Articles by: Joe Hirsch

SoBRO names new CEO

SoBRO names new CEO

Housing, Jobs October 11, 2017 at 9:27 pm 0 comments

The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corp. (SoBRO) announced that it has hired a replacement for its longtime director Philip Morrow, who retired last March. Steven Brown, who has spent his whole career running nonprofits geared towards affordable housing and job training, was named president and CEO of the organization this month.

Board 1 narrowly approves residential tower on Concourse

Board 1 narrowly approves residential tower on Concourse

Housing, Transportation October 7, 2017 at 11:13 pm 0 comments

An ambitious proposal for a 26-story building on the Grand Concourse narrowly passed a preliminary vote of Community Board 1, as board members repeatedly rejected reassurances by developers and a city official that the complex will benefit the community.

Party in the park mobilizes for Puerto Rico, Mexico

Party in the park mobilizes for Puerto Rico, Mexico

Culture October 7, 2017 at 3:42 pm 0 comments

The fourth annual Big Bronx Sancochazo held in Brook Park on the last Saturday in September, had a special focus: deliver help to people affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico.

Business bootcamp teaches the value of numbers

Business bootcamp teaches the value of numbers

Business, Jobs October 5, 2017 at 12:54 pm 0 comments

The two-day class is geared towards helping local small businesses manage their finances, from bookkeeping to balance sheets, and even taxes.

Clinic offers rights training for immigrants

Clinic offers rights training for immigrants

Immigration October 2, 2017 at 8:51 pm 0 comments

At a recent workshop in Mott Haven, 30+ attendees, all undocumented immigrants, were handed the same cards with “Know Your Rights” information and were informed about current immigration policies, executive orders, and safety precautions to take, in the event of an ICE-related emergency.

Non-voters weigh in on primary

Non-voters weigh in on primary

Government, Politics September 21, 2017 at 9:07 am 1 comment

The Herald conducted an informal poll of Mott Haven residents who said they had no plans on voting in the 8th City Council District Democratic primary. Although the primary winner Diana Ayala won, dark horse candidate Tamika Mapp finished a close second, drawing interest for her proposal to raise the minimum wage to $20 per hour and to prioritize NYCHA repairs over subsidizing new construction.

Rodriguez concedes: Diana Ayala wins primary, will face Republican in November election

Rodriguez concedes: Diana Ayala wins primary, will face Republican in November election

Government, Politics September 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm 0 comments

Robert J. Rodriguez has conceded to Melissa Mark-Viverito staffer Diana Ayala, making her the Democrat who will run in the general election on Nov. 7. If she wins, as widely expected, Ayala will replace her term-limited boss as representative for the 8th City Council District.

Mott Haven Academy celebrates anniversary and growth

Mott Haven Academy celebrates anniversary and growth

Education September 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm 0 comments

This school year, a group of 100 students in the fifth and sixth grade will form the inaugural cohort of Mott Haven Academy Middle School for Social Leadership. Eventually, the school will be Pre-K through eighth grade.