Hello, Brooklyn: Monday, August 29, 2022


ADA UPGRADES TO START AT SUBWAY STATIONS IN SOUTH BROOKLYN: Work to install long-awaited elevators and other accessibility upgrades to the Sheepshead Bay B/Q and Kings Highway F stations are scheduled to begin in mid-2023, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-45) announced today, after years of calling on the MTA to install elevators in these busy stations and offering capital to make the upgrades possible. Plans will include elevators, tactile guides for the visually impaired and other complementary design features to make stations fully accessible.

These projects will be expedited through “design-build,” of which Assemblyman Cymbrowitz has long been a strong proponent. Design-build allows designers and contractors to work together from the start rather than going through the typical lengthy bidding process.


PLEADS TO PLANNING TERRORIST ATTACK IN QUEENS: U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert M. Levy received a guilty plea in Brooklyn federal court on Friday from Awais Chudhary, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. According to court documents, in August 2019, after viewing violent terrorist propaganda videos, Chudhary pledged allegiance to then-ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and began planning a stabbing or stabbing attack. bomb as a lone supporter of the Islamic State.

Chudhary, who was arrested trying to retrieve paraphernalia from an online retailer’s locker in Queens, faces up to 20 years in prison when sentenced later this year.


SEX-BASED PRICING IS ILLEGAL, STATE REMINDS CONSUMERS: Gender-based pricing of consumer services and products, also known as “ tax,” is illegal in New York State, the NYS Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) reminds consumers, in a notice released to honor Women’s Equality Day. Gender-based pricing, the practice of charging different prices for substantially similar goods or services marketed to women, is a longstanding practice but was banned in New York as of 2020.

When issues arise with New York State merchants charging different prices based on gender, consumers are encouraged to file a complaint with the DCP and the State Attorney General’s Office, seeking reimbursement of the difference between the most expensive and the least expensive marketed item. or service paid to a New York State merchant, and including evidence of non-compliance, which may include photos of the items and advertised prices, purchase receipts, and merchant location details.


THE STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM IS EXPECTED TO BENEFIT APPROXIMATELY HALF OF LATIN BORROWERS: About half of all Latino student borrowers are expected to have their full canceled debt under the plan announced Wednesday by President Joe Biden, according to a report by NBC News. Among Latino undergraduate students who started post-secondary education in 2012, 51% borrowed funds to pay for their undergraduate or graduate education, according to Excelencia in Education, one of the nation’s leading education think tanks. focused on completing Latino university studies.

The Biden administration forgives up to $10,000 in federal debt and an additional $10,000 if the student was a Pell Grant recipient.


NYU TANDON WINS $3 MILLION AWARD FOR TERAHERTZ TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH: NYU WIRELESS, an innovative academic research center at NYU Tandon School of Engineering focused on 5G and beyond, is about to lay the groundwork for the emerging terahertz (THz) domain of the radio spectrum, and its tantalizing possibilities (and challenges) for mobile communications, with funding from the National Science Foundation for a new THz measurement facility . The $3 million award from the 2022 NSF MRI program will help NYU and its collaborators, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Florida International University pioneer basic measurements of devices, circuits , materials and radio propagation channels at the higher parts of the radio spectrum.

Some new applications of THz technology could include transparent sensors and breakthrough imaging and communication technologies for Tricorder-like medical devices. Realizing the potential of this underutilized region of the electromagnetic spectrum will require a solid foundation in modeling and measuring THz devices.


NYU TANDON CREATES NEW PROTEIN TO HELP DETECT AND TREAT COVID: Researchers from across New York University, led by Jin Kim Montclare, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, have created a new protein that has an increased ability to bind to viruses, creating a more effective tool in the fight against COVID-19. The secret is to create a version of ACE2 that mimics a multivalent assembled protein (MAP), similar to natural antibodies.

Because the proteins in the biomaterial have been shown to be much more efficient at attaching to viral bodies, they would require fewer of them compared to natural antibodies currently used in testing and therapeutics, creating potential uses in both detection and therapy. treatment.

Jin-Kim Montclare
Photo: NYU Tandon School of Engineering


AMICUS BRIEF SAYS STATE LAW IS VIOLATED ON SCHOOL BUDGET PROCESS: The New York Civil Liberties Union submitted an amicus brief in supporting parents and teachers who allege the Department of Education (DOE) violated state law by denying them the opportunity to provide critical public comment on the impact that hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts budget on schools would have on them. The brief argues that the DOE’s inability to complete the full public comment period on its budget and hold the city’s school board vote (Panel for Educational Policy, or PEP) before the city council vote on the overall budget of the city has led to a lack of community input. and thwarted the New York State Legislature’s intention to involve the public in decisions about education.

As a result, city council members voted for the budget without fully understanding its impact, which will affect at least 77% of DOE schools and range from cutting teaching positions to cutting entire programs at some schools – including including those for students with disabilities and English Language Learners.


START OF RENTAL AT THE NEW RESIDENTIAL MONTAGUE BUILDING: Rental has started in the new luxury residential rental and sale offer at 200 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, developers Aurora Capital and Midtown Equities announced on Friday, August 26. , rhythmic dark facade, a polished black granite base, profiled pillars, bronze colored metal details and charcoal gray colored window frames.

Apartments range in size from one to three bedroom apartments, starting at $3,500 per month.

An example of an apartment at 200 Montague Street.
Photo: 200 Montague/Courtesy of MNS Real Estate
Roof terrace of the new 200 Montague residential rental building.
Photo: 200 Montague/Courtesy of MNS Real Estate

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