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Posted on 07. Dec, 2009 by Graham Kates.
The Vendy Awards have been particularly unkind to New York’s northernmost borough. A quick peek at the list of those who have been honored by the non-profit Street Vendor Project — since the award was established in 2005 — reveals that just one Bronx-based food cart has been recognized. Fauzia Abdur-Rahman’s Heavenly Delights cart, on […]
Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by Graham Kates.
The City and developer the Related Companies are all set to begin turning the castle-esque Kingsbridge Armory into a commercial center, except for one tiny detail that needs ironing out…a community benefits agreement. Local supporters want an agreement that would guarantee employees of Armory stores around $11 an hour, the Mayor and Related have balked. […]
Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by Graham Kates.
When the New York Building Congress met last month to discuss the construction outlook for the near future, a nervous spectator asked keynote speaker Seth W. Pinksy — president of the New York Economic Development Corporation — if new opportunities might be sprouting up in Coney Island. Pinsky left the potential land deal the spectator […]
Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by Graham Kates.
New Yorkers lauded the Yankees today, as the city celebrated another World Series victory with a “ticker tape” parade along the “Canyon of Heroes.” Running along Broadway from the Battery to City Hall, the “ticker tape” festivities are a New York tradition dating back over a century. Today’s celebration was the first for the Yankees […]
Posted on 01. Nov, 2009 by Graham Kates.
Every year at the Tourneau TimeMachine watch store in midtown Manhattan, employees spend up to five days turning all of the store’s mechanical watches back an hour for daylight savings. During this time, the store — which is certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest watch store — devotes nearly […]
Posted on 23. Oct, 2009 by Graham Kates.
The fate of New York City’s construction industry may very well rest in the results of the mayoral election. A report released by the New York Building Congress, an industry trade group, forecasts that construction spending in the City for the year 2009 will be 20 percent lower than last year. More daunting though, is […]
Posted on 09. Oct, 2009 by Graham Kates.
The NYC Parks Department held a public hearing on their Yankee Stadium demolition and replacement park plans earlier this week. At the hearing there was a lively debate about the pros and cons of using synthetic turf for ballfields. After I posted a brief rundown of the highlights of the hearing on the Bronx News […]
Posted on 03. Oct, 2009 by Graham Kates.
It makes sense that the first annual Hispanic Baseball Festival would be held in the Bronx. The borough is home to baseball’s most historic franchise, as well as a population which is nearly 52% Latino. The Festival, which was held last Sunday at the brand new Lou Gehrig Plaza on 161st Street, featured display cases […]
Posted on 25. Sep, 2009 by Graham Kates.
Over at Insideschools.org, parents have been complaining that the DOE has saddled their children with some pretty unreasonable transportation options, but the best recourse they’re given is to call the Office of Pupil Transportation and complain. If you’ve ever called the DOE, than you know this won’t do much. Another option is to navigate the […]
Posted on 18. Sep, 2009 by Graham Kates.
The Bronx Borough President is going to consider plans to save the old Yankee Stadium’s Gate #2 — maybe. First, some background: The new Stadium was built over Macombs Dam Park, a large park in the South Bronx, across the street from the old Stadium. The deal cut between, the Yankees, New York City and […]