A row of elegant, century-old houses across the street from an NYPD tow pound the city wants to convert into a jail. Photo: Joe Hirsch

Planning Commission votes to certify jail plan, sending it to community boards

Government, Politics March 26, 2019 at 3:10 pm 0 comments

Despite the protest, the City Planning Commission voted to certify the mayor’s plan the following day, sending it to the first stage of the ULURP process. Bronx Community Board 1 will take up the matter at its April meetings, and has 60 days to review it through public hearings. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Advocates debate the next census at  a panel discussion at Columbia University on Dec, 3.

2020 census creates uncertainties for immigrants

Immigration December 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm 0 comments

As the politically-charged legal saga unfolds, the New York Immigration Coalition is leading a campaign to ensure an accurate count by orchestrating outreach that would be implemented by community based organizations.

Students and union members holding signs and chanting between speakers. Photo by Shahar Golan

Immigrant groups fight Trump administration for an accurate census

Immigration October 16, 2018 at 2:29 pm 0 comments

Amidst the latest legal developments surrounding the Trump Administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the US Census, New York Counts 2020 and partner organizations gathered outside City Hall on October 11 to oppose the addition and to highlight the importance of an accurate count.  Some 80 organizations includingRead More