Celebrating Valentine’s Day – Brooklyn Style

Dear Readers,

In a few hours we will celebrate Valentine’s Day 2016. I must admit that everyday is cause for celebration, but I enjoy the special feeling associated with this day.

For me, Valentine’s Day is not complete until I have a slice of my favorite chocolate cake, chocolate truffles and a glass of champagne. The good news is Brooklyn has many outstanding bakeries and chocolate shops to make any day special. Today I am sharing a few of my favorite desserts and where you may purchase them. I’ve also included some champagne suggestions for good measure.


Baked
359 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, New York – Red Hook
Hours: Weekdays 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Weekends 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

The Chocolate Room
51 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – Near the Barclay Center
269 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York – Cobble Hill
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Fri. – Sat. 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Website: Please click here.

Juniors Restaurant and Bakery
368 Flatbush Avenue Ext., Brooklyn, NY
Hours: Sun. – Thurs. 6:30 am – 12:00 am
Fri. – Sat. 6:30 am – 1:00 am
Website: Please click here.

Jacques Torres Chocolates
66 Water Street, Brooklyn, New York – DUMBO
Hours: Mon. – Sat. 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sun. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Nunu Chocolates
529 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sat – Sun. 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Whether you spend the day with a loved one or solo, at home or in one of Brooklyn’s  many trendy restaurants, remember to celebrate the most important person of all – you!

Fondly,
Monique

My Thanksgiving Playlist #3 – “I Believe in You and Me”

Dear Readers,

I am pleased to share the 3rd song from my Thanksgiving playlist – I Believe in You and Me by Whitney Houston. There are days when I still cannot believe she is no longer with us. Whitney’s voice was legendary and her delivery was spectacular.

This is my last post for today, but you will be hearing from me tomorrow. For now, please enjoy the fabulous Ms. Whitney Houston.

Have a great evening.

Fondly,
Monique

Time to Reconnect

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden ©Shutterstock

Dear Readers,

Greetings from Brooklyn Legends.  We have missed connecting with during this brief hiatus.  As summer is almost over, it is now time to get back to work.

So much has happened in our beloved Brooklyn, throughout New York City and the world.  While we can all agree to experiencing some very good days, the recent tragic events demand that we acknowledge our nation’s struggles around several issues, including: acceptance, equality and justice.  As with all challenges we, collectively and as individuals, will continue to find ways to endure.

Brooklyn Legends is committed to being a part of your good days.  We will continue to celebrate the achievements of Brooklyn women from the African diaspora and recognize the stellar accomplishments of women throughout the world. We are also preparing inspirational moments to share with you in addition to our blog posts. So please stay tuned and get ready for a busy and productive Fall.

Fondly,

Monique

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Credits:
Image of Fall from Shutterstock.

Saluting Women’s History Month & Dr. Josephine English

Dear Readers,

We are pleased to join the world in celebrating Women’s History Month. Sharing the important contributions of Brooklyn women from the African diaspora, and the accomplishments of women throughout the world, has motivated me to look for ways to make an impact on young ladies in my community.  What will be my legacy for the future?  How can I engage others?

Dr. Josephine English - NY Dailynews.com

Dr. Josephine English – NY Dailynews.com

Today I am pleased to tell you about the historical achievements of Dr. Josephine English – one of the first African-American women to have an OB/GYN practice in New York and one of Brooklyn’s earliest medical pioneers.

Dr. English was a tireless community leader, patron of the arts and philanthropist.  Most important of all, she was a wonderful mother to her children, and earned a reputation as a highly coveted OB/GYN to Brooklyn residents and notables, including Dr. Betty Shabazz, wife of Malcolm X.

Dr.English's home - via www.ohny.org

Dr.English’s home – via http://www.ohny.org

Dr. English was born on December 17, 1920, in Virginia, and she died on December 18, 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, one day after her 91st birthday.  Although she lived in Bedford Stuyvesant for many years, she would spend her last days at the Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, where she was recovering after undergoing a surgical procedure.

Dr. Susan McKinney via Blackpast.org

Dr. Susan McKinney via Blackpast.org

As I was preparing this post, I wondered wouldn’t it be great if Dr. English had an opportunity to meet Dr. McKinney? Picture a room where Dr. English, a recent graduate from Meharry Medical College who was now living in Brooklyn, could sit and talk with Dr. McKinney, the esteemed Brooklyn native who was the first African-American woman to earn an MD degree in New York State and the third woman to earn an MD degree in the United States.  Can you just imagine the stories they would share?  As medical pioneers with their own series of “firsts,” in addition to their personal and professional triumphs and challenges, I envision a conversation filled with many “aha” moments.

Dr. English spent her childhood years in New Jersey.  Her parents were among the first African-American families to settle in Englewood.  She received a B.A. from Hunter College in 1939 and continued her education at New York University where she received a M.A. in Psychology.  After NYU, she attended Meharry Medical College and received her M.D. in 1949.  Dr. English was ready to make her mark on the world.  Her first stop was Harlem Hospital, where she worked for many years until she moved to Brooklyn in 1956.

Dr. English was a trailblazer who reached back to help others who were in need.  She was among our borough’s earliest women philanthropists who championed the importance of health care for women, men and children.  Shortly after moving to Brooklyn, she founded a Women’s Community Health Clinic in Bushwick.  In 1979, she founded the Adelphi Medical Center which provided services for women and men.

On stage at the Paul Robeson Theater via - www.northjersey.com

On stage at the Paul Robeson Theater via – http://www.northjersey.com

Dr. English loved the theater and she was determined to share her passion for the arts with the community.  In 1980, decades after opening many medical clinics, she purchased an abandoned church and converted it to the Paul Robeson Theater for the Performing Arts.

One year later, in 1981, Dr. English turned her sights to services for children and opened Up The Ladder Day Care and After-School Program which included a summer day camp.  In 1986, she became the first minority, and the first woman, to be awarded a license from the New York State Department of Health to develop a free-standing ambulatory surgical center in Brooklyn.

Dr. English worked well beyond what was considered to be retirement age.  She focused intently on her goals and did not let anything stand in her way.  She changed the health-care landscape for women, men and families, in Brooklyn by providing access to health education and empowering her patients to make healthy life-style choices.  She was a guiding force in Brooklyn and one of our brightest stars.  Her achievements are legendary and it is an honor to salute her.

Dr. English will be truly missed.

Fondly,
Monique

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Credits:
Josephine English, one of the first back, female OB/GYNs not stopping at 89 – nydailynews.com
Dr. Josephine English, 91 via Northjersey.com
Dr. Josephine English, Medical Trailblazer dies at 91 – via www1.cuny.edu
Dr. Josephine English, The HistoryMakers via http://www.thehistorymakers.com

Happy Valentine’s Day – Brooklyn Style

Dear Readers,

Happy Valentine’s Day!  For me, Valentine’s Day is not complete until I have the “perfect” slice of chocolate cake and a glass of champagne.  Brooklyn has several wonderful bakeries to make your day special.

Today I am pleased to share a few special shops that are among my favorites.  To complete the list, I have included some champagne suggestions as well.  Whether you spend the day with a loved one or solo, at home or in one of the City’s many trendy restaurants, remember to take celebrate the most important person of all – you!

Baked
359 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, New York – Red Hook
Hours: Weekdays 7:00 am – 7:00 pm, Weekends 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Brooklyn Cupcake
335 Union Street, Brooklyn, New York – Williamsburg
Hours: Sunday – Wednesday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, Thursday – Saturday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

The Chocolate Room
269 Court Street, Brooklyn, New York – Cobble Hill
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 12:00 noon – 9:00 pm, Friday – Saturday 12:00 noon – 10:00 pm
Pop Up Store  82 Fifth Avenue
Website: Please click here.

Heavenly Crumbs Boutique Bakery
335 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 am – 7:00 pm, Friday – Saturday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Jacques Torres Chocolates
66 Water Street, Brooklyn, New York – DUMBO
Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00 am – 8:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Nunu Chocolates
529 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00 am – 9:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Website: Please click here.

Have a great weekend.

Monique

Welcome to Kings Theatre – A New Jewel in Brooklyn’s Crown

Max Touhey - ny.curbed.com

Max Touhey – ny.curbed.com

Dear Readers,

Wishing everyone a very happy Sunday as we usher in the month of February.  As you all know, today is Superbowl Sunday, and many Americans are anxiously watching their television sets, waiting for the festivities to begin.  For our sports enthusiasts, I know that this is the moment that you have been waiting for.  I hope your team wins!

NY Daily News.com

NY Daily News.com

This Tuesday, February 3rd, which is just 48 hours away, the residents of Brooklyn will once again celebrate a grand moment in its architectural history – the reopening of the Loews Kings Theater Brooklyn on Flatbush Avenue.

After more than 2 years of painstaking renovations, this former jewel in the heart of Brooklyn’s crown, will open its doors to much fanfare.  Excitement abounds as Brooklyn residents, and Manhattanites too, prepare to welcome legendary entertainer Diana Ross.  Tuesday’s “Supreme” concert is just the beginning.

The management team of this newly renovated theater has an exciting year of concerts in store. To learn more about the Loews Kings Theatre Brooklyn, please visit this link.

As New York Times writer David W. Dunlap eloquently wrote,

The Kings Theater was built for a more opulent time.  What audiences will see is a painstaking re-creation of one of five Loew’s Wonder Theaters in New York and New Jersey.

I look forward to visiting the Loews Kings Theatre Brooklyn as often as I can.  I hope to see you there.

Fondly,
Monique

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Credits
Kings Theatre official website – http://www.kingstheatre.com
The New York Times – Nov. 6, 2013 – Giving Old Loew’s Theater in Brooklyn a Second Chance
Kings Theatre (Brooklyn) – Wikipedia

 

 

The Wonder of It All – Welcome Christmas 2014

Dear Readers,

Happy Holidays!  It is hard to believe that in a couple of weeks, it will be Christmas.  I absolutely love this time of the year.  This is also the time of the year when sparkling lights, and other decorations, seem to rule the night!  I am amazed to see how easily some of New York City’s iconic buildings are transformed.  For me, simply walking and listening to all of the compliments is priceless.

With this in mind, I thought, why not do something different for today’s post?  So, I have assembled some of my favorite holiday photos from my Pinterest account to share with you.  For full disclosure some of the photos that you will see are from past years.  Other photos come from some of my favorite places outside of New York City, but the sentiment is still the same – Joy!

In case you missed the reference, Brooklyn Legends is also on Pinterest.  When you have a moment, please visit us at Brooklyn Legends on Pinterest.  Once there, please look for the board Happy Holidays 2014 – Here Are A Few of My Favorite Things. 

Have a great day and remember to enjoy the splendor of the season.

Fondly,
Monique

 

Welcome to Holiday On Ice

Dear Readers:

A close friend was looking for fun activities to do with family members visiting New York City for Christmas.  This is actually their 2nd trip in recent years but they are still very excited.  They will also be bringing young children so whatever they do must be affordable and fun.  After a quick tour of the internet, we decided ice skating would be perfect.  Realizing that many be looking for similar activities, I thought this would be a nice post for today.

Before we proceed, please make note of the following:

  • Many ice skating rinks now suggest skaters have a helmet.
  • If you don’t have one, they can be rented for a fee.
  • Please note helmet rental fees vary.  Some start as low as $3 and go as high as $12.
  • Lastly, hours tend to vary this time of the year.  Please check with each site before you venture out.
Photo by Petercruise/FlickrCC

Photo by Petercruise/FlickrCC

The Rink at Rockefeller Center

With an impressive 80+year history, the Rink at Rockefeller Center is a favorite New York City destination for residents and tourists.  Rockefeller Center is quite busy this time of year and there is a 90-minute schedule so you may have to wait for a while.  Once inside, you will be transported to a winter wonderland.  For more information, please follow this link.

Prices: Adults $27 ($30 peak); Seniors/Children (under 11): $15.  Skate rental: $12
Hours: Open daily 8:30 am until midnight
Location: 600 Fifth Avenue
Nearest Subway: B, D, F, M to 47th-50th Streets/Rockefeller Center

Photo - Bryant Park Corp

Photo – Bryant Park Corp

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Considered to be one of Manhattan’s best locations for seasonal skating and admission is free. Open until March 2015, this is considered to be one of the best bets in Midtown without the crowds.  For more information, please follow this link.

Prices: Free admission. Skate rental: $15
Hours:  Sunday through Thursday 8 am – 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 8 am – midnight
Location: Between 40th and 42nd Streets & 5th and 6th Avenues
Nearest Subway: 7 to 5th Avenue; B, D, F, M to 42nd Street/Bryant Park

Photo by tomasfano/Flickr cc

Photo by tomasfano/Flickr cc

Trump Rink in Central Park

Located in beautiful Central Park, with an added bonus of New York’s breathtaking skyline, Donald Trump’s ice skating rink is open from late October until early April.  Like Rockefeller Center, this rink is a favorite destination for New York City residents and tourists so please be prepared to wait.  For more information, and to confirm public skating hours, please follow this link.

Prices: Adults: Monday through Thursday $11.25; Children: (under 11) $6; Seniors: $5
Friday through Sunday and Holidays, Adults: 18; Children: $6 (under 11); Seniors: $9.  Skate Rental: $8 and Locker Rental: $11 (includes a $6 refundable deposit)
Cash only – no credit cards
Hours: Monday and Tuesday 10 am – 2:30 pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10 am-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 10 am to 11 pm, Sundays 10 am to 9 pm
Location: 59th Street and 6th Avenue
Nearest Subway: A, B, C, D, 1, 9 to 59th Street; N, R to 5th Avenue; B, Q to 57th Street

Photo by The Standard

Photo by The StandardThe Standard Ice Rink

The Standard Ice Rink

Located in New York Cit’s Meat Packing District, this “miniature” skating rink is open for only a few months each year. While children are most certainly welcome, this venue is geared towards adults, especially in the evening when the rink takes on a party atmosphere.  For more information please click here.

Prices: Adults: $12; Children $6.  Skate rental: $3
Hours: Weekdays noon until midnight and weekends 9 am until 1 am
Location: 848 Washington at 13th Street
Nearest Subway: L to 8th Avenue, A, C, E to 14th Street

Photo by Trump Org.

Photo by Trump Org.

Trump Lasker Rink

Trump Lasker Rink, on the north end of Central Park, is far less  crowded than Wollman Rink.  Many sources confirm this is the perfect place to take professional classes due to the limited crowd size.  Public hours vary due to the Rink’s many hockey programs.  As many classes are held throughout the week, please be sure to do a little homework before you head out.  For more information, please click here.

Prices: Adults: $7.50; Children: $4.00; Seniors $2.25.  Skate rental: $6.50
Hours: Please remember to refer to the site for special holiday hours.
Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Friday – 10:00 am – 4:50 pm and 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Saturday 1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Sunday 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: 110th Street and Lexington Avenue
Nearest Subway: 2, 3 to 110th Street; C, B to 110th Street

Photo by Fred George

Photo by Fred George

Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers

The Sky Rink, at Pier 61, is open year-round, 7 days a week to skaters (novices and professionals) of all ages. This twin rink facility is also home to the Sky Rink Skating school.  There is so much to do at Chelsea Piers.  This is well worth a visit.  Given the various programs, which change frequently, please visit the Sky Rink at Chelsea Pier’s site by following this link.

Prices: Admission $10. Skate rental: $5
Hours: Given the various programs, please visit the website. 
Location: Pier 61, Hudson River Greenway at 23rd Street
Nearest Subway: A, C to 23rd Street

Photo by City Ice Pavilion

Photo by City Ice Pavilion

City Ice Pavilion

City Ice is a fabulous roof-top skating facility in Long Island City and is open year-round. The “Pavilion” boasts an NHL-size rink and offers public skating and hockey programs for youths and adults.  It is also home to the City Ice Pavilion Skating School — a favorite of New York City residents from all boroughs.  Given the various programs, which change frequently, please visit City Ice Pavilion’s website by following this link http://cityicepavilion.com

Prices: Weekdays: $6; Weekends and Holidays: $9.  Skate Rental: $5
Hours: Varies due to programs
Location: 47-32 32nd Place
Nearest Subway: 7 to 33rd Street; E, R to Queens Plaza

Photo by Riverbank State Park

Photo by Riverbank State Park

Riverbank State Park Ice Skating Rink

Riverbank State Park is in the Hamilton Heights enclave of Manhattan.  This spectacular park is a  28-acre structure that rises 69 feet above the beautiful Hudson River.  This is a state-of-the-art facility with a covered roller-skating rink that, in the winter, transforms into an ice skating rink.  For more information, please click here.

Prices: Adults: $5; Children (age not specified) $3. Skate Rental: $6
Hours: Open November through March
Fridays 6 pm to 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm.
Location: 679 Riverside Drive
Nearest Subway: A, B, C,D to 145th Street/St. Nicholas Avenue; 1 to 145th Street

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images

Abe Stark Rink at the Coney Island Boardwalk

The Abe Stark Rink is located next to the famous Coney Island Boardwalk.  A hidden gem in Brooklyn’s sparkling crown, this public skating is available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from mid-October through late March.  Ice Hockey and Ice Skating classes are also available.  For more information please follow this link.  Once here, please click on attractions and follow the link to Abe Stark Rink.

Prices:
Admission: $10 (adults, children 12 and under, seniors). Skate Rental $5
Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Coney Island Boardwalk and W. 19th Street

Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

McCarren Rink

When the McCarren Pool reopened in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn 2 years ago, the New York City Parks Department decided to install an ice-skating rink to fill the winter lull in activity.  McCarren Rink, which is 7200 square feet of ice in the center of the pool area, is truly a beautiful sight.  For more information, please follow this link.

Prices: Adults: $11; Students and Seniors: $6;  Skate Rental $6
Hours: Monday through Friday 12:00 pm – 10 pm
Saturday 10 am – 1 pm, Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm
Location: 768 Lorimer Street
Nearest Subway: G to Nassau Avenue; L to Bedford Avenue

Photo: dbox/NYC Parks Department

Photo: dbox/NYC Parks Department

LeFrak Center at Lakeside Rink, Prospect Park

On December 20, 2014, Lakeside Rink will celebrate its 1st anniversary.  Last year, this $74 million project, which includes two rinks (one covered and one open air) and 32,000 square feet for skating, opened to the public with great fanfare and with good reason.  Lakeside Rink was the first new structure to be built in Prospect Park since the 1960s.  If you are near Prospect Park, be sure to check out Brooklyn’s newest gem.  For more information, please click here.

Prices: Weekdays: $6; Weekends $8; Children under 12: Free.  Skate Rental $5
Hours: Monday through Thursdays: 11 am to 6:00 pm, Friday and Saturday: 9 am to 10 pm, Sunday 9 am to 8 pm.
Location: Use the Parkside and Ocean Avenue entrance to Prospect Park
Nearest Subway: B, Q to Parkside Avenue

Happy Holidays!

Monique

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Credits:
Information on the Top 11 Ice Skating Rinks in New York City – Newyork.com

Architectural Gems in Brooklyn’s Crown – Lefferts Manor

Lefferts Manor Limestones - Fillmore.com

Lefferts Manor Limestones – Fillmore.com

Dear Readers:

Now that fall has arrived, I am more inclined to stroll along Brooklyn’s beautiful tree-lined streets and admire the stunning architecture; one of the borough’s best kept secrets.  As a Brooklynite, this one secret I am proud to share.  Today I will provide a glimpse of some of the architectural gems in Lefferts Manor, which is a short walk from my apartment on Hawthorne Street.

Leffertsmanor.org

Leffertsmanor.org

A Brief Overview of Lefferts Manor

Lefferts Manor, an eight-block parcel of land located within Prospect Lefferts Gardens, has been described by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as one of the finest “enclaves of late 19th, and early 20th century housing in New York City.”  Lefferts Manor’s architectural structure as a row house neighborhood has remained unchanged since the first four homes were constructed in 1899.  From 1900 – 1905 there was a six-year hiatus, but the years that followed more than compensated for the lull in activity.  Between 1905 and 1922 an impressive 507 homes were built.  The final three homes that would complete this unique enclave were built on Maple Street in 1952.

Great care was taken to ensure these homes were unique from other houses that were built throughout the city.  Historians and preservationists attribute the neighborhood’s unique style to the manner in which brick, brownstone and limestone were used in different combinations, and colors, to create contrast.

Here are a few pictures of Lefferts Manor’s stunning architecture.

 

This is truly one of the most beautiful times of the year.  Be sure to take a few moments out to enjoy beautiful Brooklyn.

Have a great week.

Monique

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Credits:

Lefferts Manor Association – Leffertsmanor.org
Fillmore.com – Real Estate listings in Prospect Lefferts
Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate
The Secret Is Out In Prospect Lefferts Gardens – online.wsj.com
The Weekly Nabe – online newsletter and blog
The Brownstoner – online newsletter and blog
Trulia.com
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

The People’s Champion and The Fight to Save Brooklyn’s LICH

LICH - Archpaper.com

LICH – Archpaper.com

Dear Readers:

Last month, I introduced to some (and re-introduced to others) New York City’s Public Advocate Letitia James. At that time I provided a broad overview of the important items on her agenda: good work for fair pay, access to healthcare, a common sense public education policy, universal school lunch and a constituent services plan.

Brooklyneagle.com

Brooklyneagle.com

Today I will focus on Public Advocate James’ determination to preserve one of Brooklyn’s venerable health care institutions – Long Island College Hospital (LICH). This has been a public fight and some New Yorkers have been critical of her stance around this issue. The plea was to keep the hospital running as a full service medical center – a noble aspiration but one without any real takers.

LICH was a financially troubled institution for many years.  In 2011 when SUNY raised its hand, and agreed to partner with the medical center, there was a collective sigh of relief and another health care crisis seemed to be adverted.

IMG_0084All of this changed in 2013 when SUNY decided to sell LICH, which was losing anywhere from $6 million to $10 million per month. On October 9, 2014, after a lengthy RFP process and many setbacks – including a labor dispute with the New York State Nursing Association (NYSNA) – Fortis Property Group would be successful.

What does this all mean?  Fortis has been given the green light to redevelop the site to include condominiums and a state of the art medical center to be operated by NYU Langone Medical Center.  In 2018, if all goes according to plan, a new housing development will be on the market and the residents of south Brooklyn will have a free-standing emergency room department. This is not the deal community residents and public advocates originally lobbied for, but sometimes success comes in small steps. Here is what the structured settlement will call for:

  • $5 million to upgrade the interim emergency department that NYU Langone Medical Center will operate until the new facility is complete.
  • $175 million to build a new facility with 125,000 square feet of space.
  • A medical treatment plan that will employ 70 doctors.
  • A total staff of 400.

I must admit there were times when I felt this would be a hopeless fight, and the residents would end up with little or no hope for quality health care.  In the early stages it was easier to call for an all or nothing proposition, but as we all know life is rarely this simple.  There are always challenges seen, and unseen, that further complicate financial deals of this magnitude. Not to minimize the daunting challenge of operating LICH, but my sense of why this fight was so important for James, and former Public Advocate now Mayor Bill DeBlasio, comes down to one word – ACCESS.  This was their way of ensuring an open dialogue around access to health care, during a time when the need is so great.  Perhaps, one day plans for a full-service hospital will show up in another form.

Outlining her agenda - wn.com

Outlining her agenda – article.wn.com

For me, this does not mean that Public Advocate James’ fight was lost or not needed.  I’m glad to know that we have elected officials who want to win for the people they represent.

While standing in opposition to a huge business deal such as this was may not always be practical, it is indeed admirable. This was not an easy process for Public Advocate James but she stood by the community and saw the debate through to the end.

To me, she still a champion and, from time to time, everybody needs one.

Have a great week!

Monique

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Credits:
SUNY, Fortis reach agreement on LICH – Crainsnewyork.com
The End for Long Island College Hospital – New York Time – nytimes.com
LICH Deal Collapses After Hiring Dispute – Crainsnewyork.com
University Hospital of Brooklyn at Long Island College Hospital – wikipedia.org
LICH History – Dr. Hugh Gilgoff, LICH Pediatrics, Brooklyn, New York