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

2 Nov 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.



5.27.14 Bronx News that Matters

27 May

Though the Daily News reported on Sunday that State Senator Adriano Espaillat, a challenger to longtime Congressman Charles Rangel, won’t appear on a BronxTalk debate “due to Albany’s legislative session,” host Gary Axelbank told Bronx Matters today that Espaillat has decided to take part. Meanwhile, Rangel’s office asked Axelbank for a conference call “for rules and other debate procedures” along with staffers of the other candidates. Axelbank responded by setting that up for 2 p.m. today. Stay tuned on Bronx Matters for debate status update.

Councilman Fernando Cabrera announced to tenants of NYCHA’s Ft. Independence Houses in Kingsbridge that its community center won’t be closed, according to The Riverdale Press. Cabrera said NYCHA confirmed that but the Riverdale Press said that “in in recent e-mails, NYCHA’s press office said a determination was yet to be made about the authority’s 106 community centers.” It’s a citywide issue: “The way Mr. Bloomberg left the centers last year, the city would end funding for 57 centers operated by NYCHA itself this June. Nonprofit agencies support the other 49 sites,” the Press reported.

Speaking of NYCHA housing, the Bronx Times reported on the agency’s new commissioner, Shola Olatoye, meeting with residents and local politicians at Pelham Parkway Houses and getting an earful of complaints about long delays making critical repairs — a chronic, unresolved problem during the Bloomberg administration.

State Senator Jeffrey Klein and Assemblyman Marcus Crespo (both Bronx reps) are partnering on legislation to keep alcohol out of the hands (and mouths) of underage drinkers by allowing retailers to swipe bad IDs among other efforts. The Daily News reports that 400 minors were admitted to two city hospitals — North Central Bronx and Jacobi — just over Memorial Day weekend in 2012 and 2013.

Parishioners are battling the proposed closure of Visitation Church in Kingsbridge. St. Gabriel’s Church in Riverdale would also have to cut down its weekday masses. (I’ve also heard that Visitation will merge with St. John’s Church on Kingsbridge Avenue near 231st Street.)

Hunts Point Express files a detailed report on the possibilities for the rebirth of waterfront land where a decrepit Marine Transfer Station in Hunts Point is expected to be torn down.

5.23.14 Bronx News (and Fun) that Matters

23 May

Norwood News reports on the State Senate primary in District 34: “Senator Jeff Klein emerged victorious in securing an endorsement from the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club, after a lengthy evening of accusations of betrayal, debates, rebuttals and questions over whether their decision could cause a divide.” The vote, in Riverdale last night, was 96 to 38.

The long-time Epiphany Lutheran Church on East 206th Street in Norwood is going to be an Ethiopian Church, now that the latter bought the gorgeous but repair-needing building for $1.3 million, which they acquired from decades of saving. (Daily News)

A union is saying that it was a “faulty 911 processing system [that] caused dispatch error during Spuyten-Duyvil Derailment.” (News 12)

A few fun Bronx art stuff this weekend:

Current art exhibits at the FREE shows at Bronx Museum of Arts.

At Wave Hill in Riverdale, take part in a family art class making wash-away patios out of clay on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (I’m not precisely sure what wash-away patios are but it sounds cool, and my family has gone a bunch of enjoyable times.)

Next Wednesday, check out the second edition of the Bronx memoir project at the Bronx Documentary Center in Melrose.

(I want to post a longer Bronx Art Scene feature once a week, focusing on art events, classes, etc., especially if they are free or low-cost. To do that, I need groups to submit a maximum of two events/happenings — by Wed. at noon — each of which shouldn’t be more than two sentences and should include links to your websites for more information. I don’t have the time right now to go through press releases, etc., so sending that to me won’t be helpful. Let’s try it out next week. My email is Thanks! -Jordan)