Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

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.

Environment

Project aims to prepare Hunts Point against big storms

Project aims to prepare Hunts Point against big storms

A group has been hired to solicit ideas and concerns from residents in order to understand how to protect at-risk areas of the peninsula from future storms.

Food / Government

Officials seek federal funding for food hub

Officials seek federal funding for food hub

More importantly for local residents, supporters of the project say the expansion would provide Bronxites with easier access to fresh fruits and vegetables and will generate 95 permanent jobs.

Government / Politics

Longwood sounds off at mayoral forum

Longwood sounds off at mayoral forum

Throughout the evening, the mayor tried to calm residents’ anxieties over the scarcity of affordable housing.

Housing / News

City decides on Spofford’s future

An aerial view of Spofford.

The selected proposal mixes 740 units of affordable housing, small businesses and arts organizations, along with a supermarket, a bank and a health and wellness center.

Police

Mayor orders investigation into NYPD shooting in Castle Hill

From Deborah Danner's Facebook page.

NYPD is in the public’s crosshairs after a 66-year-old mentally-ill black woman was shot and killed by an officer from the 43rd Precinct in Castle Hill in her apartment Tuesday night.

News

Councilman fights myths about ex-cons’ voter rights

Maria Reyes-Scales says

Former felons, like everyone else, have until Oct. 14 to register to vote in local and national elections, even if they have been released from prison and cleared parole, according to New York state law. Even those on probation are eligible to vote.

Environment / Parks

New greenway link connects two parks

Students from Fannie Lou Hamer High School canoe on the Bronx River.

City and state officials broke ground on the construction of new parkland that will connect Starlight and Concrete Plant parks and complete a missing connection to the greenway along the shoreline of the Bronx River.