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Hunts Point teens find treasured island

Hunts Point teens find treasured island

By Azriel James Relph azriel.james.relph@gmail.com Gliding into the East River from Barretto Point Park in the gray light of a recent early morning, four boats set off for a destination only a handful of New Yorkers have ever visited. The Myriad, Essence, Phoenix and Pride-–classic wooden rowboats, handmade by students […]

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North Brother’s guardians say ‘This island is for the birds’

By Azriel James Relph azriel.james.relph@gmail.com Sycamore trees and egrets are not the only beneficiaries of the North Brother Island Initiative. The project gave 24 teens from ACTION and Rocking the Boat the chance to experience nature and history without ever leaving the South Bronx. The North Brother Island Initiative is […]

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Venezuelan gifts

By Azriel James Relph azriel.james.relph@gmail.com The funding for the North Brother Island Initiative did not fall from the sky. It came from somewhere perhaps just as unlikely, one of the United States’ most vocal critics, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. The initiative began with a grant from CITGO, the American […]

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Turkey and all the trimmings feed 400 in Hunts Point

By Azriel James Relph Azriel.james.relph@gmail.com Gary LeBlanc didn’t get a good night’s sleep for nine months after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.After returning home to Virginia from volunteering in New Orleans, LeBlanc would toss and turn in his bed, waking again and again each night to jot down ideas for […]

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Hunts Point voters say ‘You go, Barack’

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com Schools across Hunts Point and Longwood opened their doors for the public to cast their votes on November 4, in a historic election that featured an African-American presidential candidate for the first time in US history. Voters of all ages expressed their excitement at the prospect […]

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State vows to eliminate old smells with new permit

Fertilizer plant must hire engineer to monitor air quality By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com Local advocates are guardedly hopeful that new requirements imposed by the State Department of Environmental Conservation will put an end to the intolerable smells that come from the NYOFCo fertilizer plant on Oak Point Avenue, blanketing Hunts […]

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Neighborhood voices: Teens design a solution to overflowing sewers

Neighborhood voices: Teens design a solution to overflowing sewers

By Dawn Henning dhenning@ympj.org Photo by Dawn Henning Young volunteers redesigned tree pits to keep rainwater out of overburdened sewers. This summer while most teenagers relaxed and recharged for another school year, young people at Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice participated in a design competition. When it rains, the […]

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New rules will guide builders in Hunts Point

Large stores will be permitted near BankNote building By Joe Hirsch News@huntspointexpress.com. The City Council has approved an ambitious rezoning initiative for Hunts Point on, but not before adding a significant change limiting the size of commercial buildings in residential Hunts Point. The plan is intended to create a buffer […]

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41st Precinct’s CO is full of surprises

41st Precinct’s CO is full of surprises

New top cop is a hands-on commander By Paul Bufano Pbufano@hunter.cuny.edu Donald J. McHugh, who became commanding officer of the 41st Precinct in January, is not your average cop. He’s a lawyer. He’s fascinated by the philosophy of Confucius. He reads the Wall Street Journal every day. And, he plays […]