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Business / Environment / Politics

The FreshDirect deal at a glance

FreshDirect gets From New York State: • $18.9 million in Excelsior tax credits• $9 million capital grant • $4 million in energy grants and incentives • $1 million loan • Up to $1 million in vouchers for the purchase of electric vehicles From New York City: • Approximately $74 million […]

News / Politics

New senate district cuts Hunts Point off

Sen. Jeff Klein

There will be a new face in local politics if the new district lines released on Jan. 26 by a committee of legislators take effect. Instead of being represented in the state senate by Rev. Ruben Diaz Sr., most of the Hunts Point peninsula would be attached to a district […]

Business / Politics

From the editor: Living wage sold out

The battle to require businesses that receive city subsidies to pay their workers a living wage began with a bang when Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. led a fight to reject the creation of a shopping mall at the Kingsbridge Armory if retail workers weren’t paid enough to make […]

Business / News / Politics

BankNote vies to take on big tenant

This historic BankNote building may soon be home to a massive city social service operation.

The city’s plans to rent nearly a third of the BankNote building to serve as a major hub for the borough’s public assistance programs has touched off a debate about the impact of bringing more than 2,200 residents in need to the neighborhood each day. “It’s a time bomb waiting […]

Environment / Politics

From the editor: Say no to an incinerator

Twelve years ago, a huge crane pried the stacks off the South Bronx Medical Waste Incinerator on the eastern end of 138th Street where it meets the East River. Hundreds of Bronxites who had protested that it was poisoning the air they breathed cheered as the last incinerator in New […]

Housing / News / Politics

Orlando Marin named to Planning Commission

Orlando Marin

The chairman of Community Board 2, long-time Longwood resident Orlando Marín, will leave the community board to become the Bronx representative on the City Planning Commission. Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. nominated Marín earlier this year to succeed Kenneth Knuckles as the Bronx representative on the influential 13-person commission, the […]

News / Politics

Sen. Diaz says sex education belongs at home

Sen. Diaz says sex education belongs at home

State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. denounced the Bloomberg administration’s plan to revive mandatory sex education in public schools, saying the proposal violated the right of parents to decide what and how to teach their children. “In matters involving intimacy and human sexuality, parents have the right and the responsibility to […]

News / Parks / Politics

Bronx first gay marriage makes history

As Carmen Hernandez-DeArmas said “I do” to her partner of three years, Doris DeArmas-Hernandez, many in the audience understood they were watching history in the making. A month after New York legalized same-sex marriage, Hernandez and her partner became the first gay couple to be married in the Bronx.

Business / Food / Jobs / News / Politics

Produce Market stays put, for now

Produce Market stays put, for now

The bustling caverns of Hunts Point’s food distribution markets, hidden behind tall walls of corrugated aluminum, begin stirring before dawn, and quit around lunchtime. This industrial twilight zone has its own restaurants and shops, tightly guarded entrances and its very own security force. It’s hard to imagine this fortified compound […]