Post Tagged with: "Sustainable South Bronx"

Food / Parks

Urban farm coming to Hunts Point

City Council member Maria del Carmen Arroyo spoke at a street fair in front of Fox Playground in 2009 to support an earlier effort by Tanya Fields, left, to establish Libertad Urban Farm.

The city has granted Tanya Fields, executive director of the BLK Projek, permission to open an urban farm on a city-owned lot at Simpson and Barretto streets—until they find a developer interested in building there.

Environment / Transportation

Rally seeks action on Bruckner ramps

Advocates and businesses rallied at Monsignor del Valle Square at the corner of Hunts Point Avenue and Bruckner Blvd. on Dec. 10 to urge Governor Cuomo to build ramps to the food markets.

Ramps between the expressway and the markets would help reduce traffic on local streets, according to the city’s final report.


Community board digs deeper on environment

This aerial photo shows high contamination levels from manufactured gas plants on Food Center Drive in the early 1950s.

Deciding on a pilot project to mitigate gas spills from decades past near the Hunts Point waterfront top the agenda.

Business / Culture

Legendary dance group gone from BankNote

Arthur Aviles and Charles Rice-Gonzalez in front of Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance's new headquarters at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Westchester Village. after 15 years in the BankNote Building.

The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance will dance no more at Hunts Point’s historic BankNote Building, after the investment company that bought the building five years ago bids them an unceremonious ‘adieu.’


‘Ghetto for Life’ mural ignites debate

Three views of Banksy's controversial mural.

The word “ghetto” touches off a heated debate about a new mural in Melrose.

Environment / Parks

Trash mars Greenway medians

A median running down the middle of Lafayette Avenue.

Local groups hope that the city’s Parks Department will help them keep the plantings on Hunts Point and Lafayette avenues clean and vibrant starting this fall.


City calls for changes to the Sheridan

The illustration shows the city’s newly designed, narrower Sheridan, with increased access to the Bronx River. The second shows the area around Oak Point Avenue, where the city says it will recommend ramps that would run directly to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center.

Advocates, who for over a decade have fought to replace the highway, with housing, businesses, parks and easy access to the Bronx River, are happy with some parts of a new city plan, but not with others.

Business / Environment

Local group to promote recycling

Sustainable South Bronx has received a $200,000 grant to create a program to boost recycling in apartment buildings in the area. The environmental non-profit on Lafayette Avenue is looking to help turn things around in the neighborhood, which rates dead last in recycling in the city. The group will work […]

Food / Jobs

Looking to the future–on the farm

BEST Agriculture students gather around a table to learn how to begin their mushroom farms.

With sights set on the new trend of growing food in vacant lots and on city rooftops, Sustainable South Bronx has begun a pilot program offering training that can lead to jobs in urban farming.