Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Housing / News

Repairs slowly begin at Hunts Point House of Horrors

Repairs slowly begin at Hunts Point House of Horrors

By Maria Clark mariapclark@gmail.com Six months after deplorable and dangerous conditions in the complex of buildings at 621-627 Manida Street were made public, some basic renovations have been made. But there is still a long way to go before apartments are safe and comfortable, say tenants and advocates. Ocelot Capitol […]

Housing

HPAC legal interns assist tenants of blighted buildings

By Maria Clark mariapclark@gmail.com In its ongoing fight to help the tenants of Hunts Point’s “House of horrors,” the apartment complex at 621-627 Manida Street, get their badly damaged buildings and apartments repaired, the Hunts Point Alliance for Children enlisted two law school students for the summer. “They were asked […]

Education / Environment / Health

Michelle Obama’s garden inspires Hunts Point teen

Michelle Obama’s garden inspires Hunts Point teen

By Jeanmarie Evelly jmevelly@gmail.com Victor Davila got the chance of a lifetime this summer—an invite to Michelle Obama’s garden at the White House. The Hunts Point teenager was part of a group of 60 students from urban and community gardening programs across the country who got a chance to compare […]

Environment / News / Parks / Transportation

Explosion still hobbles NYOFCo

Explosion still hobbles NYOFCo

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com Six of the seven storage silos at the New York Organic Fertilizer Company on Oak Point Avenue are still out of service, after an explosion on July 21 that hurled fertilizer pellets across a parking lot. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation. The […]

Art / Environment

Bronx know-how helps Manhattan theater put on a show

Bronx know-how helps Manhattan theater put on a show

A contemporary play performed in Manhattan’s theater district through August was adapted from a work by the Greek playwright Euripides, set in a trailer park in middle America, while materials and sets were provided by a company from the South Bronx. The Redd Tale Theatre Company on West 38th Street […]

Politics

State funds boost Hunts Point non-profits

State funds boost Hunts Point non-profits

Rev. Ruben Diaz, who represents Hunts Point in the New York State Senate, will direct $2 million in state funds to Bronx-based and Latino nonprofits, he announced at a breakfast meeting on Aug. 17 that gathered politicians, including his son the Bronx Borough President, and recipients of the money.

News

Plans for Hunts Point jail remain on hold

Plans for Hunts Point jail remain on hold

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com The city’s plan to build a jail in Hunts Point remains in limbo while Mayor Bloomberg decides who his next Corrections commissioner will be. Martin Horn resigned as commissioner of the city’s Department of Correction in July to teach at John Jay School of Criminal Justice.

Education / News

Charter school signs on to stay in BankNote

Charter school signs on to stay in BankNote

Hunts Point’s historic BankNote building will continue to be home to the the John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy Charter School, at least until 2022. The school, which serves a population of 275 students has extended its lease on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the Lafayette Avenue building.

News

Residents debate new Hunts Point jail plan

Residents debate new Hunts Point jail plan

By Joe Hirsch News@huntspointexpress.com Tanya Fields speaks out against jail plan. Residents clashed over new plans to build a jail in Hunts Point at a crowded public forum on June 4, as the city Department of Corrections outlined its new proposal to locate the jail near the Fulton Fish Market. […]