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Jamaican Chef’s Dream Comes True in Fort Greene Restaurant

May 11, 2016


Stamp-and-Go and Callaloo Fritters. Photo courtesy of  ChildofMidnight

Stamp-and-Go and Callaloo Fritters. Photo courtesy of ChildofMidnight

Jamaican-born Lancelot Brown has always dreamed of opening his own restaurant, and now that dream has become a reality. Ever since he got involved in the culinary arts, completing not just one, but two culinary degrees, Brown has been hoping to one day have a restaurant to call his own.

Brown recently opened the Jamaica Grill on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene, between Hall Street and Washington Avenue.

“I knew from the first day I started in the culinary field I always wanted to open my own restaurant,” said Brown, a resident of Canarsie. “It’s one of the dreams I wanted to accomplish and accomplishing it is a momentous achievement for me.”

Brown moved to public housing in Canarsie from Jamaica 19 years ago, and has worked in other people’s eateries all over New York.

Opening his own restaurant is not the only dream that has come true for Brown. Twelve years ago he broke his back. The doctors told him he would most likely never recover the ability to walk, making the prospect of continuing his beloved profession difficult, if not impossible.

Brown however defied the doctors’ prognosis, and after years of intense physical therapy he is back up on his own two feet, in command of his very own kitchen.

“I wanted to do something more, because I knew I could do more,” Brown explained.

Now Brown is preparing his favorite dishes from his home country, which he says are not often done expertly.

“It’s one of those cuisines that you either have to go to Jamaica to have it or find somewhere that prepares it really well,” he said.


Dry Harbor Nursing Home Upgrades its Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab Program

April 10, 2016
Dry Harbor Nursing Home Offers Queens' Largest Rehab team

Dry Harbor Nursing Home Offers Queens’ Largest Rehab team

Dry Harbor Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, conveniently located in Middle Harbor, New York, has been delivering excellent care to its patients for over 30 years. The center can accommodate as many as 360 patients, offering both long-term and short-term care, according to need.

Recently the center has upgraded their Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab program. Dry Harbor’s goals with the improved program is to improve patient care, allowing after-hour physician visits, and avoiding the need to re-hospitalize whenever possible.

The improved Cardio-Pulmonary Center at Dry Harbor also includes board-certified physicians in Cardiology, Pulmonology and Infectious Diseases. There are also highly trained nurse practitioners and physician assistants on staff who are under the supervision of Vincent Rappa, MD, the medical director. Additional staff has been hired as part of the overhaul of the center. With the additional staff patients can now receive additional hours of medical care.

Dry Harbor has the largest and most comprehensive rehabilitation team in Queens, New York. The new upgrade makes sure that it continues to serve its patients and their families in the most modern and successful way possible.

Feeling Crowded? No Wonder: Brooklyn is Bursting at the Seams

March 7, 2016

Rowhouses on Kane Street. Photo by Beyond My Ken

You probably don’t need an interactive map to know that Brooklyn is a crowded place to live. However, if you like to wallow in your pain, StreetEasy has just the thing for you. Its an interactive map proving what you have known all along: Brooklyn is CROWDED!

SteetEasy took information from the US Census to find out how many people lived in each home/apartment in NYC in 2013. A number over 1.5 per room (and that’s all rooms, living rooms, dining rooms as well as bedrooms) then that home was called “crowded.”
Brooklyn placed second in terms of crowding in New York, after the Bronx. But Brooklyn’s rate of change came in first place in terms of adding people to living spaces between 2010 and 2013.

Below are the top ten Brooklyn neighborhoods for crowding, with the percentage indicated referring to the percentage of the total homes which are considered crowded. Since everything is relative, and maybe New Yorkers shouldn’t be complaining so much, understand that the national crowding rate is 3.3 percent, (3.3 percent of all US homes are considered crowded) while in the Big Apple 8.9 percent of all homes have over 1.5 people per room dwelling within. By the way, Fort Green-Clinton Hill ranked 33rd out of 42 neighborhoods, with only 4.8 percent of households “crowded.”

  1. Windsor Terrace 19.6%
  2. Sunset Park 19.6%
  3. Greenwood Heights 18.6%
  4. Borough Park 17.1%
  5. Kensington 16.7%
  6. Bushwick 16%
  7. Ocean Parkway 15.2%
  8. East New York 13.9%
  9. Ditmas Park 12.6%
  10. Bath Beach 12.3%

Brooklyn Victory Garden Closing After Five Years

February 3, 2016
After five years of selling locally sourced meat, cheese, breads, flowers, herbs, and vegetables, Clinton Hill’s Brooklyn Victory Garden has announced it is closing shop as soon as its inventory is exhausted, which could be as soon as this week.

In addition, Brooklyn Victory Garden sold ethically and sustainable-sourced food and gifts to residents and all who stopped by.

This closure is just one more in the neighborhood as Brooklyn continues its gentrification to elite, hipster status, rents climb through the roof, and competition becomes fierce.

To speed things along the shop is offering a 35 percent discount on everything, until there is nothing left. Tess and Tom, the owners, do not anticipate the store will stay open past Saturday, February 6. So come in, buy something, and say good-bye.

Buffered Bike Lane Proposal Approved by Transportation Committee of CB 2

January 26, 2016
Buffered Bike Lane. Photo by Adam Coppola.

Buffered Bike Lane. Photo by Adam Coppola.

The Department of Transportation revealed at a District 2 community board meeting last Tuesday that the DOT is hoping to add a buffered bike lane to Lafayette Avenue between Fulton Street and Classon Avenue.

The proposal predicts that the bike lane will be ready sometime this summer.

The plan will create a bike lane which is set off from vehicular traffic using a striped, painted section. One lane of traffic will have to be removed to accommodate the three-foot-wide buffer and the five-foot-wide bike lane. Lafayette Avenue is a one-way street heading east. In addition, the parking lane will lose one foot, shrinking from 10 feet down to only nine.

It is also believed that the new bike lane will increase the use of CitiBike at the five stations found on Lafayette Avenue. Since cyclists are reluctant to travel down Lafayette eastward, those stations are not used much. The DOT is hoping that a safer passage will bring a larger number of bikes to those five CitiBike stations.

The plan also proposes that the speed limit be increased from 20 to 25mph, and traffic signals will also be readjusted. The change in the speed limit and signals should help reduce traffic congestion on the street.

Community board 2’s transportation committee unanimously approved the DOT’s plan, asking the DOT to present its plan to other community boards before heading forward with the street redesign. They also would like to see if there are additional ways for the DOT to further deter double parking in the bike lane.

Police Officer Helps Rooster Cross the Road

December 17, 2015

Rooster Photo by Jamain


Sgt. Anthony Egan performed a rather unusual duty last week: he rescued a rooster who seemed to not be able to cross the road.

Egan spotted the rooster at about 9am last Thursday wandering the streets near the 67th Precinct at Flatbush and Snyder Avenues in Brooklyn. Egan usually works in anti-crime patrol, but this duty seemed right up his alley.

Egan and his partner brought the bedraggled foul back to the station and place him in the kennel. Having once kept a pig named Willy, Egan took to the bird, gave him a name, “Justice,” and even considered bringing him home.

“I was going to take him home at first,” he explained. “But then I realized how much work it would be. And I don’t think my neighbors would’ve appreciated it.”

The Staten Island native instead got in touch with Farm Sanctuary, a non-profit organization that seeks to end abuse of farm animals, and has an animal shelter in Watkins Glen in upstate New York. Egan brought the rooster to the shelter, where he says he is doing fine.

Marc Lasry on Early Business Challenges

November 16, 2015
Marc Lasry

Marc Lasry

On being asked what challenges he had to surmount to early on, Marc Lasry, head of an investment firm answered: “I think the biggest challenge is the same challenge everybody’s going to have; in the beginning there’s two employees. So everybody’s got the same question: why should I deal with you when there’s only 2 of you. So when you’re three employees, same thing.  There’s always somebody bigger and better. And ultimately you’ve gotta convince people that you will do a better job. And I think ultimately that is the challenge. It’s hard to do.”


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