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Mosque focuses on Muslim unity

Immigration, Religion November 4, 2009 at 10:57 pm 0 comments

In contrast to its quick early growth in the Middle East, the spread of Islam in West Africa was gradual, members of the Ebun Abass mosque point out. Merchants and traveling scholars brought the religion with them. “They first asked people to accept that there is no god except Allah,”Read More

Mott Haven gardens reap a bountiful harvest

Mott Haven gardens reap a bountiful harvest

Environment, Health, Parks October 20, 2009 at 4:02 pm 0 comments

Urban farmers won’t rest when the last crop is picked On a warm weekday morning in September, Valeria Cantero arrives at Brook Park, on Brook Avenue between 140th and 141st streets. She opens the gate with a key and locks up behind herself. After leaving her things in the centerRead More

Mott Haven immigrants tend their roots

Mott Haven immigrants tend their roots

Immigration October 18, 2009 at 2:16 pm 2 comments

Proud of their heritage, Garifunas keep their culture alive Casa Yurumein is a house that looks like a home. The walls of its living room are covered with friendly family pictures. But though the people in the sepia photos bear a family resemblance, they are not mothers and fathers, auntsRead More

Mott Haven school building crumbles

Mott Haven school building crumbles

Education, Government October 17, 2009 at 7:33 am 20 comments

‘Castle on Concourse’ languishes in neighborhood poised for growth By Maria Clark [email protected] The passage of time has not been kind to the former school building nicknamed the “Castle on the Concourse.” Entire sections of the roof have collapsed. Plastic tarps cover the holes. Rotted wooden planks shield the windowsRead More

Mott Haven’s pioneer of gentrification makes no apologies

Mott Haven’s pioneer of gentrification makes no apologies

Business October 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm 0 comments

Bruckner Bar and Grill lures artists and the coat and tie crowd By Lindsay Lazarski [email protected] When people compare Mott Haven to Williamsburg or call it “SoBro” or otherwise tab it as the next up-and coming-place to live, they almost always follow by mentioning the bars where artist and yuppiesRead More

New mall threatens Mott Haven businesses

New mall threatens Mott Haven businesses

Jobs October 12, 2009 at 10:50 pm 0 comments

By Jeanmarie Evelly [email protected] Third Avenue and 149th street would be the heart of many cities’ downtown. Shoppers crowd its sidewalks. But many storeowners are worried that the Hub—as the neighborhood is known because its four streets intersect to resemble the hub of a wheel—will not remain the retail heartRead More

Mott Haven merchants are singing the blues

Mott Haven merchants are singing the blues

Jobs October 12, 2009 at 10:52 am 2 comments

The recession is hurting business everywhere, but small businesses in Mott Haven have been especially hard hit.

Vigil held for shooting victim

Vigil held for shooting victim

Police October 4, 2009 at 10:26 am 0 comments

25 year-old Taisha Santiago was killed protecting her 9 year-old son as they were caught in crossfire in front of their home in Mott Haven on September 25. 25 year-old Jason Irizarry and 16 year-old Robert Vargas were arrested for firing the shots, one of which killed Santiago. The shootingRead More