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Housing / News

City holds town hall on Ready to Rent program for affordable housing

City holds town hall on Ready to Rent program for affordable housing

The Department of Housing and Preservation Development is providing free financial counseling and housing assistance for residents seeking affordable housing.

Culture / Politics

Bronxite develops podcast covering hyper-local news

Desiree Joy Frias

The hosts hope to bring awareness to hyper-local issues while keeping it progressive without a specific political slant. In the wake of the shut-down of local news outlets like DNAinfo and Gothamist, the team knew that hyper-local news coverage is essential.

Education

Residents rally against school merger

Students and educators rally at City Hall on Feb. 27.

“We’ve been told a merger is different than a closure because students and teachers will have a school to go to,” said one teacher. “However, Rucker will be no more. Where do our public schools go? They’re relocated permanently, and they’re forgotten.”

News

City announces plans for new jail in Mott Haven

The Mott Haven site where the city wants to build a new jail.

Not so fast, said two other elected officials with a major say in the matter.

Crime

Longwood man sentenced to a year in jail for animal abuse

Sassy the dog

A Longwood man who slammed a puppy to the floor, causing one of her legs to require amputation, will spend the next year behind bars for the incident, the Bronx DA announced today. Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that the man, Roberto Martinez, 25, of 946 Leggett Avenue, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to a […]

Business / Food

Hunts Point food distribution market workers ratify new contract

The Hunts Point market on Edgewater Road.

A looming strike has been averted at the Hunts Point Produce Market, as workers voted today to ratify a new, three-year collective bargaining agreement.

Housing

Residents alarmed over new market-rate development

Residents alarmed over new market-rate development

Housing advocates and residents hope that a market-rate development scheduled for construction in Longwood is not a sign of worrying things to come in the area.

Government / Politics

Salamanca will chair City Council’s Land Use Committee

Rafael Salamanca Jr.

City Councilman Rafael Salamanca Jr. was named to chair the City Council’s influential Land Use Committee, where he will be responsible for working to shape zoning measures, development and affordable housing across the city.

Government / Politics

Groups call on State Sen. Klein to resign

Heather Stewart of Empire State Indivisible demands State Sen. Jeff Klein's resignation, at City Hall on Jan. 12.

Representatives from grassroots coalitions across the state gathered on the steps of City Hall on Friday afternoon to demand State Sen. Jeff Klein step down, in the wake of allegations he forcibly kissed a former staffer outside an Albany bar in 2015.