Don't worry - if you're planning on attending the Bronx Food Summit on Saturday, the artists' studios will again be open from 12pm to 6pm on Sunday.
Please see the flyer below for additional details:
Open Artist Studio Tour
Franz Joseph Haydn, Concerto in F major
Franz Joseph Haydn, Notturno in C major
Paul Hindemith, Chamber Music No. 1 (1921)
Robert Schumann, Fugues on the Name BACH (trans. Mandarano)
The concert will take place at the Riverdale Temple (4545 Independence Avenue). There is plentiful free parking. Tickets are $35 ($25 for seniors; $15 for students) and are available on the website or at the door on the day of the concert. It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance. If you have any questions, please contact (917) 689-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
BD Note: The failed Armory deal is of course mentioned in this extensive piece examining how the role of CBAs has changed over the years. Here's an interesting excerpt:A look at some of the real estate big wigs that have been identified as longtime enablers of Pedro Espada Jr. due to their major financial support [Village Voice]
As one member of Mr. Liu’s task force, Julia Vitullo-Martin, put it, a “new weird principle” had been grafted onto the “perfectly legitimate” idea that a developer should try to mitigate the effects of gentrification.
“The original concept got lost,” said Ms. Vitullo-Martin, a senior fellow at the Regional Plan Association, an independent research group. “Why should the developer be responsible for the wages paid by retailers? That has nothing to do with the land-use process.” [NY Times]
BD Note: We've yet to visit Coqui Mexicano, but it sounds like a great place. We're wondering...What is the reason for the eviction? Are they behind on rent? Is it healthcode violations? We trust the Mayor of Melrose will fill us in on the scoop. Folks are saying that gentrification is playing a role in the potential closing of the eatery due to the fact that there is a lot of new construction happening in the area. Two thoughts regarding the gentrification speculation: 1) I thought most of the new construction happening in Melrose was affordable housing. 2) If Coqui Mexicano is simply way behind on their rent, isn't the eviction just a dollars and cents issue? Give us the scoop, Mayor!'Soda buyback' event at Richard R. Green Middle School attracts one lone bottle of soda - and it was a Sprite Zero [Village Voice]
Bill AguadoPlease click here to purchase tickets or find out other ways that you can show your support for BronxWorks.
Prominent Bronx arts advocate, former Executive Director of the Bronx Council on the Arts, and a longtime BronxWorks board member
Executive Director of Lawyers Alliance for New York, and for many years BronxWorks Board Chair and legal counsel
Of Davis Polk & Wardwell, pro bono legal counsel for BronxWorks, and former BronxWorks board member
BD Note: Okay, usually the commenters on the Daily News website are kind of wackadoos, but I can't help but agree with commenter RickEvans033050 on this one. He writes, "Hiding a pollution problem by covering it up with perfume odor is more befitting the polluter than the "enviro-guru". I'm VERY disappointed."Students, teachers, and parents fear for the future as University Heights High School is forced to relocate from their location on Bronx Community College's 50-acre campus...they say that the college setting has played a role in the success of the students there. [New York Times]
Relief seems to be the predominant emotion among the workers within the new stores. Almost every one of them approached had spent considerable time unemployed.
Lindora Holmes, 57, another Century 21 salesperson, said she was jobless for more than two years, after she was laid off by an auto parts manufacturer in Long Island City.
“It’s good to be back,” she said.Sales jobs at the malls generally pay $8 an hour — not much above the $7.25 minimum wage. But, Ms. Holmes said, “It’s better than not having anything at all,” adding, “If your manager sees how you work, it’s an opportunity for you to move up to the next level.” [New York Times]
“Anybody who’s traveling from this end of Queens doesn’t have to go to Nassau County and Roosevelt Field,” said Frank Gulluscio, district manager of local Community Board 6. “Everything’s right there — parking, food and great retail. We’re not sending those jobs out to Nassau. We’re keeping them right here in New York City.” [New York Times]I'll give you one guess as to where I'm going with all this...that's right, I'm wondering how the new employees at The Shops at Kingsbridge Armory would have felt about actually having landed employment with a shot of upward mobility in this shiteous economy if Related's plans had actually moved forward. And before you all shout "subsidies, subsidies!!" at me, please click here to read a helpful comment from BD Reader Jay Shuffield pointing out some of the misconceptions surrounding the subsidies that Related (not the actual retailers) were set to get from the City in the now defunct Armory deal.
Children’s Gardening Program 2010We can't wait until Pearl is old enough for this program - it looks awesome! Here's a video clip of the NBC Nightly News segment which aired back in January:
Kids plant, tend, and harvest fresh produce with the help of instructors through the New York Botanical Garden’s celebrated Children’s Gardening Program.
As featured on NBC Nightly News, the program allows kids the chance to cook and eat vegetables, meet new friends, and make a lasting connection with nature. Age-appropriate activities are offered in two special programs in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden: Garden Sprouts (ages 3-5) and Garden Crafters (ages 6-12).
Secure your tot’s spot in Garden Sprouts this spring!
There’s still room in Sections B (May 5 – June 9) and D (May 7 – June 11) starting next month. Please click here to access the brochure with all registration information.
You can also pre-register for Summer Sprouts and Crafters starting in July.
Please click here to find out about more family activities at NYBG.
BD Note: This article also points out that Espada received his first subpeona from Cuomo two months before the leadership coup he plotted took place - so there goes Espada's theory that this investigation is a politically motivated 'witch hunt.'Espada may be running out of steam due to all these investigations - he's now resorted to simply calling Cuomo a "bully" [TimesUnion.com via Daily News' Daily Politics]
BD Note: Rev. Isribo Bolanos even promised one man a position which paid $11,000/month. The would-be employee believed the job was legit because Bolanos has been saying that he received a grant from World Vision, an international relief agency. These promises of big fat paychecks and free Lexuses should have been the first warning flag that Bolanos was a con artist - everybody knows that only Pedro Espada Jr. makes that kind of bank working in the non-profit world.A fact-finder has substantiated claims that an assistant principal at Bronx High School of Science harassed members of the math department [Riverdale Press]
Update: Just received the following clarifications from David Gonzalez, the writer of the above mentioned pieces: "The Lexus, $5K and buildings were promised only to a small circle of pastors who were his "Executive Council." Also, the man I used as my lead, Mr. Malagon, was offered $11K/month as the combined salaries for him, his wife and his daughter.
Ruben Diaz Jr. is the Bronx borough president. He's Democrat, like Espada. Except now he thinks the time has come for Espada to get off the stage.We're sure Rubencito's suggestion that Espada step down has nothing to with the latter's suggesting that the former's job should be eliminated to help close the state's massive budget hole. Here's an idea for closing the budget: don't steal $14,000,0000.
"I think that when you have such a cloud over your head, I think that he should seriously think, and consider taking care of these problems right now, and maybe stepping aside," he told CBS 2.
I just read that FreshDirect is expanding their delivery coverage intoFor those of you who don't know, the Fresh Direct warehouse is located in Long Island City, Queens. So yep, they'll be cutting through the BoogieDown in order to bring a convenient grocery shopping option to our neighbors up in Westchester, and even some in Connecticut!
Up until now, I had been giving FreshDirect the benefit of the doubt
as to their reasons they don't serve the Bronx. After all, I thought
their business model of allowing people to order groceries on the web
for home delivery depended not on population density alone, but on
density of population with internet access, bank accounts, and credit
But now they're driving through the Bronx to get to a county where
they most certainly have to drive considerable distances from location
to location to make deliveries? In Manhattan, they usually park the
truck once and deliver to several households at once with a hand
truck, and that made sense to me. But now they're demonstrating that
they're willing to drive to make a delivery, just not within the
Bronx. That infuriates me. People in the Bronx need access to fresh
groceries, and I have a hard time believing they'd get fewer customers
per square mile here than they do in Westchester.
Currently, FreshDirect seems to only deliver to Riverdale in the
Bronx. I entered several Bronx zip codes into their lookup widget:
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BD Note: The article refers to Lehman College as being in Van Cortlandt Village...er, what??Embezzler Richard Izquierdo Arroyo is still serving as chief of staff to his grandmother, Assemblymember Carmen Arroyo [Gotham Gazette]
"I don't know who this guy is," landlord Salvatore Dimaggio said. "Nobody ever told me that name."It turns out that the company paying A-1 is a similarly shadowy entity on the other side of the state with ties to Espada's post-coup $150K/year counsel, Steve Pigeon. The clandestine company funneling money to A-1 is a GDP Consulting, whose address state records indicate as 7305 Porter Road in Niagra Falls, NY (pictured below, courtesy of Charles Lewis/Buffalo News). The only problem? The Buffalo News is reporting that said address is actually the home to Parenti Accounting Group.
DiMaggio is the landlord at the Hughes Avenue building. He says letters occasionally arrive for A-1, but he returns them because there's no A-1 at that address. [wcbstv.com]
Jerry Parenti, chairman of the accounting business, is the father of Gary D. Parenti, a longtime political associate of Pigeon. [...]
But what ties, if any, Gary Parenti might have to GDP remains unclear.
“Talk to Gary about that,” Jerry Parenti said Saturday. A telephone number he provided for his son was not working, and Gary Parenti did not return a message left with his father. [buffalonews.com]
I don't know about you, but this whole situation sounds awfully fishy to me. I think I smell Tom Golisano involved in this. There always needs to be a money man, right? Golisano and Pigeon's relationship centered around political spending and maneuvering is long. It kind of makes sense when you learn that GDP was formed July 23, 2009 - a mere two weeks after the Golisano-backed (funded?) coup propelled Espada to Majority leader ended. Maybe we should add any payments from GDP to A-1 to the list of ways people profited from the coup.
BD Note: I can't believe I'm actually saying this, but I actually agree with Pedro on this one...I'd love to see the community boards have more significant power because they're made up of residents who actually LIVE in the community (kinda funny that Pedro of all people is fighting to increase their power when you think about it), not just politicians who always seem to have a loftier end goal than the positions they are currently in.Real estate developer Robert Knakal gives a nice big (and quite sarcastic) congratulations to activists and politicians that had a hand in killing the Armory/Related development deal in his recent editorial [NY Observer via BxNN]
Beautiful, spacious one bedroom apartment in a landmarked, 19th century brownstone. Featuring three skylights, 12 to 14 foot ceilings, five large windows and exposed brick walls, this apartment is located in Mott Haven, South Bronx and is 10 minutes from Manhattan, 20 minutes from midtown, and is conveniently close to interstates 87, 287 and 95 as well as to the RFK, GW and Throgsneck bridges.Did you guys catch that there's a washer-dyer combo in the unit - ahhhh, sounds heavenly. Below is a flyer with images of the unit. If you're interested in getting more info, please call Don at (718) 570-6321.
The apartment is the top floor of our home and includes a private entrance, its own washer-dryer unit, a CO alarm and monitored smoke detector, and ALL utilities included (heat, hot water, electric, gas, internet and cable). We are pet friendly, too.
The apartment is available immediately for $1,500 per month unfurnished, $1,600 per month partially furnished (double bed, 2 dressers, bookcases & table and chairs, TV, DVD player). No fee, security deposit of one month's rent.
This is an owner occupied building. We are a professional, married couple with close ties to our block and we want a tenant who will also be a good neighbor. Please be considerate and responsible.