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Banking on Fulton Street

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Twenty-seven blocks.

For the past several years, that’s how far you had to go on Fulton, starting at Flatbush and traveling through Fort Greene and Clinton Hill to Bed-Stuy, before you would find a bank.

A Capital One branch now open at the corner of Fulton and Clinton has split that distance in half.

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Green Dreams For Port Morris

Monday, July 27th, 2009

It’s a sunny spring afternoon, and a handful of residents are spending time on the stoop of Jasmine Court, on the corner of 138th Street and Bruckner Boulevard. Trucks rumble on and off the expressway. Pedestrians hurry past.

Laura Barksdale, 52, says she sits outside because she likes to watch the people go by. But she acknowledges Port Morris is not the most comfortable place to hang out outdoors.

“There’s nowhere to relax and sit around,” she said. “There’s nowhere to go.”

The industrial area at the borough’s southernmost tip is a place of trucks, factories and fumes, with little to offer humans who travel by foot or by bike, or want to sit a spell. But the proposed South Bronx Greenway could bring tree-lined paths and waterfront parks to Port Morris’ lifeless streets.

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