The Freeman Identity: Spuyten Duyvil Centenarian Was A Master Spy

At the ripe age of 100, Riverdalian Albert Freeman came forward to tell The Riverdale Press about his life as a dual agent for both the Soviet Union and the FBI. He helped the FBI intercept secret Russian messages while living in obscurity in The Bronx.

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Pretty fly for a Wall Street guy

Wall Street and private-equity execs are having banner years — and spending their record bonuses joining the private jet set. Air-taxi services like Talon Air’s 8-seater Hawker 400XPs are seeing a 50 percent jump in business, according to this November 2006 New York Post article. 

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Univ. Crime Soars — Amid Citywide Drop

For this New York Post piece, I analyzed U.S. Department of Education data using Microsoft Excel and Access to determine that while citywide crime famously declined in the last several years, assaults, burglaries, robberies and rapes on New York City college campuses increased dramatically. 

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Nursing homes face increasing number of lawsuits

Elder lawyer Lewis Fishlin says the number of lawsuits against nursing homes has risen dramatically. He said there is ‘quite a bit of money in it,’ compared to years ago when the cases were ‘not worth taking from a lawyer’s perspective.’

The Riverdale Press looked at several graphic lawsuits against nursing homes in The Bronx to tell the broader story of an increase in elder abuse. 

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Vandals hit more cars

The weekly Police Beat column at The Riverdale Press kept a running tab on neighborhood crimes, but it also held the police accountable for the reporting of crimes. This February 2008 article told the story of how auto break-in statistics were under-reported by the police. 

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A ‘Tough Gal’ Counted Out In Manhattan DA’s Race

Leslie Crocker Snyder ran for Manhattan District Attorney for the second time in 2009. Without the support of outgoing District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, Ms. Snyder faced an uphill battle against Cyrus Vance, Jr. in her likely final run for public office.

The Chief captured this profile after spending the day on the campaign trail and the evening at Judge Snyder’s election party at the Grand Hyatt. 

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Man held in Skyview fatal feud

An early morning argument in a Riverdale apartment building turned deadly in May 2008 when a 54-year-old woman was found in dead, fully clothed, face up, lying in the bathtub. The emotionally disturbed man allegedly responsible threw most of the contents of the 11th-floor apartment off the balcony.

Below is how The Riverdale Press covered the story.

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For some, market for homes is still hot

As the third part of a four-part series on the real estate market in The Bronx’s Riverdale, The Riverdale Press began with the success story of the most expensive co-op sold in the community to date.

"From 2003 to 2008, the most expensive co-ops in Riverdale rose in price each year, jumping 167 percent. Even the least expensive homes rose from $90,000 in 2005 to $530,000 in 2007."

Seller Albert Cruz said of his four-bedroom Penthouse “because of the outrageous prices in Manhattan, Riverdale gives you a much better bang for your buck.”

After the jump is the March 13, 2008 article that was based on a Microsoft Excel analysis of real estate statistics published in The Riverdale Press between 2000 and 2008. 

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Bronx district attorney recognized for service

In December 2007, The Riverdale Press profiled Bronx homicide prosecutor David Greenfield, a Riverdalian that the New York City Bar Association honored with the Thomas E. Dewey Medal for a lifetime of service in the Bronx District Attorney’s office. 

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