Why not imagine how this property could better enhance the community? What's the harm in thinking about ways to do that? Why continue to lose money at these two facilities when those losses are not necessary?
Brooklynites didn't really need de Blasio or me or anyone else. In late April, after weeks of rainy marches and rallies, SUNY withdrew its plan to close LICH. For a moment at least, the community and workers had saved their hospital.
When it was time to relocate from its longtime space on Smith Street, head chef and owner Saul Bolton knew exactly who he wanted to design the new interior and its furnishings: Red Hook-based firm UHURU Design.
Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn where I live, has been without a full-service supermarket since last June when the local Key Food on Prospect and 11th Avenues closed and the property was leased to Walgreens.
Hours after Superstorm Sandy blasted New York City, local grassroots community groups across the city began organizing supplies, setting up communication systems, and finding electrical power for cell phones and health care equipment.