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Green jobs group wins national award

A non-profit organization based in Manhattan has won an environmental award that will help it clean the Bronx while putting local residents to work. The Consortium for Worker Education the education arm of the AFL-CIO’s New York City Central Labor Council—was awarded the 2012 Environmental Quality Award for its part […]

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Teen activists campaign at Town Hall

By Kimberly Devi Milner Calls to create a green Bronx, tear down the Sheridan Expressway and serve nutritious lunches echoed across The Point’s Live from the Edge Theater at the community center’s annual Town Hall meeting on March 21st. Teen activists from the center’s community leadership program, A.C.T.I.O.N., presented campaigns […]

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From prison to a fresh start

From prison to a fresh start

At 17, Francois Blood received a wake-up call when he was sentenced to 10 to 20 years behind bars. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Blood moved to New York in 1998 and had been in the city for less than two months when he was swept up on charges of armed […]

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Another Green Career Center graduate earns fresh start

Another Green Career Center graduate earns fresh start

Isaac Rivera, 44, learned about the Green Career Center, a workforce development program run by the Osborne Association, while serving time for a drug charge at Rikers Island. When he was transferred to an alternative-to-incarceration facility where inmates are free to leave the premises during the day, as long as […]

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DA charges Hispanic Construction Workers

Coalition workers wait near a construction site.

It’s hard to reconcile the good work Longwood-based United Hispanic Construction Workers says it does to help the jobless find work, with the allegations of brutality and extortion lodged by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. In an indictment issued September 26, the DA charges that David Rodriguez and […]

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Hunts Point Market, union reach agreement

Workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year agreement with business owners, averting what would have been the first labor strike in the sprawling complex in a quarter-century. The previous contract expired Monday, Jan. 16 at midnight, but labor leaders declined to call a strike at […]

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BankNote becomes home to business incubator

The landmark BankNote Building, which occupies a full city block in Hunts Point, has been sold.

The BankNote Building, Hunts Point’s brick behemoth where money was once minted for countries around the world, is now headquarters for entrepreneurs who will try to earn their fortunes. The Sunshine Bronx Business Incubator opened in the century-old former fortress of finance on Garrison Ave. in January, becoming the first […]

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PO’d about the Hunts Point PO

PO’d about the Hunts Point PO

Faced with the prospect of losing their post office, about 60 Hunts Point residents turned out for a public hearing at the Hunts Point Recreation Center on Manida St. to tell five US Postal Service officials dressed in suits they’re not going to take it anymore. The Manida Street post […]

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Alternate fueling facility stirs debate

Alternate fueling facility stirs debate

By Kenneth Christensen maxwellchristensen@gmail.com Hunts Point has been home to some of the city’s highest unemployment and asthma rates for decades, but city officials hope an initiative that will bring an alternative fueling facility to the neighborhood will help to reduce both problems. The proposal is part of the Hunts […]