NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Parks

Longfellow Park to reopen in the fall

Vadir Zaruma, 7, Elijah Vargas, 8, Joismeilys Valdez, 7, and Jaydanny Taveras, 8, all students at PS 75, break ground at Longfellow Park on East 165th Street on May 1 while flanked by parks officials and Community Board 2. The park, which has been closed for more than 10 years due to structural safety concerns but is scheduled to reopen in the fall, is one of 17 Bronx parks getting the funding they need from the city to reopen. Amenities will include play equipment, a spray shower, new seating, pavement, lighting, fencing, and greenery.

Longfellow Park, which has been closed for more than 10 years due to structural safety concerns, is scheduled to reopen in the fall. It is one of 17 Bronx parks that will reopen thanks to funding through the mayor’s Community Parks Initiative.

Education

Hunts Point library will close for 18 months

The Hunts Point Branch Library on Southern Boulevard.

Library officials estimate that renovations to the landmarked building will take 18 months and cost $20 million.

News / Politics

Sepúlveda wins special election for State Senate seat

Luis Sepúlveda

Democrat Luis Sepúlveda won a special election for a seat on the State Senate in the 32nd senatorial district last night, easily defeating his two challengers.

Politics

Special election: Three candidates vie for open State Senate seat

Special election: Three candidates vie for open State Senate seat

Whoever wins the special election will hardly have time to get their seat warm. Another election will follow in the fall, for the two-year term that starts next January.

Housing

Demolition of Spofford juvenile detention center to begin

Cybeale Ross signs in to a community meeting at The Point on April 10th

Demolition of the former Spofford juvenile detention center will start this summer, now that the City Council has given the green light to The Peninsula, the development that will replace it.

Government

Participatory Budgeting voting underway

Participatory Budgeting voting underway

A citywide government program called Participatory Budgeting allows citizens to vote on how the local council member will spend part of his money – up to $1 million — in the district.

Parks / Transportation

Community urges state to change Sheridan plan

Protesters rallied at Hunts Point Riverside Park on March 26.

Concerned citizens gathered at Hunts Point Riverside park on Monday, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to build off-ramps between the Sheridan and Edgewater Road.

Education / News / Politics

Melrose students join national walkout

Sophomore Jade Outlaw, 16, sings an acapella version of "Shine," a song written after Parkland by two student survivors.

South Bronx Community Charter High School students honor the national school walkout to end gun violence.

Culture / News

Not your average mama; she’s ‘BronxMama’

Katechis met Perrino through their daughters in 2012 and have been working together for BronxMama for the past six years.

The blog has become a lifestyle blog that provides extensive content — from local events to giveaways to reviews to travel ideas to job/volunteer opportunities and more for — Bronx families.