The Week in Rewind spotlights some of the editorial work of the Bronx Times for the week of Nov. 24 – Dec. 1.
The South Bronx’s economy has grown faster than the citywide average from 2011 to 2021 despite the area suffering disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released Tuesday by the state.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli attributed the South Bronx’s economic resilience to the community, but also recognized more needs to be done on the affordable housing and job market fronts for the area’s “long-term success.”
“The South Bronx was hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic but was resilient because of dedicated and hardworking neighborhood groups and advocates, and the strength of its residents,” DiNapoli said.
According to the comptroller’s report, from 2011 to 2021 the South Bronx saw a 20% increase in business activity — higher than the boroughwide increase of 17.9% and the citywide increase of 18%. Relief funding also helped the South Bronx after 40% of the community’s businesses closed by February 2022 as a result to the pandemic.
Yet, the report also states that while the community lost 6,150 of the jobs it had gained the previous decade due to COVID — representing a 7.7% overall drop — the South Bronx added back 4,679 jobs in 2022. Last year the South Bronx area had 78,456 private sector jobs — according to the report — nearly 33% of all jobs in the borough.
Bronx pols and officials emphasized the South Bronx’s spirit of resilience after the report’s release.
Community Board 9 made history earlier this year in appointing the city’s first-ever community board chairperson of Bengali descent.
Mohammed Mujumder, who was born in Bangladesh, was elected as CB9’s chairperson back in June, running unopposed, making him the first Bengali chairperson in the New York City’s history. He replaces Brandon Ganaishlal, the prior chairperson.
Mujumder, who previously served as CB9’s first vice chair and has been a board member since 2010, said that he hopes to see more residents within CB9 attend general community board meetings so that their voices are heard.
“Most people in our district don’t even know there is a community board,” said the 60-year-old Mujumder. “There’s a very small percentage of people who actually know about it — and one of my goals as the (CB9) chairperson is to increase engagement among the residents in these neighborhoods, while also spreading awareness throughout the community that community boards do exist.”
CB9 includes the neighborhoods of Bronx River, Castle Hill, Clason Point, Harding Park, Parkchester, Soundview and Unionport.
As CB9 chairperson, Mujumder will focus primarily on local issues as well as working with elected officials and standing for the safety and well-being of Bronx residents in his district.
Jayden Rivera, 19, was arrested on murder charges for allegedly brutally killing 38-year-old Jonathan Rivera, 33-year-old Hanoi Peralta, and 5-year-old Kayden Rivera.
According to police sources, Jayden Rivera was serving as a babysitter for his half-brother when he allegedly murdered his family inside their home located at 674 East 136th St. in a bloody frenzy. Police sources believed the suspect had suffered a psychotic episode.
At around 6:40 a.m. on Nov. 26, Jonathan was discovered in the building’s first floor hallway, lying in a pool of blood with a stab wound to the chest and a slash mark to the head. He also had lacerations to his hands — defensive wounds that he attempted to fight off his attacker, police sources said.
Officers then broke into a nearby apartment after seeing a body in a bed through a window. Inside they located Peralta, who had suffered a staggering 15 stab wounds to the back and seven wounds in the chest.
But their son, Jayden’s five-year-old brother, suffered the worst fate, as Chief of Detectives Joseph Kenny explained Tuesday. Kayden “was disemboweled” on a bed, and had suffered numerous stab wounds.
Chief Kenny reported that grim evidence recovered at the crime scene only seemed to indicate the depraved nature of the heinous triple homicide.
City agencies and developers officially broke ground on the second phase of a 100% affordable housing complex in Hunts Point on Wednesday.
The Peninsula is a four-building development transforming the former site of the Spofford Juvenile Detention Campus into a mixed-use live-work campus, with a fifth industrial and manufacturing building. The project developers, as well as officials with the city’s Economic Development Corporation and Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) broke ground on the second phase — featuring two of the affordable buildings.
“This redevelopment stands as a beacon of hope, offering not just homes, but opportunities for families in Hunts Point,” said Ed Broderick, the president and CEO of the Gilbane Development Company, which is spearheading the project. “With this significant expansion, we are acting as a catalyst for positive change, fostering open, green spaces, and creating a nurturing environment for all.”
The two new developments include 359 fully affordable units, 73% of which will be rented at or below 60% of the area median income (AMI), and the other 15% slated to be reserved for formerly homeless people.
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