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City Limits Highlights 40 Years of Critical Reporting

3 Feb

City Limits is 40 years old this year. For most of its life thus far it was a hand-held magazine, but for a couple of years now it’s been a website with the same critical coverage of urban policies that affect all New Yorkers and their neighborhoods.

Celebrating its impressive anniversary (how many nonprofit publications are around for four decades?) City Limits highlights a story from each of those 40 years (including my piece -part of a series produced by Tom Robbins and his excellent students at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism – about a boy’s death following a fire in a disastrous Bronx building long-ignored by its landlord.)

What City Limits also has up and running are essays by many of its former editors including Robbins, Alyssa Katz and Doug Turetsky. (Bronx and Norwood neighborhood resident Jarrett Murphy is the current editor who made this whole lookback happen.)

Take a read and pass it on. It’s good for everyone to know more about where we were and focus on what policies still need focus and change.

 

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Bronx Charter School Debate on BronxTalk Tonight

19 Oct

From BronxTalk:

“Tonight BronxTalk will present both sides of the debate over charter schools. A director of a prominent charter school and an education expert from the Alliance for a Quality Education will answer questions from host Gary Axelbank about the viability of charters in the Bronx, the affect of the school choice movement on public education, the selection of charter school students, the sharing of space and resources, and the overall affect of charters on teachers, students and their parents. It promises to be an informative program about a controversial movement in Bronx education. BronxTalk is seen live Monday nights at 9 p.m. on BronxNet’s channel 67 and Fios 33. It is streamed live at Bronxnet.org.”

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)

 

Bronx and Planet Earth

22 Sep

350.org estimates that 310,000 people took part in the People’s Climate March on Sunday to push desperately needed worldwide climate change action. Bronxites supplied a significant contingent. A reported 100 people from Riverdale’s Manhattan College took part, as did members of New Day Church in Bedford Park, La Finca del Sur, and South Bronx Unite, a coalition firmly focused on preventing Fresh Direct from moving its truck-heavy HQ to Mott Haven. (I’d love to know of any other Bronx groups, organizations, schools, clubs, etc. that took part in the Climate March. If you can send that info and a good photo to bronxmatters@gmail.com, I’ll do my best to get them up here. Thanks!)

My family took part with Bronx pals and their kids (from left my daughter Devin, and her friends Shoshana, Frieda and Bronwyn; my wife Margaret Groarke, active in the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition stands behind them).

Photo by Jordan Moss

I met these cool guys, artists from Marble Hill, Bronx (Richard Grunn) and nearby Inwood demonstrating melting ice. They attracted a ton of shots from marchers.

Photo by Jordan Moss

Photos by Jordan Moss

Again, if you know of any other Bronx groups that took part, send info and pic to bronxmatters@gmail.com. Thanks!

-Jordan Moss

Bronx Pre-Summer Sun in Norwood Mist

16 Jun

 

Mosh library

At the after-school time of about 4:20 p.m. today, Bronx Norwoodians (whose nabe is just north of Mosholu Parkway) young and old enjoyed a hydrant’s brisk water blast in front of Mosholu Library. (Photo by me, J. Moss)

Bronx Credit Resource Fair

3 Jun

A Credit Resource Fair will be held on Wed., June 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Refuge House, 2715 Bainbridge Ave. University Neighborhood Housing Program is the sponsor and, along with The Financial Clinic, Apple Bank, and The Parodneck Foundation, will provide free credit reports, information on secure credit cards, and on how credit can impact housing, jobs and retirement. The event and all information is free, but space is limited. Call UNHP at 718-933-2539 to reserve your spot.

5.29.14 — Bronx News that Matters

29 May
Clinton pic Marison

Students of the renewed DeWitt Clinton High School on Mosholu Parkway. Photo by Marisol Diaz/The Riverdale Press

The Riverdale Press reports on DeWitt Clinton High School’s comeback.

A new chair of Community Board 9 in the southeast Bronx is only 31, the youngest in the city. But the Daily News reports that generally there are very few young people — particularly teens — on the Bronx’s 12 community boards. None of CB 11’s board members are under 45, for example.

The Daily News reminds readers that Bernie Madoff’s so-called Ponzi scheme, a financial earthquake, led to Yeshiva University losing $110 million back in 2008, and that fiscal tragedy is a big part of the reason Yeshiva is partnering with Montefiore to run the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

A new retail plaza is headed for the borough’s “Hub” in Melrose by the end of the year, reports the Daily News. It will feature Metropolitan College’s Bronx campus, a Fine Fare Supermarket, and Vista Optical. (No link.)

In one of the borough’s most competitive state Senate primaries, on May 22 the Ben Franklin Democratic Club in Riverdale starkly backed incumbent Jeffrey Klein – A Democrat but co-founder of the Independent Democratic Conference which often collaborates with the Senate’s Republicans — over Oliver Koppell, a former Councilman and long-term member and organizer of that very club.

Speaking of which, in his BoroBeat column, Bronx Times editor Bob Kapstatter credits club president Ellen Feld for “keeping the pandemonium” at the Club’s significant session “to a manageable level.” Kapstatter also reports Gov. Cuomo naming BP Ruben Diaz, Jr. as a co-chair of his re-election campaign.

Community Board 7 is pushing for a store in the Fordham Road D-train station, reports the Norwood News.

Jarrett Murphy, editor of City Limits, takes a look at the city’s rat battle.

The New York Times reports on Lincoln Hospital’s emergency room, probably the city’s busiest.