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Monday, September 26, 2011

Bronx News Roundup, Sept. 26

Some Queens chickens got a new home in Brook Park in the south Bronx, where volunteers will monitor the new coop there and take a share of eggs. See video from WNYC and the article on their website. (Editor's note: we took an earlier embedded version of the video.)

The Times' Christopher Gray details the history and grandeur of Orchard Beach, but also points out that the salty sea air is disintegrating the concrete. Don't miss these stunning Orchard Beach photos on the website of the Museum of the City of New York.

Dan Beekman of the Daily News reports on three rabbis who walk from Brooklyn to Parkchester every Saturday to hold services for the area's dwindling Jewish population. It takes them four hours each way!

Another Beekman article highlights a growing concern among Bronx officials over a decline in inspectors at the city's Buildings Department, despite a huge increase in agency revenue from fines and fees.

The community benefits fund associated with the construction of the new Yankee stadium on public parkland continues to be mired in controversy, the New York Post reports. The Yankee-supported fund, which is governed by a board and is not administered by the team, has doled out funding to politically-connected groups, some of which are for-profit.

It's not often that New York Times architecture reviewers come to the Bronx, and rarer even that their reviews of borough buildings make the front page of the print edition. Today's Times has a prominent, lengthy piece by Michael Kimmelman singing the praises of Via Verde, a public housing development in Melrose with both aesthetic and public health aspirations.

The Riverdale Press takes a whack at the Parks Department with three stories (here, here and here) about long-delayed park projects. They top it off with a tough editorial.

Gruesome story of a man who attacked his neighbor with a machete (the victim survived) and then lit himself and his Southern Boulevard apartment building on fire. He is expected to die, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Young aspiring filmmakers from the Ghetto Film School will be honored tonight at Lincoln Center.

State Senator Jeff Klein is introducing legislation targeting cyber-bullies.


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