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Led by robbery, crime rate soars

Violent crime is up 40 percent in Hunts Point precinct By Paul Bufano Pbufano@hunter.cuny.edu Violent crime is soaring in the 41st Precinct, which covers Hunts Point and Longwood. Between November and March, the number of violent crimes reported to police rose 40 percent and robberies have doubled, compared to the […]

Environment

Green roofs and greenbacks

Green roofs and greenbacks

Sustainable South Bronx hopes to build a profitable business. By Kathy-Ann Joseph kathyannjoseph@gmail.com James Wells and Amilcar Laboy, graduates of the BEST program, do weekly maintenance on the roof of Majora Carter’s and James Chase’s home. While the owners of New York City’s two other single-family homes with green roofs […]

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Action Speaks (Podcast Episode1)

Action Speaks (Podcast Episode1)

Teens speak out on the issues By Daniel Allen Photo by Adam Liebowitz Some of the teens who meet at The Point to advocate for environmental justice. A group of 15 students from the ACTION youth development program, or Activists Coming to Inform Our Neighborhood, sat down with reporter Daniel […]

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Bank note building sale could transform Hunts Point

Bank note building sale could transform Hunts Point

Will residents benefit or suffer? many ask. By Lynette Raheb lynetteraheb@aol.com Architects rendering by Beyer Blinder Belle Investors have made a $32 million bet on Hunts Point’s future. Now the question is: If they win, who loses? In announcing their purchase of the gargantuan American Bank Note building on Lafayette […]

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Owners outline Bank Note building’s future

Owners outline Bank Note building’s future

Landmark status will preserve the building’s past. By Lynette Raheb lynetteraheb@aol.com Photo by Beyer Blinder Belle The Bank Note building on Lafayette and Tiffany streets has been rechristened BankNote. Denham Wolf Real Estate Services carved a niche for itself as a consultant to non-profit organizations. “Real estate,” the firm declares […]

News / Transportation

Cut down traffic, Hunts Point teens say

By Sydney Céspedes sydney29@gmail.com Six months ago, the federal government told the city that it would spend $354 million on New York, if the city came up with a system of congestion pricing, charging cars that drive into Manhattan’s business district in an effort to cut down on traffic. To […]

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Lawmakers remain uncertain

They praise the messengers more than the message. By Sydney Céspedes sydney29@gmail.com Members of the New York State Assembly were impressed with the Hunts Point teenagers who pressed them to vote in favor of congestion pricing. But they weren’t necessarily convinced. “I am still up in the air,” said Bronx […]

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Green roof keeps house cool, dry

Green roof keeps house cool, dry

By Kathy-Ann Joseph kathyannjoseph@gmail.com Workers installing a green roof on Majora Carter’s and James Chase’s home in Hunts Point put down drainage plates to prepare for planting. From the street, the red-brick, two-story rowhouse on Manida Street looks as typical as they come. But instead of tar or tile, its […]

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Hunts Point activists seek fast bus line

Hunts Point activists seek fast bus line

Colombian mayor shares Bogota’s experience. By Joe Hirsch joehirsch@yahoo.com Photo by Adam Liebowitz Enrique Penalosa, the former mayor of Colombia’ s capitol, outlined the ways his city reduced car traffic at a meeting of activists from Hunts Point and elsewhere. What if riders were able to hop on a bus […]