Van Asher Photo by Joe Hirsch

City shoots for safe injection site in Longwood

Government, Health May 23, 2018 at 8:05 pm 0 comments

A prominent Mott Haven business booster agrees that Longwood is a bad place to put the site, and has a suggestion for the mayor: Put it in The Hub.

Photo: Paula Moura

South Bronx is new home for some hurricane victims

Government, Health March 4, 2018 at 7:07 pm 0 comments

People displaced by extreme weather events caused by climate change have no legal protections, said an attorney at the Sabin Center for Climate Law. In contrast, the captains of industry whose businesses, environmental experts argue, are at the root of these catastrophes in the first place, receive every possible break.

Lidia Gomez prepares soup at her bodega on Courtlandt Avenue. Photo: Paula Moura

Ad campaign helps bodegas promote healthy food

Health February 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm 0 comments

The coalition’s goal is to prevent obesity and diabetes, two familiar scourges in the neighborhood.

Ground Zero: Health care professionals scramble to keep up with drug epidemic

Health, Heroin 2018 Intro, heroin-2018 February 5, 2018 at 2:33 pm 0 comments

As the eyes of the nation turn to a troubling wave of opioid addiction in rural and suburban communities, residents of the South Bronx are asking what took them so long.

Discarded syringes on a Mott Haven street serve as a reminder of the epidemic at home. Photo: Kalah Siegel

An antidote in heavy demand

Health, heroin-2018, Police February 3, 2018 at 3:52 pm 0 comments

I was assigned to cover heroin use in Mott Haven. As a reporter I’m responsible for learning the ins and outs of the “beat,” the neighborhood and the people that call it home.

Photo: Kalah Siegel

Heroin takes a heavy toll locally

Health, heroin-2018, Police February 3, 2018 at 3:31 pm 0 comments

According to one officer, hand-to-hand business is vintage, and the “dead drop”—leaving money in one place and drugs in another separately, is the present—and the future.

Photo: Trevor Boyer

Clinic prepares public for fight against overdoses

Health, heroin-2018 January 23, 2018 at 10:49 am 0 comments

Last year, more people died from drug overdoses in the Bronx, the fourth most populous of New York’s five boroughs, than in any other.

Uninsured drug users face uphill battle

Health, heroin-2018 January 23, 2018 at 10:49 am 0 comments

Juan sleeps on the streets and keeps his possessions in a shopping cart with an ominous mask tied to the front. He stands gaunt and his hands are ashen, thick with muscle. When Mott Haven’s out-of-sight drug den, The Hole, closed in May, Juan found his way, along with manyRead More