Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

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.

Government / Politics

Presidential election results stun Hunts Point voters

A sign offering directions to voting booths at IS 74 for voters on Nov. 8.

After voting overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton, the South Bronx watches in disbelief as Trump wins The nation was shocked on Wednesday as election results came in, showing that the country’s next president will be Donald J. Trump. While this news may have been welcomed in the middle of the country, […]

Education / Environment

North Brother island could soon be a boat ride away

The abandoned sanitarium on North Brothers Island. Photo: Maria Torres

If city officials have their way, North Brother Island could soon be a short boat ride away from Hunts Point for the public, but conservationists caution that steps must be taken to protect its plants and birds.

Environment / Government

Native son stays home to run Community Board 2

Ralph Acevedo

Board 2 voted in longtime board member and Hunts Point native Ralph Acevedo as its new district manager.