Thursday, January 10, 2013

Around the Avenue: Gentrification and Globalization (Tonight), Free Cancer Screenings, Education, and Homelessness


- If you're bummed because My Brooklyn's run at ReRun in DUMBO sold out days in advance, never fear - you can still get your urban studies fix at the Brooklyn Museum's Gentrification and Globalization conversation, tonight at 7pm. 

- The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center (which launched SOS Crown Heights a few years back) is hosting free mammograms and screenings for women over 40 who haven't been screened in the past year. Complete information is above - please share it widely!

- In the "weekend events" file, Five Myles hosts a reception for painter James Cavanagh from 5:30-7:30pm tomorrow. On the other side of the weekend, Franklin Park hosts the Reading Series on Monday night and Secondary Sound's Brooklyn Unplugged on Tuesday. 

- In local education news, DNAInfo ran an interesting piece about the New American Academy and its principal, Shimon Waronker, earlier in the week. At the nearby Exceed Charter School, a teacher in their F.I.R.S.T. program is seeking donations to help fund an arts program.

- Finally, the Crown Heights synagogue where the NYPD infamously beat up a homeless man last October is trying to turn the horrific incident into something positive. No longer allowed to let the homeless sleep in their facilities (which they had been using on and off as a makeshift shelter without permits for nearly a decade), the Aliya Institute has started a campaign to purchase a nearby building and convert it to a shelter and dormitory for young men, according to the Daily News. The project is named "Ehud's Room" (the victim of the beating was Ehud Halevy) and donations are being accepted here.


  1. What a wonderful way for the synagogue to transform the sadness of that violent incident last October! I wish them success - and not too many bureaucratic trip-ups.

    A lot of good things going on in our community!

  2. The synagogue is likely not doing this out of the goodness of their heart. The "very public" incident likely brought the existence of the shelter to attention of OTDA, which was then forced to enforce regulations that are designed to reduce situations exactly like the one which occurred.

    Here's more info:

  3. I suppose that you espouse the cynical view that they are only now meeting regulations after being forced into it. However, they are doing so in order to continue to serve a marginalized population (instead of say, giving up). That to my mind is a good thing!

  4. That is a good thing.

    It is also a good thing that they are now taking steps to follow the regulations.

    I also hope that OTDA can be funded to the degree that it can uncover more situations like this, preferably before any tragedies/beatings like this occur. The Coalition for The Homeless fought for these regulations long and hard....