NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Government / Housing / Politics

NYCHA residents rally for repairs, funding

NYCHA residents rally on the steps of City Hall for repairs and funding

Bronx public housing residents, community organizations, labor unions and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall in February to demand adequate funding and oversight of the long neglected and dilapidated NYCHA buildings.

Environment / News

Resiliency Project holds third community workshop

Lucia Hernandez, Ilea Burgos, and Angela Tovar attend the 23rd annual Bronx Speak Up! event at Lehman College.

“Hurricane Sandy was an eye-opener. People realized how vulnerable our community was,” said Illea Burgos, outreach coordinator for the Green Worker Cooperative.

Housing

City gets pushback on redevelopment plan

The 130-block area being studied.

City planners got an icy reception from South Bronx residents at a public forum to exchange ideas for developing a stretch of Southern Boulevard between northern Longwood and Crotona Park.

Art / Immigration / Politics

Artist converts her Mott Haven home into art gallery

Marco Saavedra leads an artist talk and workshop in his first solo show in an apartment “gallery” in Mott Haven.

“Some of the artists have never had the opportunity to actually teach about their work or share their work with a larger audience,” said Blanka Amezkua.

Housing

New plan announced to ease homelessness crisis

As the number of homeless New Yorkers continues to escalate, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a new plan to attack the problem.

Art / Culture / Education

Bronx Documentary Center takes a trip through turbulent times

Promotional sign of the exhibition in the window of the Bronx Documentary Center

“Whose Streets? Our Streets!” gathers decades-old photographs of protests in a city known for giving birth to different sorts of activism.

Parks

Bronx River cleanup wins national award

Students at local schools help clean up the Bronx River shore.

On Feb. 17 the Bronx River Alliance and the New York City Department of Parks will be awarded the Audrey Nelson Award, for their work reviving the Bronx River. The award is given annually to an exemplary community development program.

Housing / Parks

Southern Boulevard could be site of city’s next major overhaul

Southern Boulevard could be site of city’s next major overhaul

As the city considers an ambitious facelift to a 130-block area of the Bronx, residents and housing advocates recognize the need for change but worry that large scale development may make the neighborhood unaffordable for low-income residents.

Immigration / Politics

Elected officials rail against Trump’s threatened cuts

Rep. Jose E. Serrano, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and City Councilman Rafael Salamanca on the steps of the State Supreme Court building on the Grand Concourse on Jan. 26.

Elected officials say they will protect New Yorkers’ interests if Donald Trump carries out threats to cut off funding to the Big Apple because of its status as a sanctuary city.