New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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The Jewish Voice New ExpressCare Clinic Opens at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan by Editorial

New ExpressCare Clinic Opens at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan

ExpressCare will provide patients with fast access to walk-in, urgent care seven days a week

NYC Health + Hospitals recently announced the opening of an ExpressCare Clinic at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. The clinic will be the public health system’s first location in Manhattan, building on the system’s vision to transform care for New Yorkers in all five boroughs. Providing faster access to medical care for patients with non-life-threatening conditions, the new clinic will be open seven days a week operating from 6pm to midnight on weekdays, and from 10am to midnight on weekends and holidays. The clinic will offer walk-in services for conditions — such as colds, flu, sprains, skin rashes, minor cuts and lacerations, and certain types of infections. Patients who typically use the emergency department for these conditions will find shorter wait times and faster service at the ExpressCare clinic.

NYC Council Member Diana Ayala helped to secure $1.6M in mayoral funds for the construction of the new urgent care center at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. In the meantime, the ExpressCare clinic will temporarily share space with the hospital’s Geriatric Outpatient Services until the new, permanent space is built.

“We are excited to add a new health care option for the community we serve in East Harlem and upper Manhattan,” said Alina Moran, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan. “ExpressCare will help reduce wait times in our emergency department and provide immediate medical attention for patients in need of urgent care. The new service expands our ability to connect patients to high-quality care when they need it.”

“The new ExpressCare Clinic at Metropolitan Hospital will help ensure patients are receiving high-quality medical care promptly and close to home,” said Council Member Diana Ayala. “I am proud to have worked with the Mayor’s Office to secure additional funding for the clinic’s future space, and in the interim, I look forward to welcoming this vital resource to the community.”

The Jewish Voice Hospital for Special Surgery to Begin $300M Expansion Plan Above FDR Drive by Harry Cherry

Hospital for Special Surgery to Begin $300M Expansion Plan Above FDR Drive

The Hospital for Special Surgery is starting a $300 million expansion plan — to construct doctors offices and patient rooms above FDR Drive, according to Crain’s.

The Jewish Voice NY Developers Under Scrutiny for Using Empty Space To Bump Tower Heights by Greta Levy

NY Developers Under Scrutiny for Using Empty Space To Bump Tower Heights

Towering structures have been a feature of many New York neighborhoods for quite some time now, but some of these buildings have big gaps in them that are supposed to be for mechanical purposes, hence why they’re known as “mechanical voids.” As skeptics grow more concerned about the increase in the use of these empty spaces, the city is looking to step in. The mayor and city council are ready to start looking into the matter that skeptics suggest could create dangerous situations and unnecessary and wasteful uses of space and resources.

The Jewish Voice Lawsuit Over Luxury UES Tower Cites Abuse of “Loophole” by Kenneth H.R Roberson

Lawsuit Over Luxury UES Tower Cites Abuse of “Loophole”

The subject of the suit is DDG luxury condo located at 180 E. 88th St. The suit contends that the project’s developers and a pair of New York City agencies took advantage of a loophole in designing the project’s height and configuration.

“The loophole being abused here is just an example of what residents have endured from overdevelopment in our city,” City Councilman Ben Kallos, who is a party to the suit, said in a statement.

Ground broke on the DDG building back in April of 2015. Approximately one year later, however, trouble arose when local community groups voiced concerns over what they saw as an unusual aspect of the location’s zoning. Specifically, they said, the developer had included a separate 4-ft.-by-22-ft. lot along East 88th Street that permitted changing the building to a more suitable shape.