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How a powerfully-backed festival crumbled

Art, Culture March 29, 2019 at 5:39 pm 0 comments

In the doomed festival’s wake rose an explosive community dialogue about gentrification, a discussion in which its founder feels wrongfully targeted, but one in which many community organizers say they finally feel heard.

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Musicians react to a lost opportunity

Art, Culture March 29, 2019 at 5:24 pm 0 comments

Just days before what organizers had hoped would be the “biggest celebration of hustle the Bronx has ever seen”, the host venue issued a statement announcing that they were pulling out.

City Council pushes for mandatory diabetes report

City Council pushes for mandatory diabetes report

Health March 26, 2019 at 11:28 pm 0 comments

A bill in the City Council would require the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to produce a semi-annual report on the occurrence of diabetes in the city.

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Uprooting a dangerous industry: Garbage reform explained

Business March 26, 2019 at 5:02 pm 0 comments

Private carters, seeking to serve as many customers as possible, run routes that zig zag across the city, forcing drivers to work long hours and to ignore stop signs and speed limits, putting themselves and citizens at risk, critics say.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (left) voices opposition to a new jail proposal in Mott Haven at a rally on the steps of City Hall on Sunday, Mar. 24. Diego Beekman Houses vice chair Arline Park (center) and Third Avenue Business Improvement District Executive Director Michael Brady (right) and dozens of community leaders and advocates joined Diaz Jr. for the rally. Photo: Pamela Subizar.

Protesters descend on City Hall to denounce jail plans

Government, Politics March 25, 2019 at 9:05 am 0 comments

On March 24, tenants of the Diego Beekman Houses joined Diaz on the steps of City Hall to protest the mayor’s plan to build a 26-story jail in Mott Haven.

Forum for tenants draws few

Forum for tenants draws few

Uncategorized March 16, 2019 at 2:19 pm 0 comments

A resource fair for tenants at St. Luke’s Church on 139th Street, failed to cause the kind of buzz public officials had hoped it would. Only about a dozen tenants attended the Mar. 12 forum, which was organized by Councilwoman Diana Ayala the New York City Department of Housing.  ,Read More

NYCHA tenant reps challenge HUD official over housing policy

NYCHA tenant reps challenge HUD official over housing policy

Housing, News February 25, 2019 at 7:44 pm 0 comments

Following a year-long legal battle with the Housing Authority that resulted in the appointment of a federal monitor to oversee the agency, those NYCHA leaders and other tenants are hopeful that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will right some of the wrongs they say Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed at tenants’ expense during his years in office.

Ruben Diaz Sr., with mic, at a rally in his defense in Unionport.

Activists seek a bright side in councilman’s homophobic comments

News, Politics February 24, 2019 at 9:54 pm 0 comments

A borough that has continually elected homophobic officials into office is making strides to amplify gay and queer voices, said the executive director of an LGBTQ support group in Mott Haven, adding that the most recent incident is a last gasp of the old Bronx, resisting progress.