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Summertime created some of the biggest controversies our community had seen in a while, especially when it comes to protecting the greenbelt that helps define parts of the community we live and work in. But there also was a push to make mass transit faster — more often than not, earning the ire of those who ride, and even those who don’t. more
What was meant to be a much-needed overhaul of decades-old environmental rules protecting greenbelts in both the Bronx and Staten Island instead became a controversy that pitted some of New York City’s biggest movers and shakers in planning against each other. more
Preserving the environment takes work and sometimes a little sacrifice. But some single-family homeowners living within Riverdale’s Special Natural Area District would prefer that sacrifice not total $25,000 in bureaucratic red tape for something as simple as building a deck or installing a swimming pool. more
It’s hard to find a leader like Father Ted Hesburgh. He led the University of Notre Dame for 35 years — transforming the school from just a football favorite to one with academic prowess. He worked under a number of presidents beginning with Dwight Eisenhower, and he even joined hands with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., singing “We Shall Overcome.” more
Stephanie Coggins and Sura Jeselsohn arrived early at the Equitable Building off Broadway in lower Manhattan for the 10 a.m. meeting. They were more than ready to express their disapproval of proposed changes to Bronx’s Special Natural Area District, this time directly to a body that could easily decide its fate: the City Planning Commission. The two women took their seats in the basement meeting room and waited. And waited. And waited. more
Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., has now weighed in on sweeping changes to the zoning laws protecting Riverdale's greenbelt — and it's a solid no. more
The city had tasked them with holding just a single vote: Approve sweeping changes to the Bronx’s Special Natural Area District, that would essentially transform SNAD into the Special Natural Resources District. Community Board 8 had a much different answer when the full board came together last week at P.S. 37, however: No. In all-caps. more
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.  more
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. more
It was the beginning of a new year — 1975, that is. The ongoing energy crisis had cars lined up for gas from Riverdale Avenue to Broadway. The former Palisade Avenue home of longtime U.N. Secretary-General U Thant had just burned to the ground. And a McDonald’s restaurant opened its doors on Broadway for the first time, with a Burger King under construction up the road. more
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