Brooklyn Coronavirus Update and Open Thread: Schools, Home Sales, Buzzy Wearables (5/13/20)

Brooklyn Heights. Photo by Susan De Vries

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    We’re in the ninth week of sheltering in place and the 37th day of home schooling for New York City schools.

    Expect a cascade of colleges in Brooklyn and beyond to soon announce fall classes will be virtual, at least for now, following Cal State’s proclamation of the same yesterday. If things improve, potentially some classes could meet offline. The approach could provide a blueprint for other school systems and organizations in Brooklyn and beyond, according to The New York Times.

    Sales volume of homes in New York City plunged 16 percent in the first quarter vs. the same quarter a year earlier, from $10.5 billion to $8.7 billion, the Real Estate Board of New York announced today. The industry association expects even worse numbers in the second quarter and is calling on government at all levels for more aid to “jumpstart New York City’s economy.”

    StrongArm Technologies, located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, has adapted one of its products, a wearable device, to buzz warehouse workers when they come closer than six feet. It also tracks and reports possible exposures remotely.

    What are your thoughts, and how are you weathering the shutdown? What do you think should be done in Brooklyn to combat the spread of the virus and blunt the damage to local businesses and jobs? Please feel free to comment in a respectful manner (please, no personal attacks, nothing libelous). If you are not already logged in, go up to the top right hand side of the page and log in to be able to comment.

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