Final Gathering at My Dad’s Bronx Sculpture Exhibit 12.9.14

7 Dec
Jay Moss at his exhibit. (Photo by Ron Terner)

                                                       Jay Moss at his exhibit. (Photo by Ron Terner)

To celebrate my dad’s sculpture exhibit at Manhattan College one more time before it closes, we’re having a party there this coming Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

It’s in the Alumni Room of the O’Malley Library, 1st floor, Room 100. Guards at the college entrance can send you in the right direction to park, walk, etc. Address is 4513 Manhattan College Parkway. Here’s a map. Easy to get to by 1-train (last stop, 242nd St./Van Cortlandt Park).

If you’re planning on coming, please e-mail me at jordanmoss.bx-at-gmail.com.

Here’s an article I wrote about his work in The Forward, and David Gonzalez’s wonderful column in The New York Times.

To see photos of his sculpture, go to jaymoss.weebly.com.

Violation-Heavy Bronx Bldg. Ignores HPD Push

3 Dec

I reported on this 2856 Webb Ave. apartment building in Kingsbridge Heights last April in City Limits. That didn’t have much impact, according to Riverdale Press. Here’s my update in City Limits. And following are a couple of photos I took last April in Iliana Rodriguez’s apartment.

Iliana Rodriguez was not able to keep this window open in her kitchen, when I visited last April. Photo by Jordan Moss

Iliana Rodriguez was not able to keep this window open in her kitchen, when I visited last April. Photo by Jordan Moss

The stove in Rodriguez's apartment had no knobs when I visited. Photo by Jordan Moss

The stove in Rodriguez’s apartment was missing 4 of 5 knobs when I visited. Photo by Jordan Moss

Plan for Mott Haven Transformation Unveiled in Bronx

11 Nov
Mott Haven residents view proposed neighborhood upgrades at a meeting on Nov. 5. Photo by Maura Ewing/Mott Haven Herald

Mott Haven residents view proposed neighborhood upgrades at a meeting on Nov. 5. Photo by Maura Ewing/Mott Haven Herald

Mott Haven residents reviewed proposed changes to their neighborhood after two years of participating in planning the upgrades. Read full story in Mott Haven Herald.

Good Morning! Beautiful Bronx Morning in Van Cortlandt Park

10 Nov

Have a beautiful morning on your path to whatever good stuff you seek to accomplish … Beautiful day to walk in Van Cortlandt Park!

The path south of Van Cortlandt Park House Museum. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

The path south of Van Cortlandt Park House Museum. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

Not as Necessary to Senate Republicans After Election Night, but Bronx Dem Jeff Klein Still Headed Their Way

7 Nov
On a happier day in Albany last spring, Bronx politicians Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, State Senator Jeffrey Klein, Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. gather at Bronx Day. Photo by Jordan Moss

What direction is Jeff Klein headed? On a happier day in Albany last spring, Klein (center) and fellow Bronx Democratic politicians Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. gather at Bronx Day. Photo by Jordan Moss

Capital New York has the story.

UPDATE: Deal Made for Barnes & Noble to Remain 2 More Years in Bay Plaza

23 Oct

UPDATE: As I predicted, bookstore won’t shut down; 2-year deal is made. Go to welcome2thebronx.com for more info.

Headline a bit of a prediction, but quite likely nonetheless. Barnes & Noble in Co-op City was headed for closure because of a rent rivalry with Bay Plaza landlord Prestige Properties and Development. But last night, Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. announced a noon press conference today with both bookstore and landlord big-shots present in Bay Plaza at his sides. Bound to be good news, right? We shall see in a couple of hours.

Incidentally, back in 1999, as editor of the Norwood News, I wrote about then-Assemblyman Stephen Kaufman, who successfully hectored Barnes & Noble:

He doesn’t represent any of the neighborhoods we serve, but east Bronx Assemblyman Stephen Kaufman deserves credit for shepherding a Barnes & Noble bookstore to the borough. Like many Bronxites, he couldn’t fathom how a borough of 1.2 million people had only two small general-interest bookstores. Like few others, however, he did something about it. He bugged, bothered, cajoled and convinced Barnes & Noble officials, making a strong case that a Bronx branch would succeed “beyond their wildest dreams.”

More here.

And here’s my story about the opening 15 years ago.

“…[B]eginning this month, tens of thousands of titles are being pumped into the borough’s literary circulatory system, thanks to a new Barnes & Noble superstore that debuted on Dec. 1 in Bay Plaza.”

More here.

Jay Moss, Bronx Sculptor, Shows His Stuff

20 Oct

My dad, Jay Moss, is a 91-year-old World War II vet. A sculptor, in relatively good shape, he’s still at it in his Riverdale apartment.

An opening of his first exhibit in about 13 years — Sculpture and Social Consciousness — will be at Manhattan College in Riverdale, this Wednesday evening (10/22) from 4 to 7 p.m. (It’s in the Alumni Room of the O’Malley Library, 1st floor, Room 100. Guards at the college entrance can send you in the right direction to park, walk, etc. Address is 4513 Manhattan College Parkway. Here’s a map.)

My dad’s work is not all, or directly, focused on war, but most of the art you’ll see is simply not what it would be if he missed the war age-wise or otherwise.

I love his work more than ever.

Here’s just a few of the 40-plus sculptures in the big show:

Jay Moss, my dad, has commented that ideally he'd like this Oscar to be given to Cheney and Rumsfeld. (Photo by Adi Talwar)

Jay Moss, my dad, has commented that ideally he’d like this Oscar for Torturers to be given to Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. (Photo by Adi Talwar)

 

'Prisoner' and 'Demented Clown' before shipping to Manhattan College last Thursday. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

‘Prisoner’ and ‘Demented Clown’ before shipping to Manhattan College last Thursday. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

'Tenement Family' (Photo by Adi Talwar)

‘Tenement Family’ (Photo by Adi Talwar)

 

Two Fort Independence Intersections in Bronx Unsafe, Parents Say

30 Sep

By Jordan Moss

Crossing Guards control traffic around the city in key places where kids are headed to, and from, school. Stop signs and traffic lights are at many corners, but there is nothing like either at a very wide section of Fort Independence Street where Giles Place leads to Kingsbridge Terrace.

Heading to Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Yalitza Perez and her 2-year-old daughter (upper left) begin their cross of Fort Independence Street where there are no crossing guards, crosswalks, stop signs, or traffic lights. (Photo: Jordan Moss)

Heading to Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Yalitza Perez and her 2-year-old daughter (upper left) begin their cross of Fort Independence Street where there are no crossing guards, crosswalks, stop signs, or traffic lights. (Photo: Jordan Moss)

About a block west of this intersection is a three-way intersection — where Fort Independence Street, curves north as it meets up with Heath Avenue. DOT did make this intersection clearer last year. But there are no places for walkers to cross at this intersection either.

There are also no crosswalks at this complicated intersection of two wide, curvy streets: Fort Independence Street and Heath Avenue. (Photo: Jordan Moss)

There are also no crosswalks at this complicated intersection of two wide, curvy streets: Fort Independence Street and Heath Avenue. (Photo: Jordan Moss)

Each of the three parents I spoke to yesterday morning, even as they rushed to drop their children off at school on Kingsbridge Terrace, strongly said that something needs to be done.

With her 10-year-old daughter, Anna Prince crossed from the corner of Giles Place and Fort Independence after looking both ways several times.

“It’s very hard,” she said. “I always think about there being a light or a crossing person.”

Soon after Prince, Yalitza Perez crossed, headed to the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center to drop off her 2-year-old daughter.

“It is so dangerous to cross there,” Perez told Bronx Matters, adding how critical “a crosswalk, a light, or anything,” is to make it a safe crossing.

Headed to PS 360, a couple of blocks past the community center, Patricia Rodriguez crossed the same intersection with her three fourth-grade children (two are twins). She feels the same way as Perez and Prince, and added, “There are some parents that let kids walk for themselves so it’s not safe at all.”

The city’s Department of Transportation did not respond to questions about the Kingsbridge Terrace-Giles intersection, but did about the lack of a crossing area where Fort Independence Street connects with Heath Avenue.

“DOT has not received a formal complaint regarding the Fort Independence Street and Heath Avenue three-way intersection. We resurfaced and reinstalled roadway markings during the Summer of 2013 at the location,” a DOT spokesman said. “The intersection is not stop-controlled. DOT will continue monitoring the location for safety improvements and work with the local community board with the concerns it may have.”

Ed. note: If you have any concerns or suggestions about the intersections on Fort Independence Street, please comment on this post. Thanks!

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