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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Feb. 23

Here's some Bronx-related news from the past few days:

The city has nixed plans to move a controversial charter school into Alfred E. Smith High School, which is being phased out. See here and here.

A teenager from the Philippines is recovering in Montefiore Children's Hospital following 18-hours of spine surgery, aimed at helping him walk again.

Residents of Edgewater Park and Silver Beach Gardens, two communities in the East Bronx, are defending themselves against allegations that they tried to stop black families from moving in.

On Sunday night, police in Melrose shot dead a mentally-disturbed man who they say was attacking his mother with frying pan.

The wife of a Fordham man shot dead by police in December 2008 is suing the city for $285 million. Police say Alex Figueroa, 40, was wielding a baseball bat and refused orders to drop it. Sandra Rodriguez disputes this account. She says her husband was confronting a group of men who had harassed their daughter, but that he never threatened the cops.

Two Bronx subway stations, 161st Street-Yankee Stadium and 3rd Avenue-149th Street, are to be renovated.

Police are hunting for a Bronx woman following a hit-and-run in Brooklyn early Sunday morning.

Assemblyman Nelson Castro and Hector Ramirez, a district leader who's expected to challenge Castro in September's Democratic primary, are both after Democratic party boss Carl Heastie's support. If joint turkey giveaways are any indication, Ramirez's already has Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.'s backing.

A subsidiary of Montefiore Medical Center has received $5 million in federal stimulus money to train 1,350 health care aides.

St. Barnabas Hospital has scrapped plans to relocate a health clinic of theirs despite numerous problems with the building, including the presence of lead and asbestos. (The article in Spanish. To translate, copy and paste into here.)

The Cross Bronx Expressway is home to the worst bottleneck in the country.  But there's good news too: vehicles' average speed has increased from 9.8 mph three years ago, to a not-quite-so-sluggish 11.4 mph.


  1. The Cross-Bronx is actually home to 4 out of the 10 worst bottlenecks in the nation:

  2. vote for independent ledadership

  3. Why can't the NYPD subdue a man with a frying pan without a gun?

    Are they too wimpy? Or just lazy?

  4. Why on earth are they renovating 149th & 3rd Ave again? It was completely redone around 1997-98. What they really NEED to do is redo 149th/Grand Concourse... that station is a major transfer point and it looks awful!


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