Jeff Bezos and 1055 Bronx River Ave (Getty, Google Maps)Amazon has leased a 200,000-square-foot warehouse in the Bronx that was previously used by its rival Jet.com.The e-commerce giant has inked a deal for all the space at 1055 Bronx River Avenue along the Bruckner Expressway in Soundview, according to Business Insider. It plans to use the space as a new delivery station. Prologis purchased the building in 2016 for about $30 million.Jet.com previously leased the building, but the company, which is owned by Walmart, stopped working in it last year after giving up on its effort to break into the city’s grocery delivery business. Walmart abandoned the Jet.com brand last month, saying the company had done its job by augmenting Walmart’s online business.Industrial real estate is one of the few sectors that has held up relatively well amid the pandemic, and this is just the latest major lease Amazon has landed in New York City this year. The company inked a 450,000-square-foot lease for a Staten Island warehouse in January and a roughly 300,000-square-foot lease at Rentar Plaza in Queens in February. [Business Insider] – Eddie SmallADVERTISEMENT This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) visual information does not imply or constitute DOD endorsement. IntroductionWelcome to Fort Bliss! On the largest international border in the U.S., at the corner of Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico, you will find a welcoming community. With such a long and diverse community history, there are plenty of things to do in Fort Bliss, Texas!Nearby El Paso’s Downtown Historic District is home to beautiful architecture and vibrant history. The city grew from a mountain pass trading center to Wild West boomtown to a sanctuary for those fleeing the Mexican Revolution.From a working cattle ranch and restaurant to some of the most authentic Mexican food at the “the old place by the graveyard” — an El Paso tradition since the ‘20s — you’ll want to venture off post for a taste of Texas. Local shops range from gift shops to a boot factory store ready to outfit you with handmade boots. Head to nearby White Sands National Monument for a scenic day trip or play tourist and take a local tour.Suggested Read: Fort Bliss Texas: In-Depth Welcome Center (2020 Edition)COVID-19 2020Due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic businesses, venues and parks may be temporarily closed or operating under restricted hours. Beware as many of those listed here are likely to be affected; verify hours of operation before you go.27 Things to Do on Fort BlissKnow what you are looking for? Click the number(s) to go right to where you want to go:(1-4) Aquatics Program(5) Bowling(6-13) Gyms(14-15) Shopping(16-18) Museums(19) Golfing(20-21) Parks, Rivers, & Lakes(22-23) Shooting Ranges(24) Soldier Activity Center(25-26) Recreation and Leisure Events(27) VineyardsFort Bliss Aquatics ProgramThe Fort Bliss Aquatics program has both indoor and outdoor pools. Visit their website for locations and operating hours.1. Aquatics Training Center20733 Constitution DriveFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 741-59012. Community Outdoor Pool253 Club RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-69253. Replica Indoor Pool5035 Dickman RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-74314. Soldier Activity Center Outdoor Pool20732 Constitution DriveFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 744-1532Fort Bliss Bowling5. Desert Strike Lanes Bowling Center2949 Carter RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-6272Desert Strike Lanes Bowling Center offers 52 lanes of fun, a pro shop, a snack bar and full-service lounge, arcade, special events, and more.Fort Bliss GymsFind up-to-date information on fitness centers, programs, group classes, personal training, and more at the Fort Bliss MWR and Family’s website.6. Biggs Physical Fitness Center11251 Biggs StreetFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 744-87307. Logan Physical Fitness Center4797 Ellerthorpe Ave.Logan Heights, TX1 (915) 568-51988. Milam Physical Fitness Center2499 Cassidy RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-73189. Mission Essential Fitness at Iron Works GymsEastT2070 Anzio Way, Building TFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 744-5201West2996 Cassidy RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-289210. Soto Physical Fitness Center20751 Constitution DriveFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 744-578811. Stout Physical Fitness Center2930 Cassidy RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-326412. Tennis Club & Fitness Zone262 Club RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 569-544813. Warrior GymBldg. 21145 Quartermaster RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 741-5930Fort Bliss Shopping14. Fort Bliss MWR & Family’s Hobby Shop820 Marshall RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-5563Fort Bliss MWR & Family’s Hobby Shop pairs Soldiers, their families and DOD civilians with the El Paso Art Association for arts-and-crafts classes. Make an appointment or sign up for a class at the Hobby Shop.15. A Little Bit of Bliss801 Chaffee RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 562-5451A Little Bit of Bliss offers a crafty solution to spouse employment at Fort Bliss. The gift shop, owned and operated by the Fort Bliss Spouses’ Association, buys handcrafted home décor, gifts, furniture, and more. Proceeds from the shop’s sales support college scholarships and grants.Fort Bliss Museums16. Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides MuseumBuilding 1735 Marshall RoadFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-5412This museum presents the history of Fort Bliss from 1849 and America’s tank division, the 1st Armored Division — Old Ironsides. Exhibits and artifacts display division history through World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts in the Balkan states, Operation Desert Storm, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.The museum also presents more than 150 years of Fort Bliss history including the post’s six locations in and around El Paso, its contribution in the exploration and mapping of the western states, the Civil War in the Southwest, the various Native American conflicts, the Mexican Revolution, World Wars I and II, and the role of the post in Army air defense artillery during and after World War II.17. Old Fort Bliss Replica5054 Pershing RoadWest Fort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 588-8482Step back in time to 1857 and life on the frontier at the Old Fort Bliss Replica. This reconstruction is a gift from the city of El Paso in 1948 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the post’s establishment.El Paso18. Border Patrol Museum4315 Woodrow Bean Transmountain RoadEl Paso, TX 79924-37531 (915) 759-6060Exhibits include vehicles, weapons and uniforms highlighting the history of the U.S. Border Patrol from its beginning in the Old West through Prohibition, World War II, up to to today’s high-tech operations. The museum’s admission is free with donations welcome.Fort Bliss Golf Course19. Underwood Jr. Golf Course3200 Coe Ave., Building 3193Fort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-1059The Underwood Jr. Golf Complex boasts a lighted driving range, two practice putting greens, golf carts, and a computerized handicapping service. Coupled with the climate, this Fort Bliss MWR & Family complex is a golfer’s delight for beginners to pro.Parks, Rivers, & Lakes20. Outdoor Recreation20732 Constitution DriveFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 744-1532Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation provides opportunities for soldiers, veterans, friends, and family to explore, learn new skills, and relax. Visit the website for information about equipment rentals and sign-ups for adventure trips.21. Fort Bliss RV Park4130 Ellerthorpe Ave.Fort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-0106The Fort Bliss RV Park office is open daily. Active-duty military and retirees can sign in immediate family members on a space available basis. PATHS Across America lists information to plan a weekend outing or cross-country vacation staying on military installations along the way.Fort Bliss Shooting Range22. Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club3730 Roy Johnson LaneFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 568-5026The Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club’s trap and skeet ranges offer 10 diverse ranges, including trap and skeet, five-stand sporting clays, pistol, rifle, and black powder. The 3-D Archery Range is open Saturday and Sunday.The Fort Bliss Rod and Gun Club offers a youth range safety course for children ages 6 to 17. The free class is held at 2 p.m. every second and fourth Saturday.Canutillo23. Winkey Doodles Paintball Adventures401 Anthony Ave.Canutillo, TX 798351 (915) 877-2110This outdoor facility includes five paintball fields, a pro shop, and a rugged laser tag space.Soldier Activity Center24. Roberto Loeza Soldier Activity Center20732 Constitution DriveFort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 744-1532The Roberto Loeza Soldier Activity Center, the first of its kind in the Army, is on central Fort Bliss. The 25,000-square-foot facility features climbing, a library, an outdoor pool, a game room, and more. Open to Family and MWR all patrons age 18 and older.Recreation and Leisure Events25. BOSS: Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers20732 Constitution Ave.Fort Bliss, TX 799161 (915) 892-5195The Boss Program at Fort Bliss is soldier-led, coordinated recreation and leisure events that cater to single Soldiers’ interests and those who wish to get involved in the El Paso community. Check the online calendar for upcoming trips and events.26. The University of Texas at El Paso Walking TourThe University of Texas at El Paso Walking Tour will guide you through the school’s campus, in the foothills of the Franklin Mountains, known for its architecture inspired by Himalayan mountain-top fortresses.El Segundo Barrio’s dozens of murals connect to the historic Hispanic neighborhood’s culture and artists. Download the Official Visit El Paso App for a guided walking tour of the Segundo Barrio murals.Hit the road. Ranked among the top El Paso attractions, Scenic Drive is a 2-mile climb to an enchanting lookout 4,000 feet above sea level with beautiful views of the city lights across El Paso. Visible from I-10 is the iconic El Paso Star, the world’s largest manmade illuminated star, a beloved feature since 1940 when the star lit up the Christmas season as Soldiers returned home.VineyardsCanutillo27. Zin Valle Vineyards7315 Canutillo-La Union RoadCanutillo, TX 798351 (915) 877-4544El Paso’s only modern vineyard and winery was inspired by El Paso’s history as one of the country’s premier wine regions. Head to Zin Valle for tastings, to check out the barrel room, and bring a picnic to enjoy on the patio overlooking the Zinfandel vineyard and the Franklin Mountains.ConclusionCulture and history are plentiful in this border community and with the sun shining most days of the year, you’ll want to get out and explore. Visit Yelp’s El Paso Top Collection to see recommendations for “highbrow gastronomy to humble dive bars” from local experts. El Paso is also an extraordinary starting point for amazing day trips. TripAdvisor’s “El Paso 2020” includes “Things To Do” if you need more inspiration; a scenic trip to Franklin Mountains State Park is atop the list. Get out and find your bliss!
IllustrationYesterday, Governor Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara announced the project that will improve safety and navigable access of the Murderkill River and nourish the eroding shoreline at South Bowers Beach.Bowers Vice Mayor Ada Carter, state legislators, town council members and representatives of Delaware’s commercial and recreational fishing industries joined in the tour to view the project now under way.The project involves dredging approximately 45,000 cubic yards of material from the federal navigation channel in the river and the beneficial reuse of the clean dredged sand to widen the beach at South Bowers.The dredging of the Murderkill River will ensure safe navigation for the boating public, while the sand protects homes, infrastructure and habitat from the impacts of coastal storms.Nearly three-fourths of the dredged material is suitable beach-fill quality sand. The remaining unsuitable dredged material will be placed in an approved offshore disposal site.“This project is a win for Bowers, South Bowers and Delaware,” said Gov. Markell. “Improving navigation of the Murderkill River supports our economy, tourism and commercial and recreational fishing. By reusing the clean dredged sand to build a wider, more storm resistant beach, we are also improving our resiliency and preparedness for coastal storms.”“The beneficial reuse of clean dredged material from navigation projects is the most cost effective way to nourish eroded shorelines,” said Sec. O’Mara. “Rather than discarding dredged material at a disposal site, we are using the clean sand to nourish a protective beach here at South Bowers and providing a model that can be replicated up and down the East Coast.”The communities along the Delaware Bayshore, like Bowers and South Bowers, enjoy a deep and rich maritime heritage and remain home to the state’s commercial and recreational fishing vessels.Fishing is very important to the local economy and vital to the economy of the state.According to American Sportfishing Association, the economic value of recreation fishing in Delaware is almost $150 million annually, while the commercial fishing industry’s annual value is estimated at about $10 million.However, commercial and recreational boaters are experiencing difficulties navigating the state’s waterways due to the buildup of silt and sediment along main channels.Many of the state’s waterway management obligations, including dredging and channel marking in federally authorized waterways, have defaulted to DNREC in recent years.In the absence of federal funding, the State has stepped in and dredged the Murderkill River four times since the 1980’s.The project is expected to cost $950,000 with funding provided by the State Legislature. An appropriation in the amount of $627,000 was provided in the FY 2013 Bond Bill, with the balance being paid through DNREC’s Shoreline and Waterway Management Bond Bill appropriation.Manson Construction is the contractor for the project. Barring any weather-related issues, the project is expected to be completed in early February.[mappress]Press Release, January 28, 2014