Articles by: Joe Hirsch

Photo: Georgina Hallowell

Bronx Native offers Mott Haven much more than clothes

Culture November 15, 2018 at 3:44 pm 0 comments

Apparel. Culture. Art. Community. Those were the words stamped in bold on the bright yellow sign hanging over the shop. Though it started as a pop-up shop, one year later Bronx Native is still standing, thanks to its founders’ love for the borough and the communities they work in. 

Horizon Juvenile Center, where 70 correction officers and teenage detainees have been injured in brawls. Photo: Emma Davis

Horizon guards win approval to pepper spray teens 

Police November 11, 2018 at 8:32 pm 0 comments

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. 

Hashtags and ‘likes’ help P.S. 154 reach community 

Hashtags and ‘likes’ help P.S. 154 reach community 

Education November 9, 2018 at 9:12 pm 0 comments

Antisa Ramos, 34, entered the library at P.S. 154 Johnathan D. Hyatt Elementary School on a Thursday morning in October to attend a monthly parent breakfast workshop. The meeting was scheduled to strategize on ways to reenergize parental reading interest, as had already been promoted on the school’s Instagram accountRead More

Patterson Playground is central to coordinated drug treatment approach

Patterson Playground is central to coordinated drug treatment approach

Health, Parks November 9, 2018 at 5:04 pm 0 comments

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.

Patterson Houses anti-crime initiative puts faith in green spaces

Patterson Houses anti-crime initiative puts faith in green spaces

Police November 9, 2018 at 2:20 pm 0 comments

Last spring, residents of Patterson Houses in Mott Haven decided to invest in gardens, hoping that these oases will thwart violence by offering tranquility and community engagement.

Attendees at the War and Peace in Liberia exhibit at the Bronx Documentary Center

Exhibit features the work of two photographers who documented war

Art November 8, 2018 at 10:31 pm 0 comments

The new War and Peace in Liberia photography exhibit pays tribute to photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros who lost their lives capturing brutal wars in its entirety. 

Photo by Phonz L. Reyes

Soccer club preaches teamwork for area teens

Education November 4, 2018 at 12:19 pm 0 comments

The senior team has a unique make up. It is comprised of alumni and current high school students who have aged out of the youth leagues.

A new Mott Haven restaurant sets mouths to watering for a Latino specialty. Photo by Barbara Prempeh

Restaurateur looks to make empanadas fashionable

Uncategorized October 31, 2018 at 9:49 pm 0 comments

With fast-moving hands and précise movements, Jason Alicea can be found chopping onions with a hint of cabbage and carrots for the “BX Slaw Empanada,” one of about 40 recipes on the menu of his new Mott Haven eatery Empanology.