CB8 votes on SNAD on Thursday


Community Board 8 is set to vote Thursday on whether it supports proposed changes to Special Natural Area District rules that would, among other things, change the name of the conservation program to the Special Natural Resources District, and remove community board oversight for properties inside the designated zone that’s 1 acre or less.

A complication, however, could be the language of the city planning proposal. Up to just a few weeks ago, the proposal included not just this part of the Bronx, but large sections of Staten Island as well.

Reportedly bowing to pressure from city council members there, city planning removed Staten Island from the proposal, leaving the changes affecting this part of the Bronx only.

While the proposal had a slim chance of making it past CB8 before Staten Island left, it seems the likelihood of getting a note vote from Thursday is even greater. There has been some chatter that CB8 may consider a new resolution, deeming the proposal illegal, since Staten Island is still a major part of it in the language.

It all will be decided June 27 beginning at 7:30 p.m., at P.S. 37, located at 360 W. 230th St.


Sterenberg, Dowling join Press as interns

The Riverdale Press welcomes two more interns for the summer, bringing in students ready to learn about the world of newspapers.

Frida Sterenberg joins the photo department as a summer intern. She’s studying international reporting and visual journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Sterenberg has spent half her life in the city, so she considers herself a New Yorker. Her work has been published in places like the German travel magazine Merian as well as the art magazine Blau. She’s also been published by the Mott Haven Herald and Hunts Point Express.

Sterenberg lives inside The Press’ readership area with her husband and two adolescent sons.

The Press rounds out its summer internship program with Ignacio “Iggy” Dowling. He also lives in the newspaper’s coverage area, but is an incoming junior at Regis High School in Manhattan.

Over the past few years, Dowling has discovered an interest in journalism. While in grammar school, he spent a year on the newspaper there, continuing once he made it to Regis, writing for the school’s sports magazine, The Falcon.

Dowling is hoping to take the few weeks he spends at The Press and use it to figure out what kind of journalism he might pursue after his college days.

CORRECTION: The location of last week’s Community Board 8 general meeting was at P.S. 37, at 360 W. 230th St. A Press Points item in the June 27 edition shared an incorrect name for the school.