R.I.P. Morgan Powell

This week I learned of the passing of Bronx historian and blogger, Morgan Powell. You may remember when he was featured right here on The Bronx Socialite’s Spotlight.  An avid enthusiast for sharing his vast knowledge of the Bronx’s environmental history and the contributions of black activists in our borough, Morgan’s  presence will be sorely missed.

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They’re Here! Get your Bronx totes NOW!

In honor of my News 12 appearance (working on getting video for those that may have missed it), I’ve decided to do a soft launch of the online store – meaning, this is not the full set of designs, but I wanted to make the current designs available for you to purchase.

Currently, the featured neighborhoods are: Hunts Point, Castle Hill, Bedford Park, Pelham Bay, Morris Park, and Mott Haven. There’s also an I love the Bronx tote available as well.

I’ll be adding more neighborhoods within the coming weeks. Enjoy!

Click here to peruse & purchase!

Coming Soon! Rep Your Hood, Rep the Bronx!

I’m SO excited to give you guys a sneak peek at what I’ve been concocting in my mind for the past few months and can now show you a physical manifestation of my crazy brainstorms! Soon I’ll be launching an online store with totes designed with various Bronx neighborhoods (or just the Bronx monicker itself). I tested out my prototype today taking it everywhere- the snow, the bus, school, the gym, the post office – it’s amazing. It’s really roomy to schlep all of my various crap across the borough in style.

Below are some pictures of what you can expect from the store 🙂

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All Set Against the Hep

You guys. I can’t tell you how upset I am about this whole Hawaii Sea debacle. For those not in the know, a few customers and an employee of New Hawaii Sea right on Williamsbridge came down with a case of Hepatitis A, triggering a surge of people in need of the Hepatitis A vaccine. I happened to part of that surge.   While on line for the vaccine today, I heard one of the DOH employees say that 1500 people were vaccinated yesterday. How crazy is that? The moral of the story, people: Wash your filthy hands! It literally only takes about a minute.

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BP Diaz Pulls a Carrion

You guys know I hate to get political here, but I couldn’t just sit back while of this went down.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. declined to reappoint Mychal Johnson, chair of Community Board 1 from office, who has held the position for 7 years. If you’ve been following the Fresh Direct debacle, you know that Johnson was a strong opponent of Diaz’s Fresh Direct deal, giving the company $127.8 million in cash and tax breaks to move to a location in the South Bronx (source).

Now, no matter what side of the issue you’re on, a political figure removing those from the community who disagree with him/her debases the democratic system we have set up in this city, state, and country. I fully realize that it is the borough president’s job to appoint community board members ,but I say why not let the community decide who represents them?  What’s the point of even having community boards if when they disagree with the powers that be, they’ll just be removed from their positions? It’s a sham.

Let’s take a look back to the Yankee Stadium controversy, that bears a very striking resemblance to this situation. Then BP Adolfo Carrion (who’s running for mayor, so keep this in mind when you head to the polls in November) was all on board for the building of a new Yankee Stadium. The community board voted it down. What did he do? Removed them from their positions by demoting or replacing them. The plan cost $800 million.

It’s not okay for public officials to go against the will of the people. 

I get why some might not understand why people are so against the Fresh Direct deal, please allow South Bronx Unite to explain.  Prior to the deal, Fresh Direct drove straight through our borough to deliver to Westchester. Seriously? GTFO.

Welcome 2 the Bronx and DNA Info have more on the story.

You can also vote for how your tax dollars are spent here.

Ed Koch (1924-2013)

Bronx-born former mayor Ed Koch passed away today. During my senior year at Baruch, he came by as a guest speaker. Though I didn’t necessarily agree with some of his views, I appreciate how passionate he was about them. Any YouTube or Google search will show you that he was definitely a dynamic figure. Check out this NY Times piece about Koch’s visit to the Bronx in 1998.

Photo by Willie Anderson via NY Daily News