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Mott Haven immigration festival mixes culture and politics

Mott Haven immigration festival mixes culture and politics

Politics August 11, 2010 at 11:43 am 0 comments

Immigrants and U.S. citizens filled Brook Park on July 24, defying record heat to celebrate Latin American heritage and to voice their anger over Arizona’s controversial law aimed at finding and punishing undocumented immigrants. At the second annual Festival of Immigrants in the South Bronx’s biggest community garden between 140thRead More

Debate over future of Sheridan rages on

Debate over future of Sheridan rages on

Politics August 11, 2010 at 11:38 am 0 comments

While advocates in Hunts Point continue to battle to get the Sheridan Expressway torn down, a Mott Haven-based community organization is warning that traffic will pile up on the Major Deegan Expressway if the 1.3–mile-long highway connecting the Cross Bronx and the Bruckner expressways is demolished.

Mott Haven mural depicts immigrants’ dream

Mott Haven mural depicts immigrants’ dream

Art, Immigration August 10, 2010 at 7:19 am 1 comment

Residents helped create public art Last summer, a colorful mural titled “Y yo ya estaba! I was already here!” took shape on the parking lot wall of Iglesia Evangélica Española, the Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church on the block of East 156th Street between Tinton and Union avenues. Artist Virginia AyressRead More

Mott Haven ministry has four-legged helper

Mott Haven ministry has four-legged helper

Education, Religion August 9, 2010 at 10:30 am 0 comments

A yellow Labrador helps teach children in an after-school program One Saturday five years ago 28-year-old Andrew Mann drove his budget truck from Poplar Bluff, Missouri to Mott Haven. Ever since, the young minister has been overseeing the day-to-day activities at Graffiti “2” Ministries on Brook Avenue and East 141stRead More

Mercy Center throws lifeline to Mott Haven families

Mercy Center throws lifeline to Mott Haven families

Business, Education, Immigration, Jobs August 9, 2010 at 10:28 am 0 comments

For immigrants and the poor, center offers a welcome and support Heidy Rios knows what it’s like to be poor. Born and raised in the Bronx, for a time she had so little money that she and her children lived in an apartment that had no stove or refrigerator. SheRead More

Mott Haven firm pioneers green moving

Mott Haven firm pioneers green moving

Business, Environment August 9, 2010 at 9:15 am 1 comment

Reduced trips, reusable boxes and recycled packing pellets head list A new patch of green is growing in Mott Haven–but it isn’t grass.  In the shadow of the Bruckner Expressway, a company called iMovegreen, is trying to transform the moving business. What makes a mover green? Instead of Styrofoam peanuts,Read More

As pact with city expires,  gardeners worry

As pact with city expires, gardeners worry

Government, News, Parks August 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm 2 comments

City officials insist community gardens have nothing to fear Eight years ago, the city, the state and the creators of 500 community gardens on city-owned land reached an agreement that ended a long battle that began when the Giuliani administration sought to auction the garden lots to developers. Now, thatRead More

Community gardens brace for new rules

Community gardens brace for new rules

Environment, Government, News August 4, 2010 at 12:00 am 1 comment

Mott Haven and Melrose gardeners say they preserve rare green space Mott Haven and Melrose are home to about two-dozen community gardens, lovingly tended green spaces tended by residents, who plant and harvest food and flowers, play music, exercise or simply kick back under stately shade trees. With names likeRead More