Legionnaires Update, Migration Stories, Puerto Rican Heritage Artist & Book Expo|Bronx PM Links

Legionnaires update on the second outbreak in The Bronx in Morris Park, Puerto Rican Heritage Month’s Artist and Book Expo at Hostos Community College, and Migration Stories at The Bronx Documentary Story are part of this evening’s Bronx PM Links roundup.

Autumn Legionnaires’ outbreak likely caused by Bronx Psychiatric Center’s cooling tower: officials

So many questions, so little real answers. We’ve covered the original Legionnaires’ Outbreak in the South Bronx which was the largest in NYC history and probed and asked the questions no one else was. After the outbreak was declared over and we were continuously told that our drinking water supply was safe (but the city hadn’t tested it) several buildings show up with their drinking water supply contaminated in Melrose at Melrose Houses NYCHA development. Then come fall and Morris Park in the East Bronx suffers an outbreak and a death (although in much lower numbers than this summer’s toll).

What exactly is happening? Well the Daily News reports that water cooling towers are still being blamed (despite CDC, EPA, major agencies and scientists and physicians who have intimate knowledge of the disease who state that the vast majority of infections arise from our drinking water supply.

The Daily News reports:

“A cooling tower at the Bronx Psychiatric Center was identified as the likely source of the city’s latest Legionnaires’ disease outbreak, officials said Friday.

The disease plagued the Bronx throughout October and November — killing one person and sickening 14 others.

The autumn outbreak was not related to the one that struck more than 120 people, killing 12, in the borough over the summer.

City officials said the problem cooling tower — and all others across the city — have been disinfected.” – Head on over to the Daily News to read the rest.

Migration Stories


As part of the Bronx Documentary Center’s programming around the Via PanAm exhibition, tomorrow evening at 6PM, the center will host a migration stories event where locals will share their migration experiences.

Please join the BDC, MASA and Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders for a night of Bronx community members sharing their migration stories. Free and open to all. The BDC is located at 614 Courtlandt Avenue at 151st Street- See more at the BDC’s website:

10th Annual Comité Noviembre Puerto Rican Artisan Fair & Exhibition along with the 4th Annual Puerto Rican Authors Book Expo


In what has become a favorite event of the year for Puerto Ricans and Bronxites alike, tomorrow is the 10th annual Comité Noviembre fair celebrating Puerto Rican heritage and culture. The event is filled with live performances and tons of art to buy (perfect for the holidays) by local artisans and those straight from Puerto Rico. This is a perfect event to find that unique gift for your loved ones.

The event is located at Hostos Community College at 450 Grand Concourse and runs from Noon to 7PM, tomorrow, Saturday November 21st.

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Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.