Environment

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 […]

Education / Environment

The Bronx River as science lab

The Bronx River as science lab

By Stephanie Smith Photo by Stephanie Smith Banana Kelly High School students (left to right) Valerie Cazeres, Jauna Williams and Nia Johnson on the Bronx River at Shoelace Park. At a small dock on the Bronx River, students from Banana Kelly High School get ready to dip buckets into the […]

Environment / News / Parks

Hunts Point island is now a park

Hunts Point island is now a park

By Angela M. Hill amhill73@yahoo.com NYC News Service Photo by Angela Hill Dignitaries signed the deeds to South Brother Island to the Parks Department at a ceremony at Barretto Point Park in November. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Rep. Jose Serrano, far left and right, took their turn signing, as […]

Environment / News / Parks

East River becomes path to adventure

East River becomes path to adventure

By Laura Age At Tiffany Pier in Barretto Point Park this fall, four people walked to the boxy container on which a graffiti artist had painted “South Bronx Kayak Club” in huge, boldly outlined letters. Two brightly colored kayaks lay inside, one forest green, the other fluorescent yellow. Two to a […]

Environment

Bronx River could test clean water plans

Bronx River could test clean water plans

‘Let us show you how to think small,’ environmentalists tell city By Christina Davis cdav@hunter.cuny.edu Plantings along streets would absorb rainfall, keeping it out of the sewers, say environmentalists. This rendering from the Gaia Institute shows Lafayette Avenue as it might look if the institute’ s proposal for capturing storm […]

Environment / News

Sewer plant will tower over park

Sewer plant will tower over park

By Daniel Allen dantallen@gmail.com This rendering from the environmental impact statement for the Hunts Point sewage treatment plant shows the towers to be built in relation to Barretto Point Park. The city’s plan to add two 13-story towers to the Hunts Point sewage treatment plant would pollute the air, increase […]

Environment

Hunts Point’s pioneering green roof

By Emily Taken-Vertz Emtv708@gmail.com Last year, the environmental organization Sustainable South Bronx planted a secret garden on the roof of the sprawling American Banknote building, which covers the better part of the block bounded by Tiffany and Barretto Streets and Garrison and Lafayette Avenues. The rooftop resembles a weedy vacant […]

Environment

What’s that smell? the Hunts Point sewage plant

For more than a decade Hunts Point Organizations have fought to make a local sewage processing plant respect its neighbors’ needs. Now they’re trying something new: buying stock and using their power as shareholders to demand improvements.

Environment / Food

Community garden grows in a jail’s shadow

By Susan Hill At the intersection of Spofford Avenue and Barretto Street, beneath the looming Bridges Juvenile Center, red-faced geraniums peek through the holes of a chain-link fence. Vegetables also flourish in the company of their caretakers: a spirited group of Hunts Point retirees, who congregate daily beside the small, […]