Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

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. 

Housing

Banana Kelly pushes for a land trust ahead of Southern Boulevard rezoning

Southern Boulevard Neighborhood Study

To stave off potential displacement residents fear could stem from the city’s plan to rezone a 13-block area around Southern Boulevard, Banana Kelly proposed building a community land trust.

Housing

Public discussion over community land trusts sparks protest

Supporters of Carter engaged with protestors who were shouting outside a community center on Hunts Point Avenue.

A community meeting descended into a screaming match on Hunts Point Avenue when 20 young artists and activists angry about gentrification disrupted the event. They took aim at businesswoman Majora Carter’s idea of “self-gentrification,” which states that community members who have resources should profit off development instead of being pushed out. 

Politics

Upstart rocks Bronx political world

Alessandra Biaggi celebrates victory at the Bronx Alehouse in Kingsbridge on Sept. 13.

Out of 175 residents of the peninsula who cast votes on Thursday, 110 voted for Klein and just 65 for Biaggi. Across the Bronx, however, Biaggi received 15,656 votes, to Klein’s 14,224.

Politics / Transportation

Speed cameras return to Hunts Point

Crossing guard Aada Alvarado directs traffic on the corner of Faile and Aldus Streets, close to P.S. 75

Speed cameras in school zones all over New York City were turned back on last week, after Mayor de Blasio signed an executive order that extended the program for 30 days.

Housing

Funding announced for new Bronx housing developments

Funding announced for new Bronx housing developments

The Bronx Borough President’s office has allocated more than $3 million in capital funding for five housing developments, including $800,000 for The Peninsula on Spofford Avenue in Hunts Point and $500,000 for a new development at 111 Willow Avenue in Port Morris. 

Economy

Judge agrees to settlement between Popular Community Bank, plaintiffs

Judge agrees to settlement between Popular Community Bank, plaintiffs

Popular Community Bank has been ordered to pay over $7.4 million to some of its customers and their attorneys, after a judge in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan approved a settlement in a class action lawsuit last week. Judge O. Peter Sherwood ruled that a settlement between the […]

Art / Culture

The Point’s photography program celebrates 20th anniversary

The Point’s photography program celebrates 20th anniversary

The photographers were from the latest class of students from the International Center of Photography’s program, which on July 25 marked its 20th anniversary at The Point.