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Brooklyn Daily


Show us the blood

Our “Downtown” editor, Gersh Kuntzman, shows us every day that he’s a red-blooded American hero. So when the New York Blood Center’s Downtown Brooklyn donation center finally reopened after a seven-month renovation, Kuntzman didn’t ask if he could give blood — he asked, “How much do you want?” It’s that kind of can-donate attitude that has made Kuntzman a member of the prestigious “Gallon Club,” a group of anti-vampires that always answers the call to arms. On Monday, Kuntzman was at the Lawrence Street center helping himself to apple juice and cookies after squeezing out a pint for tech “Smiling” Greg Small, who’s a whiz with the 16-gauge needle (clearly, Kuntzman needs a big prick). Anyway, the new center is equipped with comfy chairs and free WiFi, so you can stay connected while saving a life or two. The center also offers free parking for all donors. And it’s so convenient to the Community Newspaper Group Building in Metrotech, why not stop by after giving from the heart?

New York Blood Center [120 Lawrence St. between Willoughby Street and Myrtle Avenue in Downtown, (800) 933-2566]. For info, visit

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