Monday, April 26, 2010

Round'em Up [Updated]

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:

A snippy Pedro Espada Jr. huffily walked out on a Ch. 2 'Eye on New York' interview with Marcia Kramer on Friday [Daily News]

Update: Thanks to a BD commenter for pointing out that Espada also sat down with WABC's Diana Williams...Click here to check out the video - interview starts at 3:30. Espada's attempts to defend himself are laughable.

City Limits sizes up the viability of Desiree Pilgrim-Hunter's campaign now that Pedro Espada Jr. is facing so many serious legal legal hurdles []

According to a recent online poll, 83% of Crain's readers feel that Pedro should resign from the state Senate [Crain's NY Biz]

Bill Samuels, Democratic Candidate for State Senate President and Lieutenant Governor, has announced that disgraced State Senator Pedro Espada will be the first incumbent targeted for defeat by the New Roosevelt Initiative’s Independent Expenditure campaign [ and New York Times]

Environmentalist Majora Carter has developed a perfume that may be pumped into the common areas of a Longwood building which sits near a sewage plant in order to improve the constant stench there [Daily News]
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]

The Westchester Square Merchants Association is excited by the possibility of the Bronx Council on the Arts relocating to a prime corner property in the heart of their retail strip [Crain's NY Biz]

Bronx-born Francine Kellman, the head of Pacific Housing Advisors, is set to invest in major renovations of a dilapidated Morris Heights building... And she has made a 40 year commitment to maintain the property as affordable [Daily News]

ATM skimmers have been targeting Woodlawn residents []



Anonymous said...

Even worse than walking out on Marcia Kramer was the interview with Diana Williams on ABC on Sunday morning. He talked nonstop even when she tried over and over to ask questions. When she did ask a question, he didn't answer. Worth watching.

Unknown said...

The Daily News commenter, and the article itself, missed the point completely.

That scent was developed specifically because of a recent conference held at the New School around the idea of scent as a design discipline. The idea with Majora was to explore the dimensions of scent as a tool for placemaking, redefining space, and reclaiming space.

The point isn't necessarily to cover up bad smells, but to outline this building with something empowering and uplifting.

I think the idea is great, and the psychology behind it is proven. Places like Starbucks already draw us in with the scent of roasted coffee pumped into their stores [anyone ever stop and realize that no coffee beans are actually roasted on-site at Starbucks?], so why not do something similar that has a non-commercial approach?

Anonymous said...

Don't asthmatics react to particles in the air, whether they are sweet-smelling or not? Maybe Majora Carter's "invention" will make the air in that building smell better, but she'll only be contributing to the asthma epidemic.

She'd be better off continuing the fight against the offending industries rather than playing into their hands and contributing to one of Hunts Points biggest problems.