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Can $4 million paint Mott Haven green?

Can $4 million paint Mott Haven green?

Jobs June 6, 2010 at 11:35 am 0 comments

Federal funds aim to build on grassroots training programs Chances are you’ve heard it all before. New York’s 16th Congressional District, which includes Mott Haven, Melrose and Port Morris, is the poorest in the country. The Bronx has the highest unemployment rate in New York at 14.1%, and unemployment isRead More

Workers learn by doing in Project H.I.R.E.

Workers learn by doing in Project H.I.R.E.

Education, Environment, Jobs June 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm 1 comment

College for construction crew teaches green building A brand-new duplex apartment in the University Heights section of the Bronx is ready for inspection. Equipped with bamboo floors, a ceramic kitchen and a spacious bedroom closet that would make more than one New Yorker jealous, it would rent for at leastRead More

SoBro gets students ready for green economy

SoBro gets students ready for green economy

Business, Education, Environment June 4, 2010 at 4:58 pm 0 comments

Throwaways become the basis for a fashion business The adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” is being given new meaning by a group of high school seniors working with SoBRO, the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. The students are starting a fashion business that will recycle hand-me-downRead More

Mott Haven co-op preaches gospel of reuse

Mott Haven co-op preaches gospel of reuse

Education, Environment, Jobs June 4, 2010 at 4:30 pm 0 comments

ReBuilder’s Source offers new life to building materials and ex-prisoners Sounds of power sanders filled the warehouse of ReBuilder’s Source on Timpson Place on a recent afternoon. They didn’t buzz, they boomed. Six people were at work, two or three times the usual staff at the worker-owned cooperative. ReBuilder’s SourceRead More

Mott Haven students learn hurricane’s lessons

Mott Haven students learn hurricane’s lessons

Education June 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm 1 comment

Students travel to New Orleans, reflect on the South Bronx While most of their classmates slept in and hung out during their week-long spring break from Mott Haven Village Preparatory High School, Laurin Ellis, 18, was picking up a drill and installing dry wall. Jessica Colon, 17, was taking herRead More

Will city pull plug on help for Port Morris business?

Will city pull plug on help for Port Morris business?

Business, Government June 3, 2010 at 2:08 pm 0 comments

Manufacturers worry about budget cuts for industrial zones The city is moving to eliminate funds for a program to help manufacturing businesses in Port Morris, leaving their proprietors worried that in the midst of an economic downturn they are losing an important source of support. The cuts proposed by MayorRead 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