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Petition for Safety at Ft. Independence Intersections

28 Nov

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!

Who, and What, You’re Voting For in Bronx and Beyond

2 Nov

Wnyc.org has a great site listing who and what you’re going to be voting for this coming Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The city itself has its own detailed site.

Pass this along. The more who know about these links the merrier.

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.

 

A Bronx NYCHA Mess for All to See

15 Dec
nycha mess on Heath Ave

What should be a parking lot at Fort Independence Houses in Kingsbridge Heights is now a virtual dumping ground that NYCHA is ignoring.         Photo by Jordan Moss

For months NYCHA (New York City Housing Authority) has ignored this enormous mess at at Fort Independence Houses in Kingsbridge Heights. It’s essentially an unused parking lot on Heath Avenue that has been filled with all kinds of garbage over the last several months.

This shouldn’t be a costly fix. NYCHA should just be paying attention to land that it owns and is responsible for.

If you know of similar problems at other Bronx NYCHA sites and can send Bronx Matters photos, we’d be happy to spread the word and hopefully get NYCHA on its toes. Just email bronxmatters@gmail.com.

 

Heading Up From State’s Bottom, Bronx Demonstrates Public Health Progress

30 Oct

Of the 62 counties in the state, the Bronx has been the last on the health rankings list for several years. But efforts to head up the ladder are making some progress, Crain’s reports. The borough just received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation due to its recent successes. The Bronx “has seen rates of smoking, teen births and AIDS cases fall, according to Montefiore, which coordinated the borough’s application,” the article states.

Bronx Brain Brigade to Run/Walk on Randall’s Island to Fight Brain Cancer Nov. 15

29 Oct
Hi Bronx Friends,
I’m leading a team called the Bronx Brain Brigade to take part in the run/walk at Randall’s Island on Nov. 15. I’d love you take part if you can. I would especially love it if more Bronxites who have brain cancer, or had it, and/or their families would like to sign up and join the team. Following is more information and a link to the sign-up site. Thanks!

Sunday, Nov. 15 will mark exactly 3 years since I was released from the hospital for my brain cancer surgery.
Coincidentally, Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC), a great, effective group that funds critical brain cancer research, has organized its run/walk on Randall’s Island in NYC on that exact day. That’s meaningful for me as my brain is still clear of cancer according to MRIs. Yet it’s impossible to know what can still happen.

I’m leading the Bronx Brain Brigade for the third time to support VABC which directs its funding to critical research. Who knows if I’ll ever need new drugs, etc., but this WILL be helpful to so many people suffering from brain cancer.

I would love it if you could join the team, in person or from afar, to raise money for this critical work. To make this happen just click here. Feel free to email me or call me if you have any questions at all.

Best and thanks!!!

Jordan

P.S. The event will include walks for families and kids. There will be fun games for kids too.

P.P.S. If you can pass this on to two or three friends who you think might want to join the team and/or support this effort, that would be great!

WHEDco’s Big South Bronx Project — ‘Bronx Commons’ — Scheduled to Break Ground in Next Year

13 Oct

WHEDco (Women’s Housing and Econcomic Development Corporation) is scheduled to break ground on on a large mixed use development in the next year, according to Curbed.

“Today, WHEDco is working on its most ambitious project yet: Bronx Commons, a 361,600-square-foot mixed-use development with affordable housing, a rooftop farm, retail space, and cultural programming from the Bronx Music Heritage Center. Although the organization has come a long way since its formation, the mission is more or less the same: livable, affordable housing that builds up the neighborhood too.”

Here’s the whole Curbed story.

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz on BronxTalk Tonight

24 Aug

From BronxTalk host Gary Axelbank:

Tonight’s guest on BronxTalk will be Assemblyman Jeff Dinowitz of the 81st Assembly District in the Bronx. We’ll ask him about the explosion at JFK High School, a number of housing and development issues, the upcoming pilot plan for access to the Jerome Park Reservoir, the Mayor and the Governor, and a number of other issues. BronxTalk is seen live Monday nights at 9:00 p.m. on BronxNet’s channel 67 and Fios 33. It is streamed live at bronxnet.org.