Photo by Jordan Moss
This photo is not a mess of the month. For many
months, NYCHA has left an ugly, ample mess of mattressses; old, broken-up furniture and cabinetry spread on the ground of this Fort Independence Houses lot on Heath Avenue. This scandalous scatter does get picked up at some point, but in the meantime it’s a dastardly dump. Yes, it may signify that there’s critical rehab work being done inside (let us pray!) but that doesn’t make this OK. It’s time for NYCHA to clear this miserable mess and keep it that way on a regular basis. Also, they need to simply close, if not lock, the gate. I easily wandered in to take this pic, but I don’t want it accessible to kids who might wander the lot and grab a nail or something. NYCHA may be significantly short of dough but keeping this area clean and safe isn’t gonna cost them much, if anything.
Do it, NYCHA. Now!
Bronx Ale House owners are about to open a pizza/beer joint like a block away on Kingsbridge Avenue in Kingsbridge. It’s right down the block from the Riverdale diner. Official opening tomorrow. (Graffiti art by Tracy168)
(Photos by Jordan Moss)
I’m at Lincoln Center right now and just came across a brochure for the ReelAbilities Film Festival, which is on now in every borough through March 8. It’s sponsored by JCC (Jewish Community Council) Manhattan. In the Bronx, six documentary films focusing on a variety of personal and collective struggles are on the schedule. Lehman College is showing six of the films through 3/7, and the Bronx Library Center will show one this Saturday 3/4 at 2:30: “How Sweet the Sound: The Blind Boys of Alabama.” Very cool. For more info, go to ny.reelabilities.org.
The Kingsbridge Armory. Photo by Jordan Moss
The massive ice skating facility planned for the Kingsbridge Armory was brought back to life today.
As the Norwood News reports, Gov. Cuomo announced that the state will provide funding close to the tally required to reignite a plan to transform the armory into a massive home to nine ice-skating rinks, the largest such entity in the universe.
It ain’t over ’til it’s over, but Cuomo’s announcement appears to bring the complicated project close to a resolution after 23 years of a long, devoted community campaign led from the beginning by the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition.
For Norwood News armory coverage from 1999 on, go here and here.
Washington Post columnist Catherine Rampell has a good idea — apply the controversial, but very legal, policy of eminent domain to Donald Trump, who loves it to death, at Trump Tower in Manhattan, where a clogged security site is already sucking millions of police protection cash from the city. Through eminent domain, the city would have to pay Trump for the building before they dismiss him from the site. But, in her column, Rampell explains how it’s well worth it.
Made me think of the Bronx golf course Trump currently runs. He doesn’t own the property, so eminent domain isn’t applicable. But the city could end its contract with him, as welcome2thebronx.com sought last year in a petition effort after Trump said that Mexico is: “sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists.”
That’s when Trump even lost the support of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., who decided to boycott the site. “When he speaks out against Muslims, when he speaks out against Mexicans and Latinos, that to me is anti-Bronx,” Diaz said, as reported in dnainfo.com. “That’s the reason why I boycotted the golf course.”
Here are some photos up for grabs through 12/18 at Bronx Documentary Center’s holiday sale, as I mentioned in my prior post.
Photo by Michael Kamber
Photo by Jon Santiago
Photo by Heriberto Sanchez
Photo by Melanie Genao
The Bronx Documentary Center in Mott Haven is having a holiday photo sale between December 10th and 18th. For precise dates and times, check out their site. This is cool. Incredible documentary photos, by great documentary photographers, available for holiday gifts in the Bronx!
Crossing Ft. Independence Street in Kingsbridge Heights is dangerous for everyone — kids, adults, and drivers. There are no crosswalks in 2 essential areas. Time for the city act. If you live, work, or go to school in the area – or just plain care – sign this petition and share link with others. We want the city’s Department of Transportation to act ASAP. Thanks!