NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Housing

Legislation designed to put a dent in homelessness

Flowers

Intro. 1211 calls on affordable housing developers who receive subsidies from the city, to set aside 15 percent of all preserved or newly created units for homeless families. Current city policy sets that number at just five percent. 

Government / Politics

Serrano tabbed to chair Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science

Jose E. Serrano

The Subcommittee oversees the federal departments of Justice, Commerce, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation, the FBI, and the Census Bureau, among others.

Crime / Police

Pilot project helped Bronxites clear summonses and warrants

A pilot project across the South Bronx last fall aimed to help residents eliminate open warrants for minor offenses.

Several criminal justice organizations called area nonprofits last fall to spread the news about an exciting new project they were piloting. A new hotline would allow callers from the South Bronx to learn if any warrants for their arrest had been issued and, if so, how to get rid of […]

Culture

Blast from the past: Bronxites relive the history of hip-hop

The event was put on by the Bronx Documentary Center and featured a panel with Tobak, and two local photographers, Ricky Flores and Joe Conzo, whose iconic pictures of the underground hip-hop movement helped shape the book.

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. 

Education / Environment

Rocking the Boat receives state environmental grant

Rocking the Boat will receive $77,775 from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for its work

Rocking the Boat will receive $77,577 for its Measuring Bronx River Water Quality and Pathogen Levels initiative.

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. 

Parks

Longfellow Playground officially opens

Longfellow Playground officially opens

As part of its Community Parks Initiative, the city invested $3.2 million to resuscitate the former Longfellow Gardens at the corner of Longfellow Ave. and E. 165 Street.