The Bronx In Brief: Familia street-naming, dockless bike share and other news

Fallen NYPD Hero

P.O. Miosotis Familia, NYPD 46th Precinct

Mayor de Blasio Delivered Remarks at Street Co-naming Ceremony in Honor of Det. Miosotis Familia
“There are so many powerful messages in the life of Miosotis Familia. A guardian angel for the people of this community and a guardian angel for her family as well, and she is really one of the finest examples you will ever see of the American dream, and the kind of striver that has always made New York City great. She had a dream; she wanted to go to college. She was the first in her family to achieve that dream. She had a dream that she wanted to join the NYPD, and she got there, and she experienced what it meant to be a part of this extraordinary organization. She dreamed and she achieved. And always with warmth and heart the love she gave to all those around her was so powerful and you can tell how much love she gave to her family, and how they always came first. She made the city, she made this community better. And I don’t know if our founding fathers could have pictured Detective Miosotis Familia centuries later, but they would have been proud of her because she lived up to all the ideals of this nation. And she was taken from us on the very day we celebrate our founding as a country. She lived those ideals – it’s not easy to live those ideals and she did it so well, in so many ways. And we honor her. We miss her but we honor her, because she lived so well.”

$10M upgrades coming to the South Bronx
This week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced 12 transformational projects in the South Bronx as part of the $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative award. These investments will connect the commercial and cultural nodes within the Civic Center to create a unified downtown that provides a high quality of life for residents and visitors; supports inclusive economic growth and opportunity and preserves and promotes the borough’s unique heritage and identity.

  • Expand the Andrew Freedman Home Cultural Art Center
  • Convert the 149th Street Bridge into a Public Plaza
  • Beautify Streetscapes at the Hub and 149th Street
  • Upgrade the BronxWorks Public Swimming Pool Facility
  • Construction of a New Pregones Theater Space
  • Expand Low-Cost Broadband Access in Melrose Commons
  • Refresh the Bronx Walk of Fame
  • Create a More Welcoming Gateway at the 161st Street Station

IDNYC card available at DOHMH Morrisania Clinic, July 7 through September 14
The Morrisania Clinic (1309 Fulton Avenue, Suite 312, Bronx 10456) is currently hosting an IDNYC pop-up, weekdays from 9am-5pm, with a daily lunch hour from 1-2. We are honored to have Morrisania host this pop-up enrollment site, and we are looking forward to having many patients, staff, friends and family sign up for IDNYC, as the pop up site will continue until September 14th. You can make an appointment by visiting the IDNYC website, or by calling 311 and saying “IDNYC”.

Dockless Bike Share Pilot Kicks Off in the Central Bronx/Fordham Area
This week, New York City Department of Transportation named the five companies that would begin to offer dockless bike share later this month in neighborhoods in boroughs outside Manhattan. Eventually, each neighborhood will host no fewer than 200 bicycles. Regular pedal bikes will be supplied by the companies Lime, Motivate, ofo, or Pace. Those bikes will be supplemented in each community by pedal-assist models offered by either JUMP or Lime. By mid-July, bikes are expected to arrive in the Rockaways in Queens, followed by the central Bronx and Staten Island. Later this year, Coney Island in Brooklyn will also host a pilot.

“Bike sharing provides a transportation option that supports transit equity, outdoor activity, exercise and improved health outcomes,” said Council Member Fernando Cabrera. JUMP and ofo will rollout dockless bike share in the Bronx. Eventually, each neighborhood will host a minimum of 200 bikes that must remain within the pilot boundaries during the course of the pilot. Each company’s pricing structure is expected to differ although dockless models around the country generally allow bikes to be rented in 30-minute increments via an app on a mobile phone, usually for $1 or $2 per ride.

First time foreclosures in the Bronx up by 8% Y-o-Y in Q2 2018

There were127 homes scheduled for action in the second quarter in the Bronx, an 8% dip year-over-year. Compared to Q1 2018, foreclosures dropped 9%. Lis pendens across NYC were down 13% year-over-year.

BP Diaz Attends Memorial Service for Lesandro Guzman-Feliz
On Monday, June 29, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. attended the memorial service for Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, held outside a bodega on East 183rd Street. He consoled Guzman-Feliz’s mother and joined a crowd gathered at the corner of East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue in Belmont, the scene of the vicious murder of the 15-year-old — who was stabbed to death after being dragged out of the store — to pay his respects.

“We have to channel this into something more positive,” said Borough President Diaz Jr., who addressed the incident on News 12’s monthly “Ask the Borough President” show. “We cannot allow for these photos and these images to define us as to who we are as Bronxites.”

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