Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Transportation

Street repairs get underway

Transportation department equipment on Garrison Avenue.

Drivers accustomed to braving potholes on the streets of the Hunts Point peninsula have been getting used to another inconvenience this week, but this time the hassle is expected to be short-lived and will lead to benefits in the long run.

Education / Environment

Nonprofit changes teens’ minds about college education

Group of juniors at SUNY Albany

Each February, Rocking the Boat takes its juniors on the road and hosts a tour of New York colleges. This year, a group of about 20 traveled to SUNY Albany, Syracuse University, SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University.

Business / Culture

Shuttered fertilizer plant now huge events venue

An estimated 6000 gather for a concert on the Hunts Point waterfront on April 8.

Could the sleepy, industrially zoned Hunts Point waterfront be home to New York City’s next big event center?

Government / News

New legislation introduced to monitor shelters

Neighbors hold a vigil for the Ambrose sisters in front of 720 Hunts Point Ave.

In the aftermath of a tragedy that claimed the lives of two toddlers in a Hunts Point apartment that was being used as a shelter, four city council members and the Bronx borough president have collaborated to draw up a new law to keep an eye on landlords who try to cut […]

Housing

City gets pushback on redevelopment plan

The 130-block area being studied.

City planners got an icy reception from South Bronx residents at a public forum to exchange ideas for developing a stretch of Southern Boulevard between northern Longwood and Crotona Park.

Housing

New plan announced to ease homelessness crisis

As the number of homeless New Yorkers continues to escalate, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new plan to attack the problem.

Housing / Parks

Southern Boulevard could be site of city’s next major overhaul

Southern Boulevard could be site of city’s next major overhaul

As the city considers an ambitious facelift to a 130-block area of the Bronx, residents and housing advocates recognize the need for change but worry that large scale development may make the neighborhood unaffordable for low-income residents.

Immigration / Politics

Elected officials rail against Trump’s threatened cuts

Rep. Jose E. Serrano, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and City Councilman Rafael Salamanca on the steps of the State Supreme Court building on the Grand Concourse on Jan. 26.

Elected officials say they will protect New Yorkers’ interests if Donald Trump carries out threats to cut off funding to the Big Apple because of its status as a sanctuary city.

Environment / Government

Bronxites to city: Slash our trash

Bronxites to city: Slash our trash

Fearing that years of effort to limit the amount of garbage trucked into Hunts Point and Port Morris was about to be lost some 70 local and environmental activists rallied at Councilman Rafael Salamanca’s District office in Longwood on Dec. 19 to urge him to get behind legislation to share the burden of waste disposal.