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Bloomberg's Anti-Poverty Record: Right or Wrong?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I think what the mayor is doing is giving a free market analysis, that's to say the problem is not with institutions, with the local economy, the problem is with the individual family, and if you can just incentivize the family, whether it's a high school kid or a mother and father, then that will solve the problem.

 Glenn Pasanen, public finance columnist for Gotham Gazette

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Bronx Water Main Break Causes Major Flooding

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

WITH PHOTOS & VIDEO: A water main break flooded five blocks in the Bronx with waist-deep water in some areas on Wednesday morning — causing transit  delays and flooding businesses as experts tried to figure out what caused the break.



City Heatwave Causes Air Conditioner Shortage at Retail Stores

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

An air conditioning unit has lately been the hottest -- or coolest -- commodity around town. But to the dismay of many overheated residents looking to buy or replace a broken AC unit, they've all but sold out in area retail stores.



Senator Takes Up Asthma Initiative in the Bronx Where Rates Are Among Nation's Highest

Monday, July 18, 2011

A state Senator from the Bronx — home to some of the highest asthma rates in the country — is teaming up with the city's Department of Education and health care professionals for a new citywide asthma initiative.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

No Contract, No Cookies: The Stella D’Oro Strike

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Michael Filippou, a shop steward featured in the film “No Contract, No Cookies: The Stella D’Oro Strike, andGeorge Kassai, a former Stella D'Oro baker, talk about the divisive strike at the Stella D’Oro factory in the Bronx. In 2006, Stella D’Oro was bought by Brynwood Partners, a private-equity firm that boasts of giving its investors a 30% return, and it demanded bakers accept wage cuts of up to 30%. The workers went on strike. After a long legal battle, the strike came to an end, but the owners responded by selling the business to a non-union plant in Ohio, and today the Bronx factory is closed. “No Contract, No Cookies” is directed by Jon Alpert and Matt O'Neill, and it premieres July 6 on HBO2.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July in NYC with Pig Roasts, Urban Foraging, and Improv

Friday, July 01, 2011

Pig roasts, improv marathons, Revolutionary War tours and urban foraging. There's no shortage of things to do in the city this Independence Day weekend. Here's our shortlist of happenings around NYC.

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A Cinephile's Best Week Ever: Three Film Festivals Kick Off in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The weather may be getting nicer, but this week's film offerings are enough to keep cinephiles indoors in the cool dark of a cineplex. Three intriguing film festivals — the Northside Film Festival in Williamsburg, the BAM CinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the ninth annual Bronx International Film Festival at Lehman College — start screening films on Thursday.



Pickles, Turntables and Graffiti at El Museo del Barrio's 'Bienal' of Latino Art

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Trophies made of tire, a can of pickles spinning on a turntable, two gigantic pop-up books and walls covered in graffiti. These are some of the pieces featured in "El Museo's Bienal: The (S) File 2011," an exhibit that opened on Tuesday at El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem.

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Thousands of New Roses Bloom at the New York Botanical Garden

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


This month, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx pays tribute to America's national flower with its show "Resplendent Roses." The garden has an additional 91 different varieties of roses blooming in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden this year, bringing its velvety bud count to an astounding 4,000 roses.

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Free for All: A Guide to Outdoor Summer Music Festivals in NYC

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Although some city slickers head for the hills during the summer — to the Hamptons, to Fire Island, to the Shore or to the Catskills — most music fans agree that New York City's outdoor summer concert fare can not be beat. Here are some of the myriad musical happenings we'll be at this summer.

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NYC Parks: Picnics, Birdwatching and Biking in All the Five Boroughs

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The solstice may not officially ring in summer till June 21, but that's no reason to hold off on celebrating this week's warm weather with family and friends (and a nice pair of white pants, perhaps) in one of the city's free public parks. Here's our shortlist to the best.

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Where to Hit the Beach in New York City

Friday, May 27, 2011

It's time to stash the sleds and snowgear and dust off the boogie board: There's a beach in your borough in which you can lounge, slather on some sunblock and enjoy a good read. Don't forget to leave the cigarettes at home — city beaches are now smoke-free.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Feds Tell California It Can't Change Bullet Train Route, and NY Pol Wants Delivery Bike License Plates

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The DOT told California that it can't postpone the deadline to start construction of that state's $43 billion bullet train project --  or make changes to the route. (Los Angeles Times)

NYC's bus ridership is down, subway ridership is up; MTA says traffic congestion may be partially to blame. (Wall Street Journal)

Any officer suspected of ticket-fixing in the Bronx is being asked about it on the stand -- whether it's on a related case or not. (New York Times)

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing today on how to boost rail service in the Northeast Corridor through private investment. (The Hill)

Jalopnik reports that one Austin resident found a baby owl perched on his bicycle tire.

Here's a good excuse for being late to work (photo by Adam Norwood via Jalopnik)

A New York City Councilman wants delivery bikes to have license plates. (NY Daily News)

KPCC chronicles efforts to make Beverly Hills bicycle-friendly.

Good writes that Texas is spending $4.4 billion to widen a 28-mile highway at the same time it's preparing to lay off 100,000 teachers.

Vancouver says it's on track to reach its goal of 45% of all trips into town being made by bike, foot or transit by 2020. (Vancouver Sun)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- thinking about taking your bike on a NY-area commuter rail this holiday weekend? Think again. (link)

-- as gas prices go up, so does ride sharing and transit use (link). And car sales go down (link).

-- the feds unveiled new fuel economy stickers (link)

-- the NY MTA's new website highlights transit apps (link)

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Diaz Leads Thousands In March Against Same-Sex Marriage

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thousands of demonstrators rallied in the Bronx on Sunday in opposition to same-sex marriage. The event, which followed a march through the borough's streets, was organized by State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr., a long-time opponent of same-sex marriage.

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Niche Market | L & M Furriers

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity.

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Foreclosed Bronx Buildings Have a New Owner

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


There's a new landlord for 10 distressed Bronx apartment buildings that had become victims of the housing bust.


Know Your Neighbor

Lucia, The Frequent Flyer to Mexico

Monday, April 11, 2011

A lot of people travel for work. But for Bronx resident Lucia Martinez, that means flying back and forth to Mexico every single week. Her mission: To shuttle gifts between Mexican immigrants in New York to their family back home. "Some people come over to New York without having any family here," says twenty-one-year-old Martinez. "So these packages help them feel less lonely."

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IAB Ticket Fixing Probe Goes to Bronx Grand Jury

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Law enforcement sources confirm that dozens of officers, including some Patrolmen's Benevolent Association delegates, will have to explain to a Grand Jury what they know about an alleged ticket fixing scheme in the Bronx.



Bronx Museum Celebrates Baseball's Negro Leagues

Monday, April 04, 2011

The last of baseball's Negro League teams folded in the 1960s. But a museum in the footprint of Yankee Stadium is reminding baseball fans of the League's history. The Bronx Museum of the Arts has an exhibit containing 50 artifacts from the Negro League teams on view—from a child's bat signed by Jackie Robinson to vintage Ebbets Field flannels.



Second Passenger Sues Driver in Fatal Bronx Bus Crash

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Passengers of a tour bus that crashed in the Bronx killing 15 people this month have filed suit claiming the driver was at fault.