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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, May 18

The Bronx Ink takes a long look at landlord Moshe Piller. Despite a reputation for neglecting his buildings, Piller has managed to avoid any serious repercussions, much to the frustration of his long-suffering tenants.

State Senator Ruben Diaz, Sr. is gearing up for a tough race against Charlie Ramos, of the Bronx for Change group.  (If things turn nasty, perhaps Diaz will gently remind voters of Ramos' criminal record. Then again, Diaz had a similar run-in with the law when he was young man.) 

Still on Diaz, it looks like he won't be officiating at Hiram Monserrate and Karla Giraldo's wedding after all. The couple has broken up. Previously, Diaz insisted they were still in love (despite the assault conviction) and that he would one day marry them.

A Bronx man has been arrested for allegedly robbing a bank in Nassau County some 17 years ago.

Yesterday, Part of the Solution (POTS) broke ground on a new building on Webster Avenue. It's right next door to the old one but three times bigger. The organization runs a food pantry and offers free hair-cuts and access to the Internet, among other things.

The off-duty police officer who was behind the wheel of a car that flipped over on the Bronx River Parkway at the weekend - killing him, his colleague, and injuring four friends - may have been intoxicated.

A wheelchair-bound Parkchester man has been stabbed and beaten by his landlady, police say.

Police are hunting a Bronx man in connection with a murder in Harlem back in March. 

A box containing the ashes of a Queen's woman has been stolen from a minivan in Mott Haven.

The words "I served in Vietnam" are coming back to haunt Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who's running for Senate, and who didn't, actually, serve in Vietnam.  Blumenthal is a graduate of Riverdale Country School.

Da Bakery, a clothes store on Southern Boulevard, sells custom-made clothes to trend-setters seeking to match their attire with their sneakers. 

Desiree-Pilgrim Hunter (one of State Senator Pedro Espada's likely primary opponents) isn't a fan of the Bx12 Select Bus Service on Fordham Road. [via BoogieDowner]

People living in seven apartments building in Co-op City have been told to stop using their balconies because of safety concerns.

Last Saturday, Parkchester celebrated its 70th anniversary.

The neighborhood of Wakefield was featured in Sunday's New York Times' Real Estate section.


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