NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Business / Economy

Tough times for Southern Boulevard businesses

Marques Payne, executive director of the Southern Boulevard Business Improvement District, at right, talks with store owner Harpreet Singh of Lovely Perfume.

Merchants along Southern Boulevard in Longwood face a number of challenges they say are keeping them from prospering, from the economy to being squeezed by the sanitation department.

Parks

Area parks await upgrades

Area parks await upgrades

The city broke ground on Lyons Square Park in late November, and plans for Hunts Point Playground are in the final review process.

Education / Immigration

Young immigrants worry about future under Trump

Cecilia Arias and Shanjida Choudhury, both seniors at Fannie Lou Hamer High School, pose under a banner that reads "No Human Is Illegal!"

During his campaign, the president-elect vowed he would terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provided work papers, and eliminated the threat of deportation, for some undocumented students.

Culture / Education / Religion

St. Ignatius students and family celebrate the Feast of Guadalupe

William Adamson, music teacher at St. Ignatius, leading the choir.

The feast is a Latin American Catholic celebration that honors the Virgin Mary who appears in the services as a Mexican peasant.

Housing

Shelter system under renewed scrutiny after Hunts Point tragedy

Apartment 1C is cordoned off as officials investigate the cause of the accident that killed two toddlers.

Elected officials have vowed to take action to avoid future accidents like the one that killed two girls on Wednesday, and also discontinue the city’s “cluster-site” shelter system.

Housing

Toddlers’ deaths mourned on Hunts Point Ave.

Neighbors hold a vigil for the Ambrose sisters in front of 720 Hunts Point Ave.

Pink balloons, lit devotional candles and stuffed animals have filled a make-shift shrine at the entrance to 720 Hunts Point Ave., in honor of the two babies who were killed by steam from the radiator in their bedroom on Wednesday afternoon.

Art / Culture / Education / News

Bronx Children’s Museum finally finds a permanent home

The museum has finally found a permanent home – and walls -- in a city-owned former powerhouse located on parkland just steps away from Yankee Stadium.

  They see it like this: Inside an old powerhouse that looks like a castle, a sculpture inspired by the three rivers of the Bronx hangs from the ceiling in the lobby. Paintings created by Bronx artists adorn every wall. Children run from exhibit to exhibit, pushing buttons and pulling […]

Health

PharmaCannis opens a medical marijuana dispensary in Hunts Point

Hunts Point residents gather at PharmaCannis to register for a card that will allow patients to obtain medical marijuana.

Many residents who felt that the previous planned location was too isolated are relieved that the dispensary will be in a high-traffic area. They were nervous that the isolation of the company’s former choice of locations, and the fact that its transactions are in cash, would have made it a target for crime.

Education

Letter to the editor: Hunts Point shares experiences with African counterparts

Unitas

Because of its reputation as a center for conflict resolution and community peacemaking, Unitas was selected to host a visit from a group of peacemakers from Uganda and Rwanda.