Thursday, March 5, 2009

Round'em Up

Here are some Bronx-related stories we've rounded up you, our lovely readers, while trolling the interweb with our horse and lasso this fine morning:

'The Story Behind the Story,' Alex Kratz ties all the pieces of the Bronx Homeless Shelter story together [Bronx News Network]

Boynton Avenue apartment building goes for $1.25 million
[Co-Star Group]

It's Diaz and Seabrook for the BP race [Daily News]

Stunning images of 'abandoned, beautiful architecture' around New York (including N. Brother Island and Hart Island) by photographer Ian Ference
[Daily News]

MTA blows over $6 million by not running contracts by consulted firm hired to save them money
[New York Post]

Cablevision will use new technology to target specific ads to Bronx households (now if only they could figure out a way to provide phone service that doesn't sound like it's originating on the moon...)
[New York Times]

New editor named at Riverdale Press... Marie Vallani-York out, Jason Fields in [Riverdale Press]

More on Intervale Green, WHEDCO's new eco-friendly housing for low income and formerly homeless residents [PIX Morning News]



Gregory Lobo Jost said...

Regarding the Boynton Ave building: "IMS Properties LLC acquired 1153 Boynton Ave. in the Bronx, NY, from Harriet & Eli Cooper Foundation Inc. for $1.25 million, or approximately $52,000 per unit." Wow, that's about half the price per unit as the building on University I commented about last week. Still think it's cheap?

Obviously every building is different, but it's worth pointing out that despite the financial market turmoil, this building actually sold. I'm sure the price is what made it possible.

And regarding the cluster housing - it's shorts-sighted, to say the least. The fact that the Norwood News is reporting on the actual harassment that took place shows how dangerous a program like this is. It's time for DHS to look into these accusations and potentially drop the contracts. At a policy level, it's time to have an open debate on what to do about homelessness. I hear there are a lot of vacant luxury condo units in Brooklyn.

Boogiedowner said...

Haha, I knew as I was typing out the headline on that news item that we'd be hearing from you. So what do you think a fair price for the Morris Avenue building is? You never said. Do you consider $1.25M a fair price for this Boynton Ave. property, or still too high? Location is worth noting - Soundview isn't the most desirable place in the Bronx, and prices reflect that.