26.2 Miles to Finish

Monday, October 29th, 2007

On Sunday, November 4th, the city will host its annual ING New York City Marathon. More than 38,000 runners from over one hundred countries are expected to participate, including elite athletes and those running for charities.

Locals Fear Jerome Ave. Inn-vasion

Monday, October 29th, 2007

There’s lots to do on Jerome Avenue between East 174th Street and the on-ramp to the Cross Bronx Expressway. You can get your car windows tinted. You can purchase a used police cruiser. You can pimp out your rims. You can have a chicken, rabbit or rooster slaughtered, plucked, skinned and trussed. You can time how frequently the No. 4 train roars by on the tracks above. But if you’re worn out after all that activity, there’s no place to rest your head.

Prakashkumar Patel wants to change that. “They need a good hotel in the Bronx,” said Patel, who owns Marriotts, Hampton Inns and other chain hotels in Albany, on Long Island and near LaGuardia Airport. He purchased and demolished a car repair shop — one of many on the strip — at number 1665. And he plans to build a brick and granite Comfort Inn, complete with breakfast and meeting rooms and a parking lot in the rear. “It will bring up the value of the whole area,” he said.

Local leaders disagree.

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A Matter of Principal at P.S. 209

Monday, October 29th, 2007

When P.S. 209 principal Jacquelyn Cannon died in May, parents, teachers, and community residents realized they wanted to make sure the school retained the spirit of its much-loved leader.

Now, they’re hoping to go one step further — in renaming the school and a portion of 183rd Street on which the school sits in her honor.

“She was the mother of the school,” said Niya Mitchell, whose third-grade daughter, Ny’Rayah Mitchell, attended the school and whose first-grade son, Charles Fields, is in his second year there.

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Chavez and Citgo Fuel Bronx Activism

Monday, October 29th, 2007

Saving a few hundred dollars on heating oil is no small thing for a single mother of three scraping by on a social worker’s salary. Thanks to a Citgo Corporation heating oil discount program, Camille Pow has stashed away some much-needed cash the last two winters.

“I got a deduction of $26 to $30 every month last year, which means $300 more you can look for in your pocket,” said Pow, 45, who rents one of the 1,250 apartments owned by Mount Hope Housing Company, which receives a 40 percent discount on oil from Citgo, then passes the savings on to tenants through rent breaks.

Now the two-year-old program could potentially benefit Pow and other low and moderate-income residents of the 32-building complex in ways they never expected.

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Armory Group Wants Project Role

Saturday, October 27th, 2007

Changes Sought for Glass Hotel

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Sweet Dreams For Domino's Site

Friday, October 26th, 2007

New School Wing Makes The Grade

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Seniors Feeling Social Insecurity

Thursday, October 25th, 2007