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Business / Education / Jobs

In new home, Per Scholas creates opportunity

In new home, Per Scholas creates opportunity

By Stephanie Rabins ssrabins@gmail.com When Torrey Hopkins got out of jail in 1999, it was easy for him to find a job. Hopkins, who had done time for a non-violent offense he committed as a teenager, had done well in high school and had good references that landed him a […]

News

Hunts Point juvenile jail is in the crosshairs

Hunts Point juvenile jail is in the crosshairs

By Sydney Cespedes sydney29@gmail.com When he was 15, Darryl Briggs ran away from home. Picked up by police, he missed a court date and was sentenced to two months in detention. Now 19, Briggs is the youth program coordinator for the advocacy organization For a Better Bronx, and he is […]

Business

Hunts Point salon is economic barometer

Hunts Point salon is economic barometer

By Michel Ovalle Michelovalle@hotmail.com The heavy drumbeat of Merengue music, the buzz of a hair dryer and the splashing of water merge to greet customers when they walk into Sira’s Unisex, a longtime presence on Hunts Point Avenue. Its owner, Cynthia de la Cruz, is a Dominican immigrant who purchased […]

Transportation

Residents want bus to go to park

Residents want bus to go to park

By Luis M. Mostacero Photo by Luis M. Mostacero Barretto Point Park When Barretto Point Park opened almost two years ago, Hunts Point residents regarded the five-acre waterfront park as a sign of hope. But even before the park was completed, they, and the advocates who convinced the city to […]

Education

Hunts Point children find Shakespeare’s magic

Hunts Point children find Shakespeare’s magic

By Monica A. Suma monicasuma@gmail.com Five girls, 10- 11- and 12-years old move in a circle singing a strange song: “You spotted snakes, with double tongue, /Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen; /Newts and blind-worms do no wrong; /Come not near our fairy queen.” A bit shy at first, they repeat […]

Environment / News / Parks

East River becomes path to adventure

East River becomes path to adventure

By Laura Age At Tiffany Pier in Barretto Point Park this fall, four people walked to the boxy container on which a graffiti artist had painted “South Bronx Kayak Club” in huge, boldly outlined letters. Two brightly colored kayaks lay inside, one forest green, the other fluorescent yellow. Two to a […]

Parks

Residents snatch park back from ruin

By Rebekah Logan Rebekah_Logan@yahoo.com To someone coming upon Park 52 for the first time, it would appear to be nothing more than a glorified slab of concrete, and would no more stand out from dozens of other South Bronx playgrounds than a tarnished dime would gleam in a littered gutter. […]

Business / Food

At farmers market, the slogan is ‘Give peas a chance’

By Susan Hill shill01@ccny.cuny.edu Charles White grins from behind a folding table laden with hearty stacks of cauliflower, squash, and green peppers. He is as wiry as a string bean, in perfect harmony with the bounty he is selling at the Hunts Point Farmer’s Market. White, commonly known as “Mississippi,” […]

Education

Theater group confronts violence

Theater group confronts violence

‘Ain’t Easy’ shows teens in the cross-hairs By Joseph Orovic joseph.orovic@journalism.cuny.edu NYCity News Service Photo by Joe Orovic Cast members Emilz Rodriguez, Anton Negroni and Ana Collado (left to right) fielded questions from the audience after their performance. The mostly teenaged audience at The Point pondered Martin Luther King’s message […]