On Oct. 2, Topping was one of four activists nationwide to receive an anti-corruption award from The New York City Independence Club, a group whose stated goal is to promote non-partisan politics and grassroots activism.
The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. (SoBRO) announced that it has hired a replacement for its longtime director Philip Morrow, who retired last March. Steven Brown, who has spent his whole career running nonprofits geared towards affordable housing and job training, was named president and CEO of the organization this month.
An ambitious proposal for a 26-story building on the Grand Concourse narrowly passed a preliminary vote of Community Board 1, as board members repeatedly rejected reassurances by developers and a city official that the complex will benefit the community.
Last January, a collective consisting of seven artists bought the 6,400-square-foot lot at 368 East 152 Street for $1.15 million, with help from ArtCondo, a real estate enterprise that helps artists leverage purchases of commercial workspace, buildings and townhouses.
NYCHA residents from the South Bronx joined their counterparts from around the city to protest city and federal policies they say ignore the increasingly desperate need for repairs and other investment to public housing.