Bronx Week 2014 Parade & Concert

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This week’s been a complete whirlwind for me – I graduated and got my master’s Tuesday and as of Friday I am a quarter of a century old. So I have had very little time for original content, but from here on out, it will be great to finally have my life back.

Since moving (post on that soon, I promise),it’s taken me a while to get acclimated to a completely new environment – I think I still am. But, what’s great is that I never realized how many events happen on this side of the Bronx – starting with the big parade and concert to celebrate Bronx Week 2014. It was great to be able to stroll up a few blocks to join in on the festivities Featuring a line up of both local acts and world famous ones, the concert had something for everyone.

 

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.

Does the Bronx need another golf course?

A sign of things to come?

Undoubtedly you’ve heard about the newly proposed golf course at Ferry Point Park. Spearheaded by real estate mogul Donald Trump, who I swear can sniff out an available plot of land from light years away, it obviously hasn’t been without controversy.

I’m actually on the fence on this plan. The games are supposed to run at least $100 and considering that the Bronx is one of  the poorest counties in the state, it’s kind of like adding salt to a wound. (Granted, I have never experienced this, but I imagine it must hurt a lot.) On the other hand, if done right, it could help the borough out by creating these living wage jobs that our BP is all about and help boost profits for local businesses. Like I said, it would have to be done right.

Capitalism’s the American way, so I can’t fault Trump for doing what he does (in this case anyway). But, FYI, I do not support having my tax dollars put towards a game I do not even consider a real sport. (It’s not a sport if you wear polo shirts and khakis.) This could easily be a repeat of that whole Yankee Stadium fiasco.

But in the interest of fair competition, let’s not forget  that the Bronx already has a few golf courses, and affordable ones at that.

1. Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course (Bailey Ave. and Van Cortlandt Park South) was the first public golf course in the U.S. Allegedly, there have been issues in the past with people being mugged on the course. Hmmmm. *side eye*

2. Mosholu Golf Course (3545 Jerome Ave.) actually has a number of programs to help people of all ages learn to play the game.

3. Pelham/Split Rock Golf Courses (870 Shore Rd.) The existence of these courses just goes to show how bajillion time bigger/better Pelham Bay Park is than Central Park. It’s so massive, there are TWO golf courses inside. And I have seen neither.

There you go, three viable and cheaper options than Mr. Trump’s super-course. I mean, who plays golf anyway?