Education / Environment

Bronx River is classroom for seaweed scientists

Environmental Program apprentice Alissa Hickson, 17, checking the lines of the seaweed farm she helps maintain with Rocking the Boat staff.

The Rocking the Boat Environmental Program team cultivates a seaweed farm, just off the coast of Hunts Point to clean the Bronx River.

Environment / Food

Flood protection funds aren’t enough, say advocates

An artist's sketch shows what the Hunts Point waterfront could look like with federal and city funding to create jobs and protect the shoreline.

Community leaders worry that Hunts Point isn’t getting the focus it should from federal and city officials to help safeguard it from future storms that could potentially cripple the city’s food supply and flood the neighborhood.

Education / Environment

Rocking the Boat hosts visitors from Africa

Foreign exchange students learn about the Bronx River.

International exchange students say they’ll take lessons learned here to launch projects to help their communities back home.


Energy company eyes Hunts Point

Former site of NYOFCo plant, which a new venture hopes to reopen soon as an alternative energy operation.

An energy company seeks to open in the former NYOFCo plant, promising to supply clean fuel to the city and jobs to Hunts Point. But Community Board 2 wants to see some changes before the deal is done.

Business / Environment

Auto shops near arrival date

Pablo Estevez of Sunrise Cooperative addressing fellow auto workers at a July 10 meeting on Jerome Ave.

Community Board 2 says it will keep an eye on an influx of new auto businesses that were forced to leave Queens, to ensure they comply with environmental regulations.

Environment / Food

Civic groups ponder how $45 million can benefit peninsula

A map shows the risk of rising waters to the Hunts Point waterfront.

Community groups are working to devise a pilot program that would draw on $45 million in federal and city funding to create jobs while protecting the peninsula from flooding.


Aspiring chefs cook up a feast at The Point

Server Daisha

Some 100 hungry Bronxites gathered at The Point CDC to participate in the Spring into Summer Neighborhood Cocktail Party, where teen volunteers prepared varied dishes with the culinary skills they have mastered in Blank Plate, a cooking program for youth.

Education / Environment

Letter to the editor: Cleaning our rivers starts at home

New Visions students Fatou Mbeguere, Isaac Cruz, David Urbina test Bronx River water quality using sensors.

Reducing household waste and constructing more rooftop gardens are among the ways New Yorkers could cut down on the amount of waste dumped into the Bronx River and other city waterways, argues New Visions Charter High School sophomore Emmanuel Dufour, who urges the city’s residents to get involved in cleaning up our environment.

Environment / Parks

Tree census kicks off in Hunts Point

Volunteers helped launch the Trees Census at Julio Carballo Park on May 19.

The New York City Parks Department picked Hunts Point as the launching spot for the NYC Tree Census – the first official count of the city’s green residents in three decades.