Sunday, May 25, 2008

Venturing off the Island

Last week friends and I ventured across the Brooklyn bridge and then walked through the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens before taking a train to Coney Island and Brighton Beach.

These upscale neighborhoods are home to young, upwardly mobile families living in renovated brownstones. Rents and condo prices in these neighborhoods are completely out of scale for the average middle-class family.

Brighton Beach is known as the "Little Odessa" of NYC and a site where there is a high prevalence of Hepatitis C. At an HIV and immigrant conference that I attended a few weeks ago, a presenter revealed that 28% of the former Soviet Union (FSU) nationals participating in a health study had Hepatitis C as a result of receiving immunization with non-sterile instruments in the FSU.

Photo by Pep

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