Pi day is a special day for us here at Brooklyn Roots. Last year on March 14th we met with our new landlord to sign the lease at 319 3rd. At first he asked that we change the start date to March 15th. As soon as he suggested it, we all (landlord included) started listing the reasons why we should keep it at the Infinite Pi day, rather than invite any Ides of March juju into our endeavor! We exchanged a few signatures, a fat check, a joyful toast and Marcela and I felt grateful to be in this together.
One year later we have been open for exactly 4 months. I remember when it felt like it was going to be forever until we opened up shop. Building a hospital is no joke. It’s not for the faint of heart. At all. There’s no starter kit. No one gives you a list of the things that you need to know. And when you do finally know what you need and want, it can be even harder to get done! If you’ve ever been involved in a construction project you know what I’m talking about. I likened it to giving birth, there’s nothing anyone could ever say to prepare you for it - and it’s worse than anything that you can ever imagine. Truthfully though, things went as smoothly as they could. We had a great team working on this place. I think I can speak for both of us when I say it was the worst experience of our lives, but we survived with our wits intact and it was all worth it.
Our first four months have been fantastic! I can’t say it enough. If you know me you have heard this before. Our staff is wonderful. As my four year old says - “For Real Life! It’s True!” They can’t be beat. Each and every one of them brings so much to the table. I have happily watched them take ownership of this place from the beginning. They have built it with us to create a hospital that is richer and sweeter than we could have imagined. I am always proud of how they take care of the patients, the clients, our hospital, each other. We set out to create a community for ourselves and for our clients and I think we are well on our way to succeeding.