NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Environment

Hunts Point’s pioneering green roof

By Emily Taken-Vertz Emtv708@gmail.com Last year, the environmental organization Sustainable South Bronx planted a secret garden on the roof of the sprawling American Banknote building, which covers the better part of the block bounded by Tiffany and Barretto Streets and Garrison and Lafayette Avenues. The rooftop resembles a weedy vacant […]

Environment

What’s that smell? the Hunts Point sewage plant

For more than a decade Hunts Point Organizations have fought to make a local sewage processing plant respect its neighbors’ needs. Now they’re trying something new: buying stock and using their power as shareholders to demand improvements.

Housing

Buildings’ troubles threaten tenants

By Meredith Deliso meredithdeliso@yahoo.com For more than a year and a half, blue scaffolding has thrown a shadow over the entrance to the six-story apartment buildings at 739 and 741 Coster Street. In the gloom, drug dealers and prostitutes have found welcome concealment. Inside the buildings, evidence of their trade […]

Environment / Food

Community garden grows in a jail’s shadow

By Susan Hill At the intersection of Spofford Avenue and Barretto Street, beneath the looming Bridges Juvenile Center, red-faced geraniums peek through the holes of a chain-link fence. Vegetables also flourish in the company of their caretakers: a spirited group of Hunts Point retirees, who congregate daily beside the small, […]