Environment

Environment / Jobs

Co-op converts trash to treasures

Co-op converts trash to treasures

By Maria Clark mariapclark@gmail.com On a recent morning, Joel Frank and Jerome Villanueva were hauling heavy marble slabs from one side of the space to the other, while Janco Damas cleaned and arranged kitchen sinks along the back wall of a large warehouse on a small Morrisania side street.

Art / Environment

Floating sculpture honors Bronx River

Quick, what’s 30 feet long by 12 feet wide, is topped with hundreds of pounds of carefully selected junk, and recently floated down the Bronx River to Hunts Point Riverside Park, led by a flotilla of canoeists? Why, that’s an artists’ rendering of the Lower Bronx River Watershed, of course.

Art / Environment

Fish Parade celebrates Hunts Point

Fish Parade celebrates Hunts Point

By Maria Clark The streets of Hunts Point were teeming with marine life last Saturday, as dozens of young people dressed as mermaids and fish marched in the 6th annual Fish Parade. The lively sea creatures were joined by canoes that float on land, a pirate ship and a gorilla […]

Environment / News

Little fish signal big changes in Bronx River

Little fish signal big changes in Bronx River

Environmentalists celebrate return of alewife By Meredith Goncalves meredith.goncalves@gmail.com Here’s what the rebirth of the Bronx River looks like: it’s about 10 inches long with silvery skin and it swims. In late March, naturalists netted four little fish called alewife in the river, and in doing so won a bet […]

Environment / News / Parks

Federal funds will jumpstart Greenway

Federal funds will jumpstart Greenway

A plan to build a recreational trail connecting a series of parks on the East River waterfront has gotten a major boost from the economic downturn. Federal stimulus money will be used to build the South Bronx Greenway and open it to the public within three years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg […]

Environment / News

100 graduates find pride and a living wage

100 graduates find pride and a living wage

‘Green collar’ jobs are the next new thing, Sustainable South Bronx declares By Azriel James Relph Azriel.james.relp@gmail.com Photo by Azriel James Relph Antionette Smidth and Grace Sewell helped repair a home and make it more energy efficient as part of their training in Sustainable South Bronx’s BEST program. Antionette Smidth […]

Education / Environment

City turns down ‘green’ school

City turns down ‘green’ school

By Prakirti Nangia pnangia@hunter.cuny.edu The city Department of Education has rejected a proposal to create a high school based on the ideas of the founder of Sustainable South Bronx and devoted to training students for jobs that can improve the environment. The Majora Carter Achievement Academy was the brainchild of […]

Art / Business / Environment

Art comes to Hunts Point industry

Art comes to Hunts Point industry

By Tenzin Tseyang ttseyang@hunter.cuny.edu What happens when you hand 10 artists the paint to cover 240 feet of blank canvas any way they wish? They create a “Village of murals,” in an effort to transform a bleak industrial section of Hunts Point into a more inviting route to the riverside.

Environment

Green roofs and greenbacks

Green roofs and greenbacks

Sustainable South Bronx hopes to build a profitable business. By Kathy-Ann Joseph kathyannjoseph@gmail.com James Wells and Amilcar Laboy, graduates of the BEST program, do weekly maintenance on the roof of Majora Carter’s and James Chase’s home. While the owners of New York City’s two other single-family homes with green roofs […]