Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

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Neglected landmark train station cries out for TLC

Neglected landmark train station cries out for TLC

By Justyna Malota malota@hunter.cuny.edu” jmalota@hunter.cuny.edu In 1909, the architecture critic of the New York Times hailed the new train station on Westchester Avenue, calling it “exquisite.” Designed by an architect who was soon to become world-famous, it resembled a Florentine palace, painted in an array of colors. Today, the abandoned […]

Business / Education / News

Fire devastates shopping area

Fire devastates shopping area

by Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com A four-alarm fire on Hunts Point Avenue between 163rd Street and Westchester Avenue gutted five stores and damaged two others on Wednesday night, October 28. No one was injured, but the five stores will be demolished next week, say city officials.

Art / News

Nine women who beat odds honored in Longwood

Nine women who beat odds honored in Longwood

By Azriel James Relph Azriel.james.relph@gmail.com Movie stars and other high-profile guests strode past the velvet ropes guarding Father Gigante Plaza on a recent autumn evening. But the biggest stars were the women of the Bronx. Hollywood-by-way-of-the-Bronx actresses Kerry Washington and Joy Bryant joined celebrity environmentalist Majora Carter in hosting the […]

Crime / News

Livery drivers face rising costs and violence

Livery drivers face rising costs and violence

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com At the corner of Longwood and Garrison avenues a block east of the Bruckner Expressway, the livery drivers who drive for Hunts Point’s BQN Car Service wait at the wheels of their black and gray sedans to hear their next destination from the dispatcher. Many of […]

Food / Health / News

New market sells produce to public wholesale

By Eleanor A. Miller NYCity News Service Tucked into the parking lot of the New Fulton Fish Market in Hunts Point is the city’s only wholesale farmers market—and now it’s getting a boost from a $296,000 grant to the Council on the Environment of New York City, which runs farmers […]

Art / Education / Environment / News

Folk icon feted at Hunts Point Riverside Park

Folk icon feted at Hunts Point Riverside Park

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com Musician Pete Seeger, who became an icon of social movements in the 1960s for his use of traditional folk music and original folk songs to rally the public for political change, was honored at Hunts Point Riverside Park on September 3 for his lifetime contribution to […]

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 […]