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The Bronx Defenders' 2014 Annual Gala

On behalf of all of The Bronx Defenders staff, our Board of Directors, and our clients, we would like to extend the warmest thank you to all who came out to support our 2014 Annual Gala this past Monday, November 10th, 2014. The evening was truly a momentous event.
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Bronx Woman Honored As WWII Hero

A ceremony was held at the Riverdale YM-YWHA last Thursday, November 6, 2014, honoring a brave Bronx woman who helped rescue Jews from Nazi-occupied Hungary during World War II....
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Veterans Day Parade Held In Throgs Neck

The sound of bagpipes filled the air as Bronx residents kicked off their annual Veterans Day Parade in Throgs Neck. Veteran Frank Parisi was named the new grand marshal of the parade....
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Bronx Mom Wins Free Rent For A Year

Minetta Curtis has been struggling to get back on her feet after her daughter had an accident that left her unable to pitch in and a fire damaged her Bronx home....
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WW II Bronx Army Veteran Honored

A small crowd gathered in Bantam, CT to pay their respects to a World War II Army veteran at the Veteran of the Month Ceremony Saturday....
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Woman Hit, Killed By Bronx Subway Car

A 63-year-old woman was clipped by a Bronx subway car and killed Friday after she peered over the platform to see if the train was coming, authorities said....
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Worker Rescued After Getting Stuck In Hole At Construction Site In Bronx

A construction worker needed to be rescued Thursday after getting stuck in a hole at a construction site in Bronx....
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Bronx Woman Gets Leg Stuck In Sinkhole

A woman was sent to the hospital after her leg fell into a sinkhole and got stuck in the middle of a Bronx street....
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Bronx River Parkway Closes Sunday For Running Festival

The Bronx River Parkway will be closed from the Westchester County Center (Exit 22) in White Plains to the Sprain Brook Parkway in Yonkers on Sunday, October 12, 2014 between 7:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for the 10th annual Westchester Medical Center Running Festival....
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Trees Planted As Part Of TD Tree Day

Bronx volunteers spent the day Tuesday planting trees along the Grand Concourse as part of TD Tree Day....
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Bronx & Manhattan Celebrate The Harlem River

A great time to get to know the Harlem River is during the annual Harlem River Festival, this year October 6 through 17....
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Fall Community Clean-Up Events

Get involved today with Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx)....
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College Students Help Spruce Up Claremont Park

College students joined different organizations from around Bronx Sunday to spruce up Claremont Park....
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The Urban Cowboy Of Pelham Parkway

One of the last known urban cowboys, Buster Marengo, is being evicted from his home in Bronx, New York, so an apartment complex can be built its place....
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Bronx Gets Trendy With Its Own Fashion Week

They are turning the Concourse into a catwalk....
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How Fordham Plaza Will Look Like A Year From Now

City officials gathered at Fordham Plaza transportation hub in the Bronx Wednesday for the groundbreaking of Phase 2 of the plaza reconstruction. The fourth busiest Metro-North station, a college campus, and 12 bus lines converge on Fordham Plaza, where about 80,000 pedestrians pass through daily....
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NYC Parks Host First Splash Of The Season & Kick Off

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Congress Member Jose E. Serrano, State Senator Gustavo Rivera, and neighborhood children at Crotona Pool in Bronx to celebrate the opening day of the citywide outdoor pool season....
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Khloe Kardashian Celebrates 30th Birthday In Bronx

Khloe Kardashian kicked off her 30th birthday celebrations on the eve of her big day Thursday, June 26, with family and friends at Don Coqui restaurant on City Island in Bronx, New York City....
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Twelve Laid Off Biondi Schools Employees To Get Backpay & Reinstatement Offers

Twelve employees at the Biondi Elementary School in Bronx, NY and at the Biondi Middle and High School in Yonkers, NY, who were laid off during bargaining for an initial collective-bargaining agreement, have received backpay and immediate offers of reinstatement as part of a settlement agreement reached on April 14, 2014. ...
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Bronx War Veteran Lou Durante Honored Posthumously

A Bronx war veteran is being honored posthumously for his commitment to his country, as well as the borough. ...
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Bronx Residents Left Without Mailboxes As Postal Service Cracks Down On “Mailbox Fishing”

Did you ever hear of mailbox fishing? Most people have not, but it is a growing problem in Bronx.
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After Backlash From Tone-Deaf Travel Piece About Bronx, NYT Delves Into The Real Boogie Down

It is not usually a good sign when The New York Times travel section shouts out your hood. Of course, no one could possibly question the quality of the Times’ reporting or the professionalism of their coverage; but when it comes to the relationship between the paper’s target audience and traditional Latino hoods, the word “Columbus” comes to mind.
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Amtrak Train Stalled 5 Hours In Bronx; Wire Problem Blamed

Passengers aboard a Boston-bound Amtrak train said Friday they were stuck in New York City overnight for about five hours without heat.
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Bronx Litter Hotspots Are Stains Where, Often, No One’s To Blame

New York City’s Sanitation police were out recently on Parkside Place, a steep street of a few blocks’ length that climbs and then descends a ridge parallel to Webster Avenue in the Norwood section of Bronx. The apartment building on the corner of 207th Street had failed to keep up with the litter dropped by passersby and driven by the wind. Black plastic bags wound around the bare branches of the bushes out front and plastic snack wrappers were whipping around the entrance way. It is the kind of condition a private landlord might see a stiff fine for permitting.
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10 To 14 Inches Of Snow Expected Today

Forecasts show the chance for up to 14 inches of snow today in some areas of the city.

Water Main Break Snarls Traffic On Bruckner Boulevard

A water main break stopped traffic on Bruckner Boulevard ahead of the Thursday evening rush.
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Concerns Over Broken & Unpredictable Elevators

Jessica Quinones lives at the St. Mary's Houses on Westchester Avenue in the Bronx, and says for weeks now one of the two elevators is broken.

Letter To Mayor De Blasio To Improve Public Spaces For Civic Engagement

Design Trust for Public Space and a dozen of other NYC-based civic design organizations, including Gehl Institute, The Horticultural Society of New York, Institute for Public Architecture, Municipal Art Society, New Yorkers for Parks, PAU, Project for Public Spaces, Regional Plan Association, Street Plans, Transportation Alternatives, Van Alen Institute, and WXY Architects, recommend seven steps to ensure that our civic commons are available for public engagement and dialogue.

Please Help Locate The Missing Gustavus E. Francis

Gustavus E. Francis has been missing since 1979.
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Petition Seeks Citi Bikes In Bronx & Staten Island

A group of Bronx residents wants to roll out Citi Bike service in the borough, according to a new petition that has garnered more than a hundred signatures to make it happen.

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Erin McCarthy

Erin McCarthy is a freelance writer and graduate student at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She reports in the Morrisania and Claremont sections of the Bronx.