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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, March 2

A man has died after falling down an elevator shaft in an apartment building on the Grand Concourse.  (UPDATE 12 p.m. - the incident happened at 1749 Grand Concourse, also known at the Lewis Morris.  This building, it seems, is rarely out of the news. In 2008, a man was shot dead in the lobby. A year before, one person died and 40 were injured when a fast-moving fire swept along the corridors and up and done the stairs. The building is owned by SG2 Properties, a private equity firm that was taken to court by the Urban Justice Center for failing to make repairs in the apartments. SECOND UPDATE 8 p.m. - SG2 no longer owns the building.  Thanks to Marie Toribio, a tenant, for pointing that out.  The new landlord is Lemle & Wolff, Inc.)

One of Assemblyman Peter Rivera's aides is calling on Gov. David Paterson to resign.  Bronx Democratic Party Chairman Carl Heastie, meanwhile, says the governor should be allowed to serve out his term.

March 7 is Oscar-night, but Cablevision subscribers in the Bronx may have to watch something else, following a contractual dispute between Cablevision and WABC.

A church is the north Bronx is helping undocumented Haitian immigrants apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) so they can stay here legally, rather than return to their earthquake-ravaged homeland.

For the past two decades, a Bronx man who works for the city's Department of Planning has been helping the Census Bureau track down elusive populations.

Nearly 270,000 Bronxites don't have a bank account. A new program, NYC SafeStart, is hoping to change this.   

With service cuts imminent, the MTA is hosting a public hearing at the Loew's Paradise Theater tomorrow night.

A talented boxer from the South Bronx will return to the ring next week, after taking time out to have a baby.  Nisa Rodriguez is hoping one day to compete in the Olympics.

The Bronx has a new community newspaper.  The Bronx Free Press is an off-shoot of the Manhattan Times, a Washington Heights weekly published by David Keisman, who used to run the Bronx Times, and Luis Miranda, who along with Roberto Ramirez (the one-time Bronx Democratic Party boss) heads up the MirRam Group, a political consulting firm.


  1. Regarding resistance to opening bank accounts -- one of the major reasons that folks do not open accounts is that judgment creditors, private and governmental, often freeze accounts. There are some protections -- but banks are notorious for violating consumer protections that do exist.

  2. Lemle & Wolff is SG2!
    They share the same address: 5925 Broadway, BX.


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