Articles by: Joe Hirsch

As pact with city expires,  gardeners worry

As pact with city expires, gardeners worry

Government, News, Parks August 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm 2 comments

City officials insist community gardens have nothing to fear Eight years ago, the city, the state and the creators of 500 community gardens on city-owned land reached an agreement that ended a long battle that began when the Giuliani administration sought to auction the garden lots to developers. Now, thatRead More

Community gardens brace for new rules

Community gardens brace for new rules

Environment, Government, News August 4, 2010 at 12:00 am 1 comment

Mott Haven and Melrose gardeners say they preserve rare green space Mott Haven and Melrose are home to about two-dozen community gardens, lovingly tended green spaces tended by residents, who plant and harvest food and flowers, play music, exercise or simply kick back under stately shade trees. With names likeRead More

Proposed budget cuts threaten adult education

Proposed budget cuts threaten adult education

Education, Government, Politics May 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm 1 comment

Pending cuts to the city’s budget threaten to derail long-running adult literacy programs across the five boroughs, taking some of Gotham’s poorest down with them, advocates fear. The Mayor’s proposed budget for 2011 would eliminate over $5 million in funding for adult literacy services, which if combined with the Governor’sRead More

Homeless advocacy group holds rally in Brook Park

Homeless advocacy group holds rally in Brook Park

Housing, Politics May 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

The city should be moving people out of homeless shelters and into vacant apartments built during the real estate boom that now stand empty, advocates from the community organization Picture the Homeless said at a rally in Brook Park on May 19. The Morris Avenue-based group chose the anniversary ofRead More

Residents rail against transit cuts

Politics March 12, 2010 at 8:12 am 0 comments

MTA told plan could devastate families By joe hirsch [email protected] Bronx bus riders could soon be looking for other means of getting around when the MTA implements service cuts this summer. The transit agency announced on March 24 that it will slash service across the city beginning on June 27,Read More

Latino Museum shortchanges NYC, says Senator

Politics February 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm 3 comments

A museum dedicated to Latinos in the United States has been in the pipeline in the nation’s capital for several years, but at least one Latino lawmaker from the Bronx is unhappy. State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. is concerned that Puerto Ricans and New Yorkers are being left out.

Mott Haven job programs offer hope

Jobs January 28, 2010 at 5:12 pm 0 comments

Two programs to help residents find jobs received hopeful news in January. The Disconnected Youth Training Program and the Entrepreneurial Development Program, both run by Mott Haven based non-profit SoBRO, each received funding to help economically strapped local residents improve their prospects for earning a living wage.

Vigil held for shooting victim

Vigil held for shooting victim

Police October 4, 2009 at 10:26 am 0 comments

25 year-old Taisha Santiago was killed protecting her 9 year-old son as they were caught in crossfire in front of their home in Mott Haven on September 25. 25 year-old Jason Irizarry and 16 year-old Robert Vargas were arrested for firing the shots, one of which killed Santiago. The shootingRead More