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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Sept. 21

Want your own island off the Bronx coast? It can be yours for a quarter million -- or less! Seriously. You might want to read the fine print before you make a bid though

City Hall has a good story explaining the messy reality of Marble Hill, which is geographically in the Bronx (and has the appropriate zip and area codes) but is politically part of Manhattan.

If you want some good background on the Yankee Stadium garage issue and the prospects of a new hotel on the site having any success, make sure to read Neil deMause's rundown in the Voice.

OK, so what if some of the kids at IS 162 in Melrose didn't know who their surprise visitor yesterday was (Steven Van Zandt) or who his musical Boss is (Bruce Springsteen)? None of that mattered when Van Zandt showed up with a gift of new guitars and amplifiers to jam with the kids and further his mission of getting kids to learn to play music and write songs.

Senator Gillibrand is pushing legislation to help the country's "food deserts," including the Bronx, which "[d]espite its nearly 150 locally tended gardens and farms ... still remains the worst among the five boroughs for obesity and diabets, according to the city Health Department," says the Daily News. 

Bronx Pale Ale might pour the way for new Bronx-based brewery.

The Bronx Times reports on a hearing on legislative redistricting in the borough, an issue that some want to see handled by an independent commission.

The Parks Department is installing metal wedges to foil creative skateboarders, who say they have no place else to do their thing.  Norwood News has the story.


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