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Norwood Muslims Celebrate Eid al-Fitr

July 28, 2014 at 12:37 PM

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With the end of Ramadan, hundreds of local Muslims celebrated Eid al-Fitr with a massive prayer service at the Williamsbridge Oval field on Monday, July 29. Wearing  Taqiyah caps, men and boys bowed several times during the ceremony for Eid ul-Fitr, meaning Feast of Breaking the Fast. The  month-long holiday requires Muslims to fast all day, though by sundown Muslims will enjoy a hearty meal. Organizers also pleaded with the faithful to help raise a half million dollars for the North Bronx Islamic Center, which is still being constructed. The center will be a four-story building complete ith a funeral home, an Islamic school and a library.

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Picturing the Portrait of Bronx Artist

July 27, 2014 at 12:00 AM

PHOTOGRAPHER LIZZY ALEJANDRO (right) shoots fellow artist Linda Cunningham at work. The pair is part of a project showcasing Bronx artists throughout the borough. Photo courtesy Judith Lane

PHOTOGRAPHER LIZZY ALEJANDRO (right) shoots fellow artist Linda Cunningham at work. The pair is part of a project showcasing Bronx artists throughout the borough.
Photo courtesy Judith Lane

by Pamela Segura

The public typically experiences visual art at its conclusion, forgoing the opportunity to see the creative methods, processes and work spaces of artists. Read more

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Stomping Out Sarcoma

July 26, 2014 at 12:00 AM

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TEAM JUNGI ROCKS the walk at “Stomp Out Sarcoma,” a community event on Saturday, July 19. Neighborhood kids and their families took a leisurely 1.5 mile walk around Van Cortlandt Park to raise awareness and research funding on the deadly bone and tissue cancer known as sarcoma. Inspirational talks, arts and crafts, and several forms of entertainment followed at the event sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center and the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative. Photo courtesy Montefiore Medical Center 

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After Years of Wrangling, New Skating Park Slated For Williamsbridge Oval Park

July 25, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Councilman Andy Cohen, flanked by supporters, announces plans to build a long sought after skateboard park at the Williamsbridge Oval. Photo by Imani Hall

Councilman Andy Cohen, flanked by supporters, announces plans to build a long sought after skateboard park at the Williamsbridge Oval.
Photo by Imani Hall

by Pamela Segura

Early this week, new funds were earmarked for a skating park inside Williamsbridge Oval Park following mobilization efforts by community groups. Read more

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Business Beat – An Original Store at the Fordham BID

July 25, 2014 at 12:00 AM

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VENDOR MUHAMMED AT WORK at the One Fordham Plaza newsstand. Photo courtesy Jeffrey Cortez


By DAVID CRUZ

For Fordham businessman Jason Mizrahi, the secret to operating a successful religious shop wasn’t taught in college, but told by his intuitive father–treat the customer well. Read more

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New Kingsbridge Retail Landlord Postpones Rent Hike For Merchants

July 24, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Steven Lorenzo, executive vice president of NAI Friedland, gives the good news that rent hikes for some merchants will be delayed for now. Photo by David Cruz

Steven Lorenzo (at center), executive vice president of NAI Friedland, gives the good news that rent hikes for some merchants will be delayed for now.
Photo by David Cruz


by David Cruz 

Merchants facing a rent hike along a stretch of stores near the Kingsbridge Armory are breathing easier for now after hearing news their impending high rent will be delayed. Rents were to have gone up Aug. 1.

At a meeting hosted by the Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition and the Northwest Bronx Democrats at St. Tolentine Church on Fordham. Steven Lorenzo, a realtor with NAI Friedland, told the audience that New Kingsbridge LLC, the new landlord to two properties on the corner of West Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue has decided to arrive at a compromise with merchants. Lorenzo, serving as a go-between for merchants and the new landlord, will be meeting next week to hammer out details.

The change came following a meeting with Community Board 7 on Tuesday night, where merchants vented their frustration to members and stakeholders over the rent spike. Lorenzo later met with Rick Brown, a representative from New Kingsbridge LLC, an offshoot of Levites Realty Management, spending three hours with merchants to address major concerns about the sudden rent hike.

“He’s met with a couple of them and was definitely swayed by their concerns,” Lorenzo told the Norwood News. “Tenants said the economy is not what it was before.”

Lorenzo emphasized that while he knows the new landlord, he has no financial stake in the Levites’ new leasing of the properties.

But despite the good news Gene Bass, one of thirteen affected merchants at the corner of West Kingsbridge Road and Jerome Avenue, remained skeptical.

“I believe it when I see it,” said Bass, owner of Forever Young on Kingsbridge Road.

Meantime, the NWBCCC and NWBx Dems plan to hold more town hall-style forums to educate the public on changes inspired by the Kingsbridge Armory redevelopment project, slated to become an ice center. They offered information on the Community Benefits Agreement, a legally binding document that offers financial benefits to the surrounding community. The CBA remains inactive for now, upon the signing of the lease by Kingsbridge National Ice Center Partners LLC. A lawsuit that’s currently working its way through the legal system has delayed the project for now.

 

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Driver Killed in Horrific Jerome Avenue Crash

July 24, 2014 at 1:10 PM

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The remains of a fatal car crash on Jerome Avenue. Photo by David Greene


by David Greene 

One man is dead in an overnight car crash on Jerome Avenue in Bedford Park that split the car in half.

Rescue crews were called to the crash at 2:19 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, outside of Lehman College at Jerome Avenue between East 196 Street and Morris Avenue.  Read more

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Editorial – The Norwood News Embarks on a Major Change

July 24, 2014 at 11:02 AM

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WHAT A DUO. Norwood News editor-in-chief David Cruz pores over a rough draft of a news article with proofreader maven Judy Noy. Photo by Brittney Williams


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It’s not every day you see an editorial on the Norwood News, but this news is worth it. Read more

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Digital Download of the Norwood News Is Available

July 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

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by David Cruz 

Well, here it is–the latest edition of the Norwood News is out with pages of intriguing news coverage and a special announcement for readers. First up, the Norwood News continues its coverage of the Kingsbridge Armory and some bad luck for merchants who face a massive rent hike come August. We explore just what transpired at an emergency meeting hosted by Community Board 7.

Our next story is pretty endearing for us, and will receive plenty of promotion in the coming four weeks as we enter the annual Norwood News hiatus. In August we’ll unveil a brand new look to the Norwood News that will serve as a new chapter in this great community newspaper’s history. More announcements on this change will come.

We also take a look at what’s happening on the jobs front, the business front with our Business Beat column and the health front with Be Healthy. So if you have several minutes stop by at one of our over 200 locations in the northwest Bronx, and please feel free to call the paper at 718-324-4998 to share some thoughts. Until next month!

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Community Stakeholders Seek Solutions For Rent-Spiked Kingsbridge Merchants

July 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Merchants impacted by skyrocketing rents near the Kingsbridge Armory seek solutions at an emergency meeting hosted by Community Board 7.  Photo by Imani Hall

Merchants impacted by skyrocketing rents near the Kingsbridge Armory seek solutions at an emergency meeting hosted by Community Board 7.
Photo by Imani Hall

By DAVID CRUZ  

With 13 merchants facing double the rent for their stores across the street from the Kingsbridge Armory, now slated for redevelopment, those affected are scrambling to find a new place to do business. And many are turning to community stakeholders for help.  Read more

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