Dow Closes Below 12,000 for the First Time Since March

Submitted by ub on Fri, 06/10/2011 - 22:12

The Dow Jones industrial average closed under the 12,000-point mark on Friday. This is the first time since March 18, 2011.

Analysts attribute this decline to a general sense that the global economy is slowing and to fresh reminders that European debt problems are entrenched.

Reaching Bilingual Latinos

Submitted by ub on Fri, 06/10/2011 - 22:06

The release of the 2010 Census has re-ignited the debate about which language is best for reaching US Hispanics. With US born Hispanics now outnumbering foreign born Hispanics, the voices of proponents of using English are growing louder. Figure out the language preference of your target audience and use that language, be it English or Spanish.

When it comes to the Hispanic online market, most studies indicate that half of the 31 million Hispanics online prefer English while the other half prefers Spanish or are bilingual.

Man Shot with BB Gun Near Brox Zoo

Submitted by ub on Fri, 06/10/2011 - 21:33

A NY man was struck by a BB pellet which nearly missed his toddler son while they were outside the Bronx Zoo's Asia Gate. He warns others not to park there after this expeience.

Joshua Muldavin, 50, parked the family car on Bronx Park South near Daly Avenue and stepped out for air while his wife, Monica Varnsanyi, 39, waited in the car with their napping 19-month-old, Luke. This was their third visit to the Bronx Zoo, and they had parked on the same street once before.

City Island Cools Off

Submitted by ub on Fri, 06/10/2011 - 10:43

Following days of scorching temperatures, City Island received showers which will temporarily cool us all off.
Expect partly cloudy. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High 86F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

Rent Stabilized Battle Heats Up

Submitted by ub on Fri, 06/10/2011 - 10:28

New York State legislators are at war in Albany over renewing the rent laws that protect tenants affecting some 200,000 Bronx apartments.

With that Emergency Tenant Protection Act set to expire by Wednesday, many politicians are pushing for tougher rent laws. They wish to eliminate the loophole which allows landlords to remove units from rent stabilization.
If this affects you or anyone you know, please tell them to contact our state representatives now!

NY Philharmonic Tunes Out

Submitted by ub on Thu, 06/09/2011 - 22:45

Classical music fans and NYC Parks lovers are disappointed because the New York Philharmonic has canceled its free 2011 summer performances this year. Calls to the public relations office of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation were deflected before the orchestra made its formal announcement.

The Philharmonic will be offering one free concert, with Andrea Bocelli singing, on September 15.
They also said the program should return next year.

Bronx Foreclosure Center Opens

Submitted by ub on Thu, 06/09/2011 - 20:43

The Bronx Foreclosure Center is located at Bronx Civil Court. The Center will be staffed by counselors who will give free legal and housing advice to those in danger of losing their homes.

All to often homeowners at risk of foreclosure don’t know their rights, or the help that is available to them. By having a Foreclosure Center in the Bronx Court House, homeowners at risk of losing the American Dream will be able to seek assistance faster and find ways to keep both their homes and their financial security.

NYC Severe Weather Warning

Submitted by ub on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 21:56

The National Weather Service is forecasting the heat index will exceed 100 degrees tomorrow June 9th. Additionally, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for the New York City Metropolitan Area from 2PM to 10PM.

In response to these conditions, NYC Cooling Centers will be open.

Visit or call 311 for locations and details on these advisories.

Bronx Beatles... Yeah, yeah...etc.

Submitted by ub on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 19:39

One of The Beatles has booked a concert at Yankee Stadium. Paul McCartney, who first played at Shea Stadium not 20 years ago today, but 46 years, with his other three colleagues is now coming to The Bronx to shake it up baby...etc.


Submitted by ub on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 19:18

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and the City of New York Parks & Recreation will celebrate the 420th anniversary of Anne Hutchinson’s birth with a festival at BPMM on Sunday, June 12 from 12 to 4 p.m. Hutchinson (1591-1643), a Puritan who eventually settled in what is now the Bronx, was an outspoken advocate for freedom of religion and equality of women in religious matters. She was eventually tried for heresy. The festival, which is free and open to the public, is one of a year-long calendar of Bronx events to honor her.
Games, crafts, storytelling, and more will be ongoing throughout the afternoon.

The Bronx Arts Ensemble, under the direction of Bill Scribner, will perform English madrigals of the 17th century, in costume. Quartet members are Kate Smith, soprano; Johanna Brom, mezzo; Joseph Rubinstein, tenor; and Robert Osborne, bass.

Shelley Volk will demonstrate colonial herbs and will discuss herbal medicine during the 17th century.
Visitors will have the opportunity to help plant an Anne Hutchinson herb garden at BPMM.
Maria and Michael Grillo will be performing as a 17th-century elementary school teacher and school master, respectively, and will discuss education and the role of women in Anne Hutchinson’s time. They will have period writing paper, quill pens, and hornbooks on display.

Native American storyteller Bobby Gonzalez will share tales celebrating Lenape Native American culture, including The Origin of Turtle Island, The Boy Who Lived with the Bears, and The First Corn.
Urban Park Rangers will demonstrate colonial games, such as hoops, and colonial crafts, such as corn husk dolls, and children will have the opportunity to participate.

The Festival culminates with a talk on Anne Hutchinson by Bronx resident Tom Vasti at 3:00 p.m.