Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

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.

Business / Economy

Tough times for Southern Boulevard businesses

Marques Payne, executive director of the Southern Boulevard Business Improvement District, at right, talks with store owner Harpreet Singh of Lovely Perfume.

Merchants along Southern Boulevard in Longwood face a number of challenges they say are keeping them from prospering, from the economy to being squeezed by the sanitation department.

Parks

Area parks await upgrades

Area parks await upgrades

The city broke ground on Lyons Square Park in late November, and plans for Hunts Point Playground are in the final review process.

Education / Immigration

Young immigrants worry about future under Trump

Cecilia Arias and Shanjida Choudhury, both seniors at Fannie Lou Hamer High School, pose under a banner that reads "No Human Is Illegal!"

During his campaign, the president-elect vowed he would terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided work papers, and eliminated the threat of deportation, for some undocumented students.

Housing

Shelter system under renewed scrutiny after Hunts Point tragedy

Apartment 1C is cordoned off as officials investigate the cause of the accident that killed two toddlers.

Elected officials have vowed to take action to avoid future accidents like the one that killed two girls on Wednesday, and also discontinue the city’s “cluster-site” shelter system.

Housing

Toddlers’ deaths mourned on Hunts Point Ave.

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

Pink balloons, lit devotional candles and stuffed animals have filled a make-shift shrine at the entrance to 720 Hunts Point Ave., in honor of the two babies who were killed by steam from the radiator in their bedroom on Wednesday afternoon.

Education

Letter to the editor: Hunts Point shares experiences with African counterparts

Unitas

Because of its reputation as a center for conflict resolution and community peacemaking, Unitas was selected to host a visit from a group of peacemakers from Uganda and Rwanda.