Art / Culture / Education / Religion

Photographer trains lens on Mott Haven Youth

A polaroid from left to right of: Cole Jeffers, Juan Neira, Chavi Leon, Marco Vasquez, Jaylen Reid, and Edwin Amaro in front of the Patterson Projects, 17 Feb 2016, Mott Haven, southern Bronx, New York.

The focus of photographer Sarah Blesener’s photo essay soon became not just about 15-year-old Chavi Leon, her original subject, but expanded to include the lives of six Mott Haven teenagers who became each other’s family of choice and who, like any other group of kids their age, experienced the ever-changing symptoms of adolescence.


Monsignor Neil Connolly dies at 83

Father Connolly

St. Athanasius’ former pastor was longtime activist Monsignor Neil Connolly, who lived to serve the community and believed in making leaders out of the people who lived there, died on April 1. He was 83 years old. He died in his sleep at the priests’ retirement home in the Bronx.

Culture / Education / Religion

St. Ignatius students and family celebrate the Feast of Guadalupe

William Adamson, music teacher at St. Ignatius, leading the choir.

The feast is a Latin American Catholic celebration that honors the Virgin Mary who appears in the services as a Mexican peasant.

Government / Religion

Mott Haven church takes on Preservation Commission

Parishioners at Mass on a recent Sunday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

Father Skelly and the Archdiocese of New York are completely against landmark designation, feeling that the financial burden of maintaining the church to historic standards will be too much for a congregation whose median income is $25,000.

Food / Religion

Thanksgiving celebration feeds hundreds

A line formed as guests came to celebrate Thanksgiving at The Point with a scrumptious holiday meal.

Real Life Church holds fifth annual feast at The Point How many pounds of food does it take to feed a community on Thanksgiving? At The Point last month, the magic number was 800 – measured in slices of turkey, dollops of mashed potatoes and piles of mixed vegetables — […]

Housing / Religion

Cardinal visits Sandy survivors in Longwood

Archbishop Timothy Dolan at San Vicente de Paul on Dec. 10.

Longwood seniors received a special visitor just before the holidays.


Hunts Point churches double up

Reverends Kahli Mootoo and Harry Isaac at Bright Temple AME Church on Faile Street.

Two Hunts Point churches facing tough economic times will soon be joined under one roof.

Religion / Video

Halloween parade dedicated to legendary nun

A reveler at the New South Bronx Halloween Parade holds up a banner remembering Sister Thomas.

Hunts Point honored the legacy of beloved nun Sister Thomas at the 29th Annual New South Bronx Halloween Parade.


Rev. Shellie Sampson dead at 73

Rev. Shellie Sampson

On Jan. 20, Sampson suffered a heart attack, which ultimately took his life at the age of 73. As a sign of remembrance, Community Board 2 has voted unanimously to co-name East 163rd Street and Rev. James A. Polite Avenue after Sampson.