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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 […]

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 […]