Activists Fume at Excessive July 4th Partying on Mosholu Parkway

Activists are demanding answers over how the local 52nd Precinct could allow illegal barbecues to go on for hours along Mosholu Parkway over the July 4th weekend, despite the presence of “No Barbecuing” signs throughout parkway. They’ve now reached out to local elected officials and are in the stages of planning a meeting to get answers. Many residents vented frustration on Facebook, posting photos of other residents setting up tents, lounge chairs and speakers across the leafy mall. The day after July 4th, mounds of trash can be spotted around Mosholu Parkway. Leftover trash and burnt out ashes the day after


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Sexual Predator on the Loose in the Bronx

  Police have released a sketch of an sexual predator on the run after allegedly attempting to sexually assault a woman near the New York Botanical Garden. The incident happened during the late hours of May 29 between 11 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. in the area of Mosholu Parkway and Southern Boulevard, according to police. The suspect approached the 29-year-old victim and struck a conversation. They eventually walked to a nearby park where the perp exposed himself and offered cash to the victim in exchange for groping him, according to police. The woman refused, stalked off until the man grabbed


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News is Out!

Dear Fellow Readers, The latest edition of the Norwood News, publishing Bronx community news you can use, is out at 300 stands across the northwest Bronx. We begin, as usual, with page one and a proposal to downzone Mosholu Parkway, the green pasture that doubles as a roadway. Read what Mayor Bill de Blasio had to say about development in the borough, and get a full picture of his recent town hall powwow from reporter Wendy Joan Biddlecombe. Inside the cover you’ll find stories on Norwood’s CVS pharmacy primed to closed, according to the big chain pharmacy, an investigation into


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CB7 Backs Plan to Downzone Mosholu Parkway Amid Zoning Studies

A grassroots effort to limit height restrictions for new buildings along Mosholu Parkway crossed another hurdle as city officials agreed to consider examining downzoning efforts along the parkway next year. The move comes amid Community Board 7’s independent zoning study of two neighborhoods within its borders as a way to preserve its character while stemming further development. The group won a victory at the latest CB7 Land Use/Housing Committee meeting on Feb. 15 when the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP), charged with determining the character of neighborhoods across the five boroughs, assured the community it will assess


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Mosholu Parkway’s Dogwood Trees Likely to Stay Where They Are

Residents opposing a plan to rearrange trees along Mosholu Parkway secured a victory after Community Board 7’s Parks Committee voted down the plan, ending a yearlong question over whether the New York City Department of Parks (DOP) would move forward with a project that wasn’t well received. Elizabeth Quaranta, president of Friends of Mosholu Parkland, an advocacy group for the lea, didn’t characterize CB7’s decision as a win, but an education for the Parks Department. “[This] is really just doing the right thing for the environment and our future for Mosholu [Parkway],” Quaranta said via a Facebook chat. “I wouldn’t


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HOPE Count, Set for Feb. 6 Aims to Get Snapshot of Homeless Population

  Survey comes amid surge of homeless-related calls to 311 in community The makeshift camp on a hilltop on East Mosholu Parkway North stood empty, and the circumstantial evidence of occupancy was clear: pillows, cookware, and empty gallons of water. Residents say it’s an encampment for the homeless, a retreat for the night. And should anyone be camped there at the predawn hours of Feb. 6, they will be among those counted by the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS). The agency, still attempting to find homes for the 62,000 homeless individuals, will once again conduct its annual


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Proposal to Downzone All of Mosholu Parkway Receives Community Support

Anthony Rivieccio, a community activist known to harangue developers chipping away at Bedford Park’s past and present, has a surefire way to stem development: restricting building size. That idea is already being examined by Community Board 7, which hired an urban planning consultant to gather testimonials on neighborhood needs, which appear to trend towards a more suburban-like setting. Her hiring was intended to follow up on a promise the New York City Department of City Planning made to the community in 2011, ensuring that it would revisit a proposal to downzone parts of Bedford Park, which include Mosholu Parkway, the


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Cops Search for Group of Thieves on Mosholu Parkway

A 59-year-old man was robbed inside his residence on Mosholu Parkway, with one of the thieves coming from within. It all happened on Oct. 28 at around 6:45 p.m. Cops say three suspects entered the residence and demanded money and belongings from the victim. While taking the victim’s debit card, one of the male suspects and a female, who was inside the apartment prior to the robbery, willingly walked to Citibank at 3454 Jerome Ave. and took out $1,000 in cash from the victim’s bank account. Once the money was removed, all three men and women took off to unknown


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Plan for Mosholu Parkway Trees to be Removed Only to be Replanted

  It seems money grows on trees for the Parks Department. The city agency looks to spend several hundred thousand dollars to dig up close to 200 trees along Mosholu Parkway and replant them, leaving those want the young arbors exactly where they are scratching their heads. Parks explained in a letter to Elizabeth Quaranta, president of Friends of Mosholu Parkland, a volunteer advocacy group, that the agency “is currently reviewing its plans for the transplanting of these trees,” adding “no work will be done until the plans are reviewed by and confirmed with the community.” Still, the mere decision


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