Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

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.

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.