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Majora Carter, Once Respected By The Bronx, Gets Called Out For Selling Out—Again

In a neighborhood and borough on the edge because of gentrification, the fight continues and this time it’s taken a personal face against someone once seen as our hero.

Someone has begun placing stickers calling Majora Carter a traitor and associating her with the hashtag #ColumbusSyndrome, a term that is often used when talking about gentrification and how people approach gentrifying areas with a colonizer’s mentality. … »

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Beyoncé Gives Bronx Fashion Designer A Major Boost

It’s not every day a Bronx fashion designer gets a boost from major entertainer like Beyoncé and her mother Tina Knowles who’s famous in her own right as a businesswoman and fashion designer too.

And that’s precisely what happened to Jerome LaMaar who recently plucked roots in Port Morris right next door to Wallworks NY Gallery by the legendary graffiti artist Crash. … »

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Bronx Vigil For Victims of Orlando LGBTQ Massacre

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday June 15th from 5PM to 7PM as Bronx Academy of Art and Dance (BAAD) hosts a vigil, ‘The Bronx to Orlando With Love’, on the steps of The Bronx County Courthouse in memory of the victims of the LGBTQ massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando in the early hours of this past Sunday. … »

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$2.4 Billion Invested in The Bronx in 2015; Almost Half in Community Board 1 Alone

In the 2009-2015 Bronx Annual Development Report by the office of The Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr, investment in The Bronx hit a high of $2.4 billion ($2,385,476,138 to be exact) in 2015 representing an 85% increase over the prior year.

Community Board 1, which covers the South Bronx neighborhoods of Melrose, Mott Haven, and Port Morris represented almost half of that amount to the tune of $1.1 Billion ($1,115,959). … »

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University Heights Mansion Listed For Sale For an Unrealistic $1.1 Million

120 West 180th Street, across from Bronx Community College, is a beautiful, 3,723 square foot mansion (as per public records) has been listed for sale for a mind-blowing $1.1 million. By the way, the real estate agent chose to say that the house is across from the “former” NYU campus rather than saying it’s across from Bronx Community College.

There’s no question that this Univeristy Heights mansion, which according to the listing has been in the same family for 60 years, is gorgeous and has been well maintained throughout the years but $1.1 million is far more than is supported by the local market in the neighborhood. … »

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Opening Reception: Bronx Junior Photo League Exhibition

Today, Friday June 3rd at 5pm, please join us at The Bronx Documentary Center for one of my favorite shows: The Bronx Junior Photo League year end exhibition.

This exhibition is the culmination of an intensive yet free after school photography class where the kids, who range from 11 to 18 years, display their photography and multimedia projects.

Through the hardworking volunteers and staff at the BDC, coupled with our youth’s thirst for knowledge, throughout the past several years, they have churned out quality and professional work that’s beyond impressive for their age. … »

750 Grand Concourse, owned by Ved Parkash who is considered the city's worst landlord, has 309 building violations. / Matthew X. Kiernan via Flickr

NYC To Withhold Rental Assistance to Slumlords Who Fail To Make Repairs

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Letitia James have announced that they are forcing 8 slumlords to fix what is known as “the dirty dozen” buildings which collectively have 2,075 building code violations.

Eight of the twelve buildings are located in The Bronx with a total of 1,358 violations of which 750 Grand Concourse is the worst offender with a whopping 309 violations. Most of the buildings are located in the Northwest Bronx. … »