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Aug 9, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Plans scrapped for Bronx’s Baychester Square mall, housing


After opposition from a local councilman, the Economic Development Corporation pulled a proposal for a Bronx mall and senior housing known as Baychester Square Wednesday.


The project, slated for vacant city land leased to the MTA, would have included 180 affordable senior housing units — and meant million for the MTA capital plan.


Proposed developers Grid Properties sought to buy the parcel from the city, which was to pass on the cash to the beleaguered transit authority.


But it was pulled from the Council’s land use agenda Wednesday because of opposition from Councilman Andy King, who represents the district and whose support was key to moving the project through the Council. King did not attend the hearing.


In a statement sent by his spokeswoman, King said the Council was opposed due to “strong community opposition” for the building of the mall, which would have been located across the New York State Thruway from another mall.


“The community is opposed to another major retail destination for so many reasons. So now, the Baychester Square Project, in the form it was proposed, is dead and I’m calling it a victory for our community,” King said.


But some of the opposition has come from that rival mall across the highway, the Mall at Bay Plaza — its operator Prestige Properties has backed the group Speak Up for a Better Bronx, which supporters of Baychester Square have dismissed as a “shill” group.


And employees of Prestige have donated thousands to King, city campaign finance records show.


Since January of 2016, King has raked in ,500 from people who listed Prestige as their employer, including Irving Pergament, its president; Naor Shalem, its vice president, and Sam Shalem, its chairman and CEO. He received another ,750 from Hana Pergament, who reported residing in the same zip code as Irving Pergament.


King also received ,000 from Jerry Welkis, of Welco Realty, which press releases list as the leasing agent for the Mall at Bay Plaza.


“We’re good neighbors,” Prestige spokesman Hank Sheinkopf said of the donations.


A spokeswoman for King didn’t address the donations in responding to a request for comment, but said the councilman opposed building a “retail outlet” across from another mall and wanted a more community-oriented use for the site.


Calls to the would-be developer of Baychester Square, Grid, were not returned.


A de Blasio spokesman, Wiley Norvell, said the city remained “committed” to the project “and the vital affordable housing for seniors and the support for the MTA it will provide.


“We look forward to working with the development team to further refine the project and to improving this long-neglected site.”


Prestige, meanwhile, praised Wednesday’s development.


“Thousands of jobs will be saved. This is the right response to the more than 70,000 community members who signed petitions opposing the proposed rezoning,” Sheinkopf said.

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Aug 8, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx man uses potato peeler to stab victim outside bodega

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Aug 8, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bloodless heart transplant at Montefiore got dad back in the game


New Jersey dad Joseph Downs is counting the days until he can play soccer with his son.


He has already been waiting for four years.


But a life-saving “bloodless” heart transplant in April at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx has put the 34-year-old from Costa Rica back in the game.


“Before my transplant, I couldn’t do anything physical,” he told the Daily News. “Today, I’m able to walk for an hour and not have to stop because I can’t breathe. I’m more like myself again.”

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Downs’ health started to decline in 2013. A little exertion left him breathless; he was always lethargic as he worked as an auto technician.


Doctors discovered he had congenital heart disease that kept the organ from filling and pumping properly.


Drugs helped for two years, but his heart was giving out.


He needed a new heart, which was complicated by the fact that his transplant would have to be done without using blood transfusions. Downs and his family are Jehovah’s Witnesses, a religious denomination that forbids blood sharing.

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Downs admitted that he worried about his future — and his wife Kimberly, 6-year-old son Anthony, and 10-month-old daughter Amy.


“Three hospitals turned me down,” he said.


But four was the charm.


After meeting cardiologist Dr. Ulrich Jorde, the section head of cardiac transplantation at Montefiore, Downs was placed on the heart transplant list in December 2016. He was admitted full-time in January 2017.

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On April 7, surgeon William Jakobleff and his team performed Downs’ transplant.


Downs became the hospital’s 300th heart transplant patient, and the second “bloodless” one — there were no transfusions and he didn’t store his own blood prior to surgery.


“Not being able to give blood is always in the back of your mind” during the surgery, said Jakobleff.


“Everything has to be perfect,” he added. “But if you do that every day, which is what we do, you should approach it without much angst.”

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Downs must take anti-rejection drugs and have regular checkups for the rest of his life, but he says he’s less anxious — and thankful his family has good health insurance.


Montefiore is now up to 315 transplants and reports best-in-the-city rates for adult one- and three-year heart transplant survival.


“I feel great and grateful,” said Downs, who expects to return to work and to the soccer field in a couple of months. “I’ll be ready.”

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Aug 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Woman fights off attempted rapist in Bronx street


A man punched a woman and then tried to rape her as she got into her car in the South Bronx, police alleged Monday.


The 36-year-old victim told cops the man approached her from behind as she got into her car near the intersection of Bathgate Ave. and E. 173rd St. about 8 a.m. on Sunday, police said. He pushed her into the car, punched her in the face and tried to rape her, she said.


When she started to fight back, the attacker ran off. The victim suffered bruising to her face but was not seriously injured. She refused medical attention at the scene, officials said.


Police released footage of the unidentified suspect.


He is described as black, about 25 years old, 5-foot-6 and with long dreadlocks.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Aug 7, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Doc tried buying gun before fatal jump from Bronx hospital garage


A doctor tried to buy a rifle on Friday and then drove to a Bronx hospital where he used to work — before leaping to his death in a case eerily reminiscent of a fatal shooting last month at another medical center in the borough.


After Dr. Gabriel Goodwin jumped to his death at Montefiore Medical Center, police found in his car a large knife, a trench coat and a receipt that indicates he tried to buy a rifle earlier that day, police sources said.


Police are investigating whether Goodwin, 35, was going to storm Montefiore, his former place of employment, sources said.


“We’re still investigating his recent actions,” one of the sources said. “Right now, we’re treating it as an apparent suicide. There’s no indication that he was planning anything involving other people, that we’re aware of.”

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On July 1, Dr. Henry Bello showed up at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital, where he used to work, and shot seven people, killing a doctor, before killing himself.


Goodwin, an anesthesiologist, drove to Montefiore and pulled into the parking garage. Around 7 p.m., he jumped about 50 feet from the garage roof, sources said. He died inside the hospital at 7:38 p.m.


As part of its routine investigation, police searched Goodwin’s car. In it was a receipt, from the same day, for a Benelli Nova pump-action shotgun, a weapon that goes for about 0.


But the source said the transaction was never completed, thought it wasn’t clear if there was a problem with Goodwin’s credit card or if his mental health issues had precluded him from buying one.

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Goodwin had been suffering from depression, the source said, and had earlier in the day tried to cut himself.


“We searched his home,” the source said. “No gun was found. The purchase was never completed, but we can’t say why.”


Police did find in Goodwin’s car a rifle case, a large bowie knife, which is double-edged at the point, a black trench coat and a beige bucket hat.


Surveillance video showed Goodwin entered the garage, apparently alone, sources said.


Goodwin lived in Huntington, L.I. The source said he was supposed to return to work at Montefiore next year, though it wasn’t clear why he had left.


His family couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.


“Our hearts go out to the family during this difficult time,” said Rachel McCallen, a Montefiore spokesman. “Privacy laws prohibit us from providing any further information.”

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Aug 6, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: J’Ouvert set to enlighten at symposium, concert


The organizers of Brooklyn’s J’Ouvert celebration — who recently announced a time change to increase safety at the annual procession — are following up that effort with special events to teach the history of the Caribbean tradition and help combat gang violence.


“We want to enlighten people. J’Ouvert’s a sacred kind of event,” said J’Ouvert City International President Yvette Rennie recently. She noted that the Caribbean celebration — of steel drum music, masquerade costumes and satirical outfits — has a long and revered history that dates back to slavery times in Trinidad and Tobago.


“The Art and History of J’Ouvert: Tradition as Resistance” symposium and performance on Aug. 19, at the Brooklyn Library’s Central branch at Grand Army Plaza, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.,  pan and masquerade artists will lead discussions about the carnival art form and the history of steelpan and ole mas in J’Ouvert.


The indoor symposium, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., will precede music, dance, mask making and outdoor performances by J’Ouvert groups — the Kutters Rhythm Section, Legend Stars, Oil Downers, La Troupe Zetwal — and the Something Positive cultural ensemble on the library’s plaza.


This program is supported by the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Brooklyn Public Library, The Hitchcock Institute for Studies in American Music and the Caribbean Studies Program at Brooklyn College, J’Ouvert City International, and Something Positive Inc.


And on Aug. 28, an event at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College, 1650 Bedford Ave., will send an antiviolence message youngsters through a “Peace Concert” that runs from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.


“We’ll try to bring in DJs and rappers who will send a message to our young people, ‘Let’s not pick up the guns, let’s put the guns down,’ and that will be the thrust of everything.”


Rennie said State Assemblyman Walter Mosely and District Leader Geoffrey Davis helped produce the event.


Using daylight to discourage disruptors, the traditional 2 a.m. J’Ouvert opening will change to 6 a.m. starting this year.


This gang and youth outreach is part of an on-going, anti-violence effort, supported by the Man UP organization, SOS (Save Our Streets gang outreach initiative), the NYPD, the Mayor’s Office , Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and others, said Rennie.


She noted that J’Ouvert and other holiday festivities are too often marred by gang violence and gun violence. Police officials said victims of last year’s shootings were likely caught in a gang dispute. Gov. Cuomo aide Carey Gabay was fatally wounded by rival gang members’ crossfire in 2015.


For information on J’Ouvert International, visit www.jouvertcityint.org, call (347) 599-2886 or send email to jouvertcity@gmail.com.


GUYANA’S ROAD TO MISS UNIVERSE


For contestants and their supporters, the countdown is on for the 2017 Miss Universe Guyana National Pageant, coming on Aug. 19 to the York College Performing Arts Center, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Queens, starting at 7 p.m.


This high-powered national preliminary — leading to the prestigious Miss Universe Pageant — takes place after participants take part in training, rehearsals and special events. The Aug. 19 red carpet event will be hosted by Guyanese music star Shanaz Hussain.


Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are priced at , and for VIP status, which includes access to the exclusive after-party.


For tickets, visit http://bit.ly/missuniverseguyana2017. Get information at http://www.missuniverseguyana.org or send email to Info@MissUniverseGuyana.org.

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Aug 5, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Cops probe woman’s shooting story that sparked crash in the Bronx


Police are investigating a woman’s account that the sound of gunshots sent her running into the path of a car with her 3-year-old son in tow, sources said Saturday.


The 31-year-old Bronx resident told police she and her child were walking home on E. 174th St. and Vyse Ave. in Crotona Park East from a store when she heard what she thought were gunshots about 11:30 p.m. Friday.


When she scooped up her son and ran they were hit by a 1985 Chevrolet driven by a 61-year-old man.


Medics took her and her child to Jacobi Medical Center where they were treated and released Saturday. No charges were filed against the driver.

Car hits mom, 3-year-old son fleeing from scene of Bronx gunfire


Police initially believed that the mom was running from a shooting on E. 173rd St. and Ward Ave. — where two women were wounded — but that shooting happened at least 20 minutes before the collision.


“She said she heard shots and started running, but she did not witness the shooting and the Bronx River is between the two locations,” a police source said.

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Aug 5, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Woman struck by Bronx train survives with multiple injuries


A young woman miraculously survived being struck by a train after she wandered onto tracks in the Bronx early Saturday, police said.


Witnesses saw a 4 train hit the 25-year-old victim at the Mt. Eden Ave. station about 2:20 a.m.


The woman was knocked unconscious and ended up under the train.


Medics rushed her to St. Barnabas Hospital with multiple injuries but in stable condition, officials said.


Cops were investigating how the woman ended up on the track bed.

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Aug 5, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx shooting injures two teens


Two teenage boys were shot and wounded in the Bronx early Saturday, cops said.


A 15-year-old boy was blasted in the chest and a 17-year-old boy was hit in the arm when shots rang out on Washington Ave. near E 169th St. in Claremont Village about 12:15 a.m., police said.


Medics rushed both boys to St. Barnabas Hospital, where they were in stable condition.


No arrests have been made.

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Aug 5, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Firefighters save resident from Bronx apartment building blaze

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Aug 5, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Car hits mom, child fleeing from Bronx shooting scene


A mother and her child were struck by a car as they ran from a Bronx shooting Friday night, police said.


The two were headed west on E 174th St. were hit by a vehicle near Vyse Ave. in Soundview around 11:30 p.m., according to cops.


Medics rushed them to Jacobi Medical Center in serious condition, authorities said.


Moments earlier, two women, both 31, were hit by gunfire at E. 174th St. and Ward Ave, according to officials.


One woman took a bullet in the back and was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital. The other victim was shot in both legs and taken to Jacobi Medical Center, cops said.

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Aug 3, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Bronx heroin ring sold drugs in packages with brand names

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