Friday, May 28, 2010

Round'em Up

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

Construction of landscaped medians, expanded sidewalks and new bike lanes is set to begin this summer along Lafayette and Hunts Point Avenues as part of the new South Bronx Greenway [Streetsblog]

Pedro Espada Jr. held a public town hall meeting last week, but then had his staffers denying entrance to constituents they deemed as "protesters" [BxNN]

More coverage of the newly introduced Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act [Epoch Times]

A review of NYY Steak at Yankee Stadium []

The author of a new book about the South Bronx in the 70s sees some eerie similarities between that time period and NYC's current financial crisis which may result in the shuttering of much-needed firehouses [Wall Street Journal]

Students at Fordham University in 1983 were lucky enough to live in Alan Alda's former Martyrs' Court digs (the building has since been reconfigured and renovated)...They threw a big party the night of the finale episode of M.A.S.H.
[New York Times]

A round up of all the events happening around the BoogieDown this Memorial Day weekend [BxNN]


1 comment:

Jack said...

I was a student at Fordham that year. I didn't attend the party -- but remember all the hub-bub surrounding it. Around that same time (83 or 84) a long standing Fordham student watering hole closed. The El Dorado Bar or El D was on 3rd Avenue where Fordham Plaza now stands. It was a great old space with a huge bar that looked like it could been there since the 1800s. It had much more room than any of the other options near campus. Tended not to be as crowded and you could actually sit and have conversations. The El D was closing because the whole block was being demolished in preparation for the building of Fordham Plaza. I recall attending maybe 2-3 "closing" parties. The demolition kept getting delayed -- so the El D stayed open. At one of these parties a letter from Alda was read, saying how much he enjoyed hanging out in the El D and mourned the end of this fine establishment. Can't verify whether he actually wrote the letter -- but I do remember there being some public acknowledgment from Alda that he actually spent time in the El D -- maybe in his commencement address, which I think was 84? Man -- hard to believe that was 27 years ago!