Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

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.

Food

Resident chef makes The Point a destination for home cooking

Kelston Bascom.

The catering business started with Bascom investing $30,000 of his life savings. He said it expanded from there after “people ate my food and said, ‘we gotta use this guy more often.’”

Environment / Food

Food distribution markets have few local fans

Trucks near the Hunts Point food distribution markets.

While some in the community say that there are economic benefits to having the food distribution markets as neighbors, others say they are a burden, not a blessing.