Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

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.

Economy / Housing

‘Peninsula’ housing plan questioned by Community Board

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

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.

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.

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.

Police

Coster Street drug ring broken up

Coster Street drug ring broken up

A violent Hunts Point-based ring that sold crack, heroin and ammunition and committed holdups has been dismantled, as the result of a joint investigation that involved the federal government, the Bronx DA and the NYPD.

Politics

Vandals deface local mural…three times

Omar Freilla of Greenworker Cooperatives, Wanda Salaman of Mothers on the Move and Danny R. Peralta of The Point CDC in front of the vandalized wall.

Over the past 15 years, the community service arm of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, CITGO, has been the principal—-and sometimes, the only—-funder for South Bronx grassroots groups Green Worker Cooperatives, and advocacy group Mothers on the Move.

Government / Transportation

State’s South Bronx renewal plan does not include Sheridan teardown

State’s South Bronx renewal plan does not include Sheridan teardown

Local advocates say that the plan is essentially a highway expansion, and ignores many of the community’s ideas for reviving the area shared in dozens of meetings with city planners and elected officials over the past decade.

Business / Jobs

Registration starts for entrepreneur boot camp

Omar Freilla at Greenworkers' 2016 graduation.

Over five years, the Co-op Academy has helped form approximately 20 new cooperatives, creating approximately 50 to 60 jobs.