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City Hall rally calls $ for Hunts Point jail money misspent

City Hall rally calls $ for Hunts Point jail money misspent

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com Dozens of residents and activists from Hunts Point and Longwood took to the steps of City Hall in a rain-soaked mid-December rally to denounce the city’s continued plans to construct a new $500 million jail in the neighborhood.New York Governor David Paterson’s recently proposed massive cuts […]

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Studio 889 garners praise for Hunts Point

Studio 889 garners praise for Hunts Point

Photo by Hanan Tabbara Alejandra Delfin greets visitors at the opening of Studio 889’s Holiday Art Show. By Hanan Tabbara htabbara@hunter.cuny.edu When the holiday art show opened at 889 Hunts Point Avenue on Dec. 6, no one was prouder than 11-year-old Isabelle A. Cotte. Two of her prints had been […]

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Public Advocate calls for shutdown of detention center

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com The Bridges Youth Detention Center on Spofford Avenue should be closed, says the city’s Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum. Formerly known simply as Spofford, the juvenile jail is a waste of taxpayer money, Gotbaum said.

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Bloomberg comes to Hunts Point to promise jobs

Bloomberg comes to Hunts Point to promise jobs

Photo by Joe Hirsch Bronx resident Raul Figueroa, with Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Leiber, tells the public about the Hunts Point job service that helped him landwork. By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com With the city facing its worst economic crisis in decades, Mayor Michael Bloomberg […]

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Fiscal crunch endangers shuttle to pool

The shuttle bus that operated last summer to bring swimmers to the floating pool at Barretto Point Park may be eliminated in 2009. The bus is likely to fall victim to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s budget crunch, according to MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan.

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In visit to Hunts Point, governor vows war on asthma

by Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com Promising a new state initiative aimed at skyrocketing asthma rates in the South Bronx, Governor David Paterson met with Hunts Point residents and children from the Bronx Charter School for the Arts in a pre-Thanksgiving press conference at The Point Community Development Corporation. Flanked by local […]

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From the editor: Ending the asthma epidemic

In the inimitable fashion of really smart students anywhere, the students of the Bronx Charter School for the Arts were all but jumping out of their seats as they sought to attract the attention of the grown-up at the head of the room one day last month. Oh-oh-oh, they exclaimed, […]

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Celebrity gives Hunts Point $1 million in food

Celebrity gives Hunts Point $1 million in food

Heather Mills’ gift will feed residents for two years By Sarah Grieb sgrieb@gmail.com When students and their parents arrived at Hunts Point Riverside Park for the second annual Back to School fair on a late September weekend, they expected to be given school equipment and a burger. As it turned […]

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Hunts Point apartments rise from ashes

Hunts Point apartments rise from ashes

Tenants at troubled complex see progress, but problems remain By Prakirti Nangia pnangia@hunter.cuny.edu Bethzaida Nieves was seven-and-a-half months pregnant when she began having trouble stepping through her own door. Her belly hadn’t grown too large. Instead, a pipe below her apartment had burst, releasing steam that caused the wooden floorboards […]