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Earth Fest reaches out with music and games

Education / Environment / News / Parks

Earth Fest reaches out with music and games

Earth Fest reaches out with music and games

By Nicholas Loomis loomis@motthavenherald.com Legendary emcee Grandmaster Caz has been packing parties in the South Bronx since 1974, but none quite like the one at St. Mary’s Park in Mott Haven for this year’s Earth Day on April 24. .   By noon on the beautiful spring day, the crowd […]

Education

Opportunity knocks for Hunts Point high schoolers

Opportunity knocks for Hunts Point high schoolers

By Carmen Corchado corchado@huntspointexpress.com and Juliana Mazo mazo@huntspointexpress.com Margaret Arias is going to Stanford. Or maybe Duke. Or Columbia. Or Harvard. Esthefany Castillo will be a freshman at Wesleyan next fall. They and seven other high school seniors from Hunts Point are not only headed to college, but to far-flung […]

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 […]