PBS presents Park Avenue: Money, Power & the American Dream, a documentary about the 1% of the United States and how they keep their hands on all their riches. Imagine, the wealthiest neighborhood in New York CityMonopoly’s strip of luxury and the ultraelite. A real interesting watch.
Local Bronx (New York City) skaters and any other rippers in the area should head over to Williamsbridge Playground (Oval Park) this Sunday for the first skate contest of the Fall, Sweater Weather Showdown. There’ll be a game of S.K.A.T.E, a best trick contest and longest ollie. Prizes and giveaways provided by sponsors Innate Skateboards, One’s Cut, Memo Wheels, Mosaic New York and Jungle Gym Magazine.
One of the poorest congressional districts in the country, Bronx County, is receiving a “green” facelift thanks to an eccentric school teacher named Stephen Ritz and an army of amazing students. The Green Bronx Machine is a sustainable urban farming initiative that provides working opportunities for innercity youth and edible harvests for desiring communities and clients. Check out the following TED Talk to fully understand how Mr. Ritz’s enthusiasm, vision and ideas like “edible farming walls” has set forth an unbelievable path of selfsustained wealth for students that have taken control of their urban surroundings instead of just submitting to them.
The Highbridge Library Council in conjunction with the YUCA Arts Program and several other community organizations are hosting a New York Citywide skateboard design contest that coincides with this year’s Highbridge Community Fair. The competition is open to middle and high school students who can submit digital samples of their work via email to: arseno2007[at]gmail[dot]com. The contest deadline has been extended to May 5, 2012keeping in mind that a physical submission of the board design must be delivered by May 11, 2012 to the Bridge Builders storefront (156 West 164th Street, Bronx, NY) between the hours of 10am6pm. Good luck!
There’s a big time battle brewing over a small section of New York City as this year’s American elections take place. The debate is over the city’s Congressional District 15, a jurisdiction over Harlem and some parts of Uptown Manhattan that have been overseen by Charlie Rangel for over four decades! A new proposition that takes into account the everincreasing Hispanic population wishes to change the district boundaries and possibly give Uptown neighborhoods like Washington Heights, Inwood, parts of the Bronx and even Queens, their own representation. The idea, although heavily opposed by Rangel, is being spearheaded by advocacy group, The Dominican American National Roundtable. If approved by the courts, the proposed new district will be comprised of 66% Hispanics, something that clearly indicates why Rangel, who’s relied mostly on older AfricanAmerican support, would be opposed. An interesting battle to keep a close eye on as the playing field and politics evolve come election time. Approved or not, the congressional boundaries are set to be redrawn by March 12th.
Bronx native and internationallyrevered songstress/actress, Jennifer Lopez, is under major scrutiny for a recent Fiat commercial that she appears in. First, the ad was criticized when it was discovered that J. Lo’s parts were actually shot in Los Angeles and not the New York City streets that the producers would actually have you believe (Brooklyn Bridge and the elevated 6 Train). Now, the ad is under more fire as a copyrighted graffiti mural (I Heart The Bronx) by the infamous Tats Cru was used without permission. Ms. Lopez and Co. can definitely expect a call from their lawyer. Yikes!
An environmental spark has been ignited in the South Bronx, a place usually associated with crime, poverty and all types of social ills. The point source for the flame is a statuesque and brilliant Black woman named Majora Carter, who is gaining national and international acclaim for her work in a forgotten corner of the world’s most celebrated city.
Disputed school plan’s OKd. By Frank Lombardi, NY Daily News The City Council agreed yesterday to let the city build a complex of four public schools for 2,400 students on a South Bronx site with contaminated ground soil. The 45to0 approval of the site came after Council officials hammered out additional safety measures and assurances with the Bloomberg administration beyond those in the city’s original $30 million cleanup plan for the site. The $230 million school campus will be shared by two high schools, a combination high schoolintermediate school, and a charter school for grades 5 through 8. Though…