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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 Jimmy (who asked that the family name not be published) rolled a green duffle bag filled with clothes.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

South Bronx Action Group says "We’re still here"

South Bronx Action Group says "We’re still here"

Government, Housing, Immigration, Politics April 15, 2010 at 12:12 pm 2 comments

For 40 years the South Bronx Action group helped tenants who lived in Mott Haven, Melrose and Port Morris. Then in February, the organization lost its home. Forced by cuts to its funding from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development to leave the offices on East 149th Street where its staff had counseled tenants on housing and citizenship issues, South Bronx Action did what many individuals do—it moved in with a relative. It now shares quarters with Nos Quedamos on Melrose Avenue and East 156th Street, bringing together two social service agencies of long standing.

Mott Haven’s oasis of fitness

Mott Haven’s oasis of fitness

Parks April 15, 2010 at 11:17 am 1 comment

St. Mary’s Recreation Center serves thousands By 3 a.m. on a freezing January 30, two dozen people had already lined up outside St. Mary’s Recreation Center to be sure they got one of the 100 available slots for the center’s free swimming program. Some brought pots of coffee. Some wrappedRead More

Educational non-profit helps women succeed

Educational non-profit helps women succeed

Education April 15, 2010 at 10:11 am 0 comments

Mott Haven GED program gets results There is a working elevator at Immaculate Conception School on East 151st Street. But none of the women going up to Grace Outreach are allowed to use it. Instead, to get to the program on the fifth floor that prepares them for the GEDRead More

‘Scholars’ find haven in Mott Haven

Education April 15, 2010 at 7:50 am 0 comments

Foster children thrive at Haven Academy When the “scholars” of Mott Haven Academy returned to school after a recent week-long midwinter break, they weren’t frowning or complaining about their lost freedom. Judging by the energy with which they attacked the 78 steps to the third floor of the PS 43Read More