Articles by: Michael Benjamin

The Lincoln Highway, The Great American Road Trip

Profile America: The Lincoln Highway

Tuesday, September 10th. The route of the nation’s first coast-to-coast paved roadway was announced on this date in 1913. Known as the Lincoln Highway, its combination of new roads linking existing metropolitan roads originally ran for nearly 3,400 miles through […]

by · September 10, 2019 · Census, Profile America
Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

by · September 9, 2019 · Uncategorized
Profile America: 1970 Census

Profile America: 1970 Census

Monday, September 9th. The national census next April will be the 24th time this once-a-decade count has been conducted since 1790. The 19th census in 1970 profiled a nation in political and military turmoil. There were more than 203 million […]

by · September 9, 2019 · History, Profile America
Profile America: National Rice Month

Profile America: National Rice Month

Sunday, September 8th. To highlight its importance, both as a crop and as part of the changing American diet, this is National Rice Month. Globally, rice is the world’s most important cereal grain. Americans doubled their annual per capita consumption […]

Profile America: First Junior High School

Profile America: First Junior High School

Saturday, September 7th. Of the millions of students going to class in the new school year, many are attending junior high schools or middle schools. The first such school in the nation opened its doors on this date in 110 […]

by · September 7, 2019 · History, Profile America
Former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau dies at 99

Former Manhattan DA Robert Morgenthau Dead at 99

by · July 22, 2019 · Breaking News, Obituary
In November 2017, US Rep. Elise M. Stephanik profiled Oakes as part of sharing  the stories of North Country Veterans in honor of Veterans Day. (Facebook)

Last WWII Mohawk Code Talker Has Died

The Watertown Daily Times reports that the last Mohawk World War II Code Talker has died. The upstate paper says Louis Levi Oakes, an enrolled member of the Saint Regis Mohawk tribe, died Tuesday at the age of 94. In […]

by · June 2, 2019 · Uncategorized
US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) spoke to the Met Council gathering. Credit: Robert Press

Housing Justice Town Hall Held

By Robert Press On a rainy Thursday night which cancelled a New York Yankee game The Housing Town Hall meeting by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, State Senators Alessandra Biaggi and Jamaal Bailey, and Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez went on to standing room […]

by · June 1, 2019 · Bronx Politics, News
Farias fundraises off Diaz ‘rat’ comment

Farias fundraises off Diaz ‘rat’ comment

In an email to supporters former 2017 and declared 2021 Council candidate Amanda Farias blasted CM Rev. Rubén Diaz Sr. for his “Unapologetic mafia mentality.” In an email also titled, Unapologetic mafia mentality,” Ms. Farias writes: “After Diaz Sr.’s comments […]

Bronx Week 2019 Walk of Fame Inductees

BP DIAZ ANNOUNCES WALK OF FAME HONOREES AT BRONX WEEK 2019 KICK OFF

BP DIAZ KICKS-OFF BRONX WEEK 2019 Announces the induction of singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, Boxing champion Iran Barkley and planetary scientist Carolyn Porco to the 2019 Bronx Walk of Fame Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. was joined by proud Bronxites […]

census document form and ball point ink pen on American flag for 2020

OFFICIAL BRONX 2020 CENSUS KICKOFF, May 1

OFFICIAL BRONX CENSUS 2020 Kickoff event, May 1st at 10:45 am in the Mario Merola Rotunda at the Bronx County building.

Breaking: Michael Blake Announces Run for the Serrano Vacancy

Breaking: Michael Blake Announces Run for the Serrano Vacancy

Michael Blake Will Run for New York’s 15th Congressional District In a late-night email to suppporters, Morrisania assemblyman Michael Blake announced that he is indeed running for Congress in the South Bronx to replace retiring Rep. José Serrano. Blake’s entry […]

by · April 24, 2019 · Bronx Politics, News, Politics
US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The AOC: Mystery GOP Money, Depression and a Green Thumb

Big Money Republicans Target AOC The New York Post’s Julia Marsh reports exclusively that deep-pocketed conservative group spent $32,000 on Monday against Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. Marsh reports that the “‘Stop AOC PAC,’ started in March by Virginia lawyer Dan Backer, plans […]

A rendering of the rear of FreshDirect’s new 500,000-square-foot Bronx headquarters along the Harlem River Yards.

FreshDirect — A Followup

Last week at an unrelated event, William Lyons, Vice President of Mitsubishi/Fuso Truck of America told a Bronx Chronicle reporter that noise from the refrigeration units aboard FreshDirect diesel-fueled trucks are a problem but one which should be resolved when […]

by · April 23, 2019 · Business, News
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)

Rev. Diaz, AOC and other political news

Rev. Diaz for Congress Kickoff Last Saturday’s announcement seemed anticlimactic except for the cheers he got from his clergy following. Rev. Diaz’s decision came as no surprise to me as I have tweeted about it weeks ago. Two weeks ago, […]