Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

Culture

Girls and femmes celebrate potential at Casita Maria’s teen leadership summit

A focused Fatoumata Barry, 18, prepares to launch a defensive kick at the day’s most popular workshop.

The Dec. 1 summit was a project of the 84-year-old charitable organization’s after-school program for teen girls and femmes of color, SmART Leaders.

Politics / Transportation

Workers, advocates rejoice as Sanitation Salvage announces it will close

A Sanitation Salvage truck.

Once Sanitation Salvage’s trucks stop rumbling through the South Bronx’s streets, say advocates, those streets will be safer for everyone else. 

Culture / Food

Boogie Down Grind looks to keep Bronx character at home

Boogie Down Grind looks to keep Bronx character at home

The locally-owned Boogie Down Grind on Hunts Point Ave. offers menu options ranging from oatmeal to the “Big Pun Panini” sandwich, all for prices on par with Dunkin’ Donuts. 

Jobs

Protesters demand city oust construction company, following racist outbursts

Councilman Rafael Salamanca (with mic) and Assembylman Marcos Crespo lead chants

Several of the seniors joined elected officials and dozens of other angry area residents to demand that the city cut off its $47 million contract with a Westchester-based Halcyon construction company., following allegations of racism.

Food

Residents find Thanksgiving turkeys aplenty at Father Gigante Plaza

Residents wait to get a turkey for their Thanksgiving .

Hunts Point businesses joined Community Board 2 to ensure that residents in need wouldn’t go without a turkey on Thanksgiving Day.

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.