Kossuth Playground Gets Half Mil Boost from BP

With Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s recent pledge to invest more than $14.3 million in capital funds toward park improvements, the group working to revamp Kossuth Playground on Mosholu Parkway received the news they’ve been waiting for. “Yes! We get to have our park! I’m so happy,” said Elizabeth Quaranta, president of Friends of Mosholu Parkland (FOMB), reacting to news of Diaz’s inclusion of Kossuth Playground receiving $500,000 in funds for improvements to the playground. The playground sits atop a hill on Mosholu Parkway and is the only legally designated area for recreation on the parkway. Councilman Andrew Cohen,


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Inquiring Photographer: Thoughts on the Borough President

This week we asked readers their thoughts on Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s time in office, and asked them to name some of his successes or failures during his administration so far. Well, so far he’s been Borough President for more than four years. It must be more and he’s done a lot of good things. He cleaned up the Bronx River and he’s got us more housing. He’s interested in that stuff, better living and better jobs for us. I think he’s been a good borough president. I think he wants to accomplish a lot for the Bronx and for


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A Meeting With Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

BP Reflects on Development, Drawing Professional Workers, and Mayoral Ambivalence His innuendos were obvious, if not passive aggressive. But there he stood, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. spending 45 minutes in his seventh State of the Borough address chastising the de Blasio Administration for a number of perceived missteps. For political observers, it was a diatribe that once again stoked the burning question. Does Mr. Diaz want to be mayor of New York City? Can he really run the city? It’s an elephant in the room nurtured by daily speculation from inquisitive media and its propensity for validation. Though


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Latest Edition of the Norwood News Is Out!

Hello Faithful Readers! The digital edition of the latest Norwood News, bringing you plenty of Bronx community news you can use, is out and hitting stands as I write. So many stories, it’s hard to know where to begin. We can start at the front page, with a missing persons case that’s rattled Bedford Park, Kingsbridge Heights and the Bangladeshi communities in the Bronx. Mahfuza Rahman, an aspiring nurse and mother, has not been seen since December. Police are now looking to question the husband, who flew back to his native Bangladesh with their 9-year-old daughter. Find out what representatives from


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Editorial: The Politics of the Kingsbridge Armory

The Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC) is edging close to actual construction at the Kingsbridge Armory, with progress in the form of the state’s financial support towards the project. Not much of a sound was heard about the Armory in 2015, though developers insisted plenty was going on behind the scenes. That’s true, and it’s thanks to the working relationship between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. Since the early part of 2015, the pair has forged an ever-strengthening bond that’s allowed Diaz to check off some items (though not yet achievements since certain projects haven’t


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Bronx Primary Day – A Mid-Day Recap

By David Cruz It’s the calm before the big political storm tonight, as several races will be decided by voters in this year’s Primary in the borough. For now, accusations of polling impropriety, get-out-the-vote text messages and Primary victory parties are in order. The most action thus far has been in the race for the 33rd Senate District, a large central/northwest Bronx district, where Councilman Fernando Cabrera of the 14th District, the lead challenger against incumbent State Senator Gustavo Rivera, is accusing one poll site of voting misdeed. This came after Cabrera noticed his name was not on the enrollment list for


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Reinventing Fordham Plaza

by Kasia Romanowska  On Aug. 27, city officials gathered at Fordham Plaza, the heart of the borough, to break ground on the second phase of a multi-million dollar revitalization project on the plaza.

Rangel Nails Big Endorsements, While Bronx Political Machine Backs Espaillat

By David Cruz In a move that casts a setback for Congressman Charles Rangel, the Bronx Democratic Caucus and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. threw their support for Rangel’s challenger for the 13th Congressional District, state Senator Adriano Espaillat. The first-time endorsement, particularly by Assemblyman and Bronx Democratic Party Boss Carl Heastie, can once again secure victory for Dominican-born legislator in the Bronx, a battleground borough.

BP Envisions Vibrant Waterfront in Years Ahead

BY SHAYLA LOVE The Bronx wants to take back its waterfront property. With the successful transformation of crumbling riverfronts on the Hudson and East rivers, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is pursuing a new waterfront district along the Harlem River between 138th and 149th streets. The park is made possible because of the 2009 rezoning of the Lower Concourse, which encourages greater density, commercial and residential activity. An aerial view on the Google Maps website shows empty lots, piers and storage units, which would be revamped into 1.1 million square feet of residential space, 865,000 square feet of commercial space


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