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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Thursday, June 2,

Weather: Blissfully not as hot today in the Bronx with a nice cool breeze.

Story of the Day: New Housing Designed to Battle Bulge
It's no secret that the Bronx has an obesity problem. The latest statistics say one in every four Bronx adults suffers from being extremely overweight. With that in mind, a new cooperative apartment complex in Longwood called the Melody, which was designed to encourage an active, healthy lifestyle, was unveiled to the public yesterday. The $18 million project, with financing provided by the city, state and borough, is meant for families making $90,000 or less. The building incorporates many of the suggestions contained in an Active Design Guidelines report published by the city in 2010. It has a well-lit gym and a backyard, with climbers for kids and exercise equipment for adults. It also has perhaps the coolest stairs (there are two sets  in the history of Bronx apartment buildings: lime-green railings, artwork on the walls and, here's the kicker, jazz playing from stairwell speakers. A sign on the entrance to the staircase reads: “A person’s health can be judged by which they take two of at a time, pills or stairs.”

Quick Hits:
Fatoumata Diallo, a 21-year-old Mt. Hope resident, was killed after fainting on a Manhattan subway platform and falling in front of an oncoming train.

Livery cab drivers would not be served well by the city's new plan to introduce a new fleet of street hail-able taxis, says a spokesman for a coalition of livery cab drivers. Instead, he says, the city should just provide borough permits that existing outer-borough livery drivers could apply for.

Despite yesterday's agreement to keep the Hunts Point Market in the Bronx for the next three years and a deal that gives New York exclusive negotiating rights with the market cooperative for the next nine months, New Jersey isn't giving up hope of landing the market in the future.

PS 73 in Highbridge was victimized twice recently by technology stealing burglars.

A stretch of Van Nest Avenue has been re-named for Bronx sculptor Carl Paul Jennewein whose work can be found at Rockefeller Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the White House.

City officials and housing organizers are going after a neglectful landlord in Pelham Bay.

The Fire and Buildings departments say they will inspect a Kingsbridge Heights house that is suspected of having illegal subdivisions.

A day after a 2-year-old Bronx girl fell out of her fifth story apartment window, a new audit by City Comptroller John Liu says the city has dismissed an alarming number of window-guard violations without doing any follow up.

Because of no-fault scams, Bronx drivers pay the highest amount ($723 per year) for the portion of their auto insurance that covers no-fault accidents. District attorneys in the five boroughs are pushing for a legislative remedy.


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