1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): BKLYNER: Fire Rips Through Gravesend Home – Just Before Sale

GRAVESEND – A multi-million dollar Gravesend home that was just about to close on a sale suffered a serious fire Wednesday afternoon, causing heavy damage to the kitchen and numerous windows of the modern home, fire officials said. The house at 1944 East 1st Street was recently sold, according to real estate brokers from Wolf Properties, […]

BKLYNER

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

The Brooklyn Bridge: 1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): BKLYNER: Fire Rips Through Gravesend Home – Just Before Sale

GRAVESEND – A multi-million dollar Gravesend home that was just about to close on a sale suffered a serious fire Wednesday afternoon, causing heavy damage to the kitchen and numerous windows of the modern home, fire officials said. The house at 1944 East 1st Street was recently sold, according to real estate brokers from Wolf Properties, […]

BKLYNER

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

The Brooklyn Bridge

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): BKLYNER: Openings & Closings: No Names to New Names Edition

Welcome to the latest installment in openings, coming soon’s and closings across the borough. Check out spots form Sheepshead and Dyker Heights to Fort Greene, Park Slope, Crown Heights and beyond in no particular order. Openings: Zatar On the corner of 8th Avenue and 12th Street This new Park Slope spot is already becoming a […]

BKLYNER

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

The Brooklyn Bridge: 1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): BKLYNER: Openings & Closings: No Names to New Names Edition

Welcome to the latest installment in openings, coming soon’s and closings across the borough. Check out spots form Sheepshead and Dyker Heights to Fort Greene, Park Slope, Crown Heights and beyond in no particular order. Openings: Zatar On the corner of 8th Avenue and 12th Street This new Park Slope spot is already becoming a […]

BKLYNER

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

The Brooklyn Bridge

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Coney Island Brooklyn” – Google News: ‘See you yesterday’ – Guyanese director, brilliant – Caribbean Life

‘See you yesterday’ – Guyanese director, brilliant  Caribbean Life

There was loud applause, from the packed Rose Cinema in Brooklyn Academy of Music, (BAM), as the credits roll. A clear sign, that no one left the theatre during …

“Coney Island Brooklyn” – Google News

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): BrooklynVegan: Dave Chappelle doing Broadway run in July

Dave Chappelle will be making his Broadway debut this summer, doing five consecutive nights at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on July 9-13. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, June 21 at 10 AM with a Verified Fan Presale starting June 18 at 10 AM…

Continue reading…

BrooklynVegan

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Brooklyn College” – Google News: ‘Western New York Collects’: Allan D’Arcangelo on view at Castellani Art Museum – Niagara Frontier Publications

‘Western New York Collects’: Allan D’Arcangelo on view at Castellani Art Museum  Niagara Frontier Publications

The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University continues its “Western New York Collects” series with an exhibition of works by Allan D’Arcangelo. An opening …

“Brooklyn College” – Google News

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: Greenpointers say gas fumes are making them sick, and gov’t is stalling

When Mary Cinadr first started smelling gas fumes in her Greenpoint apartment in February, she assumed it was a one-time thing.

But soon those odors grew stronger, and they persisted over months. They were at their worst in the early morning and evening — times when Cinadr was typically home. She started to develop headaches, dizziness and loss of balance. She would wake up in the middle of the night with extreme pain in her toes and later numbness in her hands.

“Those vapors always start up around 6:30 a.m., where they slap me in the face, and then again in the early evening,” she told the Brooklyn Eagle. “The gasoline-like smell was distinct … They were so bad that I often had to leave my home.”

Cinadr, who was living in a three-bedroom duplex at 212 Freeman St., endured the fumes almost daily for roughly three months. She sought medical attention due to her symptoms and was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, a nerve disease.

Her dog Ray developed a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor around the same time.

Cinadr's dog Ray developed a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
Cinadr’s dog, Ray, developed a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor. Photo courtesy of Mary Cinadr.

Cinadr’s experience was not an isolated incident. Residents across the neighborhood on Java, India, Huron, Freeman and Russell streets, as well as tenants in the Msgr. McGolrick Park area, reported similar gasoline-like odors.

[A “Petroleum Vapors Town Hall” is slated to take place tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 176 Java St. City agencies will be in attendance.]

Complaints to 311 mentioning an odor increased in the district in February, the same time Cinadr began smelling petroleum in her home. It’s remained consistently high every month since.

Similar spikes have occurred in the past, most notably in April to June 2016, when 311 recorded the highest number of odor complaints in Community Board 1 since 2010, the earliest date for which there is data.

Via NYC Open Data/Ned Berke

New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation — which is working jointly on the issue with the state’s Department of Health — said its Spills Response experts are conducting a comprehensive investigation into the complaints. DEC claims its inspection revealed tentatively that there “may be a connection” between what local residents are observing and petroleum vapors periodically found in local sewers.

“The majority of air testing results revealed low-level background readings typically found in a sewer system,” DEC said in a statement. The agency found that sediment and debris clogging up the sewers contained a petroleum product — which was then flushed out, the statement added.

Greenpoint. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
Greenpoint. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

Councilmember Stephen Levin, who represents Greenpoint, said he would fight for “more justice,” and that his office has been in close communication with agencies, advocates and neighbors.

“Given the history of environmental abuse in Greenpoint, we all need to take this seriously and get to the bottom of the source of these vapors as soon as possible,” he said.

DEC said it “continues to monitor the situation to ensure public health and the environment are protected.”

Is the state’s testing comprehensive enough?

The DEC plans to conduct further testing at Cinadr’s apartment, rapidly respond to any additional complaints and to monitor any potential elevated petroleum vapors with a type of gas detector called a Photoionization detector (PID) as the city continues to work on the sewer lines, according to the agency.

But Dr. Vicky Keramida, who leads an environmental consulting firm, said that the state’s testing plans are not thorough enough.

The types of instruments they are using, she said, “are not suitable or appropriate means of detecting harmful levels” of carcinogenic and toxic chemicals. The appropriate instrument, according to Keramida, is a type of air tester called a Summa canister.

While the state agencies did perform an approximately 90-minute test in April in Cinadr’s apartment with Summa canisters, the tests revealed technical glitches, according to Nathan Walz of DOH. No further Summa canister tests were performed.

Inside Cinadr's Greenpoint apartment. Eagle photo by Scott Enman
Inside Cinadr’s Greenpoint apartment. Eagle photo by Scott Enman

Keramida also said the building, as well as local sewers and areas inside and outside homes, needs to be continuously monitored if authorities are to get an accurate picture of risk.

“The one time sampling may not capture the presence of vapors,” she said.

Keramida also warned of the health risks indicated by the strength of the odor. She said that in small quantities, some of these chemicals are not detectable by smell, but still pose major risks. If one can smell it — like Cinadr and many Greenpoint residents can — the exposure level is much higher than what is considered toxic.

Additionally, these chemicals, whether solvents or petroleum, are hard to pinpoint to a source if they are already airborne, according to Keramida.

Cinadr, who was living in a three-bedroom basement duplex at 212 Freeman St., endured the intermittent fumes for three months. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
Cinadr, who was living in a three-bedroom basement duplex at 212 Freeman St., endured the intermittent fumes for three months. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

Cinadr says that both DOH and DEC have been dismissive of her, and have made her feel guilty for sending too many emails.

“One of the hardest things to deal with has been the resistance by DOH and DEC,” she said. “From the beginning I’ve just been trying to protect my health. When I sensed it wasn’t protected, I kept reaching out and they tried to make me feel bad for being vocal.”

“I cannot continue with the constant emails,” Walz of DOH wrote in an email reviewed by the Eagle. “I have many other projects I need to spend time on. I have been working so many extra hours pretty much daily and weekends to keep up with this site and others that I do not get paid or compensation for.”

Emerging patterns

At least four residents within a close proximity, including Cinadr, kept a vapor log. They found the times at which the fumes were strongest and the descriptions of the smell (that of petroleum) all lined up.

Tenants of a building on Green Street, roughly 400 feet away from Cinadr’s apartment, independently hired a private contractor to do an air test of their building. Ed Olmsted, a certified industrial hygienist, reviewed the results and found what appeared to be petroleum, but said the samples were inconclusive without further testing.

A tenant of that building also had to eventually move because of chronic nose bleeds, said one Green Street tenant.

The Greenpoint YMCA Early Childhood Center at 176 Java St. evacuated for similar smells on May 23.

“At the YMCA Parent Teacher Association meeting last night, it was confirmed that the smell was in fact petroleum and coming from the bathroom drains,” Amber Chess, a parent of a child at the school, wrote in an email.

Laura Risi Hofmann, a 61-year Greenpoint resident who grew up in an apartment on the same block and attended school in the same building as the daycare, said the noxious smells are nothing new.

“We always smelled odors,” she said. “We were evacuated for the same type of thing. That’s been going on since the 1950s. In my book, it’s just rearing its head again.”

Hofmann, who suffers from brain infarcts, believes the fumes have played some role in several of her family members being afflicted with fatal illnesses. She said her parents and their dog all died of brain disease in Greenpoint. Her father had supra nuclear palsy, her mother died of primary brain cancer and their dog died of encephalopathy.

“I’m just touching the surface,” she said. “This is really important to me because I see a lot of parallels between what happened with my family and what’s happening with Mary and her medical condition.”

Hofmann said several of her neighbors died due to cancers and tumors related to the brain. She lost three grandchildren — and both her daughter and one of her sons have autoimmune diseases, she told the Eagle.

“There is a long trail of illness too long to list here,” she said. “But the concerns and stories are real. Our environmental and health agencies have yet to officially connect the dots.”

Neighbors on edge

Neighborhood activists say until the exact source of the odor can be found, residents will not be able to sleep soundly in their own homes.

“There is concern that vapors are continuing to be detected by residents and that the source hasn’t been clearly identified; it’s a very troubling issue,” said Willis Elkins of Newtown Creek Alliance and Community Board 1. “It seems like the community concern is not going to subside until there are real answers and real solutions in place.”

Annie Allauzen, who lives on Russell St., says she’s also worried about the fumes, which she smells when she goes jogging at 6:30 p.m.

“It’s like a gasoline smell, and it’s not just inside my house, it’s down my block too,” she told the Eagle. “I’m very worried. I’m almost 38. I’ve never had this smell continuously where I’ve lived.”

Mike Schade, who has worked on toxic waste sites and chemical pollution issues for almost 20 years at the local, state and national level, said it’s no surprise that these vapors are persisting given Greenpoint’s long history of legacy pollution.

Newtown Creek. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
Newtown Creek. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

He said there are several sites in the neighborhood emitting cancer-causing carcinogens like Trichloroethylene (TCE).

“This is not the first time in the community that we’ve seen people’s homes being infiltrated by hazardous chemicals,” said Schade, a board member of Neighbors Allied for Good Growth, a North Brooklyn nonprofit, and an employee at Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families.

“I think the latest incident fits into a larger pattern of injustices that residents and workers have faced from living in such close proximity to the petrochemical industry.”

The Neighbors Allied for Good Growth ToxiCity Map shows approximately seven oil and hazardous material spills within a roughly two-block radius of Cinadr’s apartment. (The data is from the beginning of city records up until the end of 2015.)

A report by Rachel Cernansky published in the Environ Health Perspect reveals that even low-level exposure over time to TCE can cause neurological and neurobehavioral effects, similar to what Cinadr has been experiencing, and what Hofmann’s family has struggled with for generations.

Schade said that the state agencies tasked with ensuring the safety of Cinadr’s apartment should publicly release information about what they tested for and what they found.

“Residents have a fundamental right to know what they may have potentially been exposed to,” he said.

After months, Cinadr is relocated

Concerned with the unknowns about the petroleum vapors, DOH finally authorized Cinadr to relocate on May 1 — roughly three months after the smell started — but only once the city’s Department of Environmental Protection conveyed the severity of the fumes.

She was instructed to front the costs for hotels and furnished apartments and that the DOH would reimburse her later. At press time, she had spent more than $11,600 on temporary housing, food and travel for six weeks, and because she hasn’t been able to rent out her bedrooms to roommates, she has exceeded her rent budget for many months.

Her relocation assistance, however, ended on June 8, even though her apartment is still not habitable and the promised air quality tests have not yet been performed to assess the vapors. The DOH is now handing the responsibility for Cinadr’s relocation to Michael Medovoy, her landlord. Medovoy’s final offer is for Cinadr to continue to pay for furnished apartments up front, and he will allow her to deduct those costs from her July rent.

But, Cinadr says, DOH and Medovoy have not responded to her inquiries about when the apartment will be habitable. To further complicate matters, the building is considering rent striking, meaning the residents would withhold rent in hopes that the landlord will act on repeated requests for needed repairs.

“I am financially overextended,” she said, “and now I’m being asked to overextend myself to my landlord, Michael Medovoy, for a hypothetical July 1 rent payment. It doesn’t make any sense. I don’t have anywhere to live. I slept on my friend’s couch. But I vow to keep speaking up, because I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

Greenpoint. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane
Greenpoint. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

Hofmann, the longtime Greenpoint resident, said she sees all too many parallels between what her family experienced over the years and what Mary is dealing with now. She said that if DOH and DEC do not take the appropriate measures to safeguard the neighborhood, there could be dire consequences.

“It feels like I’m reliving the same stuff that happened with my family,” said Hofmann, who has since moved to a different section of Greenpoint from where she grew up. “I can see all the connections: getting sick, going to doctors — even the denial part — not realizing that the danger is in your home, and then you come to realize that you’re not getting the help that you need.

“It’s such a devastating feeling when it happens, and it’s even more devastating when somebody actually passes on because of agency neglect. I hope that doesn’t happen to Mary, but in my book, if something bad does happen to her because of this, the agencies will have blood on their hands.”

A “Petroleum Vapors Town Hall” is slated to take place tonight from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 176 Java St., the location of the daycare center that experienced petroleum vapors. DEC, DEP and the city’s Department of Health will be in attendance.

Follow reporter Scott Enman on Twitter.

The post Greenpointers say gas fumes are making them sick, and gov’t is stalling appeared first on Brooklyn Eagle.

Brooklyn Eagle

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Twitter Search / Brownstoner: Elegant Crown Heights Limestone With Palladian Windows, New Kitchen Asks $1.995 Million https://www.brownstoner.com/real-estate-market/brooklyn-homes-for-sale-crown-heights-856-saint-johns-place-mantels-single-family/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Brownstoner&utm_content=Elegant%20Crown%20Heights%20Limestone%20With%20Palladian%20Windows%2C%20New%20Kitchen%20Asks%20%241.995%20Million …pic.twitter.com/T2mw9jZD5l

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Downtown Brooklyn” – Google News: Brooklyn tech startup sees second largest growth in U.S.: Study – amNY

Brooklyn tech startup sees second largest growth in U.S.: Study  amNY

Brooklyn’s tech startup sector is booming, a new report shows. While Manhattan maintains 89 percent of tech startups in the city, Brooklyn now boasts 9.2 …

“Downtown Brooklyn” – Google News

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Brooklyn NY” – Google News: Brooklyn tech startup sees second largest growth in U.S.: Study – amNY

Brooklyn tech startup sees second largest growth in U.S.: Study  amNY

Brooklyn’s tech startup sector is booming, a new report shows. While Manhattan maintains 89 percent of tech startups in the city, Brooklyn now boasts 9.2 …

“Brooklyn NY” – Google News

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Madison Brooklyn” – Google News: Generationals share video for ‘Breaking Your Silence’ ahead of new album release – The 405

Generationals share video for ‘Breaking Your Silence’ ahead of new album release  The 405

The Generationals are a little more than a month away from the release of their new LP, Reader As Detective. Their latest single ‘Breaking Your Silence’ is a …

“Madison Brooklyn” – Google News

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #WATCH LIVE: House hearing to review Mueller findings on Russian election… youtu.be/7eYV_fUSo1c via @YouTube

#WATCH LIVE: House hearing to review Mueller findings on Russian election… youtu.be/7eYV_fUSo1c via @YouTube


Posted by

mikenov
on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 3:00pm

mikenov on Twitter

Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Madison Brooklyn” – Google News: GoldLink releases new LP ft. Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, more, played ‘Fallon’ – Brooklyn Vegan

GoldLink releases new LP ft. Tyler the Creator, Pusha T, more, played ‘Fallon’  Brooklyn Vegan

DC rapper GoldLink’s anticipated, guest-filled new album is out now.

“Madison Brooklyn” – Google News

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites): mikenov on Twitter: #NinaSimone – #Sinnerman youtu.be/1vDZsABHUbQ via @YouTube

#NinaSimone – #Sinnerman youtu.be/1vDZsABHUbQ via @YouTube


Posted by

mikenov
on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019 12:35pm

mikenov on Twitter

Michael Novakhov on Twitter from Michael_Novakhov (4 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Canarsie Brooklyn” – Google News: Canarsie man charged with fraud after allegedly stealing money from undocumented immigrants – Brooklyn Paper

Canarsie man charged with fraud after allegedly stealing money from undocumented immigrants  Brooklyn Paper

A Canarsie man has been charged with grand larceny and scheme to defraud, among other charges, related to stealing $8520 from undocumented immigrants.

“Canarsie Brooklyn” – Google News

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Manhattan Beach Brooklyn” – Google News: They Hid From the Mob for Decades. Now They Will Surface in a Film. – The New York Times

They Hid From the Mob for Decades. Now They Will Surface in a Film.  The New York Times

The family of Tommaso Buscetta, whose testimony figured in hundreds of Mafia convictions, agreed to appear in a new documentary.

“Manhattan Beach Brooklyn” – Google News

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Sea Gate Brooklyn” – Google News: When an ex-Fatah Palestinian ‘neighbor’ took up a Zionist author’s challenge – The Times of Israel

When an ex-Fatah Palestinian ‘neighbor’ took up a Zionist author’s challenge  The Times of Israel

Yossi Klein Halevi wrote a book of ‘Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor.’ Here’s what happened when Mohammed Dajani, a hardliner who later took his students …

“Sea Gate Brooklyn” – Google News

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Brooklyn NY” – Google News: Municipal races: Incumbent wins in NLV; Boulder City gets new mayor – Las Vegas Sun

Municipal races: Incumbent wins in NLV; Boulder City gets new mayor  Las Vegas Sun

The Boulder City Council will soon have a different look and feel after voters on Tuesday in the municipal general election tabbed a new mayor and two new city …

“Brooklyn NY” – Google News

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Twitter Search / NYDailyNews: A Florida daycare worker was caught on camera tossing and slapping toddlers. On her third day on the job. She was arrested. https://trib.al/LogtGcN

A Florida daycare worker was caught on camera tossing and slapping toddlers. On her third day on the job. She was arrested. https://trib.al/LogtGcN 

Twitter Search / NYDailyNews

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)