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Students at University Prep Charter High School Skype with an astronaut on Nov. 23. Photo by Tiziana Rinaldi

High schoolers skype with Outer Space

Education November 30, 2018 at 8:00 pm 0 comments

Students at University Prep. Charter HS have been working on an interdisciplinary project about how humans can colonize Mars, and had lined up many questions during their allotted 20 minutes with an astronaut. 

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War on drugs hits close to home

Housing, Police November 28, 2018 at 3:17 pm 0 comments

Because there is no security in Velez’s building, people have been coming inside to shoot up. Drug paraphernalia, blood, overdosed bodies and feces are just a few of the obstacles the residents of the building have to bypass in order to make it into their apartments. 

By Rachel Rippetoe

NYCHA no more: Betances Houses officially converted to RAD housing 

Housing November 22, 2018 at 8:51 am 0 comments

The 40 buildings stretching from from 136th Street to 145th Street were converted to the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program, which means they will now be managed and renovated by a private developer, but remain under basic NYCHA guidelines, including keeping rent at 30 percent of residents’ income.

Advocate and students from Public Staff Congress holding signs to call for change. Photo by Barbara Prempeh

MTA announces modernization plan

Transportation November 17, 2018 at 10:20 pm 0 comments

New York City Transit staff held a meeting at Hostos Community College to discuss new plans to modernize the subway and bus systems across the five boroughs.

Photo: Georgina Hallowell

Bronx Native offers Mott Haven much more than clothes

Culture November 15, 2018 at 3:44 pm 0 comments

Apparel. Culture. Art. Community. Those were the words stamped in bold on the bright yellow sign hanging over the shop. Though it started as a pop-up shop, one year later Bronx Native is still standing, thanks to its founders’ love for the borough and the communities they work in. 

Horizon Juvenile Center, where 70 correction officers and teenage detainees have been injured in brawls. Photo: Emma Davis

Horizon guards win approval to pepper spray teens 

Police November 11, 2018 at 8:32 pm 0 comments

Within two weeks of Raise the Age’s implementation, at least 39 correction officers and 31 residents were injured in brawls at Horizon, according to an independent monitor’s report for the NYC Department of Correction. The Correction Officers’ Benevolent Association (COBA), a major union, subsequently sued the state for permission to deploy pepper spray at the facility, calling it a matter of life or death. 

Hashtags and ‘likes’ help P.S. 154 reach community 

Hashtags and ‘likes’ help P.S. 154 reach community 

Education November 9, 2018 at 9:12 pm 0 comments

Antisa Ramos, 34, entered the library at P.S. 154 Johnathan D. Hyatt Elementary School on a Thursday morning in October to attend a monthly parent breakfast workshop. The meeting was scheduled to strategize on ways to reenergize parental reading interest, as had already been promoted on the school’s Instagram accountRead More

Patterson Playground is central to coordinated drug treatment approach

Patterson Playground is central to coordinated drug treatment approach

Health, Parks November 9, 2018 at 5:04 pm 0 comments

According to records maintained by the Bronx Opioid Collective, the group has referred 15 people to detox and five to rehab in the three months that it’s set up shop Thursday mornings on a row of benches that partially ring the crisply maintained ballfield in Patterson Playground.