Articles by: Joe Hirsch

Marco Shalma and Amaurys Grullon inside the Union Crossing building where It’s the Bronx will be launched.  Photo: Georgina Hallowell

Local venture calls to Bronx creatives

Culture January 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm 0 comments

The debut of their event series is scheduled for Jan. 26, with a free event to highlight Bronx media, music, food and art. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio at Borinquen Courts on Jan. 16. Photo: Rachel Rippetoe

Mayor comes to Mott Haven to celebrate housing policies

Housing, Politics January 17, 2019 at 7:58 pm 0 comments

Although the mayor did not say why he chose Mott Haven as the place to sum up his administration’s achievements, he alluded to it by touching on the growing concerns over gentrification.

Parents and students participate in a traditional dance at an anti-bullying form at the Mexican American Students Alliance on Jan. 12. Photo: Jaya Sandaresh.

Latino parents want robust anti-bullying measures in schools

Education January 15, 2019 at 3:34 pm 0 comments

A group of parents of Mott Haven school children is calling for the creation of a Culturally Responsive Curriculum to highlight the achievements of indigenous cultures across Latin America, and also highlights the contributions of African-American, Asian, and Native American cultures.

Yajaira Saavedra at a press conference inside La Morada on Jan. 11.

NYPD’s arrest of activist shrouded in mystery

Immigration January 15, 2019 at 1:10 pm 0 comments

The co-owner of La Morada Mexican restaurant on Willis Avenue and her lawyer say she was unlawfully detained by undercover NYPD detectives last Friday evening after they saw her videotaping an alleged sting operation next door. 

Latina entrepreneurs open paralegal firm

Latina entrepreneurs open paralegal firm

Business January 5, 2019 at 12:32 pm 0 comments

“Showing clients that we are here to listen is essential,” said Swannie Batista. Sixty-eight percent of Mott Haven residents are Hispanic, leading her to conclude there was a need for Spanish speaking paralegals.

Destination Tomorrow

Hub’s LGBTQ center fills urgent need

Health December 28, 2018 at 11:06 am 0 comments

Destination Tomorrow, which was founded in 2009, has become a refuge for the area’s LGBTQ since moving to the Hub this fall .

Musicians sing and play the panderettas during the 4th Annual Melrose Holiday Parranda. By Jaya Sundaresh

Puerto Rican culture is front and center at Melrose ‘parranda’

Culture December 24, 2018 at 7:54 pm 0 comments

The procession stopped at various casitas, or garden houses, located in public parks and lots around the neighborhood. Melrose has the highest concentration of casitas in the city.

Blast from the past: Bronxites relive the history of hip-hop

Culture December 20, 2018 at 12:35 pm 0 comments

The event was put on by the Bronx Documentary Center and featured a panel with Tobak, and two local photographers, Ricky Flores and Joe Conzo, whose iconic pictures of the underground hip-hop movement helped shape the book.