Business / Health

Planned marijuana dispensary divides Hunts Point

The site of a proposed new medical marijuana dispensary on Oak Point Ave.

A company that specializes in selling medical marijuana is slated to open a dispensary in Hunts Point on Jan. 1 2016, worrying some residents that it will bring back with it the kinds of vice and crime the community has been fighting for decades.


Legionnaires’ update: Community Board says city must do better

Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Mayor Bill de Blasio at an August 10 press conference, announcing legislation to inspect cooling towers. 

Community Board 2 says the city must do a better job keeping residents and landlords updated about developments in the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, after cooling towers on three local buildings tested positive for legionella.


Hunts Point walks for people with HIV

The fourth annual Hunts Point AIDS Walk

In 2013, more Bronx residents died of complications from the AIDS virus than in any other borough, according to the city health department.

Environment / Health

Panel debates businesses’ environmental impacts

Kellie Terry, executive director at The Point CDC, speaks at a forum at Hostos Community College on March 18, about the need for environmentally-friendly businesses.

A panel of South Bronx residents, advocates and business owners at a forum at Hostos Community College, said the city must take the area’s high rates of disease into account before allowing industries to relocate to Hunts Point and Port Morris.

Health / Parks

Hunts Point hustles for its health

Runners and walkers set off from Hunts Point Riverside Park on their three-mile jaunt. on Sept. 27

The eighth annual Hunts Point Hustle took place on Sept. 27, starting in Hunts Point Riverside Park and ending three miles later in Barretto Point Park.


Activists walk to support AIDS victims

AIDS walk participants march down Coster Street, holding a sign that displays their support for those living with the virus.

South Bronx residents took to the streets to raise awareness of the high rates of HIV and AIDS in the community.

Government / Health

Urban Health Plan awarded federal grant

Hunts Point’s top health care provider, Urban Health Plan, will be awarded $250,000 in federal grant money to renovate administrative space at its Plaza Del Castillo health center at 1515 Southern Boulevard. The funds will allow the facility to “expand the services available to patients,” said  Congressman José E. Serrano, […]

Health / Housing

A new front in the fight against asthma

Urban Health Plan is looking to reduce Hunts Point's high asthma rates through a new educational initiative.

While environmental justice groups battle air pollution, a health care network is taking on indoor conditions in run-down apartment buildings.


Federal grant will help fund health center

A Longwood-based health care agency will receive $812,500 in federal grant money over the next five years to continue providing numerous services for Bronx residents. The funding for La Casa de Salud is part of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise referred to as Obamacare.