Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Lace up those Ice Skates


Riverdale Report
By Robert Press

BRONX, NEW YORK, November 20- Monday was the official opening of the new Van Cortlandt Park Ice Skating Rink. You can go to my blog at to see some exclusive photos of rink GM Mr. Ron Kraut testing the ice out on Saturday before the grand opening. Mr. Kraut circled the rink several times to find out where the final touches were to be put on the ice before the grand opening. Since my deadline was moved up due to Thanksgiving you will have to go my blog to see photos of the official opening of the ice rink, and just who was at the grand opening of the New Van Cortlandt Park Ice Skating Rink.

Saturday on the corner of Sedwick Avenue and Giles Place a street sign with the name “Howard Padernacht Way” was added under the one for Giles Place. Howard Padernacht was a legend in the Shalom Aleichem houses that he managed for many years, and the housing complex borders on the corner of Sedwick Avenue and Giles Place. Mr. Sudir Barek said that he knew Mr. Padernacht for 40 years, and added that Mr. Padernacht was a great person. As manger of the complex (the Shalom Aleichem Houses) Mr. Padernacht would help people in need, and it was his dream to have his three sons graduate from college (which all three have done).

Michael the oldest of the three sons, Daniel “Dan” the middle son, Steve the youngest son, their mother Pam, uncle Elliot, dozens of cousins, and over 100 others celebrated the naming of the corner on Sedwick Ave and Giles Place “Howard Padernacht Way”. Councilman G. Oliver Koppell made the official dedication with former City Councilman Larry Warden (who helped get this street naming passed in the city council) was on hand. After the ceremony the Padernacht family thanked those who came to help celebrate with them. By the way the sign “Howard Padernacht Way” stands opposite the very apartment that Mr. Padernacht lived in when he grew up. Check my blog for photos of the street naming.

“4 Wheels For Good” was announced at the Community Board #8 meeting by City Council candidate Cliff Stanton. Mr. Stanton also handed out fliers for this four hour pilot program that drives seniors around on Tuesdays between 10 AM and 2 PM. When Mr. Stanton had trouble answering one question he said “we will cross that bridge when we come to it”. I caught up with Mr. Stanton a few days later at a fund raising touch football game in Seton Park, and he gave me the following quote “I Just Do Things”. When the game was over Mr. Stanton provided food and drinks for all the attendees.

It is now less than two weeks until the December 2nd Riverdale Holiday Festival. The event will take place on Riverdale Avenue between West 236th and 238th streets from 12 – 4 PM. Traffic will be rerouted for those four hours so that there can be pony rides, a petting zoo, live entertainment, and more that is now scheduled to take place on Riverdale Avenue.
I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and remind you to check my blog at for events that are going on such as the weekly listing of events at Wave Hill, reports on events that have happened (many with photos), items that there may not be enough room for in this column, and items that may come in after our deadline.

If you have any comments about this column or would like to have an event listed or covered in this column or on my blog, you can e-mail us at or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press.

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