We missed John Travolta filming his new movie, The Life & Death of John Gotti in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn yesterday.
Ohhhh and Senator Golden also posted a link to the movie taping. WHY? Because Golden said that he sponsored the Movie Tax Credit. Psssttt here’s a secret Marty – Brooklyn doesn’t need to have a movie tax credit – people love filming here because it is Brooklyn. The house I live in had the movie Margaret filmed in it. In the movie, they used the outside of a home across the street because it has a low stoop, but Marc Ruffalo was in my living room and Anna Paquin used the tiny bathroom in my house.
It’s nice to see people doing good in the world. Linda Sarsour of Bay Ridge and a Muslim man named Tarek El-Messidi started an online fundraiser to repair graves at a Jewish Cemetery after they were vandalized (see photos). The fundraiser has already collected over 100K. Good work, Linda!
Later today, I read that Linda Sarsour left the Arab American Association in Bay Ridge. I thought she must have changed jobs because she was traveling a lot. On the fundraiser page, Sarsour is listed with the company name, MPower.
Update: Ohhh Brooklyn – this is terrible. There is no reason for this and the Brooklyn man who wrote that should apologize.
Caring Canines Program at Sloan Kettering Hospital
Cooper came to visit Lee on Monday night. I called the Caring Canine Volunteer Program at Sloan Kettering 212-639-2000 in the morning because Lee was a bit down. I didn’t mention it to Lee because I wasn’t sure when/if a dog was going to be coming. Lee had been in the hospital since his operation on Thursday and he really wanted to go home, but the doctors needed him to stay to make sure everything was okay. Cooper came in and his owner had him sit in a chair next to Lee’s bed. Lee gave Cooper some treats and enjoyed petting his soft fur. It’s not an understatement to say Cooper’s visit was just what Lee needed! Lee loves dogs and not seeing his own dogs for several days was hard on him. Having some time with Cooper really pepped him up.
The following night, Topsy and her owner came to visit Lee. Topsy is the most beautiful and loving dog. Not only is she gorgeous, but she was also very snuggly and Lee loved how friendly she was.
The dogs wore ID cards and Topsy’s owner even had a business card (so cute).
Thank you to the volunteers of Caring Canines at Sloan Kettering Hospital. These dog owners are so kind to share their dogs with us at Sloan. When you are sitting around in a hospital all day, a few minutes of normalcy and being with furry friends can be really inspiring! I know the volunteers come at the end of their busy day and they are just incredible people for taking the time to bring others happiness.
By the way, Lee asked me to write about the Caring Canines Program at Sloan because he thinks everyone who visits there and loves dogs should call and ask for a doggy visit.
As I wrote earlier, Lee had cancer and was operated on at Sloan Kettering Hospital. Yesterday, Lee told me make a post about Sloan and share anything that can help someone else going to Sloan.
Parking under Sloan Kettering Hospital is easy. It cost about $35 a day. But here’s the thing – when you leave Sloan Kettering after an operation, they don’t want you to drive so they have someone escort you downstairs so make sure to bring someone to drive your car. When you leave, you put the ticket they gave you into a machine and pay by credit card or you can pay cash at the register.
a) Bring some newly purchased things that your loved one would be excited about: a new book, balloons, something to hang up on the bulletin board near your loved one’s bed (there are magnets to hold up paper).
b) Bring stuff from home for your loved one – regular clothes, toiletries, a quilt and pillow.
c) Bring a sweater or sweatshirt for yourself – Sloan is chilly.
d) A deck of cards – there are so many card games to play alone or with others
e) Headphones – the hospital has headphones, but not the ones you are used to using.
f) Singles and quarters to get bottle water from the machine on your floor – if you don’t have change, you can get it from the gift shop or cafeteria, both on the second floor.
Where to Wait While Your Loved One Is Being Operated on:
a) Lee was in the 6th floor operating room. There are also operating rooms on the second floor. The nurses will tell you to wait on the first floor waiting area. But everyone was sneezing and coughing there. I went to the 15 floor and sat outside on their rooftop. The nurse goes to the second floor to speak to you every hour. If you aren’t there, she calls your cell phone. Lee’s surgery was three hours long so I got a lot of calls and sun.
b) You can also wait in the recreation room. I sat at one of the tables, plugged my laptop in and waited for the nurse’s call. The room was mostly quiet and peaceful in the morning and louder in the afternoon.
The Hospital Has:
a) A reclining chair for you to stay the night (a nurse will get you sheets, blankets and pillows if you let her know you want to stay)
b) Great coffee and juice in the pantry (each floor has a pantry with free refreshments for patients and their families)
c) Caring Canine Program – volunteers at the hospital bring their dogs to visit you. If you are a dog lover, call the volunteer department and ask to get a visit from one of their dogs. See Lee’s dog visitors here.
d) An active recreation room on the 15th Floor – plus a young adults room too. The recreation room looks like a library with a 2 pianos, a fish tank and tables and chairs. In the closet are plenty of puzzles and games. The recreation room has an outdoor balcony that patients and guests can hang out on all day and in the evening. I brought Lee here every day so he could get fresh air and be away from the hospital for a bit. You can’t smoke out on the balcony – below is the great view:
e) A gift shop on the second floor that sells balloons, playing cards, Starbucks coffee and snacks.
Food in the area:
a) If you like Cuban food, Sofie’s is great (and inexpensive for NYC). It is at 401 East 68th Street – a lot of the nurses from Sloan go there).
b) Sloan Kettering’s cafeteria is actually good and inexpensive. They have two sections for their cafeteria (one is behind the other). The second room has a good Mongolian Grill on Thursdays.
c) Chipotle is on 1st Avenue and 69th Street.
Hotel in the area:
a) I had a hotel room in the area booked because I was able to go there to shower, change and nap. It’s hard to sleep in the hospital chair and hear all the hospital sounds every night. I booked it through my credit card because it allowed me to change the dates without penalty (it’s February so I wasn’t sure if a snowstorm would have kept Lee’s doctor away).
This video the hospital made was pretty good too:
Wooooooooo hard week – thank God it’s over. I didn’t write about it before because everyone we know didn’t know what was going on. Lee didn’t want family/friends worrying or traveling to visit him, so he didn’t say anything until after the operation and he was recovering. Lee’s relatives are amazing and will hop on a plane immediately if they know someone in NY is ill.
Lee had stomach cancer and just had 2/3 of his stomach removed at Sloan Kettering Hospital this week.
Last Spring after returning from vacation, Lee felt pain in his abdomen. At first, we thought it was something minor like food poisoning or a flu. Even after blood tests and other tests returned normal for months, I knew something was seriously wrong. Lee rarely gets sick and he never complains, so I knew something was really wrong and the tests weren’t showing it. After several endoscopies, a very small carcinoid tumor was found in his stomach (thank you to the Bay Ridge doctor who was persistent with endoscopies). We headed up to Sloan Kettering and got an amazing doctor. This week, Lee was scheduled for a hemigastrectomy (1/2 stomach removal), but they removed 2/3 of it as the doctors found a second smaller carcinoid during the operation.
Lee is doing well, looks healthy and is very grateful. He was out an about today with friends and doing normal things with very little pain.
In November, Assemblyman Peter Abbate said:
Abbate KNOWS Bay Ridge has Justin Brannan. He knows Brannan is experienced and well loved in Bay Ridge because he’s been helping his neighbors for years!
It’s obvious that Abbate is playing politics because he wants the $145K salary before he retires so his retirement check can be beefed up. If Abbate wanted to be our councilman, he would have ran for the position YEARS AGO. Justin Brannan is known as the Mayor of Bay Ridge and he goes out of his way to help residents. Brannan is at every Bay Ridge event because he loves Bay Ridge.
This December, Abbate threw some money to a company to produce some personalized Christmas cards. The company used a strange stamp to represent a company (which hasn’t been in business for years). Bay Ridge got blanketed with Christmas cards from a man that never did anything in our area. Abbate didn’t even know how much the company charged him for the cards. I don’t think anyone in Bay Ridge wants to see money wasted like this. We want to see money going to schools and funding community projects.
Yesterday, Peter Abbate announced he is running to be my Councilman. SMH. You would think he would want all the publicity he can get, but when a Kings County Politics writer reached out to him:
And that is the type of councilman Peter Abbate will be – a non-responsive one. I personally tried to contact Mr. Abbate in the past and his staff doesn’t respond at all, even to say they received the message.
Carlos Menchaca hasn’t been a good Councilman for Sunset Park.
I grew up in Sunset Park. It’s a community of people with a lot of heart and love for their neighbors. The City continuously throws junk at Sunset Park like hotels for the homeless because Carlos Menchaca is a weak leader. It’s never looked worse. Menchaca wasn’t even around to defend the area against the hotels for the homeless in Sunset Park. Protesters from Queens came in to stand with the people of Sunset Park because they knew what it was like to have the city use their area the same way. People live with their families in these neighborhoods. And the Councilperson needs to be someone who is strong and can stand up to the establishment. Menchaca can’t do that – he hasn’t done it all these years. Ortiz is against this and would be a strong opponent to Menchaca – he could easily knock Menchaca out.
I am really glad to hear that Delvis Valdes is thinking of running. The area needs fresh blood and this hometown man will lead the area with his heart. Valdes is a winner – he’s a businessman and an attorney so he can fight the system with the law. Menchaca hasn’t been able to do this. Let’s hope Valdes throws his hat in so Menchaca moves on.
Industry City wants to have a trolley going through Sunset Park and Menchaca isn’t strong enough to fight them. But Valdes would be strong on this.
Menchaca hasn’t found a home in Sunset Park so he isn’t connected to the area – look at where he lives. Menchaca is counting on the people of Sunset Park staying home and not voting.
Bay Ridge Cares Bingo – March 4th Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Marty Golden went on the Brian Lehrer radio show. Golden said, “A number of them that drove the planes into the — 9-11 — into the building at World Trade Center that killed 3,000 Americans — are you ready for this? They were in this community, they lived here in Bay Ridge, they were visiting in this community.”
Golden probably didn’t think anyone in Bay Ridge was going to hear the Lehrer show.
You can listen to Golden here
It’s 15 years after 9/11 and Bay Ridge hasn’t had an incident from a terrorist. We purchased a home here seven years ago. People have to stop being afraid and live their life. The people that are here in Bay Ridge are our neighbors.
Staffer, John Quaglione didn’t apologize for Golden’s blabber, which offended many. Instead, Quaglione says that Senator Golden misspoke and referred to one of the men involved in the 1993 bombing that killed six. No apology was posted to Golden’s facebook or twitter page either. Typical politician.
Max Jaeger was the only reporter to share the story (thank goodness for Max).
Ironically, the Brooklyn Eagle didn’t cover the story and we got the same old same – PRESS RELEASE POLITICS. I don’t understand how these reporters don’t WANT to tell us the news. Paula Katinas printed this story (it’s not much different than the story printed on February 3rd by the same paper) and then there was also the Chinese New Year story even though Chinese New Year is long gone.
Bay Ridge residents are buzzing with the hashtag: MartyMyths
The 32 CECs allow for parent involvement on the district level and play an essential role in shaping education policies for New York City public schools. CECs have a total of 12 members: 9 parents of students in grades K-8 (two seats are reserved for a parent of an ELL and a parent of an IEP student), 2 members appointed by the Borough President, and 1 non-voting high school student. Apply here
Young people in Brooklyn or any of the five boroughs can apply for Summer Jobs now until March between the ages of 14 and 24 can apply for Summer jobs between now and March 17th. SYEP stands for Summer Youth Employment Program. Those hired help run the Summer programs for younger kids at many of the local schools. I know many teens who loved having this job because they did it with other teens and had fun as well! There are other job positions covered under this application as well – see here.