While it’s tempting to ridicule this colorful cast of characters, these candidates — with the profound exception of real-estate mogul Donald Trump — aren’t fools chasing free airtime. All but three are former or current senators or governors who, in a smaller group, would be considered viable contenders. If all these candidates hang in there for eight to 12 months, GOP voters will find that every vote counts.
Thanks to No Longer Empty, a New York-based nonprofit involved in pumping new life into community spaces abandoned or left behind, the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse is opening its doors once again. Only this time, after being shuttered for 37 years, its walls no longer resound with the smack of a judge’s gavel. Instead, artists, performers, and the community-at-large can enter its cavernous space and call it home.