Articles by: Joe Hirsch

Immigrants march against Trump

Immigrants march against Trump

Immigration, Politics March 20, 2017 at 8:24 am 0 comments

In early March in below-freezing temperatures, more than 40 people gathered at Graham Square on Third Avenue and 137th Street in Mott Haven to march to East Harlem in solidarity with immigrants and people of color. Leading the pack was City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “Love not hate, makes AmericaRead More

Officials: Health care cuts would hit hard locally

Officials: Health care cuts would hit hard locally

Health March 15, 2017 at 11:23 am 0 comments

Public health officials are concerned that programs designed to treat asthma and other illnesses in low-income neighborhoods like the South Bronx could be doomed if the federal government moves ahead with plans to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Residents sound off about gentrification

Residents sound off about gentrification

Housing March 10, 2017 at 11:06 am 0 comments

As market rate developments continue popping up across the South Bronx, residents worried about losing their homes are getting together to let off steam and consider strategies to prevent displacement.

Rally at City Hall. Photo: Barbara Huang

NYCHA residents rally for repairs, funding

Housing March 9, 2017 at 10:11 pm 0 comments

Bronx public housing residents, community organizations, labor unions and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall in February to demand adequate funding and oversight of the long neglected and dilapidated NYCHA buildings.

Artist converts her home into art gallery

Artist converts her home into art gallery

Art March 9, 2017 at 12:37 pm 0 comments

Blanka Amezkua invites artists into her home to exhibit their work for a month and host a workshop and cook a meal for guests.

Vendors sell clothing in front of the 149/Third Ave. subway. Photo: Joe Hirsch

Growing pains challenge Hub BID

Business, Economy March 2, 2017 at 1:44 pm 0 comments

Unfinished construction projects, aggressive drug users and the breakneck pace of residential development are among the concerns of the Hub BID’s new executive director, who is tasked with helping local businesses prosper amid the chaos.

New plan introduced to curb homelessness

Housing February 28, 2017 at 8:13 pm 0 comments

As the number of homeless New Yorkers continues to escalate, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new plan to attack the problem.

A+ schools fear fallout from failing neighbor

A+ schools fear fallout from failing neighbor

Education February 20, 2017 at 7:27 pm 0 comments

Parents at a few high-performing Mott Haven schools are worried that years of hard work and academic success could be undercut when the city closes JHS162 and offers its students the opportunity to transfer to those schools.