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Mom and pop shops are the lifeblood of tight-knit communities. Riverdale Avenue, Broadway, West 231st Street and Johnson Avenue are among the many centers of social interaction in the area, and a place where one can always find a familiar face. Seeing old friends at the counter buying a breakfast bagel, or waving at new acquaintances from across the restaurant’s dining room on a Friday evening, all before greeting the owner, who’s stepped out just to say hello to you and your family, and to ask how your neighbors are. more
Even Community Board 8 deserves a break. And like in past years, it’s getting it with a summer hiatus that not only allows its nearly 50 members a chance to recharge their batteries, but also a chance to reset the board itself. more
The months and weeks leading up to New York’s Democratic primaries were filled with twists and turns as state officials struggled to find balance between keeping New Yorkers safe from the coronavirus pandemic and not hampering turnout in a critical summer political event. more
Primary election night is notoriously exciting — a late night for candidates to pile into local bars and party with volunteers and campaign workers until the wee hours while supporters stare at their television screens awaiting results. more
In the 12 days leading up to July 1, when the new budget fiscal year was slated to begin in New York City, a crowd of protesters occupied City Hall Park on Centre Street in Manhattan in an effort to pressure the city council and Mayor Bill de Blasio to defund the New York Police Department. more
We all know medical supplies have been a little hard to find these last few months — masks, gloves and face shields have all been in short supply — but one thief decided to take matters into his own hands June 14. more
Contract tracers from New York’s Test & Trace Corps hit the streets, and throughout this past month have reached out to more than 7,500 people who tested positive for the coronavirus. Their goal? To find others who might also have been infected, and to contain an outbreak before it spreads. more
For years, a sign above the West 231st Street headquarters of the Benjamin Franklin Reform Democratic Club has featured the name of elected officials representing the Bronx. It includes names like borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., U.S. Rep. Adriano Espaillat, and even at the lowest elected levels, Eric Dinowitz and Randi Martos as Democratic district leaders. more
Police are trying to find a man they say attacked and robbed a woman inside a Popeye's restaurant on Monday in the southernmost part of Kingsbridge Heights. more
The city council passed a package of laws earlier this month aimed at creating new regulatory guidelines for the New York Police Department. The package included a legal ban on the use of chokeholds — a bill first introduced after Eric Garner of Staten Island was killed in 2014 where such a maneuver was reportedly used. more
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