Kicking off the new year I had the privilege to speak during Pakistani American Youth Society‘s New York Health Act community forum. I got to share my unique perspective as a small business owner and how I handle health insurance for my employees. It was a very in depth and informative discussion, and I learned many new things about our current healthcare system. The panel discussion was lead by Dr. Donald Moore M.D., M.P.H.. Dr. Moore is a community physician, trustee and past president of the Medical Society of the County of Kings, and a board member of the NY Metro Chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program. After learning more I can say that I support the New York Health Care Act and encourage more people to learn about it and engage with their peers and local legislators. Health care is not only a quality of life issue, it’s also a moral obligation.
Created by Heidi Woo and Daniella Khan, Flatbush Fest is a 3-day festival in Flatbush, Brooklyn designed to bring together the diverse residents and businesses of Flatbush. The festival will combine local food and craft vendors, collaborative art, games, entertainment for kids, live music and more.
The goal of Flatbush Fest is to increase connectedness and community among residents in the Flatbush and neighboring areas. It is an opportunity for neighbors to gather, meet, and celebrate the unique characteristics of this historic Brooklyn neighborhood. Heidi and Daniella want Flatbush Fest to serve as a catalyst to connect people to each other as well as the great programs that exist in the community.
Tuesday, May 16th marked the successful launch of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams’ anti-crime initiative “Operation Safe Shopper”. This initiative offered local BIDS, Merchants Associations and Nonprofits a grant of $2,500 each to purchase and install security cameras along their commercial corridors in order to prevent crime and create a safer shopping environment.
This past February I partnered with a new digital marketing agency in Brooklyn, Oscar Diggs Digital, to head up the content strategy for the social media marketing campaigns around “Dine in Brooklyn,” the borough-wide Brooklyn restaurant week being presented by Visa, in partnership with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams’ office, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the NYC Hospitality Alliance and Yelp. The Dine in Brooklyn initiative encompasses a huge program created in support of Brooklyn’s economic development, small business enterprises and tourism.
Ditmas Park Helpers would like to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to everyone who contributed to our End-of-Summer E-Recycling Campaign. Thanks to the community response we were able to properly recycle and dispose of over 60 major electronics and over 100 cans of used paint.
We decided to visit the Dubai Mall and then the world famous Burj Khalifa. The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world and the Burj Khalifa is currently the largest building in the world, resting at 125 flights. I say currently because I learned that at this moment, people in Saudi Arabia are working on their own version of the Burj Khalifa with the intentions of creating the new tallest building in the world.
Welcome, and thank you for checking out my first of (hopefully) many travel blog posts. Let me begin by explaining why traveling is important to me. From a very young age, my family would encourage me to travel. Although being born and raised in Brooklyn comes with worldwide bragging rights, my family always stressed the importance of getting out of the city and exposing myself to the diverse cultures around the world.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams joins me for an indepth discussion about the issues affecting Brooklyites the most. We learn more about Adam’s history prior to becoming Borough President and we find out whose his favorite sports team in NYC.
This past November I was contacted by a journalist from the New York Times about being interviewed as part of their Block by Block video series highlighting the neighborhood in which I both work and live, Ditmas Park. It was a tremendous honor/privilege to be a part of this project and I hope to continue to increase the vibrancy of the Ditmas Park community. I hope you enjoy!