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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Help Me Write My Editorial

Call it the New New Journalism, or Journalism 2.0 -- or call it "I need your help because everyone is on vacation this week."

But I'm writing an editorial for the next issue of the Norwood News about the good things we want to see for the Bronx in 2009. And really it will be a much better editorial if you participate. Tell me what you'd like to see happen in 2009 that would be good news for you and your fellow Bronxites. It could be anything from hoping your favorite local restaurant will stay open during these difficult economic times to wishing for better political decision making from the borough's elected officials.

It's really wide open. I'll re-post many of your comments into a regular blog post at the end of the week, and some of them will make it into my editorial. If you like another commenter's comment, indicate that, too. And please sign at least your first name. The New Year's angel doesn't listen to wishes from people called "Anonymous."

Happy New Year, everyone!


  1. In 2009, I would like to see the City formally withdraw its plans to spend $500 million to build a new jail in Hunts Point and allocate it to an infinite number of alternatives/project that will actually help the Bx.

  2. I have a short list of wishes for my home borough in 2009. I would like to :
    -End the strikes!
    -fix the potholes, repave badly beaten streets
    -see actual development in the Armory
    -Bring Fios and Time Warner to our areas
    -Plant more street trees
    -End construction in our parks!

  3. Whether you live in an apartment building or a home in the Bronx, I'd like to see neighbors actively looking out for each other. Talk with your neighbors when you see them in the elevator or shopping on the street; ask them how they are doing. Reach out to elderly individuals living nearby to make sure they are getting along ok. Gather together as a floor or building or block and talk about issues facing individuals and the community. As the social safety frays under the weight of economic turmoil, it's even more important for us to show concern and interest in our neighborhood to strengthen the community safety net. Now more than ever, we are all in this together.

  4. I would like to see action on:

    1. Kingsbridge Armory
    2. The Boys & Girls Club opening.
    3. Community Center @ the Old Fordham Library site (not a animal shelter)
    4. More schools to help with school overcrowding in the Bronx
    5. Better representation in the 14th Council District.
    6. President-elect Obama visiting the Bronx.

  5. There are lots of things I can think of, including many mentioned above(especially more school space), but one thing popped into my head yesterday -- the return of a decent salad to the area.

    First Vicky's (on Kingsbridge and Creston) and her awesome Greek Salad went up in flames a couple years ago. Now it looks like rebuilding is almost complete, but will Vicky (and her Greek Salad) come back?

    Then there was Urban Wrap (on East Mosholu Parkway North and Jerome) and their many healthy options that's been closed more than a year. That was a big loss for the neighborhood!

    Finally, Silvio and Maria's (on East 194th and Bainbridge) and their incredible Salad Pizza closed down this summer when their owner kicked them out.

    While there are still a few options left, like getting a salad at a diner or at a pizzeria like Sal's, we've taken a hit on healthier eating options over the past few years. Here's to the return or arrival of some of these places in 2009!

  6. These are GREAT responses, people. Keep 'em coming!

  7. 1) Free community WiFi access to the internet.

    2) A summer program of concerts, Plays and movies in the neighborhood Parks.

  8. my wishes for the bronx

    -more solar panels

    -healthier restaurant choices hopefully owned by locals

    -more bookstores!!

    -more composting in bldgs and private residences

    -bring back the tenant associations in individual bldgs

    -green roofs everwhere!


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