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KaBOOM converts empty lot into children’s play space

 

By Bob Guiliano

Bronx Times

What was an empty lot at 4010 Dyre Avenue has been converted to a playground that will serve more than 1,300 children.

The children “now have a new opportunity to get the balanced and active play they need to thrive,” said Celesta Parisi, M.Ed., interim principal at the Astor Services for Children & Families’ Lawrence F. Hickey Center for Child Development.

The former lot was transformed into a kid-designed play space in less than eight hours on Thursday, October 5, with the help of more than 200 people from the center, Disney, area residents and organizers from KaBOOM!

“A playground offers children many learning opportunities,” said Parisi, who along with ASCF’s executive director James McGuirk, Ph.D., believes that play is integral to children’s full development.

“Play builds mental capacity, enhances socialization skills and contributes to the development of coordination and motor skills,” Parisi said. “Play is the work of childhood and is the basis of all learning — social and academic.”

The design of the playground was based on children’s drawings created at a special event in August at Astor’s Hickey Center in the Bronx, which were then incorporated into the final playground design. Elected officials attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony included Councilman Andy King, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., and Senator Jamaal Bailey.

Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the goal of ensuring that all children get the balanced and active play they need to thrive because #PlayMatters.

The new playground is one of many made possible with support from Disney as part of The Walt Disney Company Healthy Living Commitment, a long-standing commitment to create healthier generations by making healthy living fun and simple, according to the release.

“Our work with KaBOOM! promotes active and healthy lifestyles in the communities we serve,” said Kevin Callahan, vice president of Community and Engagement, Corporate Citizenship at Disney.

“Ensuring the happiness of kids is at the heart of what we do, and through our work in more than 75 communities, we are proud to help give kids the childhood they deserve through play,” Callahan said. KaBOOM! works to accelerate efforts that move every child in America to play every day. Together, Disney and KaBOOM! have built more than 75 new play spaces across America giving nearly 100,000 kids access to healthier lifestyles and safe places to play and grow, according to the release.

Astor Services for Children & Families, as it has since 1953, promotes the well-being of children, adolescents and their families through a range of programs that prevent and treat emotional problems and facilitate healthy development.

Now serving more than 8,000 children and families annually, Astor’s current range of services to families in the Mid-Hudson Valley and the Bronx include, residential treatment, therapeutic foster family care, early childhood programs, and community-based behavioral health and prevention services.

For additional information visit astorservices.org or call (845) 871-1117.

Reach Reporter Bob Guiliano at (718) 260-4599. E-mail him at bguiliano@cnglocal.com.

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Two-family homes being built on Miles Avenue

 

A new set of homes will be built on the last vacant parcel along Miles Avenue.

The construction of 5 two-family homes is underway between Robinson and Davis avenues that will become 2626-2634 Miles Avenue, locateddirectly across from Ferry Point Park and Donald Trump’s new golf course, Trump Golf Links.

Four of the detached brick homes will feature over 2,500 suare-feet of residential space, and the fifth detached structure will be a bit smaller at about 2,400 square feet.

According to sources, each of the market rate homes will have a one or two-car parking garages and a driveway with enough room to park at least one more vehicle.

Each home will include luxury granite kitchens and hot water baseboard heating, while each ground floor unit will include a basement and backyard space.

The 3 bedroom over 3 bedroom homes will also be located within walking distance of the Bx42 stop at Harding and Emerson avenues.

The property, which was previously a filled in marshland/swamp-like vacant lot, will soon see a new row of family homes similar to the ones located on Emerson and Hosmer avenues and Hosmer and Robinson avenues on Miles Avenue, which were constructed in the 1990s.

“Once completed, these homes will contribute to a neighborhood that continues to see improvement,” said John Navi, CEO of Colonial Construction and Development, who is currently developing the property.

“These particular homes, which are very similar to the quality you would find in Manhattan, will provide high quality living for the families who will call this development their home in the future,” he added.

Navi added that families who live on the second floor of these townhouses will have great views of Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point Park, which was completed in May 2015.

He confirmed that construction of the two-family homes, which began last spring, would be completed sometime this summer.

The price range for these buildings has not yet been determined.

Community Board 10 did not comment on the new homes, saying that they had not heard anything negative about the development.

The only deterrent that may push potential tenants away is the possibility of alternate side parking in the near future.

Last month, NYC Department of Park & Recreation and NYC Department of Sanitation submitted a request to Community Board 10 to implement alternate side parking and street cleaning on Miles Avenue between Balcolm and Emerson avenues as well as Emerson Avenue between Miles and Schurz Avenue, that run alongside the eastern portion of the golf course.

If approved, street cleaning and alternate side parking would take place on from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays.

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By Steven Goodstein

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Exit Realty Search Earns Top Agents Award

 

Congratulations are in order for Exit Realty Search’s agents who were recently honored as the ‘Top Agents of 2016’.

Exit Realty Search located at 3928 E. Tremont Avenue is open everyday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Exit Realty Search at (347) 202-4965.

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By Robert Wirsing

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Metro College Hosts Tech Meetup Forum

 

Metropolitan College of New York hosted ‘Bronx Tech Meetup #RealEstate Edition’, a real estate forum discussing tech and other issues facing the Bronx development on Wednesday, January 18. The forum’s panel consisted of several local real estate leaders to help determine where to focus tech sector development for the borough.

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By Robert Wirsing

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DDC Interns Visit Bronx River House

 

Nearly 60 high school and college students from the NYC Department of Design and Construction’s summer internship program visited the Bronx River House in Star Light Park on Friday, July 22. DDC’s Public Buildings Cultural Unit’s Irene Albert and Robert Egelbert, the building’s principal architect Gregory Kiss and the Bronx River Alliance’s Greenway coordinator Claudia Ibaven showed students how Bronx River House’s design minimizes the impact on the surrounding environment through the use of a geothermal system. The Bronx River House will also be surrounded by a vegetative wall which shades the building in the summer and allows sunlight to enter during the winter to provide heating.

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By Robert Wirsing

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