Bronx Matters focuses on Bronx journalism: original reporting, and links to other coverage that, uh, matters! Even the limited Bronx reporting on critical issues isn’t seen or read by enough people in our city-size borough of 1.4 million people and 60-plus neighborhoods. I believe highlighting the good stuff all in one place and covering more critical issues, will get the beautiful — and over-burdened — Bronx more focus from the powers that be.
Here’s some of what you’ll see on this site: my articles and issue updates; links to and analysis of Bronx articles; links to Bronx politicians you, or a lot of your neighbors, hired; fun stuff going in our beloved Boogie Down; and more whenever I can. For now, I’m one guy running things part-time. So, with your thoughtful comments, you can help this site hum.
So, who am I? I grew up on Long Island, graduated from Vassar College in 1988 and moved to the Bronx in 1992. From 1994 to 2011 I was editor of the award-winning nonprofit community newspaper, the Norwood News, started by Dart Westphal, in the northwest Bronx. Before all this, I wrote for the Bronx section of New York Newsday. (I still miss that phenomenal paper.) And in my first job out of college I worked for Human SERVE, a nonprofit founded by activist academics Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward to make sure that the government makes it easy for people to register to vote. (Without those two, there probably would be no National Voter Registration Act that became law in 1993). I lived in Norwood from 1993 to 2004, and ever since home has been in Kingsbridge Heights with my wife, Margaret Groarke (another activist academic, and lifelong Bronxite, who I met at Human SERVE one day she was doing research) and our 11-year-old daughter, Devin.
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I am very interested in what you’re seeing, hearing, and care about in your neighborhoods. I can’t be everywhere, so if you have tips, ideas, photos, etc., send ‘em my way at bronxmatters-at-gmail.com.
Thanks for reading and taking part in what matters!
“Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” —Justice Louis Brandeis