Saturday, June 6, 2015

worth its weight

Friday, June 5, 2015

let’s get this on the ball

and go to bat for Sobro.

Anytime the words “Bronx” and “Kill” are used together, 
it doesn’t end well, right?

Except when it refers to the “Bronx Kill”, that little ribbon of water separating Randall’s Island from Port Morris.

It’s an obstacle to Randall’s Island, so the NYCEDC promised a little bridge as part of the South Bronx Greenway project.

You can read about that here:

But it’s taking forever and we went to find out why.

Workers left the entry gate open, 
so we rode our bikes inside. 

Sue me.

Riding the path past the NY POST distribution center, we arrived at the connector bridge and railroad crossing.

They’re making progress.

Gates are in place, the railroad crossing is completed and soon-to-be flashing lights are set in footings.

The bridge itself is backformed and filled with rebar,
 ready for concrete.

Better still, the Bronx Brewery and Port Morris Distillery are now open and right on the way!

Why am I so eager to have this little bridge completed?

Batting cages!

On the other side.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

aptly, by the Kinks

#2 on the UK Singles Chart in 1970, but banned in Australia that same year for "controversial subject matter."

fresh start

Despite years of protest and legal actions, SouthBronxUnite has failed to stop Fresh Direct’s relocation plans to the Harlem River Yards.

Their most recent last ditch effort was based on yet another lawsuit, but the judge threw out their case and Fresh Direct moved ahead back in December.


That’s ceo Jason Ackerman in the center in the blue shirt, and BxBoroPrez Ruben Diaz Jr. in the brown jacket next to him.

Now foundation work is underway.

Why should you care?

Because their new 11 ½ acre facility (500,000 sq ft.) is just up Bruckner a few blocks from our home.

The ClockTower is at the red arrow.

And this is what they plan to build.


Soon we’ll have CSX Waste Management trains to the south and FreshDirect trucks along Bruckner Blvd. to the bridge.


It could be a lot worse. 

At least when “Bronx” is searched on their grocery delivery website, 
Bronx Pale Ale is the first hit.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

chop n’shop

Back in 1990 when the BRONX was a car theft capital, there used to be something called a 30-Day Special. It worked like this:

1. Steal a car.

2. Hide it out of sight for 30 days. 

Either in the country...

or some clever place within the city. 

3. Strip it down to the frame and put the almost worthless, stripped shell back on the street where the cops can find it.

4. After a month, most car insurance companies write a stolen car off and cut a check to the victim for its replacement value. 

So the original owner is covered.

5. But now the stripped-down car goes to auction because no one wants an empty shell. 

But the thief does.

6. So he gets an accomplice to buy the shell at auction for scrap value, literally next to nothing. 

7. Then they reassemble the car!

8. So now he has the complete car again, but better!

 With a clean title.


But be careful! 

Although car theft is rising...

This is also known as Grand Larceny Auto —-- a felony!