A spate of shootings It was a grisly spring in Hunts Point and Longwood, with seven shootings between the middle of May and the first week in June. Around 2 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6, police responded to an anonymous tip at the corner of Tiffany and 167 Street. There [...]
Education / Health / Housing
By Daniel Bejarano Over a quarter of the students at P.S. 333 in Longwood live in temporary housing, are doubled up with relatives, living in a shelter or are a court hearing away from eviction. But despite the disturbing numbers of young people in unsteady environments, the city is devoting [...]
By Sandra Santana Mariaca Customers of the Hunts Point and Longwood post office branches say poor customer service, wrong deliveries and inconsistent pricing are just some of the difficulties they face on a daily basis with their mail. Some fed up customers complained to Bronx Postmaster Howard Sample and Postal [...]
Education / Politics
As the mayor prepares to slash funding for after-school programs across the city, Hunts Point children and their parents are bracing for a difficult future without such free safe havens as the Smart Kidz program at Casita Maria on Simpson Street. “When people talk about cuts, they’re not cuts, they’re [...]
Art / Education
By Daniel Bejarano In the 1950s and ’60s the streets of the South Bronx were brimming with music. The sound of conga drums reverberated between rooftops. Afro-Cuban and jazz rhythms merged with son, mambo and chachacha beats on stoops in Hunts Point, Longwood and Mott Haven to create a new [...]
Education / Politics
This is an updated version of a story first published on the Hunts Point Express website on April 8th. The city’s Department of Education will close Banana Kelly High School at the end of the current school semester, reinterview faculty for their jobs, hire new teachers to replace those it [...]
Housing / News
Police from the 41st Precinct were called to the main office of a housing complex on East 163rd Street on April 17th to disperse an angry crowd seeking to apply for apartments in several Section-8 subsidized buildings in Longwood.
In a sign of the demand for an affordable apartment, many in the line of about 200 that stretched for more than a block between Kelly and Tiffany Streets had arrived at PRC Management’s office during the night to secure a spot near the front of the line. Some cradled wailing babies, while others sat in fold-up chairs they’d brought to brave the long wait.
Business / Crime
Representatives of Community Board 2 are furious that state authorities have agreed to grant a liquor license to the owner of Platinum Pleasures, a topless bar set to open soon on Lafayette Ave., despite fierce opposition from board members, community residents and businesses.
By Daniel Bejarano It took 14 years of car accidents, but finally, the Department of Transportation has put two new stop signs at the corner of East 156th and Kelly Streets. The signs went up March 16th, just two days after a contentious community board meeting at which residents blasted [...]