In a scathing letter to the mayor on Apr. 22, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. registered his “disdain for the timing of your creation of a Design Advisory Group for the future sites of the new borough-based jails that have been proposed to replace Rikers Island,” blasting the administration for its “lack of any real commitment to community input in its ongoing proposal to build a new jail in The Bronx.”
Mott Haven residents held a community vigil in front Patterson Houses on March 26, for a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head a week earlier after dropping off his younger sister home from school.
In immigrant-friendly New York City, some immigrants feel Mayor Bill de Blasio is turning his back on them by eliminating funding for adult literacy programs they say are essential for upward mobility.
On the busy sidewalk, volunteers distributed juice, pasta, rice, and other nutrition essentials from the church basement, to families who said they came every Wednesday. The pantry’s organizers say that some 200 families have visited the pantry regularly.
Patients in Mott Haven say they are seeing shorter wait times and quicker care for common illnesses since the opening of a new express clinic at Lincoln Medical Center six months ago.
In the doomed festival’s wake rose an explosive community dialogue about gentrification, a discussion in which its founder feels wrongfully targeted, but one in which many community organizers say they finally feel heard.