentist they know in case you are relocating to a new destination. For further information please visit the denture repair website – Your family doctor is a great reference to recommend a dentist they know will be good for you. They are most likely to know of a dentist’s…

Simon Says: Talk to Neighbors; Examine Data; Review EIS for BQE Renovation

As expected, Thursday’s “Java with Jo Anne” event, with State Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon at One Girl Cookies in DUMBO, drew a number of Brooklyn Heights residents eager to question Ms. Simon’s stance concerning the City Department of Transportation’s plan to construct a temporary six lane highway in the present location of the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. Simon was booed and heckled at the rally on the Promenade last Saturday for not declaring herself opposed…