Year: 2018

Theft at community garden freezes beloved programming
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Theft at community garden freezes beloved programming

Padre Plaza Success Garden president Mike Young and volunteers give away food and school supplies and connect their neighbors to social services throughout the year from the beloved green space on St. Ann’s Ave. But the community garden has been closed

New charter school to open in 2019
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New charter school to open in 2019

Renovations and remediation are scheduled to be finished on the building at 411 Wales Ave. by Aug. 2019, when it is slated to open as the second school in the Neighborhood Charter School network. 

High schoolers skype with Outer Space
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High schoolers skype with Outer Space

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. 

War on drugs hits close to home
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War on drugs hits close to home

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. 

NYCHA no more: Betances Houses officially converted to RAD housing 
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NYCHA no more: Betances Houses officially converted to RAD housing 

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.

MTA announces modernization plan
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MTA announces modernization plan

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.

Horizon guards win approval to pepper spray teens 
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Horizon guards win approval to pepper spray teens 

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. 

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