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Failed Freedomland Led to Bay Plaza’s Retail Success

Freedomland U.S.A. — the history-themed amusement park built to rival Disneyland in 1960 — didn’t survive long, filing for bankruptcy after its first four years in operation in the Baychester section of the Bronx. Nearly five decades later, the Bay Plaza shopping center, which sits today on the same plot of land where Freedomland folded, […]

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Bronx Cell Phone Bandit Targets Young Women

Police are searching for a suspect accused of stealing from seven women in a string of robberies over the past three weeks in the Bedford section of the Bronx, ABC-7 New York News reports. In each incident, the suspect followed the women — mostly between the ages of 16 and 27 — into their apartment building, […]

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Police Charge Man for Killing of Bronx Gas Station Worker

Police charged Freddie McGrier with murder, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon for the killing of a gas station attendant  in the Bronx on Tuesday, Sept. 4, the New York Daily News reported. Lamin Sillah, 28, of the Bronx, was working at RC Petroleum at E. 182nd St. and Southern Blvd. in the Bronx Park South section […]

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Police Looking for Bronx Robber Who Uses Hypodermic Needle

Police are pursuing a robber who has been using a hypodermic needle as a weapon in the Bronx, NBC New York reported. The suspect is described as a male about 40 years old with black hair and brown eyes who is 5-feet-6 inches tall and weighs 120 pounds. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, […]

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Australian Artist Designs ‘Creature Choir’ with Faces, Voices of Bronx Residents

An artist from Sydney, Mark Bolotin, 32, will present a 12-headed ‘creature’ at the Casita Maria youth center in Longwood on Saturday, designed from videos and sounds of Bronx residents, DNAinfo reports. 30 artists, senior citizens and children contributed to the artist’s new project with the help of Casita Maria. They were filmed and recorded while singing, sharing […]

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Fordham Manor Fire Injures Nine Residents, Two Firefighters

A fire broke out inside a second-floor apartment building near the rear of University Ave. in Fordham Manor at about 11:30 p.m. The fire caused a total of 11 injuries, nine residents and two firefighters, the New York Daily News reports. According to FDNY Assistant Chief Ronald Spadafora, the smoke filled the six-story building’s upper […]

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New Pelham Parkway South sidewalk narrows service road, residents rally and sue

The city is being sued by Bronx residents over a new sidewalk that narrows their service road, the New York Daily News reports. The new sidewalk runs along the median that separates Pelham Parkway South from its service road. The sidewalk reduces the service road to 26 feet wide — 12 feet with cars parked on both […]

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State primary election campaign intensifies in South Bronx

Two days before New York state legislative primaries, the race in the Bronx’s 84th Assembly District is intensifying between incumbent Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo — favored to maintain her seat — and her Democratic opponent Maximino Rivera, the New York Daily News reports. Arroyo, the first Hispanic woman ever elected to the New York State Assembly, […]

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