Bronx News Roundup, June 28

Organizers were dismayed when the city shut down a public viewing of the United States vs. Ghana World Cup match on Saturday afternoon at Lou Gehrig Park, just blocks from Yankee Stadium. (FYI: Ghana defeated the U.S. 2-1 in overtime). The city cited safety concerns as the reason for the shut down, but Cary Goodman, executive director of the 161 Business Improvement District, wasn’t convinced. Goodman told the NY Times: “Is anybody really saying that in this Bronx neighborhood, where 45,000 people come for a baseball game, that the police cannot safely and successfully ensure a community event like watching TV?”Anna Maria Silva, 40, was fatally stabbed in her apartment on Watson Avenue shortly after midnight on Saturday.

Living Wage Face-Off in Daily News

Yesterday, the Daily News featured opposing viewpoints on the living wage issue in its op-ed pages. Take a look here and here and tell us, and your fellow BxNN readers, what you think (just click the “comment” button under this post). Obviously, this is on everyone’s radar following the battle over the living wage issue at the Kingsbridge Armory, which has led to legislation being deliberated in the City Council that would require retailers to pay workers at least $10 an hour in developments that receive public subsidies.

Preservation Vs. Progress In Fight Over Harlem School

P.S. 186 on 145th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam in Harlem has not echoed with the thud of books or the hum of adolescent gossip since the mid-1970’s. Its “green roof” would be enviable if it weren’t for the fact that lush green leaves are the only things between the sky and the inside of much of the top floor. Trees have taken root in the abandoned building and their branches and foliage peek out of glassless windows and formerly stately arches.Now, the M.L. Wilson Boys and Girls Club has plans for the graffiti-strewn building—plans that include demolition. But not everyone in the community is on board with that idea. The club is planning a development that includes a large Boys and Girls Club facility, a school, 90 units of affordable housing and a commercial space which might be a U.S. post office.