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Councilman looks to defend his seat in Sept. 12 primary City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr.
New chair brings fighting spirit to Board 2 Roberto Crespo meets with transportation officials on East 163rd Street to discuss local traffic problems.
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Pilot project helps auto businesses go green

New technology available through a state pilot project is helping some Hunts Point auto repair shops save money, but its environmental benefits are what may have the most lasting impact for the community.

Parks Manuelee Rodriguez, 20, glides weightlessly through the air as he assess his landing at the River Avenue Skate Park near Yankee Stadium.

Young people find their way on skateboards

The number of skateboarders nationwide has grown steadily in recent years, but like most cities around the country, New York has few skate parks to accommodate them. The closest one to Hunts Point is about an hour’s walk away, prompting some young people and advocates to push for the creation of a local skate park.

Housing 1. Rebecca Sanchez moves a loose board before pushing her son in his stroller up the ramp in front of 710 Hunts Point Ave. on July 26.

Resident launches tenant association in building where infants died

Nearly eight months after a faulty radiator killed two infant girls inside an apartment at 720 Hunts Point Ave., nothing has been done to improve conditions in the deteriorating building, prompting one tenant to organize.

Food , Housing file_001: The group and Tanya Fields, executive director of the BLK Projek, survey the strawberry plants at Libertad Urban Farm, which have already begun to bear fruit.

A garden grows on Simpson Street

Libertad Urban Farm continues to operate as a lifeline of healthy food for residents, even as Longwood undergoes a construction boom that is transforming the neighborhood.

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Health



Local coalition teams with precinct against underage drinking

The 41st Precinct released a report last week, detailing its initial efforts to bring Hunts Point/Longwood restaurants, bars and liquor stores into compliance, in efforts to reduce underage drinking and substance abuse.

Housing / Politics

2017 runner-up makes another run at City Council seat

Helen Hines

Helen Hines hopes to pull off an upset, as incumbent Rafael Salamanca’s only opponent in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary for the 17th City Council District seat.

Housing / Transportation

City Council approves rezoning for complex on Whitlock, Muni-meter limits

City Council approves rezoning for complex on Whitlock, Muni-meter limits

The City Council voted to approve rezoning of an area where warehouses now dominate, to allow for 472 new apartments at 30 to 80 percent of Area Median Income.

Housing

Former jail site needs more protection, say residents

The city has responded to public complaints about intruders and tagging on the former site of Bridges Juvenile Justice Center with No Trespassing signs.

Security at the shuttered juvenile jail on Spofford Avenue must be shored up in the months before construction starts on a huge multi-use development or someone is going to get hurt, say residents.

Transportation

Sheridan area plan attracts little attention

Sheridan area plan attracts little attention

As the state gears up for a $1.8 billion project to develop the area around the Sheridan Expressway, residents are showing almost no interest.

Culture / Food

Swale returns to waterfront park

Swale

Swale, a floating food forest created by a Brooklyn artist, debuted at Concrete Plant Park a year ago and returned in early July, transported by tugboat from Brooklyn at the end of June.

Housing

Residents fear secret gentrification plans

Protester Tahica Fredericks

Some dozen protesters rallied outside a closed-door meeting in Longwood, suspicious that officials are planning to rezone a huge chunk of the South Bronx without public input. The planning department and City Councilman Rafael Salamanca say it isn’t so.

Government / Politics

Teens look to get out the vote

Fannie Lou Hamer students

A new educational booklet offering tips for voters may soon be available to the public, courtesy of 11 students from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School.

Environment / Jobs

City unveils flood-prevention strategies

A family at the pier at

As engineers and planners look for ways to keep Hunts Point safe from catastrophic flooding, residents have mixed feelings about their findings so far.