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.
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.
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.
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.
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.