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Another racism lawsuit targets Fieldston n Family claims inaction, retaliation regarding reports of racially charged incidents

‘As a woman of color and as an alumna of color, it cuts right to my heart that the girls of color — and my daughter, a young woman of color — (were) subjected to this kind of disgusting behavior.’

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Losing balance SHSATs are done, but so could be a lot of support for the tests after another year of racial disparity. Page A3

When Kim Emile graduated from Ethical Culture Fieldston School, she never imagined one day suing her alma mater. But after what she claims happened to her children while attending the prestigious private school, Emile says she had no choice. Emile filed suit in federal court against several administrators and faculty members at Fieldston, including head of school Jessica Bagby, Upper School principal Nigel Furlonge and Upper School dean Carl Anhalt, among others not yet identified. Filed late last month, the lawsuit alleges a pattern of not only ignoring complaints from Emile’s children over what she described as racist incidents, but also retaliation from the school when the teenagers came forward. The lawsuit says Emile’s family suffered “substantial economic and non-economic damages, reputational harm, and severe mental anguish and emotional distress.” One of the more recent incidents prompting the lawsuit involved Emile’s son and a conversation she said two of his white

— Kim Emile

ing the racial slur against Ace on two separate occasions.

Other claims as well HIRAM ALEJANDRO DURÁN

Ethical Culture Fieldston School has been sued by a family claiming the school failed to act on reports of students alleging racial discrimination at the school. Administrators say they are committed to diversity on campus. classmates shared on the social media app Snapchat. Currently a senior at Fieldston, Emile’s son is only identified as “A.C.E.,” leading his lawyers to give him the pseudonym “Ace.” According to the lawsuit, someone sent Ace a screenshot of the conversation

between the students where he is called “a (expletive) n——r.” Ace reported what happened to school officials a few months later, according to his lawsuit, but the disciplinary action against the two students was insufficient, claiming neither have faced any consequences despite admitting to us-

The lawsuit recalls another incident dating back to middle school when a white student called Ace a “slave” during recess. The student allegedly said, “Bow down to me, you are my slave,” and whipped Ace with his jacket. Ace reported that to middle school assistant principal Jason Ford, who had the white student apologize. However, that apology was “subpar,” according to the lawsuit, with claims the student told Ace, LAWSUIT, page A4

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n For a city that never sleeps, a subway that never closes after year of no overnights By ROSE BRENNAN rbrennan@riverdalepress.com

It began May 6, 2020. For the first time since New York City’s subways started carrying passengers in 1904, those very trains would no longer be available overnight, while crews worked to disinfect cars in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The shutdown was just the latest to prove the pandemic’s grip on not only the city, but the world. But now, with vaccines widely available, New York City might once again regain its reputation of never sleeping. And that’s thanks, in part, to the return of a beloved city institution: round-the-clock subway service. The return to 24-hour metro rail service begins May 17. But that’s not the only moratorium getting lifted that day. Outdoor service at bars and restaurants will be allowed to remain open past midnight, with plans for indoor alternatives to follow suit by month’s end. Then, later next week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says capacity limits on bars, restaurants, stores, museums and other locations will be lifted, allowing them to return to 100 percent capacity. SUBWAYS, page A4

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A South Ferry-bound 1 train departs the Van Cortlandt Park-242nd Street station. Subways citywide — including the 1 — will resume 24-hour service after nearly a year of overnight closures.

Discovering a healthy way to appreciate moms n Kingsbridge Unidos donates fresh produce to mothers at housing facility By ETHAN STARK-MILLER estarkmiller@riverdalepress.com

Sometimes it feels like a Hallmark holiday, but Mother’s Day remains a really meaningful event for many — especially moms. It’s a day when moms are appreciated for sacrifices they made, and the overall hard work it takes to raise children. Jessica Woolford, a mom herself, wanted to do something special for Mother’s Day this year. So she focused her attention on the Broadway Family Plaza transitional housing facility in her neighborhood, bringing flowers, sweets and some fresh fruits and vegetables from the Hunts Point Produce Market to mothers there, just in time for the big day. Woolford is no stranger to making such deliveries — it’s something she started doing last summer through an organization she set up, Kingsbridge Unidos. Its goal was to deliver fresh produce to her Kings-

bridge neighbors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, Woolford and her volunteers have led seven drives, delivering more than 18,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables from the Hunts Point Produce Market to her neighbors. And more recently, to residents of Broadway Family Plaza. It all started with a call from the organization that runs the transitional facility on behalf of the city’s homeless services department, Praxis Housing JESSICA wOOLFORD Initiatives. “This was in response to the folks from Praxis saying, ‘We want to do something special for Mother’s Day.’ And I was like, ‘Totally. I’m game,’” Woolford said. “It’s just a cool way that the community comes together to share some fresh produce with people, and spark a little joy and treat folks with dignity.” Woolford and about a dozen volunteers took an extra step from their usual efforts to assemble gift baskets with flowers. MOTHERS, page A4

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Andre Coleman, the program director at the Broadway Family Plaza transitional housing facility gives a cupcake to Karla’s children, McKenzly and McKayson, during a Mother’s Day event last week. The event was part of a produce drive organized by Kingsbridge Unidos, a mutual aid group ensuring families get fresh vegetables in this part of the Bronx.


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More broken glass, this time at home Another window has been broken by a rock, but police say they don’t believe it’s related to a string of vandalism attacks on synagogues last month. Someone reportedly threw a rock through the back glass door of a house at the 4600 block of Grosvenor Avenue during the overnight hours between April 28 and April 29. The victim woke up to find the damaged door — valued at $250 — and called 911. Because he’s a member of the Young Israel of Riverdale synagogue, the vandalism is being treated as a possible hate crime in the wake of the other recent incidents.

Give me your $600 a week

It’s hard enough for many who need it to claim their own unemployment insurance. That makes it all the more frustrating when a thief tries to get that check with personal information that does not belong to them. That’s what happened to someone who lives on the 3900 block of Orloff Avenue on April 9. She told police that sometime around midnight, someone used her personal information to try to claim an unemployment check. She received a letter stating there was a claim against her, but she insists she never filed for unemployment. The 50th Precinct said they’re still investigating.

A CR-V spree

Someone, or many people, have it out for Honda CR-Vs in this corner of the Bronx. Are they the most popular car in the area? Do they offend people in some way? These questions are as good as any. One of the more recent CR-V-related crimes occurred

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when a woman parked her 2017 model near the 4500 block of Henry Hudson Parkway around dinnertime on April 24, police said. She returned a couple days later to find her car missing. A search of the area turned up little evidence, police said. Then another CR-V — a 2018 model — was targeted less than a day later, and in the same general vicinity. This time, the owner returned to find the passenger side window smashed and his wallet stolen. Police valued the wallet at $200 and said it contained a Delta Airlines credit card, a Connecticut driver’s license, and a Visa Amazon card.

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Bling is a funny thing. People want to wear it proudly to show the world they can afford something expensive and flashy. But the downside is it can attract some unwanted attention. That’s exactly what happened when two jewel thieves robbed a man near the 2800 block of University Avenue on April 28. The man told police two people approached him around 6:30 p.m., one of them flashing a silver gun. He demanded the victim to “give me the bracelet” in Spanish. And he got the gold medal bracelet, which police valued at $12,800. The thieves then jumped on motorcycles, according to the report, and sped south on University. Police described the man who flashed the gun as Black, around 25 years old, weighing 170 pounds. The second is a white Hispanic man, also weighs 170 pounds, and is about 5-foot-9. He was wearing a pair of black sneakers, and a black mask and T-shirt.

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Eight of the city’s specialized high schools depend on the Specialized High School Admissions Test to find new students. Of the more than 23,500 students who took the SHSAT in 2021, only 18% were accepted. Nearly 54% were Asian and 28% were white. Just 9% were Black or Latino.

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The city’s specialized high schools — including the High School of American Studies — require taking the Specialized High School Admissions Test to be considered. But this year’s numbers were grim for Black and Latino students, making up just 9 percent of those accepted.

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creasing the number of Black and Latino students in specialized high schools. That is, not only should the city try to increase awareness of where, when and how students can take the SHSAT, it also needs to provide accessible test prep resources in underrepresented communities. “Instead of focusing on who should get a handful of seats in a handful of schools,” Dinowitz said, “we should expand the number of specialized schools and specialized programs within larger schools that reflect the diversity of talents within our students within our city.” And that might be one area where Dinowitz agrees with one of his challengers in the upcoming June Democratic primary. Mino Lora also believes the school system should stop limiting access to a specialized education to just 1 percent of students, and instead expand those offerings across the city. And if not, then the playing field must be leveled. “We need to understand there should be excellent schools in every neighborhood,” Lora said. “We’re all fighting for these handful of schools, but what about the other million students? If you’re going to say that (the SHSAT) is the admissions requirement, then every single eighth-grader needs to have access to that prep.”

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at birth and persist as Black and Latino students make their way through the public school system. Simply, some students have access to test prep programs and other education resources, the younger Dinowitz said, while others don’t. That was the case for Kevin Chirinos. The American Studies senior said he was fortunate enough to attend a middle school with an honors program — one that had SHSAT prep as part of its curriculum. And it clearly worked for him. Chirinos is about to graduate from a specialized high school. But many public school students don’t have access to programs like that — and Chirinos believes the admission numbers reflect that. “It really speaks to the issue that … primarily minority-populated middle schools don’t get enough funding from the city,” Chirinos said. “And there’s just no resources within the schools in order to actually advance in the school system.” Councilman Dinowitz believes addressing inequality in the public school system needs to begin early, and expanding the city’s educational offerings — especially programs like universal pre-K and 3-K — can help to address those inequalities. But for many in the public school system, that time already has passed. In those cases, the councilman believes awareness and access are critical to in-

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same admissions model — with the exception of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, an arts school which requires a portfolio or audition for admission. Neither Bronx Science nor its American Studies neighbor were immune from those troubling admissions numbers. Bronx Science admitted 21 Black students and 51 Latino students this year — less than 10 percent of its total offerings. White students accounted for nearly a quarter of students admitted, while Asians made up more than half of the total offers. American Studies fared a bit better. While it admitted fewer Black and Latino students than Bronx Science, it’s also a much smaller school, with 1-in-5 of its admissions offers made to Black and Latino students. Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, a Bronx Science alum himself, said those numbers were indeed troubling, but he doesn’t think repealing Hecht-Calandra and doing away with the SHSAT is the way to fix it. He believes it’s the only way admissions to the specialized high schools can remain objective. “Don’t blame the test,” the Assemblyman said. “Blame the system that deprives children of the opportunity to excel.” Like his father, Councilman Eric Dinowitz believes it’s disingenuous to think inequality in education begins with the SHSAT. For him, those disparities begin

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Specialized high schools are a subject of controversy in the city’s public school system — particularly when it comes to who gets in. And with the recent data released by the city’s education department about those offered admission to schools like Bronx Science and the High School of American Studies locally, it might be easy for some to see why. Black students accounted for nearly 19 percent of those taking the Specialized High School Admissions Test — the exam that serves as the sole admissions criteria for most of these “elite” institutions. Yet, they received less than 4 percent of admission offers. Meanwhile, Latino students accounted for almost 23 percent of test takers, but only about 5 percent of those ultimately offered admission. All from the nation’s largest public school system where 70 percent of students are Black or Latino. White students, on the other hand, represented about 18 percent of those who took the test, yet 28 percent of them received an offer to attend a specialized high school. Asian students represented about 35 percent of the test takers, and more than half of them were offered admission. Notably, the number of people taking the test was down more than 15 percent from last year — likely due to the coronavirus pandemic. But even that hasn’t changed the fact Black and Latino students receive far fewer admissions offers than their counterparts. Those are troubling numbers for Assemblyman Michael Benedetto, who chairs the lower chamber’s education committee. He supports repealing the Hecht-Calandra Act — which mandates the SHSAT as the sole requirement for admission to the city’s specialized high schools — because to him, it isn’t doing any favors for Black and Latino students. “I don’t know what (the admission numbers) say, outside of it’s not really a true reflection of the New York City population,” Benedetto said. “It is not the case that only 8 percent or 9 percent of minority students … are qualified for these high schools. It’s an embarrassment.” The only schools legally bound by Hecht-Calandra are Brooklyn Technical High School, Stuyvesant High School and the Bronx High School of Science. The others, however, elect to follow the

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Lawsuit claims elite school failed to protect students LAWSUIT from page A1 “I’m sorry it happened — if it ever happened.” Ace’s sister Arielle Emile, who graduated from Fieldston in 2020, claims in the lawsuit she was targeted in several racist incidents as well. Students allegedly made fun of her “Afrocentric” hairstyles, while others used the “n-word” as well — with one of those incidents dating back to kindergarten. During her junior year, Arielle says in the lawsuit she learned of a smartphone group chat managed by students challenging male Fieldston classmates to deny themselves sexually for an entire month. In order to do this, the boys were allegedly instructed to look at photographs of Fieldston female students of color in an attempt to “turn off” the teens participating in the challenge. Arielle reported this to a teacher, yet nothing was done in response, according to the suit. “As a woman of color and as an alumna of color, it cuts right to my heart that the girls of color — and my daughter, a young woman of color — (were) subjected to this kind of disgusting behavior, and that ECFS allowed this to happen,” Kim Emile told The Riverdale Press in an interview. “I expect more of them as an institution that has ‘ethical’ in their name.”

Familiar territory for school officials

Emile and her family are not the first to sue the Fieldston school over

alleged racial discrimination. Malakai Hart and his family sued the school in 2019 not long after some students protested the “racist culture” they say existed on campus, by taking over one of the school’s buildings. That protest happened after a video went public reportedly showing five Fieldston students “using racist, homophobic and misogynistic language in a hateful and targeted way,” according to the protesters, who at the time called themselves “Students of Color Matter.” The Hart case was settled out of court last year, and Fieldston administrators denied all the claims. A biracial student identified only as “M.H.B” took Fieldston to state court in 2018 for failing to take action against alleged racial discrimination targeting the student. Lawyers amended the lawsuit soon after, claiming Bagby distributed an email to Fieldston school families using language that attempted to “tarnish” the family’s reputation by alleging the lawsuit was for monetary gain. “While the family has now filed a lawsuit, you should be assured that our school’s child safety policies will not be compromised,” Bagby’s email read, according to the amended complaint. “We are saddened that anyone in our community would try to undermine this system with a baseless lawsuit that puts profiteering ahead of students’ safety.” The Cochran Firm, which has represented plaintiffs in all three lawsuits, told The Press that after Fieldston tried twice unsuccessfully to dismiss the claim, it was “resolved” — although

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Ethical Culture Fieldston School has been the subject of a few racial discrimination lawsuits over the past four years, including the Malakai Hart case in 2019 that was settled last year. Now, a Black family is suing the school for claims it failed to act appropriately on purported instances of racial discrimination. Cochran Firm attorneys were not specific on how it was resolved.

Hoping things get better

Kim Emile says she kept her children in the school after all that primarily because Fieldston’s administration committed to addressing the 2019’s protest call for change — a protest she said both Ace and Arielle participated in.

“I expected things to get better,” Emile said. “The school said things would get better. They said they were working with Students of Color Matter to make things better. So I believed them, and I believed those promises. But unfortunately, they weren’t true.” Ace and Arielle’s alleged racist experiences are by no means unique, their Cochran Firm attorney Derek Sells said, who also represented Hart

in his suit against Fieldston. He says some have gone as far as creating their own Instagram group known as “Black at Fieldston” with various claims of racial incidents at the school. A Fieldston spokesperson told The Press the school is aware of the lawsuit, and was investigating “newly disclosed incidents” when the Emiles filed their lawsuit. They added the school takes the claims seriously. “Ethical Culture Fieldston School is working hard to create an environment where every student can thrive,” the spokesperson said, in a statement. “We remain committed to our values and goals of diversity, equity and inclusion, and the ongoing transformational work we have been engaged in as a community.” Attempts to reach the other administrators mentioned in the suit were redirected back to the same spokesperson. But such a statement is little more than empty words to Kim Emile, who wishes her children didn’t have to endure what she claims was racial discrimination at Fieldston. But she does see the lawsuit as an opportunity for her children to seek justice in a way they were unable to at the school. Sells believes this suit is an opportunity to advocate for the racial justice Kim Emile calls for. “We believe in civil rights,” he said. “We believe in trying to level the playing field so that Dr. Martin Luther King’s words of being able to judge somebody, not on the basis of their skin, but on the content of their character, become a reality.”

Mothers get one day, but work continues every day MOTHERS from page A1 Opened in 2018, Broadway Family Plaza houses 83 families transitioning back to home independence providing not just an apartment, but other programs like child care and housing placement assistance, among other things. Its existence has had no shortage of controversy, facing pushback from neighbors and Community Board 8 when it first opened, worried its existence would lead to a rise in crime and a drop in property values. Neither has happened, at least in a way directly — or indirectly — attributable to the facility’s presence. The day started with packing produce and gift bags at the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, Woolford said. Rabbi Barry Dov Katz has been making his West 250th Street space available to Woolford’s group for its past couple of donation drives. Some CSAIR members have even started volunteering with Kingsbridge Unidos. Once the packing ALEASA JACKSON was done, volunteers delivered the produce in a rented U-Haul truck. They were handed out with the gift baskets to families at the facility as part of an afternoon celebration. Their children even made cards for their mothers that were displayed. DHS spokesman Isaac McGinn said there was a lot of excitement around the event as the gift packages were handed out. “I would love, personally, to receive hundreds of pounds of goods from Hunts Point Market,” McGinn said. “That is incredible stuff. And so I think the families are enormously grateful for this donation. I still see food lines around the city that hadn’t stopped with the start of the pandemic. So I think folks are thrilled about this.” One of those folks is Aleasa Jackson, a mother who lived in the Broadway facility for a year before recently moving into her own apartment in Manhattan. While there might only be one Mother’s Day each year, Jackson says a mother’s day is every day, 24/7. “It doesn’t stop,” she said. “It’s an ongoing job, but it becomes easy. Like, ‘How do I do this? How am I going to make it?’ Thirteen years later, you did it.”

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Activist Jessica Woolford started Kingsbridge Unidos as a way to get produce to those who need it during the coronavirus pandemic. For her latest drive, Woolford delivered bags of produce to mothers at the Broadway Family Plaza transitional housing facility for Mother’s Day. Jackson not only is a full-time mom, but until her third child was born in January, she worked two jobs in Queens. She hopes to return to both soon, but for now services offered by the facility, along with events like Woolford’s produce drive, help Jackson take care of her family. Mino Lora, a city council candidate who volunteers with Woolford’s group, says she’s impressed with what Kingsbridge Unidos has accomplished. “She started this amazing mutual aid program, right here for the community that she grew up in,” Lora said of Woolford. “It’s so great to be coming here today. Especially on Mother’s Day weekend, to be mothers serving mothers.” Broadway Family Plaza wasn’t the only stop for Woolford and her volunteers on Friday. They visited the Kingsbridge apartment building

where her grandmother lives — a place where she spent much of her childhood, and where Kingsbridge Unidos was born. “At the core of it is my grandma’s building,” Woolford said. “From Day One, that was like, ‘We can’t feed everyone, but we could feed a few people really well over and over again.’ And so that’s like the heart of this.” It was state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi who first connected Woolford with the Hunts Point Produce Market, and the vendors there have supplied her with fresh fruits and vegetables ever since. One really important part of this initiative, Woolford said, is not just donating a random assortment of produce. Instead, it’s curating the donations for the communities they’re going to. In Kingsbridge, that means mostly Latino and

Latina people. “We’re not like packing, I don’t know, bags of kale,” Woolford said. “We’re thinking about plantains. We’re thinking about yucca. We’re thinking about things that really have a long shelf life, but are also culturally appropriate.” Kingsbridge Unidos is very much a family affair for Woolford — her relatives make up about half of the volunteers. “It’s nice because then we go to my grandma’s building and now my grandma is like the head honcho because everyone knows her granddaughter brings the nice produce,” Woolford said. “So, it’s really intergenerational too. Like it’s my family. It’s the friends we have. And a lot of the same folks keep coming back to volunteer.” Additional reporting by Michael Hinman

Subways return to full round-the-clock service Monday SUBWAYS from page A1 Reopening is, of course, a cause for celebration. But the return of the subway, in particular, is very important — especially considering what was happening on trains last spring. During the earlier days of the pandemic, subways closed between 1 and 5 a.m., to undergo a rigorous cleaning process by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Then, as the third wave subsided, that closure was shortened to a two-hour window, beginning at 2 a.m. Cuomo and the MTA called this shutdown necessary for the health and safety of straphangers, but Danny Pearlstein of the Riders Alliance dubbed it nothing more than “hygiene theater.” But such a performance isn’t all bad. In fact, it might have psychologically convinced more people to take the subway after ridership plummeted to record lows during the early months of the pandemic. “That’s why people call it ‘hygiene theater’ — the idea being that if the MTA went above and beyond, people would come back,” Pearlstein said. “But the fact is, people came back to the subway in waves as the city has reopened in stages, having nothing to do

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The West 225th Street 1 train station shows a sign — literally — that the city is slowly returning to normal. Among the signs is a return to 24-hour service for the city’s subways next week, along with lifts on business curfews and capacity limits. with the cleaning regimen.” Since the virus that causes COVID-19 is largely transmitted through air particles, Pearlstein believes the overnight closures continued on a bit too long. In fact, his transit advocacy

group has advocated for a return to 24-hour subway service for several months now. But a full reopening of the subway doesn’t mean deep cleaning will stop. Ken Lovett, senior advisor to MTA

chair and chief executive Patrick Foye says hygiene and cleanliness still remains a top priority — especially since the pandemic isn’t quite over yet. “The cleaning and sanitizing will continue,” Lovett said. “We’ve learned more efficiencies as we’ve gone on, and it’s something that we’re going to have to do. It’ll be a little more difficult, only because we don’t have that closure period. But we’ll figure that out.” Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, chair of the lower chamber committee that oversees the MTA, says she’s not one to step on toes, but her committee was almost forced to as the MTA and the governor dragged their feet. Her committee introduced legislation returning 24-hour subway service to the city before Cuomo finally intervened. “We don’t like to legislate an operation of an authority, but (the MTA) knew that the committee’s desire was to have 24/7 service,” Paulin said. “They understood that if that was not going to happen soon, we were going to move the bill.” Pearlstein, Paulin and Lovett all played separate roles in bringing the subway back up to 24-hour service. But one thing that remains consistent

among all of them? Knowing it’s the right time for full subway service to return. For Paulin, it’s good both practically and psychologically for anyone calling the city home. “New York has always had 24/7” subway service, the Assemblywoman said. “It is the unique element of our system. The fact that we’re going back to that is good for our psyches.” Lovett was there when the subway scaled down service significantly last year, and likes what Cuomo’s latest move means. “I think it’s a sign that New York City is coming back,” he said. “We have said for New York to fully rebound, it’s going to need a robust subway system and mass transit system. This is all part of the reopening, and that’s going to be important that the subways lead the way on that.” Pearlstein believes the subway is an irreplaceable aspect of the city, not just for the people who depend on overnight service to get to and from work, but to cement the city’s famous reputation. “The subway is the lifeline of the city,” Pearlstein said. “And if the city is going to never sleep, the subway can’t sleep either.”


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Will next mayor have some faith in city’s youth? n Yang, Garcia, others want to stem hate crimes, restore economy at forum

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In less than two months, voters are expected to choose who will most likely be their next mayor in the Democratic primary. A laundry list of candidates are competing to move into Gracie Mansion come January. One recent poll showed Brooklyn borough president Eric Adams, entrepreneur and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, and embattled city comptroller Scott Stringer leading the pack, in that order. It was conducted late last month when Stringer first faced accusations of sexual misconduct from a former volunteer on his 2001 public advocate campaign. Whoever wins will lead the city’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic while addressing a number of other issues. That’s why a group of students from different faiths — led by SAR High School’s Tyler Fischman and Eytan Saenger — got together last week to host a mayoral forum. It included the three frontrunners as well as other well-known candidates: former JPMorgan Chase managing director Art Chang, former city sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia, and former Citigroup executive Ray McGuire. Although most of the teens who hosted the forum can’t vote in this election, Fischman said, they still want the next mayor to take the concerns of interfaith youth seriously. “New York is the most diverse city in the world, and that’s something that obviously needs to be taken into consideration by the next mayor,” Fischman said. “Also, this is the last election where most of us won’t be able to vote. So, this is our attempt at sort of shifting the future of the city at a pivotal time when an entire new wave of leadership is going to come in.” To have a full range of perspectives at the forum, Fischman and Saenger — both of the Modern Orthodox Jewish community — brought Jewish, Muslim and Christian youth together. To that end, they partnered with the Interfaith Center of New York and the American Jewish Committee along with several other faith-based organizations. They brought together students from St. Jean Baptiste High School and Bishop Loughlin Memorial High school — Catholic schools in

Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman are featured speakers for Thursday’s annual virtual conference of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the conference is intended to provide updates on state-level housing policy from a number of commissioners, including those from the state’s Homes and Community Renewal Commission, the city’s housing and preservation and development department, and the New York City Housing Authority, among others. de Blasio will keynote the conference, while Bowman is expected to join a panel discussion on the importance of providing broadband access in affordable housing. Additional panel discussions will focus on the looming eviction crisis, financial transitional housing, and the federal housing policy update, according to a release. Other electeds expected to attend are Manhattan-based state Sen. Brian Kavanagh and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, both of whom chair the housing committees in their respective chambers — Michael Hinman

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Andrew Yang and Kathryn Garcia were among six mayoral candidates attending an interfaith forum hosted by SAR High School students Tyler Fischman and Eytan Saenger last week. The students asked each candidate what the city would look like under their leadership in four years — when the vast majority of them can vote. Manhattan and Brooklyn, respectively. Other students represented the Razi School, an Islamic high school in Queens, who joined their peers from various faiths hailing from some public schools and colleges. The recent rise in hate crimes across the city was an important theme throughout the forum with the young moderators asking each candidate how they would address it as mayor. The issue is especially prescient in this corner of the Bronx after a man was charged with vandalizing several neighborhood synagogues last month in acts being treated as hate crimes. There’s also been a significant rise in anti-Asian hate crimes since the coronavirus pandemic started. As an Asian-American himself, Chang says he feels unsafe in the city for the first time in 30 years. “One way that my behavior has changed as a result is that when I go into the subway now, I look for other Asians and I want to be near them,” he said. “It provides some sense of comfort and safety.” More policing is not the best way to stem the rise in hate crimes, Chang said — instead the role mental health issues play in these acts needs to be addressed. This is why, if he becomes mayor, he wants to add 10,000 shelter

beds across the city to house homeless people struggling with mental health issues. After saying hello to those in attendance in every language he could think of, Adams said he believes hate crimes have risen because New York is a segregated city, where people from different cultures live in isolated bubbles. “We live next door to someone who’s a different ethnicity or culture, we don’t even say good morning to each other,” Adams said. “We don’t look at each other in the eyes. We don’t even understand why someone wears a yarmulke or kufi.” His solution? Incorporate lessons about the city’s many different cultures and religions into the public school curriculum. That way kids can understand and celebrate these differences from an early age. As a former police officer himself, policing cannot be the only answer to this problem, Adams said — but it’s important the perpetrators of hate crimes are arrested and held accountable. Garcia agrees. Police need to be on the beat patrolling neighborhoods to prevent hate crimes in the first place. While she isn’t for defunding the police, Garcia added she believes it’s cru-

cial officers be respectful of the communities they serve. “We have to have a police force that is engaged with the community,” Garcia said. “And that is doing the tough work to make it so that we are all safe, regardless of the color of our skin.” The students also asked the other candidates about their vision for the city in four years as mayor — when all of them will be voting age. At that point, Garcia said, religious minorities will feel safer in their communities and the city’s economy will have rebounded from the current downturn. “And then you’ll vote for me,” she said. Yang is excited about the prospect of welcoming these students into the voting ranks. “Oh, it’s so fun to think about you all voting for my potential re-election,” he said. “I mean, that’s like a real goal for me to aspire to.” Forget about four years. In two years, Yang said he wants the city to have recovered the hundreds of thousands of jobs lost during the pandemic, and to once again have a thriving tourism sector. “I have a very ambitious agenda for what we need to accomplish over the next four years,” Yang said. “But it all does hinge on whether our city is healthy again, because if our city is

healthy again, we’re going to be able to do great things.” But unfortunately, none of these students will have a say in who gets to be the next mayor this year. This makes it harder to get detailed answers from candidates in events like these, Fischman said. “When you deal with being a kid interacting with any politician, it’s sort of like a double-edged sword,” he said, after the forum. “Obviously, the optics of interacting with an interfaith group of high school students are amazing. And they want to come. But then there’s like a struggle to be taken seriously, in a way.” However, Fischman said he was ultimately happy with the answers the candidates gave throughout the night. “I think the questions we asked are really relevant to our lives,” he said, “and I think the answers really made sense.”

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some 500 people came through Riverdale neighborhood house on mosholu avenue last weekend to learn not only about the programs the facility had to offer, but also to provide a community introduction to its food and farm hub initiative, which includes a neighborhood fridge installed on the corner of West 256th street.

WHAT’S IN / WHAT’S ON Walk this way to KHCC fundraiser

The Kingsbridge Heights Community Center hosts an online event Tuesday, June 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m., featuring Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run DMC, working to inspire a new generation of youth. The virtual fundraiser also will share other KHCC programs, and how the center has pushed through in the wake of the pandemic. To RSVP, or to donate, text “KHCC” to 91999, or visit bit.ly/KHCCHeroes2021.

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Part of the Solution will pay homage to its mission of being a loving community in the Bronx that nourishes the basic needs and hunger with its Open Door, Open Heart online fundraiser set for Wednesday, May 26, at 7 p.m.

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Padernacht steps aside for new CB8 traffic leadership n Summer is a time for change, fresh ideas, the longtime chair shares By ROSE BRENNAN rbrennan@riverdalepress.com

Some roads are straightforward, while others are winding and complicated. And that’s certainly the case both for Dan Padernacht’s tenure as chair of Community Board 8’s traffic and transportation committee, and the projects he’s worked on in his eightyear tenure. But that journey will soon draw to a close, as Padernacht says when his current term ends in June, so will his leadership role on one of CB8’s higherprofile committees. This will mark the first time in 11 years Padernacht will serve on the board, but not occupy a chair position — whether on the traffic committee, or at the head of the community board itself. Why? He wants to make room for new leadership. “I believe in new people (and) new vision after a certain period of time,” Padernacht said. “It’s been four years since I became the traffic committee chair again, and I think it’s time for new leadership of the committee and somebody else to come in with a fresh perspective, because I think that’s what’s best for the community.” After all, it was not long ago Padernacht himself was that new perspective he’s now looking for. Eleven years down the line, he’s definitely become more acquainted with and understanding of local politics — which wasn’t quite the case when he joined the community board in 2009. Appointed by Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., Padernacht immediately joined the housing and public safety committees. But only a year later, the traffic and transportation

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Dan Padernacht has been a mainstay on Community Board 8 for a dozen years. But he’ll step down from his longest-held position — chair of the traffic and transportation committee — by summer. committee chair position opened up, and with encouragement from some of the board’s leaders at the time, Padernacht submitted his name for nomination. Sure enough, he began his first stretch as the committee chair not long after. Padernacht described the first six months on the job as a “trial by fire.” However, he didn’t face the obstacles of running a community board committee alone. “The former chair of the board, Damian McShane, really helped me in that first six months of being a com-

mittee chair,” Padernacht said. “As did Chuck Moerdler, who I learned a lot from, and Rosemary Ginty as well. The three of them had much more government experience than I did. And they really helped me out in that first year of being the chair.” That support made a difference for Padernacht, who rose from that position to lead the entire community board. When Ginty succeeded him after his third term came to an end, Padernacht had planned to take a year off from any leadership positions on the board. But that changed when the

leadership position of his old committee opened up. Before long, Padernacht was back in familiar territory, and would stay there for the next four years through Ginty’s leadership of the board, and now the first year of Laura Spalter’s tenure. Although there are some “big-ticket” items that have remained on Padernacht’s agenda as chair — including sidewalk installation on the north side of West 254th Street by SAR Academy — there is so much more that happens behind the scenes.

“Most of the things I’ve done over the years as traffic chair are smaller things that most people don’t see,” Padernacht said. “And that’s the everyday phone call. It’s an email. It’s an accumulation of matters that are important to people in their everyday life, and it’s just addressing those in a responsible and professional manner with as much information that you can to advocate for the community.” And to Padernacht, making those calls and sending those emails are part of the gratification he gets from the position. While serving as a committee chair can certainly be time-consuming, it’s worthwhile when he can help solve a problem, or share something new with someone they didn’t know before. “It’s … rewarding when you call somebody back and you can give them information and they’re happy just to know about it,” Padernacht said, “or you’re able to change the way a utility is operating — or the way an agency is operating — to make the quality of life just a little bit better for somebody today.” Padernacht is excited at the prospect of new blood leading the traffic and transportation committee. And while he hopes to resolve as many outstanding issues as possible before his term is up, he also plans to meet up with his eventual successor to ensure a smooth transition when the time comes. Still, Padernacht plans to stay involved with the community board going forward. And of course, he has a city council primary campaign to focus on as well. But after that’s all said and done, after the race is run and the seat is vacated, he plans to take a moment simply to breathe. “After June 30, I think I’ll take some personal time and just gain perspective,” Padernacht said. “Then reflect as much as I can on the last five years, and on the very next day.”

POLITICAL ARENA Cabrera earns nod from former guv Gov. David Paterson, who led the state between the tenures of two embattled executives — Eliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo — is backing Councilman Fernando Cabrera in his quest to become the next Bronx borough president. Paterson cited Cabrera’s “affordability agenda” that he says is “meeting the crisis that is

By Michael hinMan campaign of Abigail Martin to take over the seat currently held by Eric Dinowitz — the same seat Koppell himself once occupied. “Abigail Martin is a fresh, independent voice who will represent the district without ties to the Democratic machine or the politics of the past,” Koppell said, in a release. “Abigail is a natural leader who has the knowledge, independence and broad support needed to win.”

most critical to Bronxites, who are being priced out of where they live.” The former governor says Cabrera has “proven himself to be an effective and compassionate advocate for the communities he represents.” Paterson isn’t the only former state leader jumping into more localized races. Former state attorney general Oliver Koppell announced Monday he’s backing the city council

Koppell originally backed Jessica Haller in the March special election that Dinowitz ultimately won. Haller is not running in the primary, and Martin did not run in the special election. Martin picked up another endorsement also once held by Haller — “21 in ‘21,” a group pushing to create more gender equality on the city council. The National League of Conservation Voters have not

weighed in on the Bronx borough president race, but is taking a stand on two council races. The group is backing Dinowitz to keep the seat he won in March that once belonged to Andrew Cohen, and are looking to have Pierina Sanchez succeed Cabrera in his council seat. “Amidst the climate crisis, New York City must be a beacon of hope and leadership on the environment, and serve as

a role model for cities around the world,” said Julie Tighe, president of the conservation league, in a release. Finally, Assemblywoman Nathalia Fernandez picked up her own endorsement for Bronx borough president, earning the backing of the Transport Workers Union Local 100. “What is most telling about Nathalia is that we never had to ask for her support,” union president Tony Utano said.

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Press welcomes its summer class of newsroom interns n Each of the four college students already have a direct connection to the community STAFF REPORT It’s almost hard to believe summer is just around the corner, but it is. And as the weather gets warmer — and coronavirus vaccines help restore our old pre-pandemic normal — The Riverdale Press is set to welcome a new class of summer interns into its ranks. While most of them come from schools outside of this newspaper’s reach, all of them have a connection to the very neighborhoods they’ll be tasked to cover beginning later this month. Expected to join The Press team next week are Brendan O’Sullivan and Sophia Romano. Brendan is a grad student at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, studying sports journalism, with plans to earn his master’s degree next spring. There, he was the editor-in-chief of The Quinnipiac Chronicle, the university’s student-run newspaper, and also interned at the historic Record-Journal in Meriden, Connecticut. When he’s not living in a dorm at Quinnipiac, Brendan lives in Riverdale — a community he’s been a part of his entire life. Although reporting is his first love, Brendan also spends time playing basketball or watching sports. He even played basketball through high school, and continues to shoot hoops recreationally. He hopes to eventually cover the NBA. Sophia is set to enter her junior year at Emerson College’s journalism school in Boston. She grew up in Riverdale, attending Ethical Culture Fieldston School, where her journalism teacher introduced her to writing — something Sophia found an instant love for. She wrote for the Fieldston News, and was editor-in-chief of the school’s music and gaming magazine, The Fieldston LP. Sophia also participated in The New York Times summer academy in 2016. She is passionate about investigative stories, and is driven by a desire to call out wrongdoing in society. Two more interns will join them in June — Jilleen Barrett and Maya Mitrasinovic. Jilleen is from the Sayville community on Long Island, but is an incoming junior at Manhattan College. Jilleen knew she was bit by the journalism bug while a high school senior when she was hired to work as an unpaid arts and culture writer for Affinity Magazine. Soon after moving into the Bronx, Jilleen joined Manhattan College’s student newspaper, The Quadrangle, rising to managing editor as well as the arts and entertainment editor. She’s also the incoming editor-in-chief of the school’s lifestyle publication, Lotus Magazine. Outside of writing, Jilleen is on the executive board of the Sigma Delta Tau sorority, and is a volunteer for the Lasallian Women and Gender

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ver the last three years, nearly 79,000 eighth and ninth graders have tried to gain entry into a handful of the city’s specialized schools like Bronx Science and the High School of American Studies, only to have more than 65,000 of them fall short. These are “elite” public schools, so it makes sense that spots would be limited to students with good recommendations, who impressed educators through a series of interviews, showed a robust list of extra-curriculars, and scored high on a standardized test. Except that’s not how really any of these schools accept students. There are no recommendation letters, no interviews, no perusal of after-school activities. Instead, there’s only the Specialized High School Admissions Test, and acing that isn’t just a reflection of how smart a student is, but also their access to the resources necessary to squeeze every last point out. It’s a system that seems to benefit everyone except Black and Latino students. In fact, over the last three years, more than 43 percent of those who applied were Black and Latino. Yet, just 1,360 of them — only 4 percent — actually make it into a specialized high school. At the same time, these schools accept 28 percent of its Asian applicants and 26 percent of white test-takers. There are actually nearly three times

the number of white students accepted into specialized schools than Black and Latino students combined, despite nearly three times the Black and Latino students sitting down to take the SHSAT. Yet lawmakers — especially those at the state level who control the admissions process into these schools — say there’s nothing wrong with the tests. For them, the problem is in the schools, and have nothing to do with “Big Test Prep.” We’ve heard about the power of “Big Pharma” with its deep pockets. But the test-taking industry isn’t much different. While there are some scattered low-cost and even free test prep services available, the elite prep courses run hundreds — if not thousands — of dollars. In fact, the test prep industry is a billion-dollar business, collecting money not just from those looking for an edge with the SHSAT, but with many other milestone exams as well, like the SAT and ACT. The SHSAT wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t the sole criteria most of the specialized schools used to choose its students. And year after year, like clockwork, the racial disparities it creates are obvious. Students must have a level playing field when competing for slots at these schools, a field that the SHSAT simply fails in providing.

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On the current whitelash ...

By NICKY ENRIGHT

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or the first time in U.S. history, an actual majority of white people — including the president — are vocally addressing systemic racism. Change is in the air. As countless institutions across America explicitly denounce racism, proclaim that Black lives matter, and finally begin the process of interrogating their racist legacies, a predictable “whitelash’ has ensued in the media. The term was coined by CNN commentator Van Jones to describe the white backlash that results whenever racism is challenged in America. Lately, I have seen many opinions denouncing efforts to confront the legacy of racism in elite private schools, but the focus on battling racism is nationwide — in public and private schools, institutions of higher education, and museums. Even corporations are issuing “Black lives matter” declarations and challenging voter suppression, itself inextricably linked to racism. The whitelash appears to be a coordinated, right-wing attack of mostly nonsense. U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently complained that some corporations are “behaving like a woke parallel government.” But it includes some fair-sounding criticisms while appropriating — and shamelessly subverting — the language of the civil rights struggle, making it confounding and dangerous. One notion that must be discredited is that educational institutions, through the use of affinity groups, make students fixate on race. That distinction belongs to American history, where racial classification was used — explicitly and brutally — to maintain the racist hierarchy. Today, the expressed motivation behind affinity groups is the undoing of racism and white hegemony. It is very telling — and suspect — that people who never had anything to say about the long history of our racist caste system suddenly object to an institution’s focus on racism. Accusations of reverse racism seem especially muddled, coming from confused people who cling to unexamined notions of meritocracy, and wish to preserve the status quo. Their current circumstances are perceived as trouble-free, until someone points out a problem, whereupon the pointer is perceived as the problem. The dismay over the discontinuation of Dr. Seuss books due to racist imagery is an example of this dynamic. I say good riddance to those images, where I recommend his book “The Sneetches and Other Stories” as the best children’s book I know of on prejudice. The whitelash worldview fails to recognize the huge and interrelated problems of white hegemony, misogyny, homophobia, and greeddriven capitalism in the United States. Some people think everything was fine until institutions attempted to address any of these omni-

present issues to spread equity and redefine a good education. Today, the concept of “normal” is rightfully undergoing revision. But the whitelash mocks compassion for marginalized groups including, for example, the LGBTQ community. When schools encourage teachers to use “your family” instead of “your mom and dad,” it is a logical extension of the earlier tweak of “parent or guardian” — probably controversial in its day. But educators should recognize the diversity of families and the pain endured by students who must repeatedly rectify false assumptions, or worse, allow them to stand. Because not everything is part of a hallowed tradition, and when traditions are revealed to be unjust, they should evolve, or be discarded. To be sure, justice work must be open to constructive criticism, but I object to the destructive attacks I have seen in the media. While it is true that skin color should not be important, it is absurd to suggest that it is educators making it important. It is true that efforts to challenge racism sometimes perpetuate what the eminent attorney Bryan Stevenson calls “the narrative of racial difference.” Although it is often approached as a black-and-white issue, racism is of particular interest to multi-ethnic people — like me — who are apt to perceive it from multiple perspectives. It is essential to understand the fact that racial categories stem from racism, and not the other way around. But not through “colorblindness,” which is more accurately “historyblindness.” Stating the beautiful fact that we are all part of one human family should not be the prerogative of clueless right-wingers. As the acclaimed author Toni Morrison told Stephen Colbert on his show, “There is no such thing as race. It’s just the human race — scientifically, anthropologically.” It is painful to see that fact hijacked by the reactionary right and misused to imply that there are no grounds for dissecting racism. As long as we see them as stepping stones, and not as the destination, there is a qualitative difference between contemporary institutions organizing self-selecting, optional affinity groups, and past institutions — all of them — overtly segregating and excluding people because of skin color. It is crucial to envision a society where racism is history. But pretending we are already there, while disparaging any efforts to actually get us there, is counterproductive and deceitful. The goal of obliterating the social construct of race and embracing our common humanity requires acknowledgement that all American institutions stand on a deeply racist foundation that is just beginning to be addressed, and that needs to be rectified. The whitelash may dispute it, but the current reckoning happening across the nation is a sign of progress in the struggle for justice.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Stop hesitating on health act To the editor: I am struggling to understand why more people aren’t insisting on single-payer health care at both the national and local level. Opposition from insurance companies protecting their profits is one factor, and it is formidable. They publish horror stories about long wait times for appointments and deterioration of care, but that is what we have now. The conflict between an insurance company and Montefiore Health System over profit has left thousands of patients scrambling to find new doctors. According to New York Focus, “nearly 250,000 retired New York City employees and their spouses could have their health insurance changed to Medicare Advantage plans managed by private insurers.” An increase of as much as $5,000 in annual out-of-pocket costs per retiree might be in the agreement. The plans offer expanded benefits like gym memberships, but according to one retired city administrator, “The word on the street is that these Advantage plans are fine — as long as you don’t get sick.” Providing the insurance companies with more profit will not lower medical costs for the individual. The insurance companies maintain that providing health care to every resident of New York as promised in the New York Health Act will make health care unaffordable. It seems to me it is unaffordable now. New York state today pays $55 billion to some 50 insurance companies — each with different doctor networks, formularies, and paperwork requirements — to pay for health care administration. None of this money actually goes to health care. The sponsors of the New York Health Act maintain that eliminating these contracts with insurers would result in savings of most of the $55 billion, thereby enabling New York state to afford universal health care. A progressive premium for health care based on income will be a more equitable solution to paying for care if there is a shortfall. So what factors make people hesitate to de-

Just saying thank you To the editor:

(re: “Weekend vandalism targets 4 synagogues,” April 29)

Please make sure The Riverdale Press thanks the Guardian Angels for responding to the despicable vandalism of houses of worship in our community. They took it upon themselves to come and patrol our streets — along with our police — and we thank them for caring. barbara rubinsTein

Control these cars To the editor: I am writing to address two quality-of-life issues. The first

is the high noise levels created by cars and motorcycles with modified or missing mufflers. The noise is deliberate, offensive, intrusive to the quietude, disrespectful to our ears, and indeed painful. Can lawmakers pass legislation to prohibit retail motorcycle and auto parts stores from selling and installing these contraptions? Police are overwhelmed and frustrated as well. I think at the automobile or motorcycle inspection site, this could be disallowed and reported. Random roadblocks or stops on highways could distribute summonses for these offenses. The press can help to educate the public as to what are our rights and options. Secondly, also involving cars. Many vehicles have installed window tints more than the law states at 30 per-

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cent darkening. Owners have blackened them all to disallow anyone from viewing the occupants or their activities. This is downright scary. The police are at their mercy. This is not acceptable for obvious reasons. Police should ticket every vehicle or impound them until the windshields meet their legal tint level. danny sTeiner

Hope is not lost To the editor:

(re: “Weekend vandalism targets 4 synagogues,” April 29)

“Shattered hope” is an unfortunate banner headline in a recent edition of The Riverdale Press. Please do not presume that hope is lost. sue sawyer

We will never succumb to hate To the editor:

(re: “Weekend vandalism targets 4 synagogues,” April 29)

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mand universal health care? Some may fear “deals” like the proposed New York City arrangement for public employees. We can vote out legislators that sign such contracts. Some may fear that one formulary for all New Yorkers may eliminate a drug they need. But the buying power of the state will certainly lower the cost of most drugs, and an appeal process in the state should be more lenient than one with the insurance company. I think that the biggest factor in the New York Health Act hesitancy is simply fear of the unknown. It is hard to imagine what does not exist today. My own struggle to imagine life with the bill provides some insight. For access to a new vision, I need to go back in time. During my childhood, medical care was routine, not noteworthy. We had regular checkups, and our local doctor stitched up more serious cuts. Certainly that world seems gone forever. I do remember both my husband and I losing our jobs just after my second daughter was born. I was so worried about paying for COBRA, I took a minimum wage job in a dental office. That was my health care trauma, my first awareness of how critical health insurance could be. So I think that my vision of life under the New York Health Act is primarily about not having to worry about paying for health care, even when you lose your job. The New York Health Act is comprehensively providing preventive care, and continuity with the same doctor. It provides many important services some of us might never need, including treatment for drug addiction, mental illness, and long-term care. In my imagination, life with the New York Health Act provides the security of knowing there will be access to care, even if I lose my job. That is more important than any one service. Each New Yorker may struggle as I do, trying to imagine the new system, characterizing the system without their own health care struggle. For everyone’s peace of mind, let’s pass the New York Health Act. Helen MelTzer-KriM

Recently, the Jewish community in Riverdale was terrorized by attacks on at least four synagogues. This is a heartbreaking scandal that cries out for justice. As a pastor who has helped build a faith community here in the Bronx, it is especially distressing to see hate hit home right on our doorsteps. Terrorizing young people where they worship is an attack on our fundamental rights as Americans, and it’s why last year I introduced legislation in the city council to enhance penalties precisely to deter these kinds of crimes. Over recent years, the entire nation has seen acts of anti-Semitism on the rise, with some of the most spectacular attacks taking place on places of worship. The hate attacks in Riverdale are given fuel by cowards and opportunists who are playing with the dangerous fires of history. Our Jewish sisters and brothers have borne the excesses of hatred uniquely and deeply. And

now to see these same storm clouds on our New York horizon is unspeakable. That’s the bad news. The good news is that anti-Semitism and all other forms of hatred have no home here in the Bronx, and never will. Look around you, and you will know that the Bronx is — and always will be — a place for people of all faiths, creeds, colors and backgrounds. These attacks will not end our commitment to these traditions, they will only make us stronger. Hatred cannot beat love. Never could. Never will. And as we mourn the Riverdale hate attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice, we can take comfort knowing that love is not just what unites the heavens and the earth, it’s also what makes the Bronx unbeatable. Fernando Cabrera The author is a city councilman who is running for Bronx borough president in the June 22 Democratic primary.


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By MIRIAM LEVINE HELBOK

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ow delightful it would be to slip into bed every night and soon drift off to sleep, having only pleasant dreams and remaining in slumber until morning, rather than lying awake for an hour or two hours or more, and then — after finally conking out — being awakened far too soon, at least once, by the call of nature and having to traipse to the bathroom, with remnants of a nightmare clinging to me. How delightful it would be to awaken each morning feeling refreshed and cheerful and eager to start the day, rather than weighed down by an oppressive sense of amorphous dread, fearing the moment when I must open my eyes and drag myself out of bed. How delightful it would be to awaken to a spotless, orderly apartment, where everything is where it should be, and no unnecessary stuff lies like an eyesore in every direction. How delightful it would be to have the branches of a tall tree right outside my bedroom window, a tree full of leaves and twittering birds, and even like the tree outside E.B. White’s window in Maine — a raccoon mother who has found the perfect hollow in which to deliver and rear her young. How delightful it would be to know exactly how much money I will need to live on and have available for charity until my death, so that if I knew now how much I’d ever need, I could give that extra sum to my son now, or in the maximum allowable increments without taxation. How delightful it would be to have an indoor garden that has enough nectar to sustain butterflies — and, perhaps, artificial flowers with artificial nectar, like the butterfly houses in zoos, which would serve as an ever-present and endlessly changing feast for my eyes. How delightful it would be to be able to create exactly what I had in mind to create — that with every attempt, each essay or story would be a succession of perfect sentences and perfect paragraphs that perfectly express a theme or perfectly tell a story, and each drawing or painting would come into being as a perfect representation of what I had imagined. How delightful it would be to have everything needed for filing my tax returns in a single place, ready for the accountant, rather than wondering not only if I’ll find everything, but whether every-

thing is still somewhere to be found. How delightful it would be to have a gorgeous singing voice and a capacious memory for lyrics. Or, in an even better fantasy I’ve had, to be able to produce the sounds of instruments solely with my vocal cords in some magical way, so that I could sound like a flute or a clarinet or a string quartet or even a small orchestra. How delightful it would be to become an expert in many areas of knowledge, which would make the world far richer and more fascinating and wonderful to me than it is now. How delightful it would be to finally take myself firmly in hand and clear away forever the physical and mental and emotional garbage of a lifetime. How delightful it would be to go to my online sources of news — as I feel driven to do repeatedly every day — and not be bombarded by chronicles of evil and greed and cruelty, sickness and death, suffering and hunger and pain, armed and unarmed conflicts, environmental dangers and disasters, threats and ultimatums, injustices, negligence, malpractice, and real and metaphorical plagues of many kinds. How delightful it would be if the loving, kind God that Jews of faith praise every day truly existed and would truly be loving and kind, so that there would no longer be evil in the world, or greed or cruelty. No sickness or suffering. No hunger or pain. No armed or unarmed conflicts. No environmental disasters. No threats and ultimatums. No injustices. No negligence. No malpractice. No real or metaphorical plagues. And if such a loving and kind God were to exist, how delightful it would be if people never grew very old, but lived forever, and at a certain age were transported to another life-sustaining planet — just as wonderful as Earth — so that Earth would not get impossibly overcrowded. Surely, with a billion trillion stars in the visible universe, there would be more than enough such planets for humans for a billion years to come. How delightful it would be to go to bed each night knowing that I had accomplished what I had set out to accomplish that day. That I had helped someone that day. That I had made someone happier that day. That my conscience was clear, and that sleep would soon come, and that I’d sleep soundly until morning, dreaming only pleasant dreams, and wake up feeling refreshed and optimistic.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Adjusting to a new Seder normal To the editor: Last year we Zoomed a Seder. It felt sad and unrewarding for me. This year, we had a few vaccinated friends come for the Seder. It was a wonderful “enough.” This year is different from all others. We have come to understand all the years will be different. We hope all the plagues pass over our house, over all the houses in the world, and disappear into oblivion. We have done enough reclining. We left our door ajar, cautiously, so Elijah could come, and after him or her, the messiah. Usually we leave it open, saying, “I hope my mother comes,” my mother, dead now more than 15 years. Yes, Seders are different, and they will be as they were for 3,000 years. No stuffed cabbage. No strawberry shortcake with matzah meal from mom. No little children asking four or more questions. No big “children” lounging on the sofa during the long traditional meal.

Who would have thought it? But it was better than we hoped. This time, the Jewish friends did not go to their families. They came to us. One brought her soup and the charoset. One brought spring vegetables. Another, dessert. They shared their points of view and family stories. A 70-year-old read the “four questions.” They hadn’t heard our often-told stories about our ancestors. They hadn’t seen the photo of my great-grandfather leading the Seder, my mother about 5. I met everyone in that photo. They didn’t know my husband’s story of how his mother took the Normandy ship and met his father in Poland just before the war. I hadn’t heard their stories of their families. And they hadn’t shared our rendition of this annual Seder. Next year in the Bronx, we hope. Again. Next year, more people? Maybe our children, and big hugs and kisses? That certainly would be enough. Happy holiday, Passover, Easter, spring. JudiTh Veder

There was one key detail left out To the editor:

(re: “They built this homestead, but didn’t have a choice,” April 22)

I was struck by the omission of the word “African” to describe the enslaved people held by the Van Cortlandt family. The author clearly describes the “European” origin of the slaveholders, giving them an assumed hierarchy to those they exploited and used as chattel. This benign attitude — that slavery was incidental to the building of this country — perpetuates the myth of willing immigrants coming to America for

a better life. The nameless men, women and children who were enslaved, ripped of their culture, language and dignity before emancipation worked on the Van Cortlandt plantation and other enterprises in the area without compensation or inheritance of the wealth generated by their blood and tears. I hope the Enslaved People Project and the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance will tell the true story of what happened at that place. And it will tell the hardships endured by people of

African origin and Indigenous people who lived on that land before 1630. As a native New Yorker who attended public schools, I remember the painful 30 minutes of my lesson in elementary school of slavery in the United States, and the fast-forward to post-Civil War America. We should be teaching the reality of how enslaved people were forced to live, and their resilience in the face of evil so such a thing never happens again in humanity. MiriaM allen

Forgetting about SNAD already? To the editor:

(re: “Nabe planning must start from the bottom: CB8,” May 6)

Listening to the discussion regarding the Special Natural Area District at the May 3 Community Board 8 land use committee meeting, the SNAD was never mentioned. During the meeting, the discussion was about the 197-a plan. SNAD was a special zoning regulation adopted to protect natural features on private property. Two areas were designated — one in Staten Island, and the other in Riverdale. In 1991, the City Planning Commission adopted rules establishing standards, procedures and timelines for the 197-a process. The Riverdale SNAD has been slowly, but steadily, destroyed. Property originally called Chapel Hill Farms was a 16-acre densely wooded area bounded by Fieldston Road, West 250th Street, Iselin Avenue, Delafield Avenue and West 253rd Street. The owner of this property wanted to develop this land. In 2005, he had all the trees removed without any notice to the community. The trees were all removed between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, while the community was celebrating the holidays. He eventually developed several super mansions priced between $5 million and $10 million. The development was named Villanova Heights. In the beginning, he was unable to sell any of them, so he rented the houses. This prop-

erty was part of the Riverdale SNAD. Another section of the SNAD is bounded by Fieldston Road and Manhattan College Parkway. This property is owned by a person living on the corner of Fieldston Road and West 246th Street, and is several acres. The owner has been trying to develop this property for more than 20 years. The plan is to develop five mega-mansions. The owner finally got approval to develop two of the five parcels a few years ago. The development involves creating drainage through large outcroppings of rock between the site and Fieldston Road, as well as connections to Manhattan College Parkway. Both of these developers are lining their pockets with large amounts of money while the homeless population is reaching its highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930s. I am sure this fact never enters the minds of these developers. Yet when projects are proposed to help homeless individuals, the racist cry of “not in my backyard” — NIMBY — screams loud and clear. They will state that they want to help homeless individuals, but do it somewhere else. Where else? And how, I ask. John BenfaTTi The author is chair of the emergency overnight shelter with the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture.

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high school teacher that would serve me for a lifetime. My very first interview was with the head coach of my high school’s football team. I didn’t trust my ability to write down his words as fast as he said them, so I carried my old boom box with me and recorded everything on a cassette tape. Just a few years later, after moving to Florida, an editor yelled at me because I had been out in the field on assignment when some major news broke, and he had no idea how to reach me. I decided it was time to enter the modern age, equipping myself with a — well, it was a pocket pager. If my boss needed me, he could just call that pager, tap in his number, and I would race to the closest payphone I could find. OK, so maybe I am an old-school

journalist. As a young kid, I would watch my dad come home from work and pick up the afternoon paper, slowly flipping through its pages while relaxing in his favorite chair, a hot cup of coffee by his side. I wanted to be like my dad, so after he was done, I would take the newspaper and read it myself. Most of it made little sense to me, but the obituary section would catch my eye. And it was through the stories of those no longer with us that I found my calling. When I arrived in Riverdale, I wasn’t just joining any newspaper. I was joining the newspaper. There aren’t many community newspapers with the legacy of The Riverdale Press, and I’m reminded of it each and every day I first sit down at my desk and look up at the newspaper’s old banner card that I framed and hung on the

wall. It’s the flag you see each week at the top of our front page, but this is the original one Richie Stein designed back in 1971. If you look closely enough, you can still see where he drew the curly flourishes at the end of each “R.” David and Celia Stein knew a good community needed a good paper. Their sons Buddy and Richie came to the same conclusion, as did every editor who followed then. Today, newspapers feel like an endangered species. Younger people these days feel the need to seek their news online, even if reading a story is constantly interrupted by pop-up ads and videos. There’s something about holding a newspaper in your hands. It’s big enough that when you open it, the rest of the world disappears — especially when you’re sitting in your favorite

chair, with a hot cup of coffee nearby. We spend practically every waking moment staring into a computer screen, or entranced by something on our smartphones. Isn’t it nice to read words off of something that isn’t glowing? From a source that’s a real object in your hands, and not just something digital that disappears the moment you open a new window. If that makes me old-school, then so be it. In our fast-paced, ever-changing society, it’s easy to quickly discard anything that feels “old.” But there’s a comfort, even wisdom, in age. And it’s nice to know that at least in this part of the Bronx, it’s the kind of old-school feeling we can enjoy each and every week. The author is editor of The Riverdale Press.

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Mino Lora always shows up for us Final cost for Tappan Zee To the editor: North Bronx Racial Justice and Bronx Climate Justice North wholeheartedly endorse Mino Lora for city council in District 11. As leaders in the northwest Bronx, we’re delighted to have a city council candidate we can wholeheartedly support. And we’re far from alone: State Sens. Alessandra Biaggi and Gustavo Rivera, Assemblywoman YuhLine Niou, council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Brad Lander, as well as former gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout all enthusiastically support Mino. So do The Jewish Vote and the Latino Victory Fund, as well as Unite Here, the Communications Workers of America, Citizen Action, Working Families Party, Progressive Women of New York, Downtown Women for Change, and NYC Kids PAC. Also the New York Immigrants Coalition Immigrants Action, the No-IDCNY coalition, and the El Diario/La Prensa editorial board. Why do we support Mino? Because Mino can be trusted to represent everyone in all the neighborhoods of District 11: Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Bedford Park, Norwood, Wakefield, Woodlawn and Van Cortlandt Village. She speaks everyone’s language in the district. She has helped families and children in all our neighborhoods. As an educator and executive director of the People’s Theatre Project, Mino has brought delight and hope to many. She’s committed to preserving and expanding women’s rights, and the rights of all workers and immigrant communities. She has lived the lives of common people, so people believe her when she says, “Essential workers and those struggling to unionize can always count on me to show up for them — siem-

pre” — always. She says, “Being of service, in whatever way I can, is the heart of who I am.” Mino says that “systemic oppression and racism are built into every layer of society, and to build a better Bronx, we must take them out at the root. We deserve bold leadership, unafraid to name and take on the daily challenges we face. As your councilwoman, I’m committed to progressive legislative and budget priorities that reflect the resilience and values of District 11. “We don’t ask for our basic human rights. We demand them.” Top items for Mino are education justice, against segregation and underfunding. Housing justice to assure affordable housing and basic security at home. Economic justice, removing obstacles to employment, protecting small businesses, and creating good jobs. Immigrant justice to protect against federal actions that hurt all of us. Transportation justice so that all New York City neighborhoods will have modern, accessible and affordable mass transit. And criminal justice reform, shifting billions of dollars away from the New York Police Department and into our public schools, health care, and recreational programs for youth. We need Mino Lora to represent us in the city council, and both North Bronx Racial Justice and Bronx Climate Justice North are proud to stand with her. Jerry Goodman mimi Goodman The authors are members of North Bronx Racial Justice and Bronx Climate Justice North.

To the editor: Last year, toll hikes were approved for the New York Thruway and the Mario Cuomo Bridge. This will be the first of many toll hikes in coming years. Blaming lost revenues due to COVID-19 for toll hikes doesn’t tell the whole truth. Motorists and taxpayers still have to await the final outcome of the Tappan Zee Bridge construction contractors lawsuit against the New York State Thruway Authority for $961 million, plus interest, for the additional incurred costs for work not compensated. This includes overtime for project schedule acceleration and change orders to the base contract for additional work. What is the real relationship of the new toll hikes to cover these potential costs? Toll hikes are how Gov. Cuomo always intended to find several billion to pay for construction. The real final price tag for construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge, instead of $3.9 billion, may end up closer to $5 billion. The Citizen Budget Commission previously reported that tolls on the new bridge will likely increase from $5 to $10.50 over time. Cuomo made a cold political calculation by promising not to raise the tolls

when running for another term in 2018. To pay back the $1.6 billion Federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Improvement Act loan, and $1 billion thruway authority bond — as well as up to $961 million in final payment to the contractor — tolls always had to go up sooner or later. What is the schedule and current status for paying back both loans? Moody’s Investors Service estimated the tolls will go up $15 by 2026 for the thruway authority to be able to pay back the loan, bond and resolution of up to $961 million more in contractor final payment claims. Cuomo will exit Albany leaving taxpayers and commuters paying higher fares, taxes and tolls in coming years for a final project cost closer to $5 billion than his proposed $3.98 billion to cover the tab. When will state comptroller Tom DiNapoli audit this project to determine if there was any waste, fraud or abuse of taxpayer dollars? There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch — or in this case, construction of a bridge. At the end of the day, someone has to pay. Larry Penner

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home gym, and a place to relax with a book or television. Perfect symmetry creates the option for the second bedroom walls to be reinstalled near the terrace door. The kitchen features Caesarstone counters and back splash, which complement the full-sized stainless steel appliances. Outside, primal forests, the Hudson River and the Palisades offer heavenly vistas. Every radiator cover and window sill shines with metallic silver paint that blends into the light from the sky. This home is waiting for you. Move in today for $499,000, plus a monthly maintenance cost of $879.

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VillanoVa heighTs* AvAilAble for 1 yeAr leAse 5030 Goodridge Avenue

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JOIN THE RIVERDALE PRESS TEAM Are you bright, ambitious and prepared to put your marketing skills to good use? If so, Riverdale needs you.

8 bedrooms/ 7 full baths/ 1 half bath/ Elevator/ Pool

5040 Goodridge Avenue

The Riverdale Press, the community medium of the northwest Bronx, is looking for inside and outside account executives to help local businesses — from mom ’n’ pop stores to national chains — shape their marketing and advertising plans, in print and online. The Pulitzer-prize winning Riverdale Press is the jewel in the crown of one of America’s most respected media companies — Richner Communications, Inc. Outside executives must have a car and a valid driver’s license.

E-mail resumé & cover letter to: Advertising@RiverdalePress.com No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

9 bedrooms/ 8 full baths/ 1 half bath/ Elevator/ Pool

John e. fiTzgerald • 914.841.9206

(Brokers ProTecTed)

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spuyten duyVil Web #917 3-bdrm, 3.5-bath house on cul-de-sac. Center hall, sunken living rm w/ WBFP & finished walk-out basement. $1,700,000

nortH riVerdAle Web #911 Classic 3-bdrm, 3.5-bath house features living rm with WBFP, finished attic w/ 2 rms and landscaped yard. $1,200,000

fieldston Web #885 Stately, secluded georgian revival stone 6-bdrm, 6-full, 2-half bath residence situated on nearly three quarters of an acre. Completely renovated with wide front terrace, large living room with WBFP and french doors to four-season sunroom. $4,900,000

fieldston Web #905 Bright 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath Tudor-Style house w/ sunken living room with ceiling beams, WBFP, patios & yard. $1,700,000

fieldston Web #919 Bright and open 5-bdrm, 2.5-bath with wide welcoming porch, formal entry vestibule w/ ample storage. $1,550,000

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nortH riVerdAle Web #913 3-Family townhouse with driveway, patio and garage. Laundry room in basement with coin-operated W/D. $1,350,000

VAn cortlAndt crest Web #912 Renovated 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath, colonial style house with center hall, living room with WBFP, patio & yard. $825,000

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West of pArKWAy Web #755 3-bdrm, 2.5-bath center hall colonial. WBFP in living rm, open plan kitchen & dining & finished basement. $1,420,000

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fieldston Web #900 6-bdrm, 5.5-bath, stucco Tudor with gracious historic interior, fireplace, rear decks and level backyard. $2,295,000

West of pArKWAy Web #893 Prime reno opportunity: Completely gutted 7,000-SF 5-bdrm, 6-bath house w/ pool & multi level patios. $3,450,000

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West of pArKWAy Web #895 Stylish and light filled 4-bdrm, 4.5 btah house with impressive grounds and private association pool. $2,595,000

fieldston Web #904 Spacious 4-bdrm, 5.5-bath stucco house with patio and level grassy yard. Center hall, gas fireplace and FDR. $2,350,000

West of pArKWAy Web #880 Grand bucolic beauty 6-bdrm. 5.5-bath mansion with wraparound porch on over one acre with grassy lawns. $4,325,000

fieldston Web #894 Pristine, light filled 6-bdrm, 5.5-bath house with patios & grassy yard. Huge rm with wood oak flooring. $2,775,000

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soutH riVerdAle Web #910 Newly built 5-bdrm, 5.5-bath house with porch, dining patio & level grassy yard on private cul-de-sac. $1,890,000

VAn cortlAndt crest Web #899 Spacious 6-bdrm, 3-full & 2-half baths, WBF in LR, dining rm & mstr bdrm. Eatin kitchen, porches & patio. $1,195,000

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3530 Henry Hudson pKWy #cc664 Renovated & spacious 2-bdrm conv 3, 2-bath with dining foyer, large living room and wide open views. $565,000

2727 pAlisAde AVe #cc656 Bright 2-bdrm, 2-bath with balcony, 24-hr DM & parking avail. Master BR suite & remodeled kitchen. $539,000

3935 blAcKstone AVe #cc648 Spacious, light filled, low floor 3-bdrm w/ balcony & 24-hr D/M. Extra lrg foyer & dining rm with built-ins. $649,000

750 KAppocK street #cc659 Spacious and bright top-floor 2-bdrm, 2-bath with enclosed sunrise balcony, parking, & 24-hr doormen. $549,000

3850 Hudson mAnor terr #cc662 Low floor 3-bdrm, 2-bath co-op with updated kitchen, dining area, laundry in unit and p/t doorman. $465,000

609 KAppocK st #cc663 Bright & spacious 2-bdrm, 1.5-bath corner unit with a eat-in kitchen. Pool and indoor parking space. $350,000

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3614 JoHnson AVe cc646 2-bdrm, 2-bth with open plan living and dining area with glass sliding doors to balcony. $425K

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3600 fieldston rd cc855 2-bdrm, 2-bath conv 3, 2-bath w/ balcony, updated kitchen and DM. Parking avail. $375K

exclusiVe condo 3800 blAcKstone cc630 2-bdrm, 2-bath duplex penthouse w/ private roof terrace & indoor parking. $675K

condo exclusiVe 3800 blAcKstone cc660 Contemporary 3-bdrm, 2-bth condo with modern kitchen and laundry in unit. $659K

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fieldston Vic. rr642 6-bdrm, 3.5-bath, 7,500 sq. ft. house w/ Expansive wraparound porch & pool. $19,500/mo

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3935 blAcKstone cc646 Spacious 2-bdrm, 2-bath with open plan living, dining area and balcony. $415K

3601 JoHnson AVe. cc587 Walk-in level doctor’s office with seperate entrance and reception area. $295K

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290 W 232nd st cc657 Updated 2-bdrm post war co-op with balcony. Entry foyer & eat-in kitch. $339K

4525 HH pArKWAy cc650 Bright & renov Jr-4 convt to 2 with open sunset views and 24-hr doorman. $329K

fieldston Vic. rr880 Spacious 6-bdrm, 4.5-bth center-hall Colonial w/ patio & yard on cul-de-sac. $7,900

professionAl & office spAce 3755 HH pKWAy - tHe imperiAl - Walk-in level doctor’s office with reception area and 2 exam rooms. $360K nortH riVerdAle - Office Space Available. $1,500/mo

exclusiVe 3001 HH pArKWAy cc853 Spacious 3-bdrm, 2-bth, PT DM. Entry foyer, large entral foyer & sunken LR. $625K

exclusiVe 601 KAppocK st cc649 Mint condition, beautifully renovated 2-bdrm with doorman and pool. $284K

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pet-friendly rentAls West of pArKWAy - Spac 3-bdrm, 2-bath, balcony, partial river views, DM & fitness rm. Dogs ok. rented $3,325/mo West of pArKWAy - 2-bdrm, 2-bath, balcony, partial river views, DM & fitness rm. Dogs ok. rented $2,550/mo West of pArKWAy - Rent stabilized 1-bdrm, parquet floors, $2,075/mo balcony, DM & fitness room. Dogs ok.

condo excl 3816 WAldo AVe cc643 Contemporary Condo with balcony, modern kitch, lndry in unit, DM & prkg. $640K

exclusiVe 3616 HH pArKWAy cc642 Spacious and bright 2-bdrm with balcony, and doorman. Indr parking avail. $398.5K

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3515 HH pArKWAy cc638 Spacious & bright 3-bdrm, 2-bath corner unit. Entry foyer, living rm & renov kitch. $618K

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290 West 232nd st cc626 2-bdrm with entry foyer, dining area and balcony. Storage area and bicycle rm in bldg. $305K

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