Articles by: Joe Hirsch

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (left) voices opposition to a new jail proposal in Mott Haven at a rally on the steps of City Hall on Sunday, Mar. 24. Diego Beekman Houses vice chair Arline Park (center) and Third Avenue Business Improvement District Executive Director Michael Brady (right) and dozens of community leaders and advocates joined Diaz Jr. for the rally. Photo: Pamela Subizar.

Protesters descend on City Hall to denounce jail plans

Government, Politics March 25, 2019 at 9:05 am 0 comments

On March 24, tenants of the Diego Beekman Houses joined Diaz on the steps of City Hall to protest the mayor’s plan to build a 26-story jail in Mott Haven.

Forum for tenants draws few

Forum for tenants draws few

Uncategorized March 16, 2019 at 2:19 pm 0 comments

A resource fair for tenants at St. Luke’s Church on 139th Street, failed to cause the kind of buzz public officials had hoped it would. Only about a dozen tenants attended the Mar. 12 forum, which was organized by Councilwoman Diana Ayala the New York City Department of Housing.  ,Read More

NYCHA tenant reps challenge HUD official over housing policy

NYCHA tenant reps challenge HUD official over housing policy

Housing, News February 25, 2019 at 7:44 pm 0 comments

Following a year-long legal battle with the Housing Authority that resulted in the appointment of a federal monitor to oversee the agency, those NYCHA leaders and other tenants are hopeful that the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will right some of the wrongs they say Mayor Bill de Blasio has committed at tenants’ expense during his years in office.

Ruben Diaz Sr., with mic, at a rally in his defense in Unionport.

Activists seek a bright side in councilman’s homophobic comments

News, Politics February 24, 2019 at 9:54 pm 0 comments

A borough that has continually elected homophobic officials into office is making strides to amplify gay and queer voices, said the executive director of an LGBTQ support group in Mott Haven, adding that the most recent incident is a last gasp of the old Bronx, resisting progress.

Rafael Barbosa at the Port Morris Distillery. Photo: Barbara Prempeh

Bringing the best island moonshine rum to Port Morris

Culture, News February 24, 2019 at 9:06 pm 0 comments

The varied tastes of Pitorro the venue serves include Coquito, Honey, Passion Fruit and a homemade recipe called the “abuelita” which is infused with raisins, cinnamon and prunes.

Advocates still hopeful they’ll get parkland in Yankee Stadium swap

Advocates still hopeful they’ll get parkland in Yankee Stadium swap

Housing, News February 23, 2019 at 2:28 pm 0 comments

Last July, a Supreme Court of the State of New York judge dismissed the case and decided in favor of the city and the developers, stating that the environmentalists did not provide the necessary burden of proof to show that Pier 5 is officially-designated parkland.

BP doubles down on opposition to jail at State of the Borough

BP doubles down on opposition to jail at State of the Borough

Government, News February 22, 2019 at 7:03 pm 0 comments

At his State of the Borough address on Feb. 21, Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr. doubled down on his public opposition to the city’s plan to build a new facility on the site of an NYPD tow pound next to the Bruckner Expressway. Addressing a packed auditorium at a school building on Wales Avenue, Diaz took swipes at the mayor, criticizing de Blasio’s recent failed efforts to lure Amazon to Queens.

Deputy Inspector Brian Hennessy announces Photo: Rachel Rippetoe

NYPD sting puts 10 alleged drug dealers behind bars

Police January 21, 2019 at 11:20 am 0 comments

The takedown took place at Perry’s Diner on Third Avenue on Jan. 8. Detectives charged 10 dealers loosely associated with the Latin King Pin gang with conspiracy charges.