Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Politics

Biaggi trounces Republican to win seat on State Senate

Alessandra Biaggi and a supporter share a hug following her election victory.

All of the Biaggi supporters who had convened were veterans of her nearly year-long campaign to oust JeffreyKlein, the incumbent of 14 years and one of the most powerful figures in Albany, and then to finish the task by running against a Republican opponent in the general election on Nov. 6.

Police

Police beat: Oct. 18-26

Police beat: Oct. 18-26

Although violent crime remained down across the area in October, officers at the 41st Precinct station house on Longwood Avenue advise residents to be vigilant to guard against two familiar crime patterns that have resurfaced in recent weeks: purse snatchings and car-mirror thefts.  Here were some of the more noteworthy […]

Health

New initiative brings free yoga to The Point

New initiative brings free yoga to The Point

Although attendance at The Point has been low so far, program founders and community leaders hope that with time, improved outreach, and funding the program will grow in popularity and become self-sustaining.

Environment / Jobs

Local company harnesses the sun to power the neighborhood

The solar panels

But although this new community solar farm on Commerce Avenue promises cleaner energy, good jobs for Bronxites and lower electric bills for homeowners and renters around the city, many locals are unaware of the benefits it says it will bring.

Police

Lack of NYPD surveillance raises safety concerns in local parks

In front of Bill Rainey Park on Longwood Avenue.

At a public safety meeting held at the Police Athletic League center on Longwood Avenue, angered parents voiced their concerns about the safety of their children in recent months. 

Environment

City alters flood preparedness plans for peninsula

The flood plan

City planners held a hearing at the Point CDC on Oct. 10 to elicit feedback from residents and discuss changes to the original plan, which initially included emergency generators and heating and cooling units that residents were concerned would produce carbon emissions. 

Education

Fat Joe promotes education in Longwood

Fat Joe with students and faculty from

A full house auditorium filled with hundreds of anxious middle schoolers from I.S. 217 School of Performing Arts and Accion Academy sat on the edge of their seats anticipating the arrival of Fat Joe on October 11.

Business / Environment

Cement terminal opens on East River waterfront

The Cielo di Gaspesie will make two monthly deliveries of cement from Quebec to a new terminal in Hunts Point.

The grounds feature a 100,000-square-foot, 24-hour operational terminal as well as a quarter-mile public access greenway that stretches between the terminal and the wetlands along the East River waterfront. 

Transportation

Elected officials blame Amtrak for stalled MTA plan

The Metro-North expansion plan

An ambitious MTA plan that calls for the creation of four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx, including one in Hunts Point, has stalled because of Amtrak’s unwillingness to cooperate, according to more than two-dozen Bronx elected officials.