Bronx To The Future
The Boogie Down
The City Planning Commission voted unanimously today to approve the conversion of the long-dormant Kingsbridge Armory, in the Bronx, to the world’s largest indoor ice skating arena. The 750,000 square-foot facility, which passed muster with Bronx Community Board 7 in September, is due to include two levels containing nine rinks. One will reportedly play host to hockey tournaments and Ice Capades-variety extravaganzas.
Following the vote, Mark Messier, the New York Ranger captain and current CEO of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center—as the armory will be known—touted the support of both Borough President Ruben Diaz and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. “Today’s unanimous vote by the City Planning Commission once again demonstrates the overwhelming and still growing support for this project in the Bronx and throughout New York City,” Mr. Messier gushed in a statement.
DADDY DRUG CARE
The Bronx Democratic Party backed Bill de Blasio for mayor yesterday, hoping their seal of approval would carry Mr. de Blasio further than the last Bill they endorsed–vanquished contender Bill Thompson–who conceded the race on Monday.
a bronx tale
Pacifier? Check. Diapers? Check. A Kilo of Coke? Check.
Kids just need more and more stuff these days.
Following a raid on a Bronx day care center, cops discovered at least a kilo of cocaine, 1,000 Oxycodone pills and $20,000 in cash.
Investigators raided Fun World Childcare at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday after Read More
The Bill Thompson Show
For Bill Thompson, the Bronx is burning–for his attention.
Just four days before the September primary, the Democratic mayoral candidate is in the midst of spending his full Friday–from dawn until dusk–shuffling between at least a dozen publicized events in the borough, visiting seniors, public school parents, union members, African leaders and capping it all off with a block party with Willie Colon later this evening.
Bill Thompson’s mayoral campaign shifted into high gear yesterday, embarking on a dizzying five-borough, 24-hour tour that took him from the Staten Island ferry to Bronx meat freezers into the wee hours of the morning.
Politicker hung out with Mr. Thompson from 2 a.m. to past 7 a.m. on this journey, where Mr. Thompson, grinning and sipping coffee, maintained his stamina well into the morning, hoping to dispel the sleepy-campaigner branding from his 2009 bid.
In perhaps his most defiant campaign appearance to date, Anthony Weiner delivered an impassioned defense of his scandalous mayoral bid, persuading at least one hostile Bronx audience member to consider backing him over his rivals.
“You know, I wonder sometimes, why are my opponents so eager to get me out of the race?” Mr. Weiner, his voice suddenly soaring, asked last night. “If they believe their ideas are better than mine, if they believe their record is better than mine, if they believe their character is better than mine, …. let them stand up and say it. At a certain point, you got to say, ‘Look, I don’t quit!’ New Yorkers don’t quit! I’m not going to go into the corner and curl up because someone found out something embarrassing about me.”
a bronx tale
In the middle of a mayoral forum in the Bronx last night, Anthony Weiner announced, for unexplained reasons, that he would be leaving early.
The murmurs in the crowd erupted into outright disgust as a phalanx of cameramen and reporters stampeded from the second floor church room to grill Mr. Weiner on his way out, leaving the forum, once packed with media, virtually uncovered.
A group of six campaign staffers standing on the corner of 149th Street and 3rd Avenue in the Bronx offered flyers to pedestrians with mixed results as they awaited for Eliot Spitzer’s delayed arrival.
One campaigner, stationed outside an electronic store that switched between playing Usher and primarily Spanish-language music for about half an hour, attempted to give a flyer to a passerby. He rejected it, saying something derogatory in Spanish.
“Glad you didn’t understand what he said,” she told Politicker.
In every way, last night’s Bronx mayoral forum, like everywhere else since he admitted Monday to continuing his infamous online affairs, was reminiscent of the first days on the campaign trail for Anthony Weiner.
Mr. Weiner, trying to keep calm, was in the eye of a media storm.
Cameramen had staked out a road leading to the auditorium’s entrance, waiting to ambush him with questions about the controversy. When he emerged, a frenzied scrum swarmed, overshadowing rivals who openly complained about the lack of coverage lent to the campaign issues they cherish.
Though Joel Loutan has earned a nod in the New York Public Advocate Office’s Worst Landlords Watchlist, he has yet to grab a coveted spot on the site’s “50 Worst Landlords” list. After today, however, it’s likely he will.
Bronx Housing Court recently issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Loutan, a landlord who allowed his Read More