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NorthEast Bronx Association Inc.

 'neighbors watching out for neighbors'

 October 2017


Next Meeting: Monday October 30, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.

Guest Speaker:

Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.

Pelham Parkway North Project Begins


The New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYCDDC) is commencing Phase II of the Reconstruction of Pelham Parkway’s north service road and westbound main road. The project includes replacement of the subsurface utilities, upgrading of drainage structures, installation of new sewer, trunk and distribution water mains, new street lights and traffic signals, specialized pavement markings, a new dedicated bus lane, planting of nearly 300 new trees and installation of new guard rails. This project has an anticipated completion date of June, 2021.

Project Related Activities to Date:

Field office has been established and is operational.

Community Construction Liaison has begun outreach activities.

Tree mitigation plan in development with the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the community working group.

Anticipated Work Schedule: 4th Quarter - 2017

Set up the project storage area for machinery and material.

Tree pruning where necessary, as well as tree guard installations.

Contractor will commence removal of utility interference on Con Edison’s behalf.

Work Hours: Typical hours will be Monday to Friday - 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM.

However, the allowable work hours are Monday to Friday - 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (if necessary).

Holiday Food Drive Coming…

In November we all look forward to gathering around the table with family and friends and express our thankfulness for what we are blessed to have.  However there are many families, some within our own community who will not have that opportunity and it is up to us fill the gap.

We at NEBA hope to be able to do this year what we have done every year, gather support to assist those less privileged than ourselves.  This comes in the form of turkeys and non-perishable food items.  All items are distributed to the food pantries at St Lucy’s Parish; and also to the food pantry of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal.

However we are in need of additional sources of non-perishable food items. And we are hoping that you can help us provide for those that otherwise will not have a Thanksgiving dinner.

Please bring as many items of non-perishable food either to our next meeting on Monday October 30, 7:30pm at Kings Harbor MultiCare Center E Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave; OR to our Seniors Brigade on Tuesday November 7 between 11am and 2pm.  We thank you in advance for your anticipated generosity!


Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday October 30, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave – Use Main Entrance.


Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.


Thank You Senator Klein!

NEBA has always maintained an “open door” policy for our elected representatives, so we were thrilled when Senator Jeff Klein decided to show up at our last meeting.  Jeff provided us with an update on issues he is working on and graciously answered all questions.

News from State Senator Jeff Klein

The fatal bus accident in Queens recently shed light on the safety violations many companies in this city have, but unfortunately these records are hard to track down and the public is left in the dark. Our families deserve to feel safe in their neighborhoods not only as passengers, but also as pedestrians and that is why I will fight to ensure that these companies are held accountable.

Part of keeping our neighborhoods safe is also protecting our loved ones from the scourge of heroin and opioid overdoses and I continue to host information sessions throughout the 34th Senate District to spread awareness and give families the tools they need to fight this deadly disease.

Despite the challenges we face here in The Bronx, it is also important for us to take stock in those that make our neighborhoods great, including our immigrant communities and our first responders who risk their lives every day so we can sleep soundly at night.

Each year, I am proud to honor the many immigrants from around the world that have come to the United States in search of the American Dream and the sacrifices they have made to build this great city, this great state and this great country. The statue of Christopher Columbus in Columbus Circle represents the Italian immigrants’ voyage to New York City at a time when the group faced rampant discrimination and I was proud to recently lead a petition ahead of the Columbus Day Parade to ensure this symbol is not taken down.

Hispanic-Americans also deserve our unwavering support and respect, especially during these uncertain times with a federal government threatening to deport hundreds of thousands of DREAMers throughout the country. I am thrilled to once again host my annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration on October 14 and I look forward to seeing you at this special event.

As always, should you have any questions or concerns on all matters of importance, please feel free to contact my office at (718) 822-2049. My staff and I are here to help you and are happy to offer any assistance that we can.

Sincerely, Senator Jeff Klein, 34th Senate District

Thank You Captain Alps!

We were also honored that Captain Alps attended our last meeting…along with our Community Relations favorite Detective Jay Sturdivant and Crime Prevention Officer Tyrone Mederos.

The Captain summarized crime statistics co far this year as compared to last year…and the good news is overall crime is down in the 49th Precinct.  The icing on the cake is that in our Sector G there were only 58 reported crimes, out of 888 for the entire precinct.

Captain Alps also informed us that as of January 2018 our precinct will be an “NCO” command (Neighborhood Coordination Officers), which would place two officers in each sector of the precinct to work closely with community groups, and residents to identify problems, develop intelligence about crime, and lead problem solving and crime fighting efforts.  The two officers for our sector will be our liaison to the NYPD.  Captain Alps said it will be similar to having “beat cops” again…officers who will get to know us and our neighborhood and we will know them.

We at NEBA applaud this effort by our Captain and the NYPD and we are confident it will be successful, and then hopefully expanded.

Sewer & Water Mains Project

Please be advised, on/or about Monday, October 23, 2017, the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC-DDC) will begin a capital project to replace the combined sewer and water mains in the area of Holland Avenue. The purpose of this project is to upgrade infrastructure to ensure the delivery of necessary services. Additional work includes reconstruction of curb and sidewalks, as well as roadway restoration. This project has an anticipated completion date of Spring 2019.


Where will work be performed?

 Mace Avenue, from Cruger Avenue to Holland Avenue

 Mace Avenue between White Plains Road and Cruger Avenue

 Holland Avenue, from Boston Road to Allerton Avenue

 Holland Avenue, from Allerton Avenue to Arnow Avenue.


What work will be done? Work scheduled for this project will include:

 Replacement of sewer

 Installation of 12” Water Mains

 Reconstruction of Sidewalks and Curbs

 Roadway Restoration.


What are the community impacts? The DDC is committed to maintaining a work site that is safe and clean. However, dust, noise, and heavy equipment are common elements of construction, so we ask for your patience during this project. There may be limited street access on certain blocks, as well as lane and sidewalk closures. Emergency vehicle access will be maintained at all time, and deliveries to commercial and residential properties will be allowed whenever possible.

Water Service Interruptions: During this project, water service interruptions will be necessary for construction work to proceed. Whenever it becomes necessary for DDC to interrupt the water service, a “Water Shut-Off Advisory” will be circulated 72 hours in advance by the Community Construction Liaison (CCL), followed by a 24 hour “Water Shut-Off Notification” posted by the Contractor no later than 4:00 pm, the day prior to the service interruption, giving specific instructions regarding the water service interruption. Additionally, the water service will be restored by 6:00pm the same day of the shut-down, unless there is an emergency during the shut-down, which will require the interruption to last until the contractor can restore the service. The contractor will not leave the jobsite until the water is fully restored. Please note you will receive a new “Notification” each time the work requiring the shut-down is deemed necessary.


Pedestrian / Vehicular Traffic/Parking Restrictions

 Pedestrian and Emergency Vehicle access will be maintained always.

 Limited street access on certain blocks, sidewalk and street or lane closures, may be required. Advisories, and Notification signs, will be posted in advance throughout the affected project area(s).

 Driveway access may be temporarily restricted to complete construction.

 Parking will be temporarily restricted during certain working operations to allow for two-way traffic through the construction work zone. “No Parking” signs will be posted in advance throughout the affected project area.


What are the Hours of Work? Typical work hours for the project will vary by location and are as follows:

Monday through Friday from 7am to 6pm and on Saturday 8am to 6pm

 Mace Avenue between White Plains Road and Cruger Avenue.

 Holland Avenue between Boston Road and Allerton Avenue.

 Holland Avenue between Allerton Avenue and Arnow Avenue.

Monday through Friday from 9am to 2pm and on Saturday from 8am to 6pm

 Mace Avenue between Cruger Avenue and Holland Avenue.

Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm and on Saturday from 8am to 4pm

 At intersection of Holland Avenue and Arnow Avenue.


Who to Contact for More Information?

 Please contact Marlyn Nuñez, the Community Construction Liaison (CCL) for any questions/concerns, or to be added to the Neighborhood Notification Network (NNN) list at 718-684-1675 or by email: hollandaveccl@gmail.com

 Visit the NYCDDC web site at www.nyc.gov/ddc

 During non-construction hours, please contact the New York City Government Services and Information Hotline at 311 and indicate the project ID number you are calling about. In case of an emergency call 911.

We appreciate your cooperation and thank you for your patience while we rebuild NYC’s infrastructure.