On World AIDS Day, Hope on the Horizon For Bronx Residents and Beyond

The Bronx is one of the counties in the country with the highest rates of HIV/AIDS with thousand of lives lost, families destroyed, and history changed forever due to this scourge. Now, thanks to the leadership of the New York City Council, there is hope for Bronxites and the rest of New York City in eradicating this virus through funding $6.6 million towards, “pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis programs and efforts to aid people with HIV in staying on anti-HIV drugs so they remain non-infectious.” … »


Over $14 Billion in Unclaimed Funds In New York State—Find Out If You Have Money Coming to You

PIX11 News reports that New York State has a whopping $14 billion in unclaimed funds with New York City’s take at over $2.75 billion alone (The Bronx’s share is approximately $250 million).

The unclaimed funds come from a variety of sources such as security deposits on utilities, forgotten savings accounts, and others, and, to date, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has returned over $437 million in 2015 and according to his website, the office returns $1 million each day. Click to find out how to check if you’re owed money! … »


South Bronx Residents Create ‘Statement of Principles on Private Development’ As Gentrification Creeps In

In response to the wave of real estate speculation threatening the South Bronx and that will open the doors to hyper-gentrification, we present below a Statement of Principles on Private Development. These principles have been in the making for upwards of a year by members of the Mott Haven-Port Morris Community Land Trust (in consultation with experts in each area) in response to the decades of “development” without community engagement that has caused a health epidemic and now threatens mass displacement. As some of our elected officials choose to deny the existence of gentrification, many developers have already bought land, filed plans and erected buildings “as of right”, and many are not requesting any zoning changes, variances or government subsidies that would trigger wider accountability. Over the coming weeks, members of the community will be assessing adherence to these principles of each developer – from Carnegie, Cheskel Schwimmer and Chetrit to Hornig, JCAL, Savanna and Somerset, among many others – and sharing the information publicly so that we can best direct the breadth of efforts to protect and uplift our community. … »

Folks gather at The Bronx Documentary Center to listen to fellow Bronxites' migration stories/
Image Courtesy Mott Haven Herald/Christina Thornell

Bronx Immigrants Share Their Stories, Deer Crossing Signs, Mary Higgins Clark, & More|Bronx AM Links

This morning on Bronx AM Links, you’ll read about Bronx immigrants who recently shared their migration stories at the Bronx Documentary Center, the move to have deer crossing signs installed on Shore Road in Pelham Bay Park, and Bronx born and raised author and queen of suspense, Marry Higgins Clark, still has it. You’ll also find how a rise in African immigrants in our borough has led to an increase in demand for interpreters, and an Upper West Side veterinarian who spays and neuters Bronx dogs and cats for free. … »


3 Bronx Subway Stations To Get Elevator Access In Proposed MTA Capital Program

For decades, residents have been demanding that the MTA restore elevator service that was once available at 149th Street and Grand Concourse on the 2, 4,and 5 subway lines—the borough’s 4th busiest with 4,536,888 riders in 2014 which saw a 2.5% increase from the prior year.

Now, in the MTA’s proposed 2015-2019 Capital Program, 149th Street and Grand Concourse, along with Bedford Park Boulevard and Grand Concourse on the B and D line, and Gun Hill Road on the 5 Dyre Avenue line, stand a chance at finally getting elevator access at these critical locations in our borough—if approved. … »

Worst landlords and buildings in The Bronx/Screen shot from Public Advocate's Office

Councilwoman Arroyo’s Abrupt Retirement, More Food Along the 2 Train, & The Worst Slumlords|Bronx AM Links

This morning’s top stories (we didn’t forget about you yesterday, there just wasn’t enough newsworthy items for a list!) are the abrupt resignation by the scandal plagued Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo, more great restaurants along the 2 (and 5) train, and the worst slumlords in The Bronx as Public Advocate Letitia James took a tour of one of the worst buildings. (See the full list in the link) … »

Maria del Carmen Arroyo (Credit: William Alatriste for NYC Council)

Scandal Plagued Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo To Step Down

Welcome2TheBronx has just learned from The Observer that New York City Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo—the politician from The South Bronx who scandals have a penchant for following her—has announced late today that she will be stepping down from office as of December 31, 2015.

We CANNOT allow The dirty politics of The Bronx Democratic machine to take over this democratic process and install one of their puppets yet again.

This comes to many as a huge surprise for someone who fought so hard to hang on to her council seat through methods deemed less than savory which even landed her in court when during last elections in 2013 she had celebrities such as model Kate Moss and former Yankees Derek Jeter on her ballot petitions. … »

At Calvary Hospital's kick-off event for the restoration of a historic Torah Scroll, Rabbi Moshe Druin from Sofer On Site educated the audience about the Torah restoration process. / Via Daily News

19th Century Torah Rescued From Nazis Finds New Home in The Bronx

A Torah scroll from 1880 that originated in the town of Domazlice, Czech Republic, has made its way to Calvary Hospital in The Bronx.

According the The Daily News, the Torah was damaged when Nazis took away religious and cultural artifacts from Jewish communities in Europe during World War II.

Although still damaged, the scroll will be restored with care at Calvary Hospital and then will be able to be used in ceremonies for its Jewish patients. … »