Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Health / Parks

City shoots for safe injection site in Longwood

Van Asher

The city’s plan to make Longwood home for a new safe injection site for intravenous drug users is facing resistance from residents, who argue that the neighborhood is already awash in homeless shelters and social service programs, and can’t handle any more.

Culture / Education

For local music teacher, the awards keep coming

Melissa Salguero receiving a proclamation at City Hall on May 9.

Earlier this month the New York City Council recognized PS 48’s Grammy-winning music teacher with a special proclamation for her contributions to Hunts Point youth.

Police / Transportation

Private trash hauler faces backlash over safety violations

Protesters in front of the office of the Business Integrity Commission in Manhattan on May 9, urging the agency to suspend the license of a Hunts Point trash hauler.

At a rally in front of the BIC’s office in downtown Manhattan on May 9, a half-dozen City Council members joined several dozen trash industry workers and immigrant advocates to pressure the agency to revoke Sanitation Salvage’s license, tighten regulations within the industry, and prevent pedestrian deaths.

Government

Jail reformers tell mayor to float The Boat away

Darryl Herring, who spent three weeks on the Vernon C. Bain floating jail barge before being transferred to Rikers Island,

Jail reform advocates joined elected officials in front of a barbed wire fence that separates the Fulton Fish Market parking lot on Food Center Drive from the Vernon C. Bain Detention Center, to demand that the mayor close the jail otherwise known as “The Boat.”

Parks

Longfellow Park to reopen in the fall

Vadir Zaruma, 7, Elijah Vargas, 8, Joismeilys Valdez, 7, and Jaydanny Taveras, 8, all students at PS 75, break ground at Longfellow Park on East 165th Street on May 1 while flanked by parks officials and Community Board 2. The park, which has been closed for more than 10 years due to structural safety concerns but is scheduled to reopen in the fall, is one of 17 Bronx parks getting the funding they need from the city to reopen. Amenities will include play equipment, a spray shower, new seating, pavement, lighting, fencing, and greenery.

Longfellow Park, which has been closed for more than 10 years due to structural safety concerns, is scheduled to reopen in the fall. It is one of 17 Bronx parks that will reopen thanks to funding through the mayor’s Community Parks Initiative.

Education

Hunts Point library will close for 18 months

The Hunts Point Branch Library on Southern Boulevard.

Library officials estimate that renovations to the landmarked building will take 18 months and cost $20 million.

News / Politics

Sepúlveda wins special election for State Senate seat

Luis Sepúlveda

Democrat Luis Sepúlveda won a special election for a seat on the State Senate in the 32nd senatorial district last night, easily defeating his two challengers.

Politics

Special election: Three candidates vie for open State Senate seat

Special election: Three candidates vie for open State Senate seat

Whoever wins the special election will hardly have time to get their seat warm. Another election will follow in the fall, for the two-year term that starts next January.

Parks / Transportation

Community urges state to change Sheridan plan

Protesters rallied at Hunts Point Riverside Park on March 26.

Concerned citizens gathered at Hunts Point Riverside park on Monday, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to build off-ramps between the Sheridan and Edgewater Road.