Articles written by: Joe Hirsch

News / Politics

Latino Museum shortchanges NYC, says Senator

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com A museum dedicated to Latinos in the United States has been in the pipeline in the nation’s capital for several years, but at least one Latino lawmaker from the Bronx is unhappy. State Senator Rubén Díaz Sr. is concerned that Puerto Ricans and New Yorkers are […]

News

Tax form assistance is on the way for taxpayers, says Congressman

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com Every year thousands of New York taxpayers seek the aid of tax return preparers to help file their returns. Many are ripped off by unscrupulous or incompetent scammers, say consumer organizations. Congressman José Serrano says this year the federal government will offer better protections. The Internal […]

News

Longwood group helps Haiti’s victims

Longwood group helps Haiti’s victims

Two weeks after the devastating January 12th earthquake in Haiti, the Longwood-based organization United Hispanic Construction Workers Inc. on Dawson Street loaded a truck worth of urgently needed materials to send to the survivors. Volunteers donated money to the organization to help acquire boxes of bottled water, canned goods, medical […]

Education

UN sees schools through Hunts Point eyes

UN sees schools through Hunts Point eyes

Inequality hurts the poor in the Bronx as much as in the Third World, a Hunts Point teenager tells UNESCO’S annual gathering.

Housing / News

Red tape traps tenants in Hunts Point ‘house of horrors’

Red tape traps tenants in Hunts Point ‘house of horrors’

By Azriel James Relph Flies buzz around the rotting corpse of a dead cat lying on a filthy floor in an apartment at 627 Manida Street. Heaps of months-old garbage cover every inch of the floor in what was once someone’s two-bedroom apartment. The locks have long since been broken, […]

Parks

Neglected landmark train station cries out for TLC

Neglected landmark train station cries out for TLC

By Justyna Malota malota@hunter.cuny.edu” jmalota@hunter.cuny.edu In 1909, the architecture critic of the New York Times hailed the new train station on Westchester Avenue, calling it “exquisite.” Designed by an architect who was soon to become world-famous, it resembled a Florentine palace, painted in an array of colors. Today, the abandoned […]

Business / Education / News

Fire devastates shopping area

Fire devastates shopping area

by Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com A four-alarm fire on Hunts Point Avenue between 163rd Street and Westchester Avenue gutted five stores and damaged two others on Wednesday night, October 28. No one was injured, but the five stores will be demolished next week, say city officials.

Art / News

Nine women who beat odds honored in Longwood

Nine women who beat odds honored in Longwood

By Azriel James Relph Azriel.james.relph@gmail.com Movie stars and other high-profile guests strode past the velvet ropes guarding Father Gigante Plaza on a recent autumn evening. But the biggest stars were the women of the Bronx. Hollywood-by-way-of-the-Bronx actresses Kerry Washington and Joy Bryant joined celebrity environmentalist Majora Carter in hosting the […]

Crime / News

Livery drivers face rising costs and violence

Livery drivers face rising costs and violence

By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com At the corner of Longwood and Garrison avenues a block east of the Bruckner Expressway, the livery drivers who drive for Hunts Point’s BQN Car Service wait at the wheels of their black and gray sedans to hear their next destination from the dispatcher. Many of […]