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Mott Haven residents denounce plan for Deegan

Mott Haven residents denounce plan for Deegan

Environment, Government, Transportation November 10, 2009 at 2:48 pm 7 comments

Longer highway ramps could scuttle city’s plan for the waterfront Plans to rehabilitate the Major Deegan Expressway would destroy Mott Haven’s hopes for a brighter future, residents and public officials told a hearing on Nov. 9 to consider the state Department of Transportation’s proposal. Community voices rang out in oppositionRead More

Blast from Mott Haven’s past recalls an artistic keystone

Blast from Mott Haven’s past recalls an artistic keystone

Art November 5, 2009 at 8:26 am 4 comments

For a brief time Fashion Moda is reborn, uniting generations Hundreds of people pass by Third Avenue and 147th Street each day without a second glance at the storefronts that house a nail salon, a hair braiding salon and, hidden from the street, a training school for security guards. There’sRead More

African Muslims sink roots in Mott Haven

African Muslims sink roots in Mott Haven

Immigration, Religion November 4, 2009 at 10:59 pm 0 comments

“This is us: we work in car washes, factories, and drive taxis,” said Degumeh Sillah, 60, an African art dealer. A Bronx resident since 1972, Sillah expressed pride at the religious transformation of the area. “The mosque on 166th Street,” he said, “that’s a former nightclub.”

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