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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

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

A taste of a Mexican city on a Mott Haven street

A taste of a Mexican city on a Mott Haven street

Business, Immigration May 26, 2010 at 6:29 pm 0 comments

Only one place serves Puebla’s special sandwich Whenever Sabino Sanchez feels homesick, instead of boarding a plane to Puebla, Mexico, he goes to La Fiesta Mexicana in Mott Haven and has a Cemita. The Cemita, a sandwich filled with avocado, chipotle chili, an herb called Papalo, Oaxaca cheese and chickenRead More

Mass Transit Theater brings the streets to the stage

Mass Transit Theater brings the streets to the stage

Art, Education May 23, 2010 at 9:53 am 0 comments

Bronx-based acting company marks ’40 years of art and activism’ Four high school students stand in a line, complaining about how their school treated them. “Any morning when you get off the bus, you can find zillions of police vans around your school,” says one, “and 60 or 70 extraRead More

Listen up soldier—you’re in the Cadets now

Listen up soldier—you’re in the Cadets now

Education May 22, 2010 at 1:12 pm 11 comments

Outside the Betances Community Center on St. Ann’s Avenue and East 146th Street, 20 or so young men and women wearing Army fatigues scrambled to form straight lines, then raised their chins and clasped their hands behind their backs. Eric Rodrieguez stood at the front of one of the lines.Read More

Marchers call for end to gun violence

Marchers call for end to gun violence

Police May 17, 2010 at 6:35 pm 1 comment

Mott Haven residents lead effort to stop the bleeding As she sat on her aunt’s lap, tears streamed down five-year-old Maryliz Romero’s face as she thought of her uncle, whose picture she was wearing on an oversized button. “This is what we go through all the time,” said her aunt,Read More

Earth Fest reaches out with music and games

Earth Fest reaches out with music and games

Art, Environment, Health, Parks, Politics May 12, 2010 at 12:18 pm 0 comments

The Bronx throws a party for Earth Day’s 40th birthday Legendary emcee Grandmaster Caz has been packing parties in the South Bronx since 1974, but none quite like the one at St. Mary’s Park in Mott Haven for this year’s Earth Day on April 24. .   Soundslide by NickRead More

A Mott Haven bridge to the information highway

A Mott Haven bridge to the information highway

Education, Jobs May 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm 0 comments

Classes connect residents to jobs and family on-line By Vishal Persaud persaud[email protected] Hunched over a keyboard in the second row of a computer lab at the Phipps Opportunity Center in Melrose, Ricardo Avillan, 51, chats with his grandsons in Puerto Rico on Facebook. Avillan began making the trek across theRead More