Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Parks

Young people find their way on skateboards

Manuelee Rodriguez, 20, glides weightlessly through the air as he assess his landing at the River Avenue Skate Park near Yankee Stadium.

The number of skateboarders nationwide has grown steadily in recent years, but like most cities around the country, New York has few skate parks to accommodate them. The closest one to Hunts Point is about an hour’s walk away, prompting some young people and advocates to push for the creation of a local skate park.

Housing

Resident launches tenant association in building where infants died

1. Rebecca Sanchez moves a loose board before pushing her son in his stroller up the ramp in front of 710 Hunts Point Ave. on July 26.

Nearly eight months after a faulty radiator killed two infant girls inside an apartment at 720 Hunts Point Ave., nothing has been done to improve conditions in the deteriorating building, prompting one tenant to organize.

Food / Housing

A garden grows on Simpson Street

file_001: The group and Tanya Fields, executive director of the BLK Projek, survey the strawberry plants at Libertad Urban Farm, which have already begun to bear fruit.

Libertad Urban Farm continues to operate as a lifeline of healthy food for residents, even as Longwood undergoes a construction boom that is transforming the neighborhood.

Housing / Transportation

City Council approves rezoning for complex on Whitlock, Muni-meter limits

City Council approves rezoning for complex on Whitlock, Muni-meter limits

The City Council voted to approve rezoning of an area where warehouses now dominate, to allow for 472 new apartments at 30 to 80 percent of Area Median Income.

Housing

Former jail site needs more protection, say residents

The city has responded to public complaints about intruders and tagging on the former site of Bridges Juvenile Justice Center with No Trespassing signs.

Security at the shuttered juvenile jail on Spofford Avenue must be shored up in the months before construction starts on a huge multi-use development or someone is going to get hurt, say residents.

Transportation

Sheridan area plan attracts little attention

Sheridan area plan attracts little attention

As the state gears up for a $1.8 billion project to develop the area around the Sheridan Expressway, residents are showing almost no interest.

Culture / Food

Swale returns to waterfront park

Swale

Swale, a floating food forest created by a Brooklyn artist, debuted at Concrete Plant Park a year ago and returned in early July, transported by tugboat from Brooklyn at the end of June.

Housing

Residents fear secret gentrification plans

Protester Tahica Fredericks

Some dozen protesters rallied outside a closed-door meeting in Longwood, suspicious that officials are planning to rezone a huge chunk of the South Bronx without public input. The planning department and City Councilman Rafael Salamanca say it isn’t so.

Government / Politics

Teens look to get out the vote

Fannie Lou Hamer students

A new educational booklet offering tips for voters may soon be available to the public, courtesy of 11 students from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School.