Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014

Advocates Waiting for de Blasio to Fix Homeless Housing Program

Advocates Waiting for de Blasio to Fix Homeless Housing Program

The cluster program is widely criticized as expensive and disruptive. So far the new administration has yet to propose an alternative, but advocates have high hopes a plan is coming.
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Woes Continue at One De Blasio Watch-List Building

Tenants are still suffering at a Bronx building that both the then-Public Advocate's Worst Landlords List and the city's Alternative Enforcement Program have had on their radar screens.

Residents Demand City Build Bridge to Reconnect Van Cortlandt Park

Activists and pols say it’s the least DEP can do in light of the over-budget billions they're spending on the filtration plant.

Borough's Community Boards Push for Greater Impact

Training members and securing funds to hire city planning advisers is critical, officials say.

De Blasio Era Doesn't Discourage Bronx Charter School Applicant

A New Jersey charter chain is looking to launch a school in the Belmont section of the Bronx. It will avoid the co-location controversy, but has encountered others in its past.

Only Two Electric-Cab Drivers On the Road in NYC

Five of the seven electric cars in the city's taxi and for-hire fleet are idle, but Luis Castro is still making battery-powered stops in the Bronx.

Students, Teachers Say Roll-Out of New GED Has Been Flawed

They say they haven't had the resources and preparation to gear up for the newer, tougher TASC exam.

Outer Borough BIDs Struggle With Low Budgets, Little Impact

While well-funded business improvement districts are major players in thriving commercial districts, many outer borough BIDs have too few resources to make a difference.

Confusion Over Special Elections in the Bronx

No one knows yet how Governor Cuomo (even the governor himself!) will fill 11 empty seats in the state legislature, including two in the borough.

Bronx Council Newcomer Gibson Gets Key Post

Bronx Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson joined almost every borough colleague opposing Mark-Viverito for Council, but nonetheless was awarded control of the public safety committee.

Council Freshman Cohen Steers Clear of Progressive Caucus

While not ruling out joining the group, the new District 11 councilmember—and self-described progressive—says he plans to focus on bread-and-butter issues.



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City Closes Parks, Beaches Ahead of Storm - Jarrett Murphy

Not much rain is expected, but high winds will hit hurricane-weakened trees and push seawater toward areas eroded by Sandy.

Change of Polling Sites Cause Difficulties for Elderly Voters - Elly Yu

Last-minute changes in polling sites left many voters in the Bronx confused about where to vote and in some cases, even prevented them from voting.

Green Partiers in the Bronx Put in Final Push for Votes - Erin Brodwin

The third party's candidates don't expect to win. But they were happy to “have our voice heard.”

Broken Elevator Slows Voters in U. Heights - Kathleen Caulderwood

Poll workers ran ballots up and down the stairs between elderly voters and the scanners on an upper floor.

Despite Some Storm Damage, City Island Voting Smooth - Emily Field

The shoreline neighborhood is pocket of conservatism in the heavily Democratic Bronx. A majority of the voters here voted for McCain in the 2008 election.

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MULTIMEDIA

Poverty in the Bronx

This infographic chart, produced by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness highlights the poverty rates in the Bronx, a borough in New York City.

Family Homelessness in the Bronx

This infograph, produced by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, highlights family homelessness rates in the Bronx, a borough in New York City.

Educational Attainment in the Bronx

This infographic chart, produced by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness (www.icphusa.org) showcases educational attainment in the Bronx for adults (25 years and older).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Community Partner Fellowship RFP

The Office of Engaged Scholarship at the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership is proud to launch the 2nd Annual NYMAPS Community Partner Fellowship!

CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR NYC, MAY 8-11, IN CHELSEA

The Contemporary Art Fair NYC, May 8-May 11, 2014, moves to the heart of Chelsea joining at least 10 other events around the city that also amplify and coincide with the international contemporary art fair--Frieze New York. Following the tradition of major museums, seasoned masters will exhibit both functional and fine art, sculpture and photography, furniture, ceramics, glass and more.

Integrated Storm Water Management Master Plan

Seeking proposals from architecture, landscape design, urban planning, and engineering firms to develop a comprehensive stormwater site master plan for one of New Jersey City Housing Authority’s sites.

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EVENTS

The Dean's Award for Contributions to the Arts

Honoring our Artists. Celebrating the Bronx.

ClancyWorks Audition Call for Dancers

ClancyWorks is looking for strong and passionate dancers for the upcoming 2014-2015 Performance Season. Auditions to take place in NY, DC and Miami. * DC and Miami audition date to be announced.

GREEN SPACE PRESENTS CLANCYWORKS AND AUSTRALIAN ZETA DANCE GROUP

Maryland based ClancyWorks Dance Company has partnered with Australian company Zeta Dance Group to bring an exhilarating and thought- provoking performance not to be missed! Saturday, April 26 at 8:00 these two companies will transform the spacious Green Spaces Studio into an intimate and inspiring exchange between performers and audience as they delve into questions of identity, artistry, cooperation and competition.

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