Tag Archives: Hunts Point

Today’s Beauty in Hunts Point, Bronx

6 Nov

Even as the gray sky competed with a strong yet staggering sun, beauty on the ground in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx was still in clear site this morning…

Just one gorgeous bit of Barretto Point Park today. Photo by Jordan Moss

Just one gorgeous bit of Barretto Point Park today. Photo by Jordan Moss

The artistic wall separating, yet joining the nonprofit Rocking the Boat, and the park its closely related to, Hunts Point Riverside. Photo by Jordan Moss

The artistic wall separating, yet joining, the nonprofit Rocking the Boat, and the park it’s closely related to, Hunts Point Riverside. Photo by Jordan Moss

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5.27.14 Bronx News that Matters

27 May

Though the Daily News reported on Sunday that State Senator Adriano Espaillat, a challenger to longtime Congressman Charles Rangel, won’t appear on a BronxTalk debate “due to Albany’s legislative session,” host Gary Axelbank told Bronx Matters today that Espaillat has decided to take part. Meanwhile, Rangel’s office asked Axelbank for a conference call “for rules and other debate procedures” along with staffers of the other candidates. Axelbank responded by setting that up for 2 p.m. today. Stay tuned on Bronx Matters for debate status update.

Councilman Fernando Cabrera announced to tenants of NYCHA’s Ft. Independence Houses in Kingsbridge that its community center won’t be closed, according to The Riverdale Press. Cabrera said NYCHA confirmed that but the Riverdale Press said that “in in recent e-mails, NYCHA’s press office said a determination was yet to be made about the authority’s 106 community centers.” It’s a citywide issue: “The way Mr. Bloomberg left the centers last year, the city would end funding for 57 centers operated by NYCHA itself this June. Nonprofit agencies support the other 49 sites,” the Press reported.

Speaking of NYCHA housing, the Bronx Times reported on the agency’s new commissioner, Shola Olatoye, meeting with residents and local politicians at Pelham Parkway Houses and getting an earful of complaints about long delays making critical repairs — a chronic, unresolved problem during the Bloomberg administration.

State Senator Jeffrey Klein and Assemblyman Marcus Crespo (both Bronx reps) are partnering on legislation to keep alcohol out of the hands (and mouths) of underage drinkers by allowing retailers to swipe bad IDs among other efforts. The Daily News reports that 400 minors were admitted to two city hospitals — North Central Bronx and Jacobi — just over Memorial Day weekend in 2012 and 2013.

Parishioners are battling the proposed closure of Visitation Church in Kingsbridge. St. Gabriel’s Church in Riverdale would also have to cut down its weekday masses. (I’ve also heard that Visitation will merge with St. John’s Church on Kingsbridge Avenue near 231st Street.)

Hunts Point Express files a detailed report on the possibilities for the rebirth of waterfront land where a decrepit Marine Transfer Station in Hunts Point is expected to be torn down.

Afternoon Matters 3/2/12

2 Mar

Good afternoon all! Thanks to everyone who “liked” Bronx Matters on Facebook on our first day of operation yesterday. Already up to 78 likes at the time of this posting. That’s awesome. Hope to get to 100 today. The more people involved, the livelier the conversation. Keeps me on my toes, too. So, thanks again. Here are some Bronx things that matter this afternoon.

fish men from Hunts Point on Vimeo.

The Hunts Point Express posted this terrific short documentary video by two filmmakers from the Netherlands exploring two very different approaches to the fish business at The Point CDC, and at the new mechanized Fulton Fish Market.

Juan Gonzalez  in today’s Daily News writes about overcrowding at PS 119 in Soundview. This interested me because I don’t think there’s been much focus lately on Bronx school overcrowding.  I remember writing about the space crunch at PS 8 in Bedford Park (not 0nline — no Web then) in my first issue as Norwood News editor in 1994. Kids were being bused off to another school at 7 a.m. to make room — later there were split sessions. District 10 was the second most crowded district in the city then and maybe still is, even with several new schools in the mix. We kept up the reporting for many years and the Bronx News Network regularly covered efforts to get schools placed where the National Guard buildings are behind the Kingsbridge Armory. Gonzalez writes about the “temporary” — and overcrowded — portable classroom trailers at PS 119 that have been in place for 15 years. Those same “temporary” trailers are a staple of most schoolyards in District 10 outside of Riverdale, and in other areas of the borough. The resulting lack of playground space can’t help but be a factor in the borough’s obesity epidemic. If you’re a teacher or parent who can report on the state of overcrowding at your school, at its impact, please comment on this post.

No more Monkey House at the Bronx Zoo. A good piece in the Times explains why. Did you know that a Congolese pygmy was on exhibit there in 1906, wrestling with an orangutan? Incredible.

Reading Dan Beekman’s story in the Daily News today makes you think how important it is for students — and everyone — to put their lives in perspective, to know that no matter how tough things are, that around the world there are so many places where people have it so much tougher. Fifteen students from the Eagle Academy for Young Men went to Malawi in Africa to build a school for local villagers.

“I was surprised,” one Mount Eden student said. “The mothers and the grandmothers had kids on their backs and they would start working anyway. It made me realize how lazy we are. It made me want to do more.”

Read it all.

Morning Matters — 3/1/12

1 Mar

Good Morning Readers – Thanks for checking out Bronx Matters. I’m going to try to post links to a few Bronx things that matter every morning, say by 11 a.m. or so. So, here we go!

Visitors to the Point CDC take a look at an interactive model of the Sheridan Expressway and its surroundings. (Photo: Kimberly Devi Milner/Hunts Point Express)

It’s long been the dream of many activists, citizens and environmentalists in Hunts Point (that’s in the southeast Bronx for those of you reading this beyond the borough) to decommission the 1.25-mile Sheridan Expressway in order to make way for parkland, affordable housing and more waterfront access. With a federal Department of Transportation grant of $1.5 million, city agencies are studying the future of the Expressway and surrounding arteries. Hunts Point Express reports that an interactive model of the Expressway is making its way through the borough to engage citizens in planning for its future. For more background on the community’s efforts to eliminate the Sheridan, and an illustration of what could replace it, check out this Express article from last year.

The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development targets 200 crumbling buildings a year in its Alternative Enforcement Program, and it has just added another batch of them with 56 in the Bronx, reported Dan Beekman in yesterday’s Daily News. Through the program, HPD makes emergency repairs and bills the landlords who neglected the critical work in the first place. Want to find out what HPD has on record for the condition of your building? Just plug in your address at HPD Online and you’ll find out that and a lot more.

The battle over Congressional lines is heating up, pitting Bronx Democratic chief Carl Heastie (who represents the northeast Bronx in the Assembly) against fellow lawmaker Keith Wright, of Manhattan, who wants a chunk of the Bronx for Charlie Rangel’s district. Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. issued a statement yesterday placing himself firmly in Heastie’s corner and arguing against the use of the Bronx as spare parts for Manhattan’s legislative districts. “We will not stand for any plan that would slice the Bronx into many small pieces,” Diaz said. “For decades, the Bronx has had at least one Congressional district entirely within its borders, and this should not change.” The district he is referring to is Jose Serrano’s.

—Jordan Moss