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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 [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

Homeless struggle against increasing odds

Homeless struggle against increasing odds

Housing April 24, 2010 at 10:50 am 0 comments

On a recent Saturday, a young family of five shuffled along East 138th Street. Jimmy (who asked that the family name not be published) rolled a green duffle bag filled with clothes. With his free hand he held his 3-year old daughter’s hand. His wife Cynthia pushed the baby strollerRead More

Empty stomachs strain Mott Haven pantries

Empty stomachs strain Mott Haven pantries

Health April 20, 2010 at 8:16 pm 1 comment

Anthony Jordan didn’t need pollsters to tell him that people in Mott Haven are hungry.  He just has to look at the line outside the food pantry he runs at Saint Benedict the Moor Center on St. Ann’s Avenue and East 140th Street. When a recent Gallup poll found thatRead More

Mott Haven’s money isn’t in banks

Mott Haven’s money isn’t in banks

Government April 15, 2010 at 1:06 pm 0 comments

City launches “Safe Start” account to help underbanked New Yorkers On a recent Saturday afternoon, Leo Lendy, a 21-year-old Mott Haven resident, walked out of the Pay-O-Matic on 149th Street and Morris Avenue clutching a wad of cash. As an employee at the Hunts Point Fish market, Lendy typically getsRead More