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Staten Island backs out of SNAD changes, but Bronx still in it

Staten Island political leaders and decision makers seemed to celebrate the city planning commission backing down on proposed changes to the Special Natural Area District on Monday. But those feelings couldn't be shared in the Bronx — it appears the massive overhaul to the environmental greenbelt project will move forward here. 

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Another weekend without the 1 train

For the second time in less than a month — and at least the third time this spring — uptown 1 trains will make their last stop at 96th Street, leaving everything north of it without a subway.

Immigrant entrepreneurs demand lease protection

Each time the 1 train passed overhead, Rafael Alvarez paused his speech out of fear the rumble of the El would drown out his voice. For Alvarez, his message of support for a commercial tenants rights bill needed to be heard.

Residents resist ceding oversight of natural area district

There was a lot of talk about the city’s proposed changes to the Special Natural Area District in the echo-filled auditorium of P.S. 81. But what there wasn’t was a vote.

Bronx buses could soon make fewer stops

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has finally released its plans to overhaul its bus routes in the Bronx. But when it comes to service in this neck of the borough, not a lot is expected to change — except some stops are slated to go.

Community mourns relentless public servant

Randi Martos was co-president of the P.S. 24 parent association during a movement in the late 1990s to add a high school to what is now Riverdale/Kingsbridge Academy. But the school district needed to be convinced — The school board was against it, and the debate had become particularly vicious.

SPORTS

Just one of the boys

Bronx Science junior varsity baseball coach Chris Dahlem lights up when he talks about his freshman first baseman. One story he likes to relate occurred at a recent practice.

Trader Joe’s, open in Riverdale, please

Riverdale wants a Trader Joe’s, but does Trader Joe’s want Riverdale? No. At least, not yet. An email has circulated throughout North Riverdale in recent weeks calling on locals to fill out a form on the supermarket chain’s website requesting the grocery chain open a new store in the area. Specifically, the email called for people to request Trader Joe’s replace the Key Foods at 5661 Riverdale Ave.

MunchCoin — a free lunch, with a side of cryptocurrency

A project team of Manhattan College students led by Hunter Brea and Stephen Serulle have invented MunchCoin, a cryptocurrency accessible to ordinary people to be used in daily life, intended to give independent restaurants and eateries a competitive advantage over giant corporations. And it’s as easy as spending money on the food college students already eat, uploading an image of their receipt, and tucking their rewards into their digital wallets.

Cohen, Moerdler trade barbs over SNAD

A war of words has broken out in the pages of The Riverdale Press between Councilman Andrew Cohen and Charles Moerdler, the chair of Community Board 8’s land use committee.

Consultants help businesses navigate regulatory maze

John Kambouris worked hard to earn an “A” sanitation rating at Broadway Pizza & Pasta on West 231st Street, the restaurant his family has owned for two generations. He’s been through his fair share of inspections, and knows generally what city agents are looking for when they visit.

Middle-schoolers may lose camp spots to budget cuts

Summer camp season is just weeks away, but some away-from-home daytime affairs — like those at Kingsbridge Heights Community Center — might have limited options for young teens this year.

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POLITICAL ARENA

Engel wins award for fighting anti-Semitism

The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty named U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel the winner of its Fighting Hate and Anti-Semitism Award at a legislative breakfast last week.