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The viability of a long-term plan by the Economic Development Corporation to build a $6 million bridge to link the South Bronx to a greenway network that stretches from Randall’s Island to Astoria, Queens and East Harlem, has been called into question, the New York Daily News reported, thanks to the agency’s inability to make an easement deal with a local landowner.
The city is ready to begin construction on the Randall’s Island Connector, a
bridge for pedestrians and bicycles, but first requires an easement from private company, Harlem River Yards Ventures, to build a path from the bridge to East 132nd Street. No deal has yet been struck with Harlem River Yards.
Anthony Riccio, senior vice president of Harlem River Yards, said talks are going in the right direction.
“There is no problem,” he said. “We are confident we will reach a satisfactory resolution soon.”
Kyle Sklerov, a spokesperson for EDC, said he hoped the deal would happen sooner rather than later.
“We are hopeful that the negotiations with can be resolved quickly,” he said, “so the city can move forward with this important project.” [NYDN]
Jazz, Jazz and more Jazz
The Charlie Parker Jazz Festival annually assembles some of the finest musicians in the world who reflect renowned saxophonist Parker’s musical individuality and genius, to celebrate his birthday on August 29.
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Rice, the legendary Harlem high school that churned out Division I boys basketball players by the bushel, closed last spring for financial reasons. The school no longer exists, but the tradition of excellence has continued – just at different locations throughout the city and beyond.
Former Raiders are thriving everywhere, from the CHSAA to the PSAL, even New Jersey and Connecticut.
“I’m not really surprised,” former Rice coach Dwayne Mitchell said. “We had some good kids, we had kids that understood the importance of working hard and being a team player. If you play a certain way, you can have success, and that’s what’s happening. They’re buying in to the programs they are at and listening to the coach.”
Miami commit Melvin Johnson has emerged as one of the top players on New Jersey powerhouse St. Benedict’s Prep, ranked seventh in the country by USA Today. Talented combo guard Dayshon Smith left the city for Putnam Science Academy and has shined for the Connecticut prep school, scoring 37 points in a recent loss to top-notch Notre Dame Prep (Mass.).
Cardinal Hayes is considered the class of the Catholic school league despite moving up from Class A this fall in no small part to the impact Rice transfers Tyler Wilson, Chris Robinson, Shavar Newkirk and Naasir Williams have made.
Wings Academy has owned Bronx AA in the PSAL and its glue guy is Jaequan Brown, a versatile 6-foot-4 junior wing. Additionally, 6-foot-8 forward Dominique Nelson has given coach Billy Turnage an inside presence that was sorely needed, combo guard Stephen Turner has surpassed expectations at Wadeigh and forward Jean Toussaint has fit in well at Brooklyn AA up-and-comer South Shore. Mount St. Michael isn’t quite thriving like Hayes, but the Mountaineers have upset perennial contender St. Raymond, with 6-foot-4 forward Ed Correa breaking out as a possible all-league selection.
Naturally, with all this success, it has made some consider what Rice would’ve been like this year if the school never closed. Smith thinks he has a pretty good idea – it would’ve competed for a city title.
“Almost everybody is the star player on their team,” Smith said.
One Division I coach who recruits the city heavily and is familiar with all the Rice players echoed Smith’s belief.
“They made the city championship game last year and with all the kids they had returning, come playoff time they would’ve been the favorite,” the coach said.
Talent evaluator Tom Konchalski said Rice certainly would’ve been a contender to win a city and state championship. He feels the school’s closure has evened out the Catholic league, improving 15-3 Mount and 16-1 Hayes in particular. Hayes coach Joe Lods certainly attests to that.
Frederick Douglass Blvd., has become a prime culinary destination and … winner of the Best Neighborhood Award … in 2011.
Harlem’s trendy Frederick Douglass Blvd. is now on the map. Literally.
Merchants and community leaders from uptown’s new “it” neighborhood have created a colorful guide to market services and stores from W. 110th St., to W. 124th St., hoping to lure shoppers and tourists to “The Gateway to Harlem.”
“There are so many reasons to come to the neighborhood now,” said Lia San Filippo, co-owner of the hip new “5 and Diamond” restaurant and co-president of the recently formed Frederick Douglass Boulevard Alliance (FDBA).
“And that’s why the map is so important,” she said. “It helps people know that we are here and helps them find us easily.
The other night, we had customers who came from 110th St. and one woman said, ‘Oh my God, I have been living here 20 years and never walked in this direction.’ ”
The FDBA represents 45 of the businesses on the street, including Harlem Vintage, the first upscale wine store, hip new butcher shop Harlem Shambles and the first supermarket, Best Yet. There’s also Land Yoga, Harlem Children’s Zone, two beer gardens and the classic old gas stations and beauty salons that line the boulevard.
“The most important thing about the map is that there is something to put on it,” said Hans Futterman, who designed the upscale condo 2280 FDB and three more condos on nearby Harlem streets.
“For decades,” he said, “you could drive up and down FDB and there was little to attract your attention of any positive nature – just a lot of vacant, burned out blocks, drug dealers – things that made people feel they wanted to hurry through the neighborhood.”
The dramatic transformation was spurred by a 2004 rezoning of the boulevard which the paved the way for more high-rise residential construction and ground-level retail space at a time when 40% of the street’s 226 storefronts were vacant.
Today, Frederick Douglass Blvd. has become a prime culinary destination and was the winner of the Best Neighborhood Award given by the Curbed NY blog in 2011.
The Alliance plans to mail the map to 1,200 households and have it posted on Columbia University’s student and faculty websites.
Merchants say they are there to stay, and have been able to rejuvenate the historic boulevard with the joint help of the Columbia-Harlem Small Business Development Center, the Harlem Community Development Corp., Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Office.
Marcelo Orve, owner of MB Dry Cleaners, was one of the first new businesses to open on the street 11 years ago, when crime and empty lots were the norm.
“When we first came in 2001 we had the doors locked all the time,” said Orve, relaxing behind the counter of his store last Tuesday night. “Little by little, more developers came. Now, everyone wants to be here.”