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Monday, July 25, 2011

Bronx Weekend News Roundup, July 25

Weather: Finally, some heat wave relief. It's a breezy 79 degrees right now, with a chance of thunderstorms predicted for later. Temperatures will climb back up again tomorrow but won't be as brutal as this weekend's.

Story of the Day: Bronx is Booming
The cover story on this week's issue of Crain's New York Business takes a look at the number of positive economic indicators happening in the Bronx right now, and argues the borough is in better shape than it's been in years. Booms in job growth, wage increases, an influx of new immigrants and affordable housing are all marking a shift in the Bronx, Crain's Daniel Massey writes.

“There was a time when people were running away from this borough,” local developer Radame Perez told the paper. “But that's an old story.”

Quick Hits:
Same-sex marriages officially became legal in New York yesterday. We'll have an on-the-scene account of weddings at the Bronx County Courthouse for you shortly.

Charles Himple, a chef who works at Red Lobster's Bronx location in Co-Op City, will star in a commercial as part of the seafood chain's new marketing campaign that features actual employees.

A new program from the now-mobile Bronx Children's Museum (which is working out of a travelling bus until its official opening in 2013) is teaching kids in the South Bronx how to develop healthy habits. 

Daily News editorial argues that the city is neglecting Orchard Beach.

A Bronx man saved a subway passenger who'd fallen onto the tracks in Manhattan early Friday. It was the second time that Carlos Cancel, a doorman from Morris Park, had pulled the heroic feat--he says he saved another person from an oncoming train two decades before.

The New York Public Library is offering an olive branch to young book-delinquents: kids and teens who were banned from borrowing at libraries in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx because of excessive late fees have had their fines forgiven.

A Fordham University student has qualified for the 2012 Olympic swimming trials.

Wakefield might be the opposite of Chelsea in many aspects, but both communities are leading identical fights against incoming homeless shelters.

1 comment:

  1. This is Mark Rodriguez and regarding the Crain's NY article about a booming Bronx, my question is booming for whom? Affordable Housing? The going rate for a new studio is $1,500. And if you earn the yearly average of $25K before taxes all you can afford after wards is bread and water. Oh but of course there are food stamps! So as the real estate developers keep getting rich on subsidized housing the poor people of The Bronx continue to live in a welfare state forced to move into the newly created homeless shelters popping up all over The Bronx. God Bless America!


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