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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, June 21

Happy summer solstice! The season will kick off with some rain showers later this afternoon, and temperatures around 80 degrees. Scattered thunderstorms predicted for tomorrow.

Story of the Day: Armory Report Released
The Kingsbridge Armory Task force released a 267-page report today detailing plans for how the long-vacant building should be filled (ideas: a hockey arena, a culinary center and a mega-church). For more on the report, see our previous post here. Feel free to go there and share your thoughts/suggestions in the comments section. For example: what do you think of TV evangelist Creflo Dollar's proposal to take over the building?

Quick Hits:
A New York Times investigation found that lawyers with strong political connections are receiving some of the city's most lucrative receivership positions--posts appointed by the city's housing courts once a building goes into foreclosure (the receiver is charged with overseeing and maintaining the foreclosed building, and in doing so, can collect a portion of the property's revenue in fees). The story mentions that Dominick Calderoni, a law partner of Bronx State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, was handed six receiverships.

Kim Crawford, the Bronx woman accused of beating her 5-year-old son to death over the weekend because he broke the television set, was charged with murder and manslaughter in Bronx Criminal Court today.

Zola, a former Bronx Zoo gorilla who moved to the Calgary Zoo two years ago, is now a YouTube sensation: a video of him shaking it in his cage, set to music, has amassed some 50,000 hits since it went online Friday. 

Bronx BP Ruben Diaz, Jr., talks gay marriage, Hunts Point market, rent laws, Kingsbridge Armory and Anthony Weiner on this episode of the radio program "The Perez Notes."

Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing that all discount tour bus companies receive letter grades from the government, based on performance and safety records--a response to the Bronx bus crash that killed 15 people back in March.

Six Bronx parochial schools--including St. Martin of Tours in Crotona and St. Augustine's in Morrisania--will close their doors over the next few weeks, and leaders at the Catholic schools that are still afloat are worried about their futures.

Yellow cab drivers are in Albany today, protesting Bloomberg's plan to let livery drivers in the outer boroughs pick up street hails.

A group of teen jazz musicians from the Bronx Lab School thrilled seniors with a performance at the Kittay House in Kingsbridge.

Con Edison has agreed to remove cables blocking access to the Bronx Kill waterway, opening up the South Bronx strait to kayakers and other water enthusiasts.

Bronx native-turned-UConn basketball star Kemba Walker is joining protests in Harlem against the city's plan to close his former high school.


  1. I do not support Creflo or any other religious institution to be at the Armory. Many great ideas, but let's keep religion out of this!

  2. One of the areas there is strong agreement between tenants, advocates and lenders during a foreclosure process is reforming how a receiver is selected. Hopefully this Times article will lead to some needed reforms.


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