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First tenant to leave Van Cortlandt Jewish Center will be Association of Jewish Aging Services   center.
08/24/2023

First tenant to leave Van Cortlandt Jewish Center will be Association of Jewish Aging Services center.

Jewish Association Serving the Aging is leaving its home at the Van Cortlandt Jewish Center where it has served the senior community for more than two decades.

Safety or aesthetics? Riverdale sheds may be coming down, according to Mayor Eric Adams. Some have been up for years. 🏣
08/24/2023

Safety or aesthetics? Riverdale sheds may be coming down, according to Mayor Eric Adams. Some have been up for years. 🏣

Taking a drive through Riverdale without seeing a sidewalk shed is a lot like taking a walk this time of year and not seeing a spotted lantern fly. In New York City there are almost 9,000 such sheds, with the total linear feet being more than 2 million. That’s the distance to get from Riverdale to...

Beleaguered Amalgamated Housing Corp broken power lift leaves those in wheelchairs and walkers marooned. Mayor Eric Adam...
08/24/2023

Beleaguered Amalgamated Housing Corp broken power lift leaves those in wheelchairs and walkers marooned. Mayor Eric Adams Eric Dinowitz Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz

At 68, Debbie Rubin-Margolin’s means of travel has included a walker and her building’s power ramp for disability access to go outside, which made her feel safe and secure. However, that changed last year when the ramp stopped working.

08/17/2023

Is third time the charm for Kingsbridge Armory? Two-hundred million in funds from state and NYC could make a difference. Governor Kathy Hochul Mayor Eric Adams

Van Cortlandt Jewish Center fate depends on sale of synagogue. What will happen to Mosholu Montefiore early childhood ce...
08/17/2023

Van Cortlandt Jewish Center fate depends on sale of synagogue. What will happen to Mosholu Montefiore early childhood center?

The building that houses the Van Cortlandt Jewish Center, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Van Cortlandt Village, is on the market, according to its board chair Jack Kleinfeld.

Who is 8 years old and on a trek to Olympic track & field 🥇🥇🏃‍♀️? June Henry.
08/17/2023

Who is 8 years old and on a trek to Olympic track & field 🥇🥇🏃‍♀️? June Henry.

The top young running stars around the country descended on Des Moines, Iowa, for the 2023 AAU Junior Olympics July 29-Aug. 5. For 8-year-old June Henry, one of Riverdale’s own, the stars aligned for a sixth-place finish in the 800-meter Under-8 event.

Slain Bronx teen Angellyh Yambo's  family gets some justice as her killer cops plea to murder.
08/17/2023

Slain Bronx teen Angellyh Yambo's family gets some justice as her killer cops plea to murder.

The teen charged with gunning down Angellyh Yambo, formerly of Riverdale, in a random shooting in April 2022 has changed his plea to guilty in her murder. He now faces 15 years to life.

Robots fromBronx Science fare well in regional competition. They certainly take their form of AI seriously.
08/10/2023

Robots fromBronx Science fare well in regional competition. They certainly take their form of AI seriously.

A pair of robots from the Bronx High School of Science that weigh about 125 pounds and are controlled by a simple X-Box remote control showed off their abilities earlier this year during a New York city competition. And came away with some awards.

Three of the Newburgh Four defendants in 2009   bombing plot freed on "compassionate release."
08/10/2023

Three of the Newburgh Four defendants in 2009 bombing plot freed on "compassionate release."

Three of the men sentenced to 25 years for plotting to blow up two Riverdale synagogues in 2009 and shoot down military planes at a Newburgh airport as part of an FBI sting are being released by the same judge who issued the original sentence in 2011.

Mayor Eric Adams 2024   means less for senior citizens despite some $$$ addbacks.
08/10/2023

Mayor Eric Adams 2024 means less for senior citizens despite some $$$ addbacks.

Mayor Eric Adams’ proposed budget cuts for older adult centers and home-delivered meals has left many in Riverdale upset. It was previously announced that $12 million would be cut from the New York City department for the aging budget causing some older adult centers to fear that they would have t...

Metropolitan Transportation Authority - MTA boosting fares for 🚉 bridges, tunnels this month. Mind your wallet!
08/04/2023

Metropolitan Transportation Authority - MTA boosting fares for 🚉 bridges, tunnels this month. Mind your wallet!

Since the coronavirus hit New York City and forced the population to remain home while essential workers were out in the field, the Metropolitan Transit Authority has been itching to raise the price but was scared it would drive riders away.

NYPD 50th Precinct catch two suspects in daytime St. James Park shooting. 4 were wounded, including children.
08/03/2023

NYPD 50th Precinct catch two suspects in daytime St. James Park shooting. 4 were wounded, including children.

The two gunmen who fired into a Fordham Park wounding four people, including two children, on July 11, have been arrested.

NYC Mayor Adams Van Cortlandt Park Alliance   stadium plan faces uphill climb among residents and electeds (Assemblyman ...
08/03/2023

NYC Mayor Adams Van Cortlandt Park Alliance stadium plan faces uphill climb among residents and electeds (Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz Rep. Ritchie Torres Councilman Eric Dinowitz)

Mayor Eric Adams’ idea of bringing World Cup cricket to Van Cortlandt Park next year has met with some resistance following an emergency Community Board 8 meeting July 20.

Here's the latest from The Riverdale Press print newspaper.
07/12/2023

Here's the latest from The Riverdale Press print newspaper.

A homeless man was killed, and another is in custody after a street brawl turned deadly in Kingsbridge last week.

Here's the latest from The Riverdale Press print newspaper.
07/12/2023

Here's the latest from The Riverdale Press print newspaper.

Ray Oladapo-Johnson was jet-lagged and unable to sleep in his summer home in Tisvilde, Denmark. It was 8 p.m. for him — but outside his windows, it was the middle of the night. His wife and kids were sound asleep.

Here's the latest from The Riverdale Press print newspaper.
07/12/2023

Here's the latest from The Riverdale Press print newspaper.

It was to no one’s surprise that the School Construction Authority wanted to build a school across the street from Van Cortlandt Park, the former site of the Church of the Visitation, but the Community Board 8 was a bit shocked by the details of the new school when they received them Tuesday.

See our coverage of Kingsbridge shooting Tuesday night outside St. James Park, leaving four wounded, including two child...
07/12/2023

See our coverage of Kingsbridge shooting Tuesday night outside St. James Park, leaving four wounded, including two children.

Four people in and around St. James Park in Kingsbridge Heights were wounded Tuesday evening when a gunman on a scooter shot into a crowd. Among the wounded are a 6-year-old and 3-year-old.

BREAKING NEWS:A homeless man was killed and another man is in custody after a street brawl turned deadly in Kingsbridge ...
06/30/2023

BREAKING NEWS:

A homeless man was killed and another man is in custody after a street brawl turned deadly in Kingsbridge early Friday morning.

Police say they found Richard Roberts, 52, with multiple stab wounds at West 236th Street and Broadway just after midnight following a 911 call reporting an assault in progress.

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A homeless man was killed and another man is in custody after a street brawl turned deadly in Kingsbridge early Friday morning.

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06/09/2023

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American Legion Post 1525 in the Bronx held a Memorial Day ceremony at the Bell Tower Monument in Riverdale Monday, May 29. The monument, at West 239th Street and Henry Hudson Parkway, was built in 1930 and has three large bronze honor rolls commemorating residents of Kingsbridge, Spuyten Duyvil, an...

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06/09/2023

Here is the latest from The Riverdale Press newsroom.
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Two years and six months ago Riverdale residents under lockdown caught their first glimmer of hope in a long while when it was announced a vaccine to the Covid-19 virus was available and would be distributed across the city. The first resident in line at the Hebrew Home to get his shot was 79-year-o...

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04/03/2023

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Patricia Hund grew up in Kingsbridge and attended Catholic school as a student. She kept the tradition alive by spending 43 years teaching at St. Margaret of Cortona School. That will end this summer when she retires.

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04/03/2023

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Tishman Speyer has made some minor tweaks to the 340-unit affordable housing project planned for 160 Van Cortlandt Park S., Community Board 8’s land use committee learned in the firm’s presentation March 23.

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04/03/2023

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Two Black alumni have sued Ethical Culture Fieldston School for what they claim is racial discrimination dating back to 2016, according to a pair of lawsuits filed in a Manhattan federal court.

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04/03/2023

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For unknown reasons, two young men wearing black hoodies walked casually into the vestibule of the Mitchell-Lama Waldo Gardens co-op near Manhattan College on March 16 and were fired upon. No one was injured.

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When Gloria Nixon-Crouch saw the news reports of Russian troops amassing at the Ukrainian border, she feared the worst f...
03/22/2022

When Gloria Nixon-Crouch saw the news reports of Russian troops amassing at the Ukrainian border, she feared the worst for the people living there.

After President Joe Biden made it clear war in that part of Europe was imminent, the ceramic artist turned to sculpture. She imagined what the Ukrainians there must be feeling, and their pain. Nixon-Crouch felt helpless so many thousands of miles away, but found a way at least to express her emotions with a 12-inch statue she aptly called, “The Pain of Ukraine.”

“My work basically speaks about the pain that people experience through atrocities like this,” Nixon-Crouch said. “Not only Ukraine, but atrocities that happened through centuries.”

Little did the Spuyten Duyvil artist know how much this piece of art from a former art teacher would resonate on social media. A Facebook post caught the attention of her longtime neighbor Don Appel. He shared it with other Facebook groups, and insisted she put out a news release to share what she’s created.

When Gloria Nixon-Crouch saw the news reports of Russian troops amassing at the Ukrainian border, she feared the worst for the people living there.

Jose Colon was just 17 years old when he was charged with murder. By the time he was 19, a judge sent Jose to prison for...
03/21/2022

Jose Colon was just 17 years old when he was charged with murder. By the time he was 19, a judge sent Jose to prison for at least the next 30 years, if not the rest of his life.

Now 40, the teenager Jose once was is a faded memory, according to wife Jeannie. But he’s done anything but rot.

Jose is now a certified paralegal. He’s completed a number of rehabilitation programs. He survived cancer. And now he’s a clerk in the prison’s education department.

Jose is even working toward a bachelor’s degree. And, of course, he tied the knot with Jeannie.

“He’s done everything that he can possibly do to change himself and try to give back,” his wife said. “The nature of the crime is never going to change, but he as a person can definitely change.”

Jose still has seven years before he’s even eligible for parole. Even when he does get that hearing sometime toward the end of this decade, Jose’s chances of being released from Sing Sing Correctional Facility are grim, given the current laws surrounding parole. If he were to go in front of the board today, “I believe he would be denied parole,” Jeannie said, solemnly.

Jose Colon was just 17 years old when he was charged with murder. By the time he was 19, a judge sent Jose to prison for at least the next 30 years, if not the rest of his life. Now 40, the teenager Jose once was is a faded memory, according to wife Jeannie. But he’s done anything but rot.

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Eric Adams wants to spend so much time focused on parks, some might mistake him for Robert Moses — at least the good qua...
03/17/2022

Eric Adams wants to spend so much time focused on parks, some might mistake him for Robert Moses — at least the good qualities of that New York City icon. And the mayor will do that through a new leadership team pulled from the outer boroughs.

Like Iris Rodriguez-Rosa, who until earlier this year, managed the Bronx portion of the more than 30,000 acres set aside for green space. She’s the new deputy parks commissioner, serving under Susan Donoghue, who led neighborhood park efforts from her Prospect Park community in Brooklyn.

Adams focuses his mission on making the park system “equitable,” especially when it comes to the outer boroughs versus Manhattan, by finding the best those boroughs — like the Bronx — has to offer.

Rodriguez-Rosa has led the borough’s parks department since 2015. And now she will be tasked with finding ways to create more green space.

Eric Adams wants to spend so much time focused on parks, some might mistake him for Robert Moses — at least the good qualities of that New York City icon. And the mayor will do that through a new leadership team pulled from the outer boroughs.

The massive fires that seemed to engulf building after building in the borough back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s led...
03/17/2022

The massive fires that seemed to engulf building after building in the borough back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s led many declaring the “Bronx is burning.” In fact, it almost felt unusual to not use the word “fire” in conjunction with “Bronx,” because the two had become so synonymous during that time.

Yet, while times have changed, some things have remained the same. That’s because over the last six months, a string of major fires has plagued the borough. But don’t worry, none of that is lost on Michael Kozo.

He’s the director of the New York Fire Department’s fire safety education unit, and has provided training presentations to just about any group that extends an invitation — including Community Board 8’s housing committee back in January.

The massive fires that seemed to engulf building after building in the borough back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s led many declaring the “Bronx is burning.” In fact, it almost felt unusual to not use the word “fire” in conjunction with “Bronx,” because the two had become so synonymo...

Traditional college students may occasionally feel like they’re serving time — especially right before mid-terms. But th...
03/15/2022

Traditional college students may occasionally feel like they’re serving time — especially right before mid-terms. But there’s a push to make another group of eager learners more traditional as well. And many of them actually have served time.

Getting a degree from prison really wasn’t all that uncommon. That is until President Bill Clinton slashed federal funding in 1994 that helped pay for that expanded education behind bars. Clinton’s “get tough on crime” essentially ended many college programs in prisons across the country, but it did start something else: Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison.

People who serve their time in prison are often scared to leave, especially knowing the odds to lead a decent normal life on the other side are stacked against them. It’s even more difficult if they entered a facility at a very young age.

Educational opportunities and occupations are a significant roadblock for many, making it seemingly impossible to succeed after release.

Traditional college students may occasionally feel like they’re serving time — especially right before mid-terms. But there’s a push to make another group of eager learners more traditional as well. And many of them actually have served time.

Usually it’s the first half of winter commonly known as the season of giving.But that hasn’t stopped the Association of ...
03/15/2022

Usually it’s the first half of winter commonly known as the season of giving.

But that hasn’t stopped the Association of Riverdale Cooperatives & Condominiums from creating its own season of giving, with several of its member buildings the beneficiaries.

What do those tenant groups need to get $500, or even $2,000? A good idea, and a team of people willing to help see it through.

“It’s something brand new,” said Stephen Budihas, the president of the co-op and condo group. “It’s the only time that we’ve done this. We looked at our financial situation. We’re not rich, of course. We’re a volunteer organization, which earns nominal dues that we charge of our members. But we had enough to spare some” money.

Usually it’s the first half of winter commonly known as the season of giving. But that hasn’t stopped the Association of Riverdale Cooperatives & Condominiums from creating its own season of giving, with several of its member buildings the beneficiaries.

It doesn’t matter if the court is conservative or liberal — Teachers wanting to work in the classroom are going to need ...
03/14/2022

It doesn’t matter if the court is conservative or liberal — Teachers wanting to work in the classroom are going to need a vaccine shot. Maybe two.

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected yet another attempt by some educators to skip vaccine requirements on campus, citing a religious exemption.

It’s been a point of contention between school administrations and a handful of educators even before COVID-19 vaccines began rolling out to the public last year. In the months leading up to the coronavirus, it was measles and other childhood shots many were fighting over.

But the COVID-19 vaccine has renewed a number of issues — especially from those who feel they shouldn’t be forced to be inoculated.

It doesn’t matter if the court is conservative or liberal — Teachers wanting to work in the classroom are going to need a vaccine shot. Maybe two. The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected yet another attempt by some educators to skip vaccine requirements on campus, citing a religious exemption.

It’s been 11 months since synagogues in and around Riverdale were terrorized by a serial vandal who some described as qu...
03/14/2022

It’s been 11 months since synagogues in and around Riverdale were terrorized by a serial vandal who some described as quite angry after seeing him in released security camera footage.

Over the course of nearly a dozen days, the man shattered windows at four different synagogues, and destroyed Jewish prayer books as well. Prosecutors have charged a Spuyten Duyvil man, Jordan Burnette, with the attacks. And they’re looking to convict him of hate crimes.

But Burnette — who has pled not guilty to the charges — is discovering the wheels of justice don’t move swiftly. He’s set for yet another pre-trial hearing on March 22. There, his defense attorneys are expected to lay some of the groundwork for how prosecutors will ultimately try the case.

Neither Burnette, nor his attorney, Michael Nedick, returned requests for comment.

It’s been 11 months since synagogues in and around Riverdale were terrorized by a serial vandal who some described as quite angry after seeing him in released security camera footage.

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Have seen posts from other Riverdale residents about kids/young adults in cars using water guns that are realistic looking on people at W 3239th Street in terror pranks; what is the best way to forward these tips for coverage?
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Ask Assembly Member Dinowitz to please move A4283 the Puppy Mill bill, onto the floor for a vote.

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“One of the reasons why our communities are so prone to flooding, including those above sea level, is because our aging sewage system can’t support the impacts of a flash flood or storm,” he said. “This is causing lobbies to flood, people to get flooded out of their basement apartments in Throgs Neck. This is a shared issue from Riverdale, to our coastal community down in Throgs Neck.”

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A4283 Ban Puppy Mills in Pet Stores bill would prohibit puppy mill animals in pet stores and allow space for local shelter animal adoptions. Puppy mill animals endure horrific lives and deaths. Seems like any human with a heart would support this bill which was introduced nearly 5 years ago.
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In its 5th year, the bill has passed twice in the past 2 years in the NYS Senate (with only 1 lone no vote). It has over 60 cosponsors already... that is a lot and not many bills share that distinction but it is still not enough to urge the bill to the assembly floor for a vote. The bill is in the Codes Committee once more.

Please call your assembly member today - ask them to support and cosponsor A4283. Thank you.
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2021/a4283

Assembly Codes Committee NON-cosponsors
John Mikulin 516-228-4960
Michael Montesano 516-937-3571
Daniel O'Donnell 212-866-3970
Vivian Cook 718-322-3975
Nick Perry 718-385-3336
Clyde Vanel 718-479-2333
Latrice Walker 718-342-1256
Steven Cymbrowitz 718-743-4078
Gary Pretlow 914-667-0127
Joseph Giglio 716-373-7103
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“We really are not interested in this savior mentality where we’re helping our ‘poor Bronx students.’ Students are really their own saviors. They are the answers to…these solutions in the Bronx and their own communities.”— Director Suzette Rose.

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