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Monday, January 4, 2010

News of the Day for Jan. 4

Happy New Year, everyone! Here's your first News of the Day for 2010. Let's hope it's a year of good news and progress for the Bronx, despite the certain adversity we face.

In the Times, a profile of a Bronx botanica.

Also in the Times, an in-depth look at the millions of Americans who rely solely on Food Stamps for survival including one Bronx native who lifted herself up from the projects to sell homes on the Gulf Coast before everything went bust.

David Gonzalez has the story of yet another church fire, this one at a church in Castle Hill.

The Socialist Worker has this report on a student protest against making students pay for Metrocards, organized mostly through Facebook by a Bronx high school student.

State Senator Pedro Espada has a plan to freeze rents for 500,000 city tenants, but housing advocates say they “smell a rat.”

Speaking of Senator Espada, the Boogiedowners report that the lawmaker, who owns an apartment in their building, has some privileges the rest of us don't, like being allowed to park at a hydrant. (In case you were wondering if Espada was actually staying at his Bedford Park apartment, rather than his Mamaroneck home, the Boogiedowners say the car did not stay put overnight.

The city's new public advocate, Bill DeBlasio, says his office will foment and assist community organizing throughout the city

The 15-year-old Bronx girl who made a miraculous recovery after being shot in the head appeared with Mayor Bloomberg over the New Years' weekend.

And last but not least, there are plans afoot for a microbrewery in the Bronx.


  1. Whether the senator should have a NYS Police placard is an important question.

    Even if he was legitimately issued the placard, though, it is still illegal to use it to park at a fire hydrant.

  2. On the last news item, I didn't read anything about the trio venturing into brewing beer in the Bronx being connected with the Bronx Ale House. Did I miss something?

  3. You didn't, Nick. I did. Working too fast. Thanks for the catch. We'll make the change.


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