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Protesters. Photo by Trevor Boyer.

Local church group stumps for NYCHA budget boost

Housing June 2, 2018 at 8:45 pm 0 comments

On May 14, organizers from Metro IAF affiliate South Bronx Churches led Councilman Rafael Salamanca through two NYCHA apartments in his district that exemplify worst of the city’s public housing, one in Union Avenue Consolidated and the other in Melrose Houses.

Van Asher Photo by Joe Hirsch

City shoots for safe injection site in Longwood

Government, Health May 23, 2018 at 8:05 pm 0 comments

A prominent Mott Haven business booster agrees that Longwood is a bad place to put the site, and has a suggestion for the mayor: Put it in The Hub.

From the artist’s series of subway paintings. Photo: Austin Havens-Bowen

Young Bronx painter is on the rise

Art May 19, 2018 at 10:39 am 0 comments

The Mott Haven native is fast becoming a young artist to watch.

Annual Bronx Week Returns for 47th Anniversary

Annual Bronx Week Returns for 47th Anniversary

Culture May 11, 2018 at 10:07 am 0 comments

Bronx Week, the annual celebration of the best of what the borough has to offer, kicked off on Monday at Mott Haven Bar and Grill with the announcement of this year’s inductees to the Walk of Fame. Rapper Slick Rick, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke, and actress Maggie Siff joined theRead More

Photo: Joe Hirsch

Private trash hauler faces backlash over safety violations

Police, Transportation May 9, 2018 at 7:59 pm 0 comments

At a rally in front of the BIC’s office in downtown Manhattan on May 9, a half-dozen City Council members joined several dozen trash industry workers and immigrant advocates to pressure the agency to revoke Sanitation Salvage’s license, tighten regulations within the industry, and prevent pedestrian deaths.

Bronx Junior Photo League members Chloe Rodriguez and Mitchell Dennis in the library of the Bronx Documentary Center. Photo by Pam Frederick.

Bronx Doc Center students take home national prizes

Culture May 7, 2018 at 4:05 pm 0 comments

This month, five local students from the Bronx Junior Photo League received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a prestigious national competition founded in 1923 by the Alliance for Artists and Writers and judged by a panel of renown visual and literary artists.

Photo by NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

Ranaqua Park reborn
Students from Mott Haven Academy helped cut the ribbon on Ranaqua Park on East 136th Street in Port Morris, following a $3.5 million renovation. The park, which now features swings, safety surfacing and new trees and greenery, is part of the city’s Community Parks Initiative, making it one of 17 Bronx parks receiving money for upgrades. New green infrastructure is intended to help manage stormwater runoff. That includes a rain garden, permeable pavers, synthetic turf field and flood-tolerant plants.

Ranaqua Park reborn

Parks May 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

Jackson Houses tenant leader Danny Barber, flanked by Rep. Jose E. Serrano (left) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (right) and protesters, at an anti-jail rally in Mott Haven on May 1. Photo: Joe Hirsch

Protesters rally in front of tow pound to denounce jail plan

Government May 2, 2018 at 1:14 pm 0 comments

Rep. Jose E. Serrano and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. recalled their boyhoods growing up in the neighborhood, while assuring a hundred-some protesters that they are on residents’ side in their clash with the city over a new jail.