Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Housing

Prolonged elevator outage strands seniors in Hunts Point building

Angela Centeno in her apartment at 840 Southern Boulevard.

When SEBCO caught wind of residents crossing over buildings via the roof, the company placed a round-the-clock security guard on the sixth floor to ensure residents could no longer use the roof, but still provided no alternative options for residents.

Business / Jobs / News

Advocates cast suspicious eye on Amazon delivery facility plans

Advocates cast suspicious eye on Amazon delivery facility plans

Despite its ample size, the new facility would employ no more than 10 full-time staffers or as few as five. Thus far, there is no stipulation for local hiring.

News / Politics

Biaggi pushes for campaign finance reform

State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi addresses attendees at a town hall in Parkchester.

State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi is leading the charge for a new campaign finance reform measure in New York State, to limit the influence of big money in state politics.

Education

Hunts Point teacher is finalist for $1 million teaching award

Melissa Salguero with her students.

Hunts Point music teacher Melissa Salguero is a top 10 finalist for a $1 million teaching prize that will be awarded in Dubai on March 24.

Police

Elderly man held up at gunpoint for $18 in senior center

A surveillance video shows the suspect,

Although the victim was unharmed, the light the incident cast on security problems in the building has led to the removal of the company that was previously responsible for residents’ safety.  

Business

Garbage workers demand back pay from Sanitation Salvage on MLK day 

Former workers demand back pay in front of

About 20 former Sanitation Salvage workers and members of Teamsters Local Union 813 held signs that said “Stop the War on Workers” and shouted, “Pay your workers, Sanitation Salvage.” They were demanding back pay they say the company owes them for promised vacation time and years of overtime. 

Housing

Legislation designed to put a dent in homelessness

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Intro. 1211 calls on affordable housing developers who receive subsidies from the city, to set aside 15 percent of all preserved or newly created units for homeless families. Current city policy sets that number at just five percent. 

Crime / Police

Pilot project helped Bronxites clear summonses and warrants

A pilot project across the South Bronx last fall aimed to help residents eliminate open warrants for minor offenses.

Several criminal justice organizations called area nonprofits last fall to spread the news about an exciting new project they were piloting. A new hotline would allow callers from the South Bronx to learn if any warrants for their arrest had been issued and, if so, how to get rid of […]

Culture

Blast from the past: Bronxites relive the history of hip-hop

The event was put on by the Bronx Documentary Center and featured a panel with Tobak, and two local photographers, Ricky Flores and Joe Conzo, whose iconic pictures of the underground hip-hop movement helped shape the book.