Articles written by: Angely Mercado

Environment / Parks

Trash mars Greenway medians

A median running down the middle of Lafayette Avenue.

Local groups hope that the city’s Parks Department will help them keep the plantings on Hunts Point and Lafayette avenues clean and vibrant starting this fall.

Art / Culture

Masks reveal Puerto Rican history

Masks reveal Puerto Rican history

Folklorists tell tales of two island cities Masks play a crucial role in the annual carnivals that draw paraders to the streets of Puerto Rico’s cities. A panel of experts spoke of the importance of masks on the island, with a display of photos, the showing of a documentary, and […]


Hunts Point landlord forcing out tenants

A tenant points to her damaged kitchen floor at 863 Faile Street.

Tenants in a Hunts Point building say they have lived for years with mold, leaks, balky plumbing and rats, but what’s worse is that rather than fixing the litany of problems, the landlord is trying to push them out.

Government / Politics

Community board greets new members

Community Board 2 members and staff met in Longwood on June 22.

New and currently serving members of Community Board 2 gathered for a retreat in June to get a better understanding of how they can best serve Hunts Point and Longwood.

Culture / Parks

Hunts Point celebrates its waterfront

Marchers began at Hunts Point Riverside Park and ended at Barretto Point Park for the annual Fish Parade on June 15.

About 300 residents and visitors came out for Hunts Point’s tenth annual Fish Parade.

Art / Culture / Environment

Using Art to Make Change

Participants in "Art Sustains" broke into groups to discuss how art can influence public affairs.

The goal of “Art Sustains” was to work toward recognition of Hunts Point as a cultural district.

Food / Jobs

Looking to the future–on the farm

BEST Agriculture students gather around a table to learn how to begin their mushroom farms.

With sights set on the new trend of growing food in vacant lots and on city rooftops, Sustainable South Bronx has begun a pilot program offering training that can lead to jobs in urban farming.


Hope grows on Kelly Street

Tenants and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the renovation of 935 Kelly Street.

Once infested with “rats that looked like cats,” a Longwood apartment building that was on the list of the city’s worst has been given a new life.


Artists recapture South Bronx history

A photograph of the Fashion Moda storefront was projected onto a screen as Lisa Kahane discussed the era.

Three participants in a radical artistic collaboration in the late 1970s were reunited at the Bronx Documentary Center on Feb. 16 to recall a time when a shabby storefront near the Hub became a hot spot of the New York art world.