Immigration

Stories from Africa move across borders

Stories from Africa move across borders

Business, Immigration November 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm 1 comment

In the African-born community of the South Bronx, names like George Clooney, Woody Allen or “Seinfeld” might pass completely unnoticed. A visit from actor Funke Akindele or a screening of “Living in Bondage”, on the other hand, might cause a small revolution. Those are two of the biggest names inRead More

From Morrisania to Africa, via “Kuwait”

From Morrisania to Africa, via “Kuwait”

Business, Immigration, Jobs September 21, 2011 at 7:54 am 2 comments

For West African residents in the South Bronx, Kuwait is not just a Middle Eastern country. “Kuwait” is a Ghanaian immigrant whose Morrisania-based business has become the conduit back to their nations of origin. Kuwait Shipping & Packaging , which specializes in transporting items to West African countries, has madeRead More

Remembering a neighborhood activist

Remembering a neighborhood activist

Education, Immigration, Politics August 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm 9 comments

It was 1974, and a group of South Bronx residents were looking for someone to fill a vacant seat on the state Assembly. The pick from the community was nearly unanimous: It would be Evelina Antonetty, surely. But public office was of no interest to the forty-something activist. Instead, sheRead More

Free financial services available in Mott Haven

The organization Start Small, Think Big, Inc., has a range of programs for Mott Haven residents seeking help with taxes, debt, legal and small business issues available at its central office at East Side House Settlement, at 337 Alexander Ave. They are:   One-on-One Public Benefits Counseling, M-Th, 9 a.m.-5Read More

Mott Haven mural depicts immigrants’ dream

Mott Haven mural depicts immigrants’ dream

Art, Immigration August 10, 2010 at 7:19 am 1 comment

Residents helped create public art Last summer, a colorful mural titled “Y yo ya estaba! I was already here!” took shape on the parking lot wall of Iglesia Evangélica Española, the Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church on the block of East 156th Street between Tinton and Union avenues. Artist Virginia AyressRead More

Mercy Center throws lifeline to Mott Haven families

Mercy Center throws lifeline to Mott Haven families

Business, Education, Immigration, Jobs August 9, 2010 at 10:28 am 0 comments

For immigrants and the poor, center offers a welcome and support Heidy Rios knows what it’s like to be poor. Born and raised in the Bronx, for a time she had so little money that she and her children lived in an apartment that had no stove or refrigerator. SheRead More

In the news, July 26-August 1

In the news, July 26-August 1

Art, Business, Immigration, News, Parks, Police, Politics July 26, 2010 at 11:46 am 0 comments

Beginning a string of three homicides in seven days, 18-year-old Troynisha Harris was killed by a man who jumped from a Lincoln Town Car and plunged a knife into her neck on July 24. Harris and a friend were sitting on a stoop on 166th Street at 3:30 a.m. whenRead More

Melrose eatery is more than a restaurant

Melrose eatery is more than a restaurant

Business, Immigration May 26, 2010 at 6:34 pm 0 comments

A popular lunch spot, Coqui Mexicana is a library, community center, too A Puerto Rican man in his 60s stormed into Coqui Mexicano, the restaurant on Brook and Third Avenues recently. He was offended by eatery’s name. “That is wrong,” he said. “The Coqui is not from Mexico; it isRead More