NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Housing

Former jail site needs more protection, say residents

The city has responded to public complaints about intruders and tagging on the former site of Bridges Juvenile Justice Center with No Trespassing signs.

Security at the shuttered juvenile jail on Spofford Avenue must be shored up in the months before construction starts on a huge multi-use development or someone is going to get hurt, say residents.

Transportation

Sheridan area plan attracts little attention

Sheridan area plan attracts little attention

As the state gears up for a $1.8 billion project to develop the area around the Sheridan Expressway, residents are showing almost no interest.

Culture / Food

Swale returns to waterfront park

Swale

Swale, a floating food forest created by a Brooklyn artist, debuted at Concrete Plant Park a year ago and returned in early July, transported by tugboat from Brooklyn at the end of June.

Housing

Residents fear secret gentrification plans

Protester Tahica Fredericks

Some dozen protesters rallied outside a closed-door meeting in Longwood, suspicious that officials are planning to rezone a huge chunk of the South Bronx without public input. The planning department and City Councilman Rafael Salamanca say it isn’t so.

Government / Politics

Teens look to get out the vote

Fannie Lou Hamer students

A new educational booklet offering tips for voters may soon be available to the public, courtesy of 11 students from Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School.

Environment / Jobs

City unveils flood-prevention strategies

A family at the pier at

As engineers and planners look for ways to keep Hunts Point safe from catastrophic flooding, residents have mixed feelings about their findings so far.

Environment / Food

Community center, garden reopen in Morrisania

Altice USA volunteers clear weeds from planters to make way for new flora during a community garden revitalization project behind The Bronx Social Center.

After years of neglect, The Bronx Social Center is back A partnership between two corporate giants and two grassroots groups has led to the revitalization of a community center and an adjacent public garden in the shadow of a six-story, Morrisania housing complex. About 40 employees from cable TV provider Altice USA filled the […]

Environment / Housing

Fish Parade celebrates Hunts Point’s resilience

The Dancing Rubies show off their moves as the Fish Parade makes its way to Barretto Point Park.

The theme of Hunts Point’s fourteenth annual Fish Parade, “We Are the Routes of Resilience,” highlighted residents’ enduring toughness in the face of familiar obstacles.

Police

Crossing the Bruckner still a dangerous affair

A pedestrian runs for his life crossing the Bruckner Expressway on Hunts Point Avenue.

The six-lane Bruckner Boulevard has one of the highest traffic volumes in the city, and was the scene for three vehicular deaths in March and April. As a result, neighbors and elected officials are demanding that the city make some changes to improve lives for pedestrians.