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Before-And-After Slides Paint Vivid Image Of The Rejuvenation Of Bronx

With the Bronx serving as the city’s next real estate frontier, developers and investors have been eyeing commercial and residential opportunities alike; according to data from Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s office, in 2014 alone, Bronx saw an influx of $1.2 billion worth of real estate investment (26% more than in the year before) – mostly directed towards new residential projects, that have been replacing either blighted structures or partly vacant lots.

 

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MetroPlus Health Plan Sponsored The 1st Mother-Love & Father-Love Awards Luncheon

On Friday, September 11th MetroPlus Health Plan sponsored the first Mother-Love & Father Love Awards Luncheon at Lehman College/CUNY....
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New Affordable-Housing Community Under Construction In Bronx

Community leaders, affordable-housing advocates and key investment partners toured a new 68-unit affordable-housing development under construction in Bronx that will integrate high-quality affordable housing with supportive services....
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A Better Way To Shine Light In A Dark World

Years ago I purchased a headlamp - a small flashlight that straps around your head to light your way. It is really useful because it leaves both your hands free as you work or walk. I used my headlamp during the dark half of the year to exercise my dog in dark pastures and an undeveloped No Man's Land on a steep hill near my house....
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New Housing & Services Lift Veterans In Bronx

A new housing development in South Bronx is helping chronically homeless veterans move from shelters and street corners to safe, decent apartments where they can finally get the social services they need....
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LGBT Housing Coming To Bronx With help from pop star Cyndi Lauper

A supportive housing complex for LGBT youth is coming to Jerome Avenue — the site is named after the Cyndi Lauper "True Colors" song because the pop icon had a hand in the project....
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Bronx Suicide Prevention Walk

People gathered in Van Cortlandt Park Sunday to educate and raise awareness about suicide prevention....
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CITGO Helps Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church

CITGO Petroleum Corporation hosted a special celebration at the Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church on September 26, 2014, highlighting the completion of a food storage container that CITGO donated earlier this year for the church’s food pantry program....
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Bronx Organization To Host Father-Daughter Dance For Former Prisoners

A Bronx organization is working to help formerly imprisoned dads reconnect with their daughters this Father's Day....
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Bronx LGBTQ Center Announces Outreach Initiatives

Tym Moss of the Bronx LGBTQ Center, along with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and other speakers (Senator Jose Serrano, Chanel Lopez of the Anti-Violence Project, Reverand James Dusenbury of In The Life Ministries, and Cynthia Tompkins of WAVE - Women Against Violence Everywhere) announced plans for more community outreach programs in Bronx, where they say assaults often go unreported or uncovered in the media....
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Bronx Borough President Outraged By “Ghetto” Bus Tour

A bus tour operated three times per week promises to take tourists “through a real New York City GHETTO," all the while doling out misinformation to mostly Australians and Europeans....
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What You Can Do To Help Decrease Violence Against Women

December 6th was celebrated as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. This was established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, and marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal. It is said that they paid the ultimate price simply because they were women....
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Dashing For Safety

I was minding my own business in my kitchen the other day, tossing some eggshells into the small garbage pail that sits underneath the sink. Suddenly I heard a rustle coming from the plastic lining the garbage pail....
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Picture The Homeless Presents

In January 2012, Picture The Homeless issued a report, "Banking on Vacancy: Homelessness and Real Estate Speculation" documenting the outstanding amount of underutilized housing stock that is available in just a third of New York City....
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Bronx Workers & Youth Speak Out Against Stop-And-Frisk

WSWS reporters spoke with residents of the Melrose neighborhood of the South Bronx in New York City, where police harassment is pervasive. This overwhelmingly working class and minority area is among the city’s poorest areas, with the median household income barely reaching $20,000. The official poverty rate is 42 percent; official unemployment stands at 16 percent....
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In 1906, The Bronx Zoo Caged A Black Man On Display In The Monkey House

The young black man who arrived at the Bronx Zoo in the summer of 1906 cut a striking figure. Barely dressed, he was carrying a wooden bow, a quiver of arrows, and a chimpanzee. He stood 4’ 11” tall and weighed 103 pounds, and when he smiled, he revealed a set of pointy whittled teeth, like a piranha’s....
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Intergenerational Networking Event For Bronx Youth

Celebrating the end of Women's History Month, Prep 4 Success (under the auspice of Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corp. [NIDC]) & the Young Women's Leadership of Collegiate Institute for Math & Science presents a professional networking opportunity along with an abundance of youthful potential for a powerful event on the Christopher Columbus High School campus....
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Domestic Violence: A Bronx Community Affair

When most people hear the words domestic violence they think that its about a man battering a woman and how its not their problem....
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Occupy Bronx: Stop Police Brutality!

As distributed by Occupy Bronx:...
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Screen Debut Of ‘Speedsuit’ Gives Anti-Bullying Message New Voice

On Friday February 3, 2012 the Thessalonia Worship Center will host a private screening for "Speedsuit," a new independent film with a fresh take on teen bullying....
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Borough President Diaz Hosts Annual Sweethearts Luncheon

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and Healthfirst co-hosted the "12th Annual Bronx Sweetheart Luncheon" at Villa Barone Manor, honoring over 65 couples who have been married 50 years or more.
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BP Diaz Visits SAGE Center Bronx On St. Valentine's Day

On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr visited SAGE Center Bronx for a Valentine's Day gathering.
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Forgotten American Traditions

Across America, we celebrate and mark quite a few occasions on an annual basis.
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Creating Unity In The Community Parkchester’s Annual Kwanzaa Celebration

On Saturday, December 29, 2018, the community turned out to enjoy Parkchester’s Annual Celebration of Kwanzaa, a much-needed festive gathering.
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BP Diaz Hosts Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration

On Thursday, November 15, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his annual Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration, honoring individuals who have contributed to the growth and promotion of their community and culture.
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NYC Kicks Off Veterans Week By Displaying Military Service Branch Flags

Today, New York City kicked off “Veterans’ Week”, a week of celebratory activities leading up to Veterans’ Day on November 11th.
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Bronx Stands United Against Hatred

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York held an interfaith prayer vigil to support the Jewish community and stand united against hatred in response to the murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh this weekend.
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BP Diaz & CM Gibson Host “National Coming Out Day” Celebration

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson Destination Tomorrow and local residents co-hosted a celebration of the 30th Anniversary of “National Coming Out Day” as part of LGBTQ History Month.
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Dear Future: Coca-Cola Co. USA Calls On Young Adults For Change-Making Ideas To Renew Local Communities

A Coca-Cola USA campaign that began as a humble reintroduction has evolved into a community-focused call to action.
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Why Horse Racing In Australia Needs A Social License To Operate

Racing industry has grown exponentially since it started.

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may be one of the few people you meet who is always glad to talk taxes. He has spent 17 years immersed in government communications – almost entirely in the tax field. He currently serves as the Director of Public Relations at the New York State Tax Department. In each of Geoff’s positions, he has created opportunities to transform the communications environment for the benefit of the organization. Under his leadership, Tax Department public relations have shifted from a reactive focus to proactive outreach. Most recently, Geoff led the STAR Registration media campaign to assist 2 million homeowners with property tax relief while eliminating fraud. As a result of extensive press outreach, more than 300 articles were printed in daily papers alone, and broadcast media repeatedly covered the story in each corner of the state. Less than 5 months after launch, 2.3 million homeowners had registered for their property tax exemptions. Geoff (@gloak23) lives in Kinderhook with his journalist wife, Kristi Berner (@kristiberner), and 4-year-old daughter, Gemma, who is now proud to be able to write her name.