Fordham Landing Shelter/Affordable Housing Site Here to Stay

Despite numerous attempts to rid a homeless shelter/affordable housing site in Fordham, hundreds of residents at a nearby cooperative will have to get used to the site and its occupants, whether they like it or not. Still, residents at Fordham Hill Owners Corporation expressed continued outraged for Fordham Landing, the homeless shelter and affordable housing site slated to open in December. An Oct. 25 town hall meeting took place between the corporation’s community engagement community and representatives from the New York City Department of Homeless Services and Bowery Residents Committee (BRC), with executive director Muzzy Rosenblatt on hand. “We’re here


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Crime File: Who’s Wanted in the Bronx?

Knifepoint Robbery Cops need help tracking a suspect in who robbed a 44-year-old man at knifepoint on Oct. 2 at around 11:44 p.m. Police say the suspect approached the victim in front of a residential building near 190th Street and Creston Avenue in Fordham, flashed a knife and demanded his property. The victim gave the suspect roughly $60 in cash. The suspect fled the scene eastbound on 190th Street. The suspect is described as black and being between 30 to 35 years old. He was last seen wearing glasses, a blue hooded sweater, blue jeans, and black sneakers. He was


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52nd Precinct Tackles Heroin Amid Fentanyl’s Rise in Popularity

The commanding officer of the 52nd Precinct stunned his audience with a familiar topic that came with a twist: the local precinct ranks first in fatal heroin overdoses out of all 11 Bronx precincts. Compounding the problem is the mix of heroin with fentanyl, a powerful narcotic described as putting heroin on steroids. “It is so bad that our undercovers and narcotics officers don’t want to touch it without any kind of gloves,” Deputy Inspector Peter Fiorillo, commanding officer of the precinct, said at the recent 52nd Precinct Community Council meeting on April 27. “And it’s very hard for undercovers


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Inquiring Photographer: Stores in Norwood

With the recent closings of several popular stores in Norwood, we asked residents what types of stores the community needs. I think the neighborhood could use a gym and some more clothing stores. I just moved out here, maybe a movie rental store. Millie Sanchez Norwood     Of course I noticed the stores closing. The butcher shop is not the same as they used to be. I don’t think the quality of the products is there because they no longer have the clientele of the community, so there’s not as much traffic to the store. So there’s less business.


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Congressman Espaillat Opens Bronx Office

CONGRESSMAN ADRIANO ESPAILLAT (r) talks with a guest at an open house for his new office at 2530 Grand Concourse in Fordham on Feb. 22. Espaillat, who won the seat in the 13th Congressional District, follows through on a campaign promise to build an office within the Bronx portion of the district. Voters say the congressional district previously had little representation in the Bronx. The office number is (718) 450-8241. Photo by Miriam Quinones/Caption by Christine Owusu-Ampaw

Inquiring Photographer: $85 Billion New York City Budget

This week we asked readers their thoughts on what should be included in the proposed $85 billion New York City budget. I think it’s very important for the de Blasio Administration to fund transportation, education, health issues and children’s health and education, and to fund local colleges. There isn’t enough money being spent on higher education and money should also be allocated for senior citizens. Grace Chanke Norwood   This money should go to people in need, like people on public assistance because they really need it to help pay their rent and buy food. They should spend some of


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Crime File

Parking Lot Attendant Robbed Police are looking for two suspects wanted for robbing a parking lot attendant at gunpoint in Fordham. Police say the robbery happened on just after 4 a.m. Nov. 11 at BK Parking Group Inc. at 205 W. Fordham Rd., where the suspects flashed a gun and demanded cash from the 36-year-old employee. The thieves ran off with money and a cell phone. Photos released describe the suspects as follow: Individual 1: Male, Hispanic, mid-20’s, 5’8″, dark complexion, brown eyes, last seen wearing a black jacket, and black sneakers.         Individual 2: Male, Black,


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Crime File: Suspected Thieves and Killers on the Loose in the Bronx

iPhone Thief on the Loose NYPD needs the public’s help in identifying a man suspected of snatching an iPhone 6 Plus from a 51-year-old victim on Oct. 9 at 20 E. 190th St. at around 3 p.m. The suspect (photo left) is described a dark-skinned Hispanic around 18 years old, standing at 5’ 8” and weighing 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).     Suspect in Shooting Death Police are hunting for a man


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Mail Fishing Continues, And Here’s What Police are Doing About It

Residents living within the 52nd Precinct are on alert as the “mail fishing” trend continues despite police efforts to crack down on so-called “fishers.” Mail fishing involves perpetrators using shoestring and a bottle covered in glue (oftentimes a sticky mouse trap) to insert it into a drop-off mailbox and snag mail the glue comes in contact with. It’s a quick crime that allows thieves to walk away with mail holding checks or gift cards. In most cases, rent checks have been fished out of boxes, putting residents behind. Over the year, mail theft has increased within the 52nd Precinct, which


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