Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

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. 

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.