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Melrose residents tell police open-air drug use is out of control

Police September 26, 2018 at 2:37 pm 0 comments

“We understand you’re doing the best you can,” one frustrated resident and frequent meeting attendee, told officers. “But all our resources are being sucked down the drain by this drug stuff.” He shook his head. “Our neighborhood is the hub of heroin; it’s Home Depot.”

April Thomas, 44, discusses the importance of saying hello to residents while on duty at public housing with NYPD Neighborhood Coordination Officer Artur Yukhananov. Photo: Mankappr Conteh

NYCHA residents air grievances with police

Police September 20, 2018 at 4:20 pm 0 comments

Although a recent meeting between Mill Brook and Mitchel Houses tenants and NYPD officers began well enough, with pizza, pleasantries, and 35 participants, it was derailed roughly 20 minutes later after rows of residents left following a tense exchange between a tenant and the officer leading the session.

Hip hop’s history comes into view in Port Morris

Hip hop’s history comes into view in Port Morris

Art September 18, 2018 at 10:35 pm 0 comments

Photographer Jonathan Mannion collaborated with Set Free to establish a gallery that will showcase the great artists and cultural achievements of hiphop through imagery.

John Pomales voted for Cuomo, Arroyo, and James. “The past administration has been doing a good job for the community, so I assume they’re going to be doing good [in the next administration],” he said.

NYCHA residents take to the polls

Politics September 14, 2018 at 1:42 pm 0 comments

Several candidates ran as progressive alternatives to Democratic incumbents in this year’s primary, challenging their more experienced counterparts on matters like public and affordable housing, MTA management, and ethics. In the end, though, South Bronx voters helped the incumbents hold on.

Photo: Trevor Boyer

Elected officials tell City to finish the plaza 

Business, Parks August 31, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0 comments

Construction on Roberto Clemente Plaza in the Hub stalled when the project’s contractor filed for bankruptcy in 2015. Elected officials were joined by resident leaders on Aug. 28 to pressure the City to finish the job already.

Amanda Septimo on the campaign trail.

Challenger takes on political establishment in Sept. 13 primary

Government, Politics August 30, 2018 at 12:48 pm 0 comments

Hunts Point native Amanda Septimo will try to unseat Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo in a face-off that pits a 27-year-old, grass roots organizer against an 82-year-old party matriarch whom the challenger says has long been out of touch with her embattled constituents.

Artist Angel Martel at Brook Park on Aug. 4.

Brook Park holds fourth annual arts festival

Art, Culture August 21, 2018 at 3:46 pm 0 comments

Young artists huddled around picnic tables under tents for the fourth annual Brook Park Arts Festival on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Program offers plain talk about sex and STDs for young people

Program offers plain talk about sex and STDs for young people

Education, Health August 14, 2018 at 4:13 pm 0 comments

Sexually transmitted disease rates rose among all age groups in the city, from 452 per 100,000 people in 2014 to 497 per 100,000 in 2016. STD rates per 100,000 among young adults increased from 1,811 to 1,929 in the same period.