Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Government / Housing

Southern Boulevard rezoning opponents disrupt planning meeting

Shellyne Rodriguez of Take Back the Bronx at an open house in East Tremont on June 14.

South Bronx residents confronted city officials at an open house in East Tremont last Thursday, over the proposed rezoning of a large swath of Southern Boulevard between Longwood and Crotona Park.

Culture / Parks

Community garden opens in Longwood

Executive Director of New York Restoration Project Deborah Marton 
at the Paradise Garden

After a year of labor, the Paradise Garden at 1106 Fox Street in Longwood, is now open to the public.

Economy

New proposal aims to keep out “hot sheet” motels, shelters

Hunts Point

Developers might not be able to build hotels in Hunts Point’s industrial area without a special permit, if Community Board 2 votes later this month to approve an amendment to the city’s zoning code.

Health / Parks

City shoots for safe injection site in Longwood

Van Asher

The city’s plan to make Longwood home for a new safe injection site for intravenous drug users is facing resistance from residents, who argue that the neighborhood is already awash in homeless shelters and social service programs, and can’t handle any more.

Culture / Education

For local music teacher, the awards keep coming

Melissa Salguero receiving a proclamation at City Hall on May 9.

Earlier this month the New York City Council recognized PS 48’s Grammy-winning music teacher with a special proclamation for her contributions to Hunts Point youth.

Police / Transportation

Private trash hauler faces backlash over safety violations

Protesters in front of the office of the Business Integrity Commission in Manhattan on May 9, urging the agency to suspend the license of a Hunts Point trash hauler.

At a rally in front of the BIC’s office in downtown Manhattan on May 9, a half-dozen City Council members joined several dozen trash industry workers and immigrant advocates to pressure the agency to revoke Sanitation Salvage’s license, tighten regulations within the industry, and prevent pedestrian deaths.

Government

Jail reformers tell mayor to float The Boat away

Darryl Herring, who spent three weeks on the Vernon C. Bain floating jail barge before being transferred to Rikers Island,

Jail reform advocates joined elected officials in front of a barbed wire fence that separates the Fulton Fish Market parking lot on Food Center Drive from the Vernon C. Bain Detention Center, to demand that the mayor close the jail otherwise known as “The Boat.”

Parks

Longfellow Park to reopen in the fall

Vadir Zaruma, 7, Elijah Vargas, 8, Joismeilys Valdez, 7, and Jaydanny Taveras, 8, all students at PS 75, break ground at Longfellow Park on East 165th Street on May 1 while flanked by parks officials and Community Board 2. The park, which has been closed for more than 10 years due to structural safety concerns but is scheduled to reopen in the fall, is one of 17 Bronx parks getting the funding they need from the city to reopen. Amenities will include play equipment, a spray shower, new seating, pavement, lighting, fencing, and greenery.

Longfellow Park, which has been closed for more than 10 years due to structural safety concerns, is scheduled to reopen in the fall. It is one of 17 Bronx parks that will reopen thanks to funding through the mayor’s Community Parks Initiative.

Education

Hunts Point library will close for 18 months

The Hunts Point Branch Library on Southern Boulevard.

Library officials estimate that renovations to the landmarked building will take 18 months and cost $20 million.