Articles by: Michael Benjamin

Bronx Political Round-Up, September 4

Bronx Political Round-Up, September 4

Bronx Political Round-Up for September 4: Healthier Happy Meals, Online Ban on K2 Sales, Carmen Rosa Way ceremony, Kingsbridge-Broadway Business Corridor Report, and Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Protection. Senator Gustavo Rivera praises ‘scientific’ study that supports healthier “Happy Meals” legislation.  “Not […]

Police Blotter: Best NYPD Tweets — P.O. Qiang Shi

Police Blotter: Best NYPD Tweets — P.O. Qiang Shi

Here are a selection of NYPD tweets that caught our attention this week, but this one about hero Transit P.O. Qiang Shi was the best: “NYPD Transit Police Officer Qiang Shi saved a 19-year-old on a Sheepshead Bay subway platform […]

Times Square ‘Desnudas’ Charged With Drug Dealing, Prostitution

Times Square ‘Desnudas’ Charged With Drug Dealing, Prostitution

PIX11 News is reporting that police arrested one of Times Square’s “Painted Ladies” along with an alleged drug-dealing associate in a sting Wednesday, according to police. And Newschannel 4 is reported that the same topless, ‘desnudas’ has been arrested on prostitution charges. […]

by · September 3, 2015 · Crime
Papal Procession Lottery Opens Today

Papal Procession Lottery Opens Today

New Yorkers are invited to be part of Pope Francis’ historic procession through Central Park on Friday, September 25 by entering a ticket lottery here. The lottery is open to New York State residents only.     Space is limited at […]

by · September 3, 2015 · Faith, Government, News, Religion
Legionnaires’ Bacteria Found At Melrose Houses Water System

Legionnaires’ Bacteria Found At Melrose Houses Water System

Late Wednesday evening, the city Department of Health and Mental Health (DOHMH) disclosed that a new cluster of Legionnaires’ disease cases had appeared at a Bronx  public housing development. DOHMH reported there have been four cases of Legionnaires’ at the […]

by · September 3, 2015 · Government, Health & Nutrition, Housing
New XM Café Opens At The Bronx Museum

New XM Café Opens At The Bronx Museum

After years of waiting, the Bronx Museum of the Arts will once again boast of a café offering coffee, salads, sandwiches, and pastries. Continuing the Bronx Museum’s commitment to engaging with the local community, the XM Café will be a valuable […]

Photo Credit: Office of Council Member Andy King

‘Gentleman’ Council Member Celebrates National Bow Tie Day

DAPPER BRONX LAWMAKER OBSERVES NATIONAL BOW TIE DAY Bronx Councilman Andy King — best known for his dapper dress style and bow ties – treated members of his Bronx staff to bow tie shopping in celebration of National Bow Tie Day […]

by · September 2, 2015 · Bronx Personalities, Local News
Vester Flanagan's image was captured by the mortally wounded WDBJ photographer Adam Ward.

Editorial: Help Them Before They Kill, Again

Help Violent Mentally Ill People Before They Kill, Again  Before the terrifying on-air murders of TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward by their former WDBJ-TV colleague Vester Flanagan aka Bryce Williams, I wrote an op-ed column (“Help them before they […]

by · September 2, 2015 · Editorials, Special Sections
Central Park Procession Planned for Pope Francis

Central Park Procession Planned for Pope Francis

POPE FRANCIS CENTRAL PARK PROCESSION   The Mayor’s Office announced that on Friday, September 25, Pope Francis will greet thousands of guests in a historic procession through Central Park along the West Drive. Residents of New York State may apply to receive […]

by · September 1, 2015 · Bulletin Board, Faith, News, Religion
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Museum of Political Corruption National HS Essay Contest Opens

“What is political corruption and why should we care?” is the provocative topic for the inaugural Museum of Political Corruption’s national essay contest. Founded by Bruce Roter, the Albany-based Museum of Political Corruption was inspired by the seemingly relentless corruption […]

Bronx Fashion Week Returns 9/17

Bronx Fashion Week Returns 9/17

Bronx Fashion Week returns on September 17, 2015 at the new Bay Plaza Mall in Co-op City from 4-9 PM. The event is in collaboration with Eat NYC and the first Bronx Food & Wine Festival will benefit the Food […]

GOP Candidate Ben Carson Pays House Call To Harlem

GOP Candidate Ben Carson Pays House Call To Harlem

  On a sun dappled Tuesday afternoon, retired neurosurgeon and GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson paid a visit to Sylvia’s Soul Food Restaurant in the village of Harlem in Manhattan. The soft-spoken Dr. Carson was greeted by a gaggle of […]

by · August 27, 2015 · News, Politics
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DJ Scott La Rock Shot and Killed On This Day In 1987

Via The Trace (an anti-gun violence newsletter): August 27, 1987 Scott Monroe Sterling, a rapper who performed as DJ Scott La Rock, was shot and killed while trying to diffuse a love triangle at a housing project in the South Bronx. He was […]

WDBJ-TV journalists, Alison Parker (l) and Adam Ward (r).

Ex-Newsman Kills Virginia TV News Team

Yesterday morning, Virginia TV journalists, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, were shot on air in an attack staged by a former colleague. That colleague Vester Flanagan, who went by the name Bryce Williams, recorded the on-air attack which he later released […]

by · August 27, 2015 · News
Crowley Remembers 3rd Anniversary of the Oak Creek Sikh Gurdwara Massacre

Crowley Remembers 3rd Anniversary of the Oak Creek Sikh Gurdwara Massacre

“The best way we can honor the lives lost in the Oak Creek tragedy is through meaningful change.”   Earlier this month, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the statement below on the […]

by · August 27, 2015 · Cultures, News