Nearly every Bronx elected official has signed a letter to Tim Cook, Apple CEO, urging the company to consider the borough as a location for a new Apple Store.
In the letter, the elected officials note that Apple Stores are currently opened in four of the five New York City boroughs, and that opening in The Bronx would help the company complete their branding.
“Few brands are as recognized and admired as Apple, and an ‘Apple Bronx’ location would be another signal to the world that The Bronx is open for business,” states the letter. “It is time for The Bronx to get its bite of the Apple!”
The letter also suggests several potential homes for an “Apple Bronx” location, including The Mall at Bay Plaza in Co-op City, as well as highly trafficked retail corridors at The Hub/3rd Avenue, Fordham Road and Kingsbridge/Broadway.
The letter, as well as a separate letter by New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, can be read at http://on.nyc.gov/2dYZpgv.
“We have seen incredible, transformative development in The Bronx since 2009. Numerous companies that may have looked us over in the past are now clamoring to do business here. Tens of thousands of Bronx residents are already Apple customers, so a new Apple Store right here in The Bronx would be a perfect fit for this borough. I am hopeful that Apple will consider our request, as a Bronx location would be mutually beneficial not only to the company, but to the thousands of Bronxites who would take advantage of its services closer to home,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Bronx, NY - New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) today announced plans to transform the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx into a 5-acre campus featuring 100% affordable housing, good jobs, and recreational space.
"Years of advocacy by community and civic organizations for the productive reuse of the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Facility in Hunts Point are finally bearing fruit, and our borough is grateful for that. This project will transform a former youth prison into a mixed-use project that will bring Bronx partners together to develop new housing, create new jobs and change a blighted property into a true amenity for the Hunts Point community and the entire borough of The Bronx. I look forward to a continued partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and their development and community partners as we bring The Peninsula to fruition," said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in conjunction with The Bronx Tourism Council, the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas, Montefiore Health System, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital and St. Barnabas Medical Center, hosted the 22nd Annual Tour de Bronx cycling event on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
Established in 1994 by the office of the Bronx Borough President and The Bronx Tourism Council, the Tour de Bronx is a way to promote a healthier lifestyle in the borough while also emphasizing an alternative mode of transportation and a way to tour the burgeoning neighborhoods, scenic waterfronts and greenways that The Bronx has to offer.
This year, over 7,000 riders from across the region and around the world participated in the annual free cycling, choosing from two routes – a 25-mile or 40-mile route – that highlighted attractions and neighborhoods including the Grand Concourse, Mott Haven, Pelham Bay Park, City Island, Orchard Beach, and the New York Botanical Garden.
“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “The Tour De Bronx not only emphasizes maintaining a healthy lifestyle, excellently complementing our ‘#Not62’ health initiative as far as helping improve the overall health of our borough, but also highlighting our borough’s historical sites, beautiful waterfronts and vibrant neighborhoods, showcasing the best that we have to offer to both our residents and visitors from around the world.”
"It's exciting to see so many avid cyclists coming from all over the borough, the city, the state, the country and beyond to experience The Bronx in this unique way,” said Olga Luz Tirado, executive director, The Bronx Tourism Council. “It's inspiring!”
The Tour de Bronx is made possible by Montefiore Health System, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and St. Barnabas Health System. Additional support is provided by The Coca-Cola Company, Domino’s Pizza, Lehman College, and Fordham University.
"We couldn’t be happier to be the principal sponsor of The Tour de Bronx because it represents everything Montefiore is about,” said Steven M. Safyer, M.D. president and CEO, Montefiore Health System. “This event encourages all of us to get outside and exercise on a gorgeous day and experience the beauty and culture of our unique borough. By partnering together, we are actively advancing the health and well-being of the region.”
Clear Channel Outdoor has also stepped in this year, having donated advertising space in iconic Times Square, one of the most heavily-trafficked area in the world, encouraging riders to register for the upcoming Tour de Bronx.
“We are proud to have partnered with the Bronx Tourism Office and the Bronx Borough President, using the captivating and location-based power of our media to drive awareness for the annual Tour de Bronx cycling event,” said Harry Coghlan, president and general manager, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas-New York. “The Bronx is experiencing tremendous growth and an event such as the Tour de Bronx calls attention to this burgeoning area, where many of our own employees live, work and play.”
“Following Tuesday’s NYPD shooting and the tragic death of Deborah Danner, I called on New York State Attorney General to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident, in the interests of fairness and impartiality.
“Attorney General Schneiderman’s review of the statute finds that his office does not have jurisdiction over the incident. Attorney General Schneiderman’s commitment to justice is unquestioned, and I appreciate his swift review of this case.
“Moving forward, I have the utmost confidence in Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and her staff to conduct a thorough investigation of this shooting and the circumstances surrounding the death of Ms. Danner.
“On behalf of the people of The Bronx, I once again offer my condolences to Ms. Danner’s family and friends during this difficult time,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. met with Ambassador Dani Dayan, newly appointed Consul General to Israel in New York City. The two men discussed the many ways their offices have and will continue to work together.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. issued the following statement in reaction to tonight's fatal NYPD shooting of a 66-year-old, mentally disturbed woman in The Bronx:
“Tonight’s shooting of a mentally disturbed, 66-year-old woman in the 43rd Precinct is an outrage, especially given the New York Police Department’s knowledge of this woman’s history and the police officer’s possession of a stun gun.
“While I certainly understand the hard work that our police officers undertake to keep the streets of our city safe every single day, I also know what excessive force looks like. This elderly woman was known to the police department, yet the officer involved in this shooting failed to use discretion to either talk her down from her episode or, barring that, to use his stun gun.
“That is totally unacceptable.
“Tonight’s incident is all too reminiscent of the case of Eleanor Bumpurs and a much darker time for this city and this nation in terms of police/community relations.
“Hasn’t anything changed over the last 32 years?
“I call on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and District Attorney Darcel Clark to begin an immediate investigation.”
Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted a press conference at the “Crossroads of the World,” Times Square, in conjunction with Clear Channel Outdoor urging cycling enthusiasts from all over the world to participate in the 22nd annual Tour de Bronx.
“This is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., who plans on participating in the event. “The Tour de Bronx not only emphasizes maintaining a healthy lifestyle, complementing our ‘#Not62’ health initiative to improve the overall health of our borough. It also highlights our borough’s historical sites, beautiful waterfronts and vibrant neighborhoods, showcasing the best we have to offer to both our residents and visitors from around the world. Once again, we are welcoming riders from across the region and around the globe to see The Bronx as they have never seen it before.”
As part of their new sponsorship of the event, Clear Channel Outdoor has donated advertising space in iconic Times Square, perhaps the most heavily-trafficked area in the world, encouraging riders to register for the upcoming Tour de Bronx, which is the largest free cycling event in New York State.
“We are proud to partner with the Bronx Tourism Office and the Bronx Borough President using the captivating and location-based power of our media to drive awareness for the annual Tour de Bronx cycling event,” said Harry Coghlan, president and general manager, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas-New York. “The Bronx is experiencing tremendous growth and event such as this continue to call attention to this burgeoning area where many of our own employees live, work and play.”
The Tour de Bronx was established in 1994 by the office of the Bronx Borough President and The Bronx Tourism Council as a means to promote a healthier lifestyle, encourage alternate modes of transportation and as a way to tour the borough.
Participants come from all over the country to ride one of two possible routes; a 25-mile ride or a 40-mile route; taking riders through different areas of The Bronx, including the Mott Haven district, Clason Point along the East River, Pelham Bay Park, historic Fort Schuyler on the Throggs Neck peninsula, the nautical community of City Island, with both routes finishing at the iconic New York Botanical Garden, where riders receive a complimentary souvenir T-shirt and enjoy a live musical performance as they relax from the day’s festivities.
The Tour De Bronx event has grown exponentially since its inception. The 2014 edition of the Tour de Bronx saw a record-breaking 7,500+ participants from all over the country gather on the Grand Concourse.
“The Tour de Bronx is a highly-anticipated annual event in the borough,” said Olga Luz Tirado, executive director, The Bronx Tourism Council. “Many come from various parts of the mid-Atlantic region and beyond. There are even some avid riders from overseas that participate in this amazing bike tour.”
"We couldn’t be happier to be the principal sponsor of The Tour de Bronx because it represents everything Montefiore is about,” said Steven M. Safyer, M.D. president and CEO, Montefiore Medicine. “This event encourages all of us to get outside and exercise on a gorgeous day and experience the beauty and culture of our unique borough. By partnering together, we are actively advancing the health and well-being of the region.”
The Tour de Bronx is made possible by Montefiore Medical Center; Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and St. Barnabas Health System. Additional support is provided by The Coca Cola Company, Domino’s Pizza, Lehman College, and Fordham University.
Log onto www.tourdebronx.com to register or for more information.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. has endorsed Edwin Mejia Jr. for appointment as a member of the Board of Directors of BronxNet, the borough’s public television station.
“Edwin Mejia Jr. has a wealth of knowledge about in-house television productions, co-productions and managing worldwide theatrical distribution. Mr. Mejia produces content that uplifts, and showcases meaningful human experiences in film, TV, sports, fashion and digital media, and I know that his talents will help guide the mission of BronxNet in meaningful ways. I look forward to working with Edwin Mejia Jr. and everyone at BronxNet as we continue to document the positive changes we are seeing in The Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
On Thursday, October 13, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted the Bronx Youth Corps first-ever “Day of Service,” joining dozens of borough students to unveil a new mural and beautify Railroad Park in Melrose.
“You are never too young to contribute to your neighborhood and to your community,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “We need more young people like the Bronx Youth Corps student volunteers, students who want to be engaged in the world around them and who want to make a difference in the lives of others. I commend these students for creating such a program. They say that you lead by example, and these wonderful students are setting a great example for their peers to become more active within their community.”
The Bronx Youth Corps is newly-launched program that integrates community service with classroom instruction and reflection to enhance student learning. Through the Bronx Youth Corps, the students will learn to work as a group, learn about the importance of responsibility for the community, and gain the skills to make positive changes in The Bronx and become future leaders.
Students from two Bronx schools, DreamYard Prep and M.S. 390, participated in the event, in partnership with volunteers from DreamYard Art Center. They planted new flowers at the site. Borough President Diaz first announced the creation of the Bronx Youth Corps in his “State of the Borough” address in February.
“Railroad Park on East 161st Street has long been perceived as an unsafe and neglected part of the neighborhood, so this mural project will allow us to use the arts as a powerful tool for activating underutilized space and engaging local residents in improving their community,” said Davon Russell, Executive Vice President of the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco). “With these murals, we hope to encourage conversation and opportunities for creative expression, all while celebrating the assets and diversity of this South Bronx neighborhood. Our partnership with NYC Parks and DreamYard has allowed WHEDco to bring attention to a park with much untapped potential. It’s been an exciting project for us and, we hope, for the Melrose community.”
"DreamYard is thrilled to collaborate with the Bronx Borough President on the launch of the Bronx Youth Corps. Today we are celebrating a collaboration with WHEDco, NYCHA and the Parks Department on reinvigorating Railroad Park- with students from the DreamYard Art Center's Bronx Arts Collective, MS 390 and the DreamYard Prep High School. The mural and the new bulbs planted today stand as a symbol for the ways in which the arts and social justice can build pathways to equity and opportunity for all Bronx youth and families." Said Tim Lord Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director of DreamYard.
On Thursday, October 6, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted the annual celebration of Italian-American Heritage & Culture Month, "Mese della Cultura Italiana,” at the Schiff Family Great Hall on the grounds of the Bronx Zoo.
Pictured are: Honorees Bronx County Public Administrator Frank C. Randazzo, Esq. and Owner of Sanitation Salvage Corp. Steven Squitieri, along with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.; Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj and Nancy J. Indelicato of the Italian Heritage & Culture Committee of New York, Inc.
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a transformational plan to reimagine New York's crossings for the 21st century. The plan will institute state-of-the-art automatic tolling at all MTA bridges and tunnels – reducing traffic congestion and decreasing emissions to improve the overall travel experience for millions of residents and visitors in New York State. At the Governor’s direction, the state will also deploy cutting-edge technology and security personnel to high-profile crossings in New York to enhance public safety and fortify anti-terror efforts.
As part of the New York Crossings Project, the Governor also announced the state will implement new tunnel barriers to control major floods and seismic measures on bridges which will provide long-term protection from earthquakes and other natural forces. The transformational project also includes the addition of energy efficient LED lighting. In addition, the MTA will join cities around the globe in providing a renewed focus on public art to ensure our infrastructure projects reflect the grandeur of the Empire State. Under the Governor's plan, New York will redesign tunnel plazas with cutting-edge veils equipped with LED capability, and gantry structures supporting the new electronic toll equipment will feature artistic "wave" designs which will vary in size and scale.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said, "New York is leading the nation in infrastructure investment because Governor Cuomo recognizes the connection between strong infrastructure and a strong economy. With the needs of the modern economy in mind, the plan includes innovative solutions to everyday problems facing commuters, like automatic tolling, while improving sustainability and efficiency for a stronger, greener New York."
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced today that The Children’s Aid Society had been designated as the not-for-profit organization to coordinate the newly created poverty reduction initiative in The Bronx, as part of the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative.
“The Children’s Aid Society has a great track record in The Bronx and across New York City, and is the perfect organization to lead us in this new initiative,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “As we look to develop new ideas and create new programs to reduce poverty in our borough, I know we will have a strong, dedicated partner in The Children’s Aid Society.”
“The New York State Assembly Majority fought hard this past legislative session to secure funding for the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative with communities like the Bronx in mind,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “Like many communities across the state, high rates of poverty in the Bronx present unique challenges that threaten to stifle our potential. I am confident that with the expertise and leadership of The Children’s Aid Society we will be able to create a more equitable future for the Bronx. I would also like to thank Borough President Diaz for his partnership in this initiative as well as his careful consideration in choosing this organization to lead the charge.”
Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. joined the American Planning Association (APA) and elected officials, business and community leaders from across the city as the APA named Arthur Avenue as one of the Great Streets of America, as part of the organization’s annual list of Great Places in America in celebration of National Planning Month.
Arthur Avenue is one of the classic streets of New York City, combining ethnic and economic diversity and a strong commercial and cultural base. It celebrates its rich Italian heritage and cultures with highly-rated restaurants, butcher shops, fine bakeries, world-class delis and groceries, and shops of all kinds, all in dense, compact mixed-used buildings.
“This is a tremendous recognition for Arthur Avenue, and The Bronx is proud to celebrate today as this amazing street is named one of the greatest in our nation by the American Planning Association,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “The Belmont community is filled with amazing restaurants and shops, and is one of the finest tourist destinations in the region, if not the world. We already knew how great this neighborhood is…but now the rest of the country knows that the best place to be is right here in The Bronx, right here on Arthur Avenue.”
“Arthur Avenue is an example of how careful planning, public engagement and innovation can create a better place to live, work, play and visit,” said Carol Rhea, FAICP, president of APA. “This collaboration have made Arthur Avenue a legacy and destination.”
As part of National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes streets, neighborhoods and public spaces in the United States that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth and inspire others around the country. The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets, and Great Public Spaces of 2016 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity and use of sustainable and innovative practices.