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Education / News / Politics

Federal budget axe swings at City Year

Jennifer Harwood, City Year Bronx Zone Director serving with students. Photocredit: Jennifer D. Cogswell

Diana Marino used to hate to read. The eighth-grader grew frustrated whenever she came to a word or phrase she did not know. Her grades suffered as a result. Then she met Alice Pak. Last year Pak “kept motivating me and taught me to read a little bit daily until […]

Crime / Politics

Protesters to city: Fight over Spofford is not over

The empty former jail facility on Spofford Ave.

After decades fighting to get the city to close Bridges Juvenile Justice Center in Hunts Point, advocates and residents have finally gotten their wish. The Spofford Avenue facility closed on March 11, according to a spokeswoman from the state’s Office of Children’s Services headquarters in Albany, although a spokesman for […]

Education / Jobs / Politics

Mayor’s cuts have Hunts Point schools worried

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed laying off city school teachers in dramatic numbers to compensate for budget shortfalls. In Hunts Point and Longwood, Banana Kelly High School would stand to lose five of its 27 teachers to the Mayor’s buzzsaw, while the high school with which it shares a building […]

Education / Environment / Health / News / Politics / Transportation

Despite promises, asthma still plagues Hunts Point

Photo by Ryan Joseph

A little boy no more than five brought home the meaning of environmental injustice to Miquela Craytor, she recalled at a recent press conference with The Hunts Point Express. At a rally at the Oak Point rail yards three years ago to protest the city’s plans to build a jail […]

Crime / Politics

Arroyos’ relative heads to prison

The culprits in a scandal that has cast a shadow on Assemblywoman Carmen Arroyo and City Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo are headed to a federal pen. Richard Izquierdo Arroyo, the assemblywoman’s grandson and chief of staff, was sentenced to a year and a day for stealing $115,000 from a […]

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In the news, June 21-28

In the news, June 21-28

Starting July 5, 16 lucky teens will build a wooden rowboat, take it on a five-day trip and get paid for it, as Rocking the Boat launches its summer program. Another 20 youngsters will explore the estuaries surrounding the Bronx, learning navigation techniques and working to improve the ecological health […]

Business / Jobs / News / Politics

Sun sets on program that brought jobs to Hunts Point

Sun sets on program that brought jobs to Hunts Point

Nine years ago, as real estate prices in Manhattan were skyrocketing, Master Purveyors, Inc., a family-run meat distribution company relocated from the suddenly-trendy Meat Packing District to the Hunts Point Co-op Meat Market. The Hunts Point Market offered 12,000 square feet of refrigeration space, as well as lower rents, but […]

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Water for sale

Photo by Ryan Joseph

The only water store in North America encounters critics who say its product is unnecessary and destructive The Latin American Oprah was in Hunts Point last November. Surrounded by body guards and police, Cristina Saralegui, the queen of Spanish talk TV, arrived on Southern Boulevard for the grand opening of […]

Environment / Politics

From the editor: The odor from Oak Point Avenue

It’s not just sewage that stinks at the New York Organic Fertilizer Company plant on Oak Point Avenue. From the very beginning, the plant has been bathed in the stench of corruption.