Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Politics

Bronx Puerto Ricans hold parade for unity, culture

Dancers

Despite the good cheer, a shadow hung over this year’s parade, as the city’s Puerto Rican community worries about its homeland.

Environment

New scorecard: Hunts Point’s access to waterfront is borough’s best

New scorecard: Hunts Point’s access to waterfront is borough’s best

A new scorecard unveiled by a coalition of environmental groups this week finds Hunts Point’s waterfront to be among the Bronx’s best in two of three categories, but among the worst in a third grouping.

Police

Coster Street drug ring broken up

Coster Street drug ring broken up

A violent Hunts Point-based ring that sold crack, heroin and ammunition and committed holdups has been dismantled, as the result of a joint investigation that involved the federal government, the Bronx DA and the NYPD.

Politics

Vandals deface local mural…three times

Omar Freilla of Greenworker Cooperatives, Wanda Salaman of Mothers on the Move and Danny R. Peralta of The Point CDC in front of the vandalized wall.

Over the past 15 years, the community service arm of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, CITGO, has been the principal—-and sometimes, the only—-funder for South Bronx grassroots groups Green Worker Cooperatives, and advocacy group Mothers on the Move.

Government / Transportation

State’s South Bronx renewal plan does not include Sheridan teardown

State’s South Bronx renewal plan does not include Sheridan teardown

Local advocates say that the plan is essentially a highway expansion, and ignores many of the community’s ideas for reviving the area shared in dozens of meetings with city planners and elected officials over the past decade.

Business / Jobs

Registration starts for entrepreneur boot camp

Omar Freilla at Greenworkers' 2016 graduation.

Over five years, the Co-op Academy has helped form approximately 20 new cooperatives, creating approximately 50 to 60 jobs.

Transportation

Street repairs get underway

Transportation department equipment on Garrison Avenue.

Drivers accustomed to braving potholes on the streets of the Hunts Point peninsula have been getting used to another inconvenience this week, but this time the hassle is expected to be short-lived and will lead to benefits in the long run.

Education / Environment

Nonprofit changes teens’ minds about college education

Group of juniors at SUNY Albany

Each February, Rocking the Boat takes its juniors on the road and hosts a tour of New York colleges. This year, a group of about 20 traveled to SUNY Albany, Syracuse University, SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence University.

Business / Culture

Shuttered fertilizer plant now huge events venue

An estimated 6000 gather for a concert on the Hunts Point waterfront on April 8.

Could the sleepy, industrially zoned Hunts Point waterfront be home to New York City’s next big event center?