Seniors in public housing are wistful for some of the amenities that will soon be available to the tenants of a Mott Haven complex with federal funding behind it.
The WIllis Ave. Community Garden has reopened, thanks to residents who collaborated with the New York Restoration Project to get it done. Some welcome the changes while others look back fondly at the way it used to be.
Some fifty residents gathered at the Betances Houses Community Center on a recent Friday evening for a night of film screenings and performances, and to discuss updates to the Choice Neighborhood Initiative, an ambitious plan to attract federal and private funds to help upgrade living conditions.
The city plans to finish building the Randall’s Island Connector next year; meanwhile, local residents and planners want to ensure the South Bronx gets easy access to the island’s recreational opportunities.
Mexican restaurants and bodegas along Mott Haven’s main business street have gradually replaced Puerto Rican and Dominican venues, in keeping with the area’s demographic trends.
Irate residents and city officials leveled withering criticism at four representatives of medical waste treatment giant Stericycle in a public meeting on Oct. 7 at Hostos Community College, saying they would urge the state to shut down its Port Morris facility.