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City drops plan for Hunts Point jail

City drops plan for Hunts Point jail

The city has abandoned plans to build a new jail in Hunts Point, four years after then Corrections Commissioner Martin Horn announced his intention to build a 2,000-bed facility on a 28-acre waterfront site in the Oak Point rail yard. In addition, the 870-bed jail barge now moored near the […]

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In the news, July 19-25

Tear down the Sheridan Expressway? Community advocates for and against the proposal to scrap the highway and build parks and housing in its place will discuss the issue on Monday night, July 26, on BronxTalk, Gary Axelbank’s long-running cable talk show devoted to public issues in the borough. Beginning at […]

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Debate over future of Sheridan rages on

Debate over future of Sheridan rages on

Without the Sheridan Expressway, rush hour traffic on some Hunts Point streets would nearly double over the next 20 years, state traffic engineers told an impatient and occasionally angry crowd of about 60 Hunts Point residents, community advocates and business leaders gathered at Casita Maria on Simpson Street on July […]

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House of horrors tenants cheer new owner

House of horrors tenants cheer new owner

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com The beleaguered tenants of 621-627 Manida Street finally got their wish on June 12th, when their buildings were sold at a foreclosure auction to Omni New York LLC, a non-profit with a solid reputation for rehabbing decaying buildings quickly. About a dozen tenants of the 112-unit […]

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New leaders take board’s helm

New leaders take board’s helm

Three long-time pillars of Community Board 2, the official citizen advisory board that represents Hunts Point and Longwood in everything from block party planning to housing developments, presided over their last meeting on June 30, marking the end of an era in local affairs. Board Chairman Roberto Garcia is resigning […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]