City announces plans for new jail in Mott Haven The Mott Haven site where the city wants to build a new jail.
Hunts Point food distribution market workers ratify new contract The Hunts Point market on Edgewater Road.
Residents alarmed over new market-rate development Residents alarmed over new market-rate development
Groups call on State Sen. Klein to resign Heather Stewart of Empire State Indivisible demands State Sen. Jeff Klein's resignation, at City Hall on Jan. 12.
Government , Politics Rafael Salamanca Jr.

Salamanca will chair City Council’s Land Use Committee

City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. was named to chair the City Council’s influential Land Use Committee, where he will be responsible for working to shape zoning measures, development and affordable housing across the city.

Transportation The new BX6 Select.

City to ramp up enforcement on drivers who use express bus lane

The city’s transportation department has activated cameras along the Bx6 Select Bus Service route through Longwood and Hunts Point, to help crack down on drivers who slow down the new buses by using those express lanes.

Economy , Housing Renderings of a new building planned for 1000 Fox Street.

New housing coming to Longwood

Renderings have been revealed for two new affordable rental buildings located around the corner from each other near the commercial district of 163rd Street, and a third is going through the city’s approval process.

Culture The Bodoma Garifuna Culture Band rehearses.

Garífuna band drums to keep culture vibrant

Over the past 15 years, the band has played in every state of the U.S. as well as Canada. In 2012, they made it to the finals of the Battle of the Boroughs, a yearly competition to find the best undiscovered musicians in the city, and came in second.

NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Crime

Longwood man sentenced to a year in jail for animal abuse

Sassy the dog

A Longwood man who slammed a puppy to the floor, causing one of her legs to require amputation, will spend the next year behind bars for the incident, the Bronx DA announced today. Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that the man, Roberto Martinez, 25, of 946 Leggett Avenue, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to a […]

Crime

Residents feel safer here than ever before

Lacey Kudrow was 7 years old when her parents and younger brother moved from Murrieta, Calif., to Hunts Point in 1983. Her father, Peter, received a job opportunity to work for a high-end technology company in Manhattan and it was an offer he couldn’t refuse. The family had moved into […]

Business

Bikini bar will stay open under new management

Mike Diaz

New owner looks to revive Mr. Wedge without old stigma Community Board 2 approved the liquor license of Hunts Point’s last remaining adult entertainment club – Mr. Wedge — with a yawn, with only one person coming out to voice her disapproval.

Education

Local officials want more diversity in specialized high schools

Local officials want more diversity in specialized high schools

Local officials, feeling that the city isn’t doing enough to help black and Hispanic students with SHSAT admissions, are challenging the DOE to make changes to the test process.

Business / Economy

Small businesses brace for rough holiday season

Blueprint clothing store (15 years at the location)
Ronald Elike, owner
1038 Southern
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mohammad Sharif Hassan

Ronald Elike is the owner of the Blueprint, a clothing store, on Southern Blvd. He launched the business in 2002 when few online businesses were selling cloths. His business grew for about a decade, but started trending down about five years ago. 

 “The chain stores have an effect on us, but online is even worse – that’s taken a big chunk of our business away – because a lot of customers are now shopping online,” 41-year-old business owner said. 

Elike tried to embrace the online business in the hope to compensate the store decline. He created a website and started selling on Ebay. The website didn’t help. The Ebay sales, however, increased over time. 

Elike said his business is “tremendously down,” this holiday season. In addition to online and chain store growth, he has another problem – unfriendly weather. With the weather warmer this December, fewer people buy winter clothes. 

“This year in particular we had a lot of issues with weather. It’s been warm. Normally it supposed to be cold [in December]. So, we are selling winter cloths, but people don’t need it right now,” he said.

Though business owners often depend on the holiday season to boost flagging revenues, many in Longwood’s main shopping district along Southern Boulevard say they’re not optimistic as big box stores and online sales have eaten away at their ability to earn a living in recent years.

Crime

Crime way down in Hunts Point in 2017

Crime way down in Hunts Point in 2017

41st Precinct data has revealed a nearly 24 percent drop in crime from 2016 to 2017.

Health

Hunts Point program protects seniors from abuse

Hunts Point program protects seniors from abuse

Earlier this year, a New York state senator introduced a bill that aims to establish mandated reporters responsible for reporting suspected incidents of elder abuse or maltreatment.

Environment

Hunts Point residents answer the call for Puerto Rican families

Christina Torres xxxxxx xxx

The Herreras are among hundreds in the South Bronx whose families have been affected by the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico.

Culture / Food

Coquitos contest conjures up a taste of Puerto Rico

The Bronx coquito qualifier at Bronx Music Heritage Center, taken by Debbie Quiñones  .

The creamy, rum and coconut-based drink is not only a signal that the holiday season is upon us, it is a ritual that each family has a secret recipe for.