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Lidia Gomez prepares soup at her bodega on Courtlandt Avenue. Photo: Paula Moura

Ad campaign helps bodegas promote healthy food

Health February 25, 2018 at 5:49 pm 0 comments

The coalition’s goal is to prevent obesity and diabetes, two familiar scourges in the neighborhood.

Diaz Jr. hammers mayor at State of the Borough

Diaz Jr. hammers mayor at State of the Borough

Government, Politics February 22, 2018 at 4:45 pm 1 comment

Borough president says new Bronx jail site must be decided locally In his State of the Borough address this afternoon, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. kept Mayor Bill de Blasio on notice that he will stand firm against the city’s plan to build a new jail in Mott Haven withoutRead More

City announces plans for new jail in Mott Haven

City announces plans for new jail in Mott Haven

Government February 14, 2018 at 2:31 pm 4 comments

Local elected officials are split on the proposal As part of its plan to replace the decrepit jail facility on Rikers Island with a borough-based system, the city says it will build a new jail on the site of an NYPD tow pound in Mott Haven. Mayor Bill de BlasioRead More

Photo: Kalah Siegel

New exhibit traces racist housing policy

Culture, Government February 9, 2018 at 1:41 pm 0 comments

“Undesign the Redline” takes visitors on an interactive visit into a dark chapter in the nation’s past, as it details how racism permeated health care and housing, both in New York City and nationally.

Ground Zero: Health care professionals scramble to keep up with drug epidemic

Health, Heroin 2018 Intro, heroin-2018 February 5, 2018 at 2:33 pm 0 comments

As the eyes of the nation turn to a troubling wave of opioid addiction in rural and suburban communities, residents of the South Bronx are asking what took them so long.

Counselors battle social misconceptions in treating drug abusers

heroin-2018 February 4, 2018 at 5:25 pm 0 comments

Watch a video of counselors and a recovering drug user documenting the challenges they face battling stereotypes surrounding addiction.

An advertisement on the subway warns the public about illegal drugs laced with fentanyl. Photo: Kalah Siegel

Genesis of Bronx harm reduction: the church

heroin-2018, Religion February 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm 0 comments

Needle exchange programs were illegal in the United States at the time, despite their documented success by both the Government Accountability Office and the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Discarded syringes on a Mott Haven street serve as a reminder of the epidemic at home. Photo: Kalah Siegel

An antidote in heavy demand

Health, heroin-2018, Police February 3, 2018 at 3:52 pm 0 comments

I was assigned to cover heroin use in Mott Haven. As a reporter I’m responsible for learning the ins and outs of the “beat,” the neighborhood and the people that call it home.