Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Environment / News

NYOFCo to close its doors

NYOFCo to close its doors

NYOFCo, the fertilizer company that Hunts Point residents have been fighting for over a decade, has announced it will be closing and leaving the neighborhood for good. “This is a huge step forward for the neighborhood,” said Kellie Terry-Sepulveda, executive director of The Point CDC, one of many local organizations […]

Business / Environment / Health / News / Transportation

Electric delivery truck gets warm welcome

Big Green will soon be rolling down a street near you. The city’s first fully electric mid-sized delivery truck, given the name Big Green by its owner, Ed Taylor, was unveiled in Hunts Point on June 16. The refrigerated cargo truck, which will carry fresh food and frozen goods like […]

News

South Bronx native will challenge for senate seat

Charlie Ramos is betting that State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. has outworn his welcome. Diaz’s conservative positions on abortion, gays and other hot button issues have alienated his constituents, Ramos believes, leaving the veteran legislator vulnerable. So the 40-year-old South Bronx native is challenging the 67-year-old incumbent in the Sept. […]

Environment / Food / News

Garden springs to life near Hunts Point park

Garden springs to life near Hunts Point park

Can a garden the size of a modest studio apartment feed a significant number of Hunts Point residents? Sure can say the urban farmers who dipped their spades into a 20 by 20 foot plot on a formerly contaminate site next door to Hunts Point Riverside Park on May 6. […]

Environment / Health / News

Monitors hired to nose out NYOFCo stench

Monitors hired to nose out NYOFCo stench

Under a cloud of uncertainty about its future following the loss last month of its contract with the city, the embattled sewage-to-fertilizer company NYOFCo now faces a new challenge: around-the-clock scrutiny of its odor by an independent team of engineers. But at a public meeting at the Point CDC on […]

Environment / News

City cuts ties with NYOFCo sewage plant

City cuts ties with NYOFCo sewage plant

NYOFCo, the sewage processing plant with the candy-striped smoke stack that has afflicted Hunts Point residents with sickening smells for the last 18 years, has lost its contract with New York City. But in a defiant statement, the company said it would keep operating, and warned that without the money […]

Education / News

Health school to open this year

A new school dedicated to health and sciences is one step closer to arriving in the South Bronx. The Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science School is slated to open in September of this year at 800 Home Street, serving 6th graders in its first year before expanding in the […]

News / Transportation

Residents rail against transit cuts

Residents rail against transit cuts

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com Bronx bus riders could soon be looking for other means of getting around when the MTA implements service cuts this summer. The transit agency announced on March 24 that it will slash service across the city beginning on June 27, in order to help close the […]

Jobs / News

Sustainable South Bronx workers form a union

The staff of Sustainable South Bronx has voted to form a union to help chart the direction of the environmental organization after a dispute over–among other issues–its signature job training program.