An advertisement on the subway warns the public about illegal drugs laced with fentanyl. Photo: Kalah Siegel

Genesis of Bronx harm reduction: the church

heroin-2018, Religion February 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm 0 comments

Needle exchange programs were illegal in the United States at the time, despite their documented success by both the Government Accountability Office and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

The parking lot at the corner of East 142nd Street and St. Ann's Avenue.

Pastor, city square off over church parking lot

Housing, Religion January 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm 0 comments

A protracted rift between a Mott Haven church and the housing department over the fate of a city-owned parking lot boiled over when a developer and a housing official clashed with the church’s popular pastor at a meeting of Community Board 1. The board voted down a proposal for anRead More

   Love Thy Neighbor: local churches share worship space

  Love Thy Neighbor: local churches share worship space

Religion November 19, 2017 at 11:25 am 0 comments

As three churches share the ground floor space of a 100-year-old building on a rotating schedule, their arrangement allows each congregation to operate within budget and toward long-term goals.

Volunteer teachers Yohan Garcia, Puri Padilla, and Adela Paredes help out at St. Jerome H.A.N.D.S.' weekly food pantry for immigrants and families in need.  Photo: Allyson Escobar

Immigrants receive a helping hand

Immigration, Religion November 13, 2017 at 8:28 pm 0 comments

H.A.N.D.S. opened in 2008, as a result of the efforts of St. Jerome’s late pastor, Father John Grange, and the Sisters of St. Jerome congregation. The center serves as a safe space for hundreds of immigrant families from the neighborhood.

By Michael H. Wilson.

St. Roch members continue fight for their church

Religion May 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm 0 comments

The Archdiocese’s decree states that the church would remain “open for public worship,” but that “Masses and other sacraments will not be celebrated on a regular basis at the church of Saint Roch.”

Mott Haven church takes on Preservation Commission

Mott Haven church takes on Preservation Commission

Government, Religion, Slider March 30, 2016 at 11:56 am 0 comments

Father Skelly and the Archdiocese of New York are completely against landmark designation, feeling that the financial burden of maintaining the church to historic standards will be too much for a congregation whose median income is $25,000.

Muslim population outgrows local mosque

Muslim population outgrows local mosque

Immigration, Religion November 7, 2015 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Much of the congregation at Masjid Ebun Abass hails from West Africa, reflecting an immigration trend taking place across the area. The percentage of West Africans in the South Bronx more than doubled between 2009 and 2013.

Bronxites celebrate ‘El dia de los muertos’

Bronxites celebrate ‘El dia de los muertos’

Art, Culture, Religion November 3, 2015 at 7:35 am 0 comments

Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday, very separate from Halloween, where people honor the souls of their lost loved ones brought families together through dance, food, art and even health, something that South Bronx residents say they don’t see often.