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Bronx Filmmaker’s Movie Is A Cinéfondation Selection At The 2014 Cannes Film Festival

Still from 'Stone Cars'

Still from ‘Stone Cars’

Reinaldo Marcus Green’s short film, ‘Stone Cars’, has been selected by the The Cinéfondation of the world renowned Cannes Film Festival. Green’s film is one of 16 to…

Gateway Mall

As much as I appreciate the stores in this mall I always find myself thinking that whoever designed this thing HAS to be on drugs because this the the worst layout/setup for a shopping mall I have ever seen (Including Third World Country Malls).

So much wasted space and what’s up with walking through a giant parking lot to reach another store!? Whoever gave this design the green light should be forced to shop there exclusively… On foot and in the middle of winter. LMAO  

http://www.streetsblog.org/2009/10/29/eyes-on-the-street-the-gateway-center-pedestrian-maul/

In modeling the sprawling complex on the typical suburban big box slum, developer Related Companies seems to have made a tactical error. From a Times piece featuring Related honcho Glenn Goldstein:

Mr. Goldstein said that Related originally expected about 40 percent of the mall’s customers to arrive by public transportation, but so far a majority of customers had been traveling this way. Livery cab service is available for shoppers who make bulky purchases, and some stores, like Best Buy and Home Depot, provide delivery for a fee.

Who would have thought that a shopping center served by subway lines and city buses would attract so many transit-riding customers? Not Goldstein and company, whose 2,800 parking spots are proving to this point to be a lot of wasted space (likely in part because parking isn’t free). Unfortunately, Related went all in with its auto-driven design by making entrance points unwelcoming to shoppers arriving on foot, as shown in these Streetsblog photo pool contributions from Jacob-uptown. Imagine how many more people would walk here if they had actually made this a walkable environment.

Today, in a Times feature story on the Bloomberg administration’s development policies, former planning commissioner Ron Shiffman said the mayor has “failed to steer” the city’s most recent building boom. The real estate cycle may be cratering now, but eventually it will swing back up. When it does, will New York be ready to steer investment toward walkable development that matches the sustainability and transportation goals of PlaNYC? Or will we get swamped by even more Gateway Centers?

More pics, with commentary from the photographer, after the jump.

4053871037_9b8460f59e.jpg"The walkway is pitiful. Barely wide enough for two people standing still, much less walking past each other. It’s sad how much space is dedicated to the horribly underused car entrance and how little space is given to pedestrians."

4054614812_def58b1c85.jpg"Ped route to the big box stores through the parking garage."

4053874479_97fea66a1a.jpg"The awful mall actually has some nice wide sidewalks, perfect for vendors,

THE BRONX PRINT

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Kingsbridge Armory developer may court overseas investors

Kingsbridge Ice Center rendering

Kingsbridge Ice Center rendering

The developer of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, which would turn the armory into one of the world’s largest indoor skating centers, may use the federal EB-5 program to pool funds from wealthy international lenders in exchange for putting them on a path to U.S. citizenship.

The program provides developers with cheap capital, placing a relatively low interest rate on the funds, then in exchange grants lenders EB-5 visas. The program has proved particularly popular in China in recent years, where a growing upper-class increasingly looks to maneuver in the U.S. market, Crain’s reported.

“There’s a lot of interest in lending to quality projects,” Kevin Parker, founder and chairman of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, which is managing the conversion project, told Crain’s. “But this is a project that is in a geographical area that qualifies for EB-5 and that is definitely something we’re considering.” Parker added that he hopes to arrange financing by the end of the year.

Other projects turning to the EB-5 program lately include BFC Partners’ $230 million outlet mall in Staten Island’s St. George and the Related Companies’ plan to cover part of its $750 million tab at Hudson Yards with the program. [Crain’s]Julie Strickland

http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/04/15/kingsbridge-armory-conversion-eyes-eb-5-funding/

Conway is back on 3rd Ave

I got all excited thinking of the possibilities for that huge space when I saw it empty. Oh well… Welcome back I guess.

missauset:

I say this allllll the time and actually got in trouble in elementary school for correcting my teacher

missauset:

I say this allllll the time and actually got in trouble in elementary school for correcting my teacher

(Source: qweent, via carlosopolar)

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Morris Court, First Development In The Lower Concourse Rezoning District, Nearing Completion

Morris Court / ©welcome2thebronx.com

Morris Court / ©welcome2thebronx.com

Morris Court, which began construction two years ago after demolishing almost an entire block (only one property owner did not sell), is nearing completion…

Infill homes are a smart way to take advantage of thin lots in urban areas, and this handsome double decker in the Bronx is a great example. The Bronx Box by New York firm Resolution: 4 Architecture is a two-module prefab house with great access and views of Eastchester Bay. With lots of storage, ample light and a rooftop deck, this efficient home makes the most of a narrow lot with its flood-resistant design.

Read more: Bronx Box Prefab Turns a Narrow Lot into a Home with Breathtaking Bay Views Bronx Box-Resolution 4 Architecture - Gallery Page 1 – Inhabitat New York City

judgmentalmaps:

New York, NY (The Parts That Matter…)by RBD Enterprises
RBD Enterprises Copr. 2014. All Rights Reserved.

judgmentalmaps:

New York, NY (The Parts That Matter…)
by RBD Enterprises

RBD Enterprises Copr. 2014. All Rights Reserved.

morrisperk:

A visit to The Bronx Baking Co! #pretzel testing #cityisland #bronx #bronxbakingcompany (at City Island Avenue)

morrisperk:

A visit to The Bronx Baking Co! #pretzel testing #cityisland #bronx #bronxbakingcompany (at City Island Avenue)

nycgo:

Bronx street. Photo: Joe Buglewicz/NYC & Company

nycgo:

Bronx street. Photo: Joe Buglewicz/NYC & Company

THE GREY LADY

Old Bronx Courthouse at E. 161st St. and 3rd Ave. in the Bronx: Bought at city auction by Brooklyn developer Henry Weinstein in 1998, the beautiful Beaux Arts-style old Bronx Courthouse still sits empty. After years of searching for tenants to renovate the place, Weinstein is now renovating the inside himself.Photo by Viorel Florescu / 4.1.11

The Grey Lady is looking for company.

Nearly 40 years after shuttering in the 1970s, the derelict Bronx Courthouse on Third Ave. and E. 161st St. in Melrose is ready to house a charter school or a community group, its owner Henry Weinstein told the Daily News on Friday.

But a source within the city insists the landmarked Beaux Arts building, once the center of the Bronx court system, is in such a state of disrepair that no school could afford to complete the needed renovations.

“There would be a lot of hurdles for anyone looking to take over the space,” said the source, who feared the building’s landmark status would also prevent major alterations needed to transform the behemoth into an educational institution.

“It’s just too big,” the source added.

Dubbed the Grey Lady for the marble statue of Lady Justice at the center of its facade, the structure — once a symbol of the rough and tumble 70s and 80s — boasts 25-foot-tall ceilings, terrazzo floors and spiral staircases.

After spending $5 million on rehabbing, Weinstein says he’s still having trouble finding a tenant with enough cash to cover the $25-a-square-foot rent he’s asking. Each floor of the nine-story structure covers about 12,800 square feet, which would add up to $320,000 a year in rent per floor.

pigeon1959:

Morris Park Avenue in the Bronx. #froyo #frozenyogurt #thebronx #bronxnyc #bronx (at 15 Flavors)

pigeon1959:

Morris Park Avenue in the Bronx. #froyo #frozenyogurt #thebronx #bronxnyc #bronx (at 15 Flavors)

BX! PROJECT BRONX IN THE DAILY NEWS!

The Adam Levine who lives in Riverdale might not get as much attention as his famous counterpart from “The Voice,” but he is gaining recognition for giving borough residents a voice .

Adam Levine-Peres, a special education and ESL teacher at the Marble Hill School for International Studies, started the “Project Bronx” series last year to inspire his students – and to promote discussion among borough residents about issues that affect them.

“My goal is to get my kids to see it and be like, ‘Whoa, I never thought of it that way,’” said Levine-Peres, 27.

His students aren’t the only ones watching “Project Bronx,” which kicked off its second season on St. Patrick’s Day.

The first season drew nearly 15,000 views on YouTube, and the show counts Mayor de Blasio and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. among a growing band of Twitter followers.

Each episode is roughly seven minutes and focuses on one question the Hunts Point native asks people he finds in the streets, cafes and campuses throughout the borough. The themes range from stop-and-frisk to whether the Bronx is better than Brooklyn.

This season’s opening episode, titled “Interracial Relationships and the de Blasio Family,” already has nearly 1,500 views. He asked people whether they believe de Blasio exploited his multi-racial family during last year’s mayoral campaign.

“Did he plan his family in order to become a mayor?” said one woman, shaking her head. “That’s ridiculous.”

Levine-Peres said he only interviews people who live, work or go to school in the borough. Most of his interview subjects are ordinary folks, but he’s also queried Assemblyman Victor Pichardo (D-Fordham Heights) and state Sen. Gustavo Rivera (D-Kingsbridge).

Assemblyman Marcos Crespo (D-Soundview) came across the series on Facebook and decided to reach out to Levine-Peres.

Crespo said he requested that Levine-Peres ask specific questions to better gauge his constituents’ feelings about particular problems or legislation.

“It’s a fun way of hearing from community residents about issues,” he said.

Adam Levine-Peres, who teaches at the Marble Hill School for International Studies in the North Bronx, started "The Voince" last year to inspire his students – and to get Bronx residents talking about issues that affect them.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/project-bronx-outlet-borough-residents-article-1.1753839#ixzz2ygJ4EKHi