No Gas in Bronx Apartments on Strong Street

2 Mar
60 Eames Place tenants haven't been able to cook for over a month.

Many 85 Strong Street tenants haven’t been able to cook for over a month. Photo by Jordan Moss

Tenants, with the help of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, are battling the month-long lack of cooking gas in many of their apartments at 85 Strong Street, which is close to Lehman College. CBS-NY had this story. Tenants formed this Facebook page. The Coalition had a meeting with the tenants last Wednesday and by Friday 80 percent of the building got its gas back. There are 72 units in the building and there are currently 96 code violations, according to the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development on its website.

Guy Davis in the Bronx Tonight!

27 Feb

If you’ve got some free time tonight, don’t miss blues musician — guitar, banjo, harmonica — Guy Davis at Hostos Community College (E. 149th St. and Grand Concourse – 4 train virtually leads right to the door) tonight at 7:30. It’s only $10, so if you’re into him or blues in general, try and make it there. (I’m not a promoter, just a Davis fan and blues love. Check out this wonderful video where Davis explains how he took up his work.)

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.

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