Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Art / Culture

Hip Hop’s birthplace has mixed feelings about cultural tours

Tourists pose in front of the Graffiti Hall of Fame at the corner of 106th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem, a stop on the "Birthplace of Hip Hop" tour. 

The HusH Tours tour company, distinct from other tours of the outer boroughs, offers patrons an insider’s perspective through its employ of local hip hop pioneers. While the company’s pride for these areas is real, community members question the company’s commitment to the neighborhoods they tour.

Education

Charter schools group hopes to open local school

A new charter school is considering Hunts Point/Longwood as a potential landing spot, touching off a familiar debate among parents and education advocates.

Government / Politics

Salamanca easily wins Democratic primary

Rafael Salamanca Jr.

Rafael Salamanca Jr. cruised to victory in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, defeating retired health care administrator Helen Hines in a bid to continue representing Hunts Point and Melrose in the City Council.

Parks

Local parks get safety upgrades

Local parks get safety upgrades

The city is installing 40 blue light “help points” in city parks, including Soundview Starlight Concrete Plant and Pugsley Creek parks.

Health



Local coalition teams with precinct against underage drinking

The 41st Precinct released a report last week, detailing its initial efforts to bring Hunts Point/Longwood restaurants, bars and liquor stores into compliance, in efforts to reduce underage drinking and substance abuse.

Housing / Politics

2017 runner-up makes another run at City Council seat

Helen Hines

Helen Hines hopes to pull off an upset, as incumbent Rafael Salamanca’s only opponent in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary for the 17th City Council District seat.

Housing / Politics

Councilman looks to defend his seat in Sept. 12 primary

City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr.

“Every couple of weeks, there’s a different pressing issue,” says City Councilman Rafael Salamanca, 37, who will run in a Sept. 12 primary to protect his seat in the 17th City Council District.

Business / Environment

Pilot project helps auto businesses go green

Fred Donnelly of

New technology available through a state pilot project is helping some Hunts Point auto repair shops save money, but its environmental benefits are what may have the most lasting impact for the community.

Government / Politics

New chair brings fighting spirit to Board 2

Roberto Crespo meets with transportation officials on East 163rd Street to discuss local traffic problems.

In selecting Roberto Crespo to be its new chair, Community Board 2 has tabbed a lifelong resident who says he will play hardball with developers and city officials to ensure Hunts Point residents get a fair shake.