City Council approves rezoning for complex on Whitlock, Muni-meter limits City Council approves rezoning for complex on Whitlock, Muni-meter limits
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.
Sheridan area plan attracts little attention Sheridan area plan attracts little attention
Swale returns to waterfront park Swale
Housing Protester Tahica Fredericks

Residents fear secret gentrification plans

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 Fannie Lou Hamer students

Teens look to get out the vote

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 A family at the pier at

City unveils flood-prevention strategies

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

Environment , Food Altice USA volunteers clear weeds from planters to make way for new flora during a community garden revitalization project behind The Bronx Social Center.

Community center, garden reopen in Morrisania

After years of neglect, The Bronx Social Center is back A partnership between two corporate giants and two grassroots groups has led to the revitalization of a community center and an adjacent public garden in the shadow of a six-story, Morrisania housing complex. About 40 employees from cable TV provider Altice USA filled the […]

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Environment / Housing

Fish Parade celebrates Hunts Point’s resilience

The Dancing Rubies show off their moves as the Fish Parade makes its way to Barretto Point Park.

The theme of Hunts Point’s fourteenth annual Fish Parade, “We Are the Routes of Resilience,” highlighted residents’ enduring toughness in the face of familiar obstacles.

Police

Crossing the Bruckner still a dangerous affair

A pedestrian runs for his life crossing the Bruckner Expressway on Hunts Point Avenue.

The six-lane Bruckner Boulevard has one of the highest traffic volumes in the city, and was the scene for three vehicular deaths in March and April. As a result, neighbors and elected officials are demanding that the city make some changes to improve lives for pedestrians.

Economy / Housing

‘Peninsula’ housing plan questioned

A projection of what the area on Spofford Avenue will like once construction on The Peninsula is completed  in five years.

An ambitious plan to transform the shuttered Bridges Juvenile Justice Center into affordable housing and community space met resistance when Community Board 2 learned that a new city policy calls for 10 percent of The Peninsula’s 740 new apartments would be set aside for homeless families.

Art / Culture

Pilot program announced to launch local arts initiatives

Six South Bronx groups will receive grants to help them extend cultural programming in their communities, as part of a new pilot program.

Art

New mural underscores Hunts Point’s Puerto Rican identity

From left to right, Wilfredo “BIO” Feliciano, Hector “Nicer” Nazario, and Sotero “BG183” Ortiz standing before the completed mural of La Borinqueña at Casita Maria in Longwood.

A new mural by Hunts Point-based artist collective Tats Cru was unveiled over the Simpson Street entrance of Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, depicting a Puerto Rican comic book superheroine known as La Borinqueña.

Health

Community groups sound the alarm about opioids

Speakers

The city’s alarming increase in opioid abuse is not only an adult problem, say South Bronx youth organizers who want to alert local parents to the issue. About 40 residents gathered in the auditorium of Entrada Academy on Fox Street in late May for a town hall meeting to discuss […]

Politics

Bronx Puerto Ricans hold parade for unity, culture

Dancers

Despite the good cheer, a shadow hung over this year’s parade, as the city’s Puerto Rican community worries about its homeland.

Art / Culture / Education / Religion

Photographer trains lens on Mott Haven Youth

A polaroid from left to right of: Cole Jeffers, Juan Neira, Chavi Leon, Marco Vasquez, Jaylen Reid, and Edwin Amaro in front of the Patterson Projects, 17 Feb 2016, Mott Haven, southern Bronx, New York.

The focus of photographer Sarah Blesener’s photo essay soon became not just about 15-year-old Chavi Leon, her original subject, but expanded to include the lives of six Mott Haven teenagers who became each other’s family of choice and who, like any other group of kids their age, experienced the ever-changing symptoms of adolescence.

Environment

New scorecard: Hunts Point’s access to waterfront is borough’s best

New scorecard: Hunts Point’s access to waterfront is borough’s best

A new scorecard unveiled by a coalition of environmental groups this week finds Hunts Point’s waterfront to be among the Bronx’s best in two of three categories, but among the worst in a third grouping.