NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS

Culture / Education

For local music teacher, the awards keep coming

Melissa Salguero receiving a proclamation at City Hall on May 9.

Earlier this month the New York City Council recognized PS 48’s Grammy-winning music teacher with a special proclamation for her contributions to Hunts Point youth.

Art

Young Bronx painter is on the rise

Young Bronx painter is on the rise

Devon Rodriguez’s work work – and talent — has been covered by The New Yorker, The New York Times and Vice.

News

Annual Bronx Week Returns for 47th Anniversary

Annual Bronx Week Returns for 47th Anniversary

Bronx Week, the annual celebration of the best of what the borough has to offer, kicked off on Monday at Mott Haven Bar and Grill with the announcement of this year’s inductees to the Walk of Fame.

Police / Transportation

Private trash hauler faces backlash over safety violations

Protesters in front of the office of the Business Integrity Commission in Manhattan on May 9, urging the agency to suspend the license of a Hunts Point trash hauler.

At a rally in front of the BIC’s office in downtown Manhattan on May 9, a half-dozen City Council members joined several dozen trash industry workers and immigrant advocates to pressure the agency to revoke Sanitation Salvage’s license, tighten regulations within the industry, and prevent pedestrian deaths.

Culture / Education

Bronx Doc Center students take home national prizes

Bronx Junior Photo League members Chloe Rodriguez and Mitchell Dennis in the library of the Bronx Documentary Center.

This month, five local students from the Bronx Junior Photo League received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a prestigious national competition founded in 1923 by the Alliance for Artists and Writers and judged by a panel of renown visual and literary artists.

Environment / Government / Parks

Community rallies for a reversal of state’s Sheridan plan

Community rallies for a reversal of state’s Sheridan plan

Community groups and residents are urging the state to reverse its decision to place exit ramps from the Sheridan Expressway on Oak Point and Leggett avenues, as part of an ambitious revitalization plan.

Government

Jail reformers tell mayor to float The Boat away

Darryl Herring, who spent three weeks on the Vernon C. Bain floating jail barge before being transferred to Rikers Island,

Jail reform advocates joined elected officials in front of a barbed wire fence that separates the Fulton Fish Market parking lot on Food Center Drive from the Vernon C. Bain Detention Center, to demand that the mayor close the jail otherwise known as “The Boat.”

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.