Sunday, May 21, 2017


  Today was the 'GRAND FINALE OF BRONX WEEK' with the Volunteer Recognition Breakfast, Bronx Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony where this year's Honorees were Latin music superstar Prince Royce, Hip-Hop pioneer Funkmaster FlexOrange is the New Black star Selenis Leyva and medical inventor Dr. Manny Villafaña
  A parade down Mosholu Parkway with hundreds of students from Bronx schools and youth organizations, and then on the other side of Mosholu Parkway was the Music and Food Festival where Hip-Hop legends Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick, Latin Freestyle stars TKA and Salseros Los Adolescentes performed. Below are many photos of the Bronx Week Parade. Click on a photo to make it larger.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

BJCC Breakfast for Champions 2017

This event serves as an important fundraiser for BJCC. It allows us to continue doing the work we do in our community. Tickets and journal ads can be purchased at our NY Charities Page. We look forward to seeing you on June 14!

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Love Your Block, a grant program offered by NYC Service in partnership with Citizens Committee for New York City, awards 25 $1,000 cash grants to resident-led community groups in all five boroughs and links them to City Services to transform a public space in their neighborhood; 2017 grant recipients were announced in December 2016

  The de Blasio Administration and Citizens Committee of NYC are celebrating the 2017 Love Your Block season in the Bronx today, highlighting first-time Love Your BlockAwardee, College Avenue Block Association as they revitalize a transformed garden lot adjacent to 487 College Avenue.

Today’s event is one of 25 resident-led volunteer projects in 20 communities across the five boroughs taking place this spring and summer. Through the support of the 2017 Love Your Block grant award – which includes a $1,000 cash grant, project planning assistance, and City services from the Departments of Parks, Transportation, Environmental Protection, and Sanitation – these 25 community-led groups are empowered to enhance and beautify public spaces in their neighborhoods.

“I want to recognize the College Avenue Block Association in the Bronx as well as all of the recipients of the 2017 Love Your Block awards and thank them for engaging residents to create change in our communities,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We are beautifying our City while deepening our relationships with communities across the five boroughs and empowering residents with the tools to organize and engage others in their neighborhood to revitalize public spaces. I want to thank NYC Service, Citizens Committee for New York City, and our City agencies for partnering with residents to encourage civic engagement and make City services more accessible to all New Yorkers.”

Love Your Block is about connecting NYC residents to resources as they work together to strengthen our City at the neighborhood level,” said New York City Chief Service Officer Paula Gavin. “We are thrilled to catalyze a spirit of volunteerism throughout the City by partnering with residents to improve our communities one block at a time and we are proud to recognize and support College Avenue Block Association for their leadership. We thank Citizens Committee and our City agency partners for their continued partnership as well as Citi and the New York Community Trust for their support of this important community initiative.” 

“Block associations just like the College Avenue Block Association here in Melrose as well as so many others across the country are the building blocks of good neighborhoods, turning neighbors into friends and bringing people of every kind together,” said Peter H. Kostmayer,CEO of Citizen’s Committee for NYC. “College Avenue Block Association and the great Bronxites who have brought us together today have our thanks and congratulations.”

“There are so many reasons to be proud of being a New Yorker,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “Today’s recipients of the Love Your Block Award embody that pride with their passion and commitment to improving our neighborhoods. The Assembly proudly supports these individuals and their efforts to improve our communities, which is why we have dedicated $375,000 to help continue this mission. Together with NYC Service and Citizens Committee, these recipients are giving New Yorkers yet another reason to be proud to call New York City home.”

College Avenue Block Association works to increase neighborhood green spaces by transforming abandoned lots and community spaces into gardens in an effort to improve the quality of life for neighborhood residents. Today’s project includes reseeding the lawn, organizing donated compost, painting garden beds, and planting flowers.

College Avenue Block Association joins more than 270 resident-led community groups across the City awarded Love Your Block grants over the last nine years. Since 2009, $295,000 in cash grants have been awarded, over 900 City services provided, and nearly 10,000 community volunteers have been engaged in beautification projects across all five boroughs.

“Within the past year, the once empty lot on College Ave has been transformed into the beautiful College Ave Garden of Hope that it is today,” said Wanda Swinney, President of College Avenue Block Association. “The garden is not just about planting seeds in the ground, it’s about the relationships and connections created in the community. The beauty is about bringing people together through educational programs and job training in the new College Ave Garden of Hope. It’s also to develop awareness, motivation, and encouragement because it takes a community to raise a child. This spring, everyone in the community will take part of the Love Your Block Day. We are truly grateful to Citizens Committee of New York City and NYC Service for awarding the College Ave Block Association its first-ever Love Your Block grant.”

Love Your Block follows the model of a national program offered by Cities of Service and is made possible through the generous support of Citi and the New York Community Trust. The goal of Love Your Block is to engage communities in neighborhood revitalization efforts benefiting low-income areas. Approximately 84 percent of the 2017 Love Your Block award recipients (21 out of 25) are based in neighborhoods below NYC’s median household income of $55,752.

In addition to financial support and connection to City services, grantees participate in workshops detailing the basics of community organizing, navigating City government, grassroots fundraising, and media tools. As a result, these organizations are more sustainable and better equipped to access City resources moving forward.

About NYC Service 
NYC Service, a division of the Office of the Mayor, promotes volunteerism, engages New Yorkers in service, builds volunteer capacity and mobilizes the power of volunteers and national service members to impact New York City's greatest needs. To learn more about NYC Service and connect to volunteer opportunities across New York City, visit

About Citizens Committee for New York City
Citizens Committee for New York City’s mission is simple: to help New Yorkers – especially those in low-income areas – come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Residents are uniquely situated to define and act on the issues affecting their communities. When provided with modest support, neighborhood and school groups can effectively mobilize community resources to improve quality of life.  Citizens Committee for New York City supports these grassroots efforts by offering grants, skills-building workshops and further technical support in the form of project planning assistance and an equipment share library. In 2016, we provided 421 projects with $1.6 million in grants and services, and our staff facilitated 30 workshops to over 500 social entrepreneurs. Since 1975, we have promoted the spirit of volunteerism, local engagement and social justice that drives our work. Visit us online at


  As part of Bronx Week 2017 Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted the annual #not62 Bronx Week Health Day, a day of celebrating physical activity and wellness. #NOT62is a  Campaign for a Healthier Bronx. The event took place at Joyce Kilmer Park 161st Street opposite the Bronc County Building

  There was also a non-partisan test of skill in the ancient New York City art of stickball. This took place on the service road of the Grand Concourse, and elected officials from other boroughs invited, photos are below.

Above - A dance contest went on with Grand Master Ruben doing the rapping.
Below - BP Diaz talks to the finalist of the dance contest, all of whom were winners.

Above and Below - After the dance contest it was Yoda class as BP Diaz showed off his ability to keep up with Bronx kids.

There was jump rope above, and then it was on to the stickball competition between the elected officials.
Councilman and City Council Parks Chair Mark Levine gets ready to hit the ball.

Above - State Senator Jamaal Bailey forgot he was in the shadows of Yankee Stadium as you see that he is wearing a Mets hat.
Below - Some of the elected officials provided a nice breeze as they whiffed on their swings. You can see Assemblyman Victor Pichardo swings, and looks where the ball went only to find out it is still in front of him.

Above - Bronx Democratic County Leader Assemblyman Marcos Crespo looks to be in trouble by his swing. Nope he did not hit the broadside of the #2 bus going by in the background. 
Below - Mr. John Desio of the BP's staff warms up the plate as he watches one of his hits go far down the Concourse.

Above - Up to this point Assemblyman Robert Rodriguez had the longest hit as 225 feet. BP Diaz sends this ball 230 feet for the longest hit of the day.
Below - There were several women hitting the ball, but Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark (under the watch of her security detail) sent one for 100 feet.

REVISED CB 8 Traffic & Transportation agenda Thursday, May 25

Please note that this is a revised Traffic & Transportation Committee agenda. Agenda items number 2 and 3 have been added.



DATE:             Thursday, May 25, 2017 (Please Note Day)

TIME:              7:30 PM

PLACE:           Park Gardens
                        6585 Broadway - First Floor - One floor up from the Lobby level 


NYCDOT proposal to narrow the width of Broadway along Van Cortlandt Park to create a
two-way protected bike lane with bus boarding islands from West 246th Street to the city line. In addition, DOT proposes changes to the intersection at Broadway and Mosholu Avenue and changes to Broadway at West 242nd Street to install a 100 Foot bus bulb and narrow the entrance of the service lane at West 242nd Street and Broadway.   

by calling the Board Office at 718-884-3959 or emailing
Committee meeting following the Public Hearing

1.     NYCDOT Proposal for the Broadway Corridor pursuant to the Public Hearing

2.     *Discussion among committee members to ask DOT to install sidewalks on West 254 Street between Riverdale Avenue and Palisade Avenue

3.     *Reconstruction of sidewalk at West 235th Street and Independence Avenue.

4.     Cayuga Avenue Block Party with full street closure on June 24, 2017, to be held on Cayuga Avenue between West 246th Street and dead end. This event has been held previously.

5.     Safety Awareness Day - Block Party - with full street closure on October 22, 2017, to be held on West 237 Street between Independence Avenue and Henry Hudson Parkway. This event has been held previously.

6.     Truffa Pizzeria application for an unenclosed sidewalk café – 3535 Riverdale Avenue

7.     Review of Minutes 

8.     Old and New Business

Bronx Community Board No. 8
5676 Riverdale Avenue, Suite 100
Bronx, NY 10471-2194
Tel: 718-884-3959  Fax: 718-796-2763

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Van Cortlandt bird walks


Saturdays, May 6-July 298-9:30am

Guides: NYC Audubon, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy

Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. For more information, Contact Joseph A. McManus at No registration necessary. No limit. 
Free, Provided by a grant from Councilman Andrew Cohen.

Pedestrian Safety Enhancements Needed After Deadly Times Square Attack


Council Transportation Chair Rodriguez, NYS Senator Hoylman & Trans Alt's Paul Steely White Call for Pedestrian Safety Enhancements Along Corridors Vulnerable to Attacks Like Times Square Driver

The deadly attack in Times Square yesterday, which took the life of an 18-year old young woman and injured over 20 more, exposed a glaring safety gap in the heart of New York City. Today, Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez was joined NYS Senator Brad Hoylman and Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White to propose enhancements to pedestrian safety in Times Square and other areas with high numbers of pedestrians.

Council Member Rodriguez announced that he is working on introducing legislation in the near future to require metal bollards along heavily trafficked sidewalks. These bollards are apparently what stopped the car driven by Mr. Rojas in Times Square, likely saving countless lives. New metal bollards would aim to protect soft spots in our city where a reckless, drunk or terrorist driver could take many lives today.

Council Member Rodriguez discussed the possibility of placing such bollards at other locations including in front of schools and along the most dangerous corridors in the city, where crashes occur with the greatest frequency. 

"Be it a terrorist, a reckless or drunk driver or even someone who loses control at the wrong moment, many of our sidewalks remain terribly vulnerable to the type of tragedy we witnessed in Times Square yesterday," said Council Transportation Chair Ydanis Rodriguez. "While we have taken great strides toward a more walkable city, the truth remains that even on sidewalks, pedestrians are vulnerable to being killed by a vehicle. To save more lives on our streets, we need to enhance safety measures that have already proven successful, such as the metal bollards that likely saved lives yesterday. I agree with Paul White of Trans Alt that this was no accident and to call it such removes the necessary accountability we must face as a city. We can and should do more to keep our residents and visitors safe on our streets and street design is the first place to start."

Council Member Rodriguez and Trans Alt's Paul White also called for the consideration of a Car-Free Times Square in the future, as so much has already been done to turn this treasured space into a pedestrian oasis in the heart of Manhattan. On April 22nd, this space was included as part of Car Free Day and was fully pedestrianized along Broadway to the delight of thousands. As the city works to create more open space, this area remains one that stands to benefit most.


We can not understand this grandstanding by Councilman Rodriguez and Transportation Alternatives after this tragedy. This was a terrible incident, and we should do away with all elected officials then since several (much more than one incident) have gone to jail for corruption.

We will have to look at Councilman Rodriguez's Campaign Financial Statements to see if and just how much contributions to it came from people associated with Transportation Alternatives.    

Bronx Council for Environmental Quality - ALERT: 5/22 Pier 5 Tour of Mill Pond Park 5-7 pm


The Harlem River Working Group, the Bronx Council for Environmental Quality, South Bronx Unite, and Community Board 1 & 4 Residents invite you to participate in a tour of the Pier 5 Site just south of Mill Pond Park.  This site is being developed for housing and renamed Lower Concourse North, for the purposes of the ongoing Uniform Land Use Review Procedure ((ULURP)and the accompanying Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS).
Community members will show proposals and documentation that demonstrate that this property was designated as parkland for the community and share obstacles that should prevent the city from building housing on this site in its current proposal.

Join us at 5:00 pm, this Monday May 22nd
at 149th Street and Exterior Street, in front of Pier 5.  

Please be aware this location will be busy at this time due to the Yankee Game.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Transferring Obscene Material To A Minor

  Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) announced that ANTHONY WEINER was charged with, and pled guilty to, transferring obscene material to a minor.  WEINER surrendered to the FBI in New York this morning, pled guilty before United States District Judge Loretta A. Preska, and was released on bail pending sentencing.  Sentencing has been scheduled for September 8, 2017, at 11 a.m.

Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “Today, former Congressman Anthony Weiner admitted and pled guilty to sending sexually explicit images and directions to engage in sexual conduct to a girl he knew to be 15 years old. Weiner’s conduct was not only reprehensible, but a federal crime, one for which he is now convicted and will be sentenced. We thank the FBI and the NYPD for their work in this investigation.”
FBI Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said: “We work every day in the FBI and law enforcement to stop adults from preying on vulnerable children. Our partnership with the NYPD cannot be stressed enough in this case, and we would like to thank the Special Victims Unit for all the work and effort they put into this investigation.”
According to the Information filed in Manhattan federal court today and statements made in Court during today’s plea proceeding, between in or about January and March 2016, WEINER used online messaging and video chat applications to communicate with a minor girl he knew to be 15 years old (the “Minor Victim”).  In the course of those communications, WEINER transferred obscene material to the Minor Victim, including directions to engage in sexual conduct and sexually explicit images. 
WEINER, 52, of New York, New York, has pled guilty to one count of transferring obscenity to a minor, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.  The maximum potential sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the Judge.
Mr. Kim praised the investigative work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Victims Division of the New York City Police Department.
Anthony Weiners Wife Huma Abedin filed for a divorce shortly after this plea deal. 
It is widely believed that when the FBI seized Mr. Weiners computer shortly before the November Election, there were e-mails on the computer from Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to his soon to be former wife, which may of cost candidate Clinton the Presidency when an investigation was reopened on her.