Ritchie Torres (William Alatriste for New York City Council, via City Limits)

Envisioning Changes for Public Housing in NYC

Black, Bronx, Government, Housing, Latino November 19, 2015 at 4:41 pm

City Council member Ritchie Torres, who grew up in public housing in the Bronx, has embraced some controversial proposals to address NYCHA’s problems, writes City Limits.

Still No Relief Three Years After Sandy

Still No Relief Three Years After Sandy

Bronx, Culture, Queens, Video November 13, 2015 at 5:18 pm

This edition of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” features segments on the continuing impacts of Hurricane Sandy, on the environment and the lives of survivors, and the bilingual children’s book “Sofi and the Magic, Musical Mural,” set in the South Bronx.

Students stay after class to talk about school segregation (Photo by Monica Disare via Chalkbeat)

Exploring How to Desegregate One Bronx School

Bronx, Education November 11, 2015 at 1:17 pm

At a high school in the Bronx, students explore how to desegregate schools, including theirs, in an elective class, reports Chalkbeat.

Worshippers pray in front of Masjid Ebun Abass in Mott Haven. (Photo by Christine Brink via Mott Haven Herald)

West Africans in the Bronx Seek a Larger Masjid Site

African, Bronx, Immigration, Muslim November 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Masjid Ebun Abass in the South Bronx is suffering from overcrowding thanks to growth in the West African Muslim population, and congregants are looking for a larger site for a new masjid, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Chef Kelvin Fernandez at the new restaurant Barcelona Bites on West 242nd St. (Photo by Adrian Fussell via The Riverdale Press)

‘Edgy Latin Cuisine’ in Riverdale

Bronx, Dominican, Food, Latino, Mexican November 6, 2015 at 1:45 pm

A diverse team led by chef Kelvin Fernandez brings “edgy Latin cuisine” to Riverdale, reports The Riverdale Press.

A new billboard in Port Morris dubs the neighborhood the Piano District. (Photo by Muri Assunção via Mott Haven Herald)

#WhatPianoDistrict, Say South Bronx Residents

Bronx, Real Estate November 4, 2015 at 2:40 pm

South Bronx residents are angry about developers’ attempts to rebrand their neighborhood and mock its past troubles, Mott Haven Herald reports.

The Bronx Salad will be available at area restaurants early next year. (Photo by Veronika Bondarenko via Mott Haven Herald)

A Salad Made in the South Bronx

Bronx, Food, Health October 30, 2015 at 3:10 pm

As a means of promoting fresh and healthy eating options in the borough, a restaurant collective, the United Businesses Cooperative, teamed up with local chefs to create a salad made with local produce and set to be served in area restaurants, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Nikolai Levisov, who is in an immigration limbo, speaks to reporters about his stateless situation during an interview on Oct. 16. (Photo by Photo by Adrian Fussell  via The Riverdale Press)

Stateless in Riverdale

Bronx, Eastern European, Immigration October 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm

Nikolai Levashov came on a student visa to the U.S. from Estonia. A decade later, he has found himself stateless, reports The Riverdale Press.

Environmental Program apprentice Alissa Hickson, 17, checking the lines of the seaweed farm she helps maintain with Rocking the Boat staff. (Photo by Kristina Siriotis via The Hunts Point Express)

Studying Seaweed in the Bronx

Bronx, Environment October 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Students in an environmental program in the Bronx are studying seaweed and the contaminants it has absorbed, reports The Hunts Point Express.

Tenant groups protested outside Bronx Housing Court October 15 (Photo by Marc Bussanich via City Limits)

Tenants in Bronx Protest Harassment

Bronx, Business, Housing October 20, 2015 at 12:59 pm

Tenant groups protested harassment by landlords in front of Bronx Housing Court Oct. 15, City Limits reports.

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz and Cindi Lauper (far right) at the ribbon cutting for True Colors (Photo courtesy of Bronx Borough President's office)

LGBT Youth Get a New Bronx Residence

Bronx, Housing, LGBTQ October 15, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Patterned after a similar structure in Harlem, True Colors, a residence for LGBT youth, opens in the Bronx, The Bronx Free Press reports.

Mr. and Mrs. Kim (Photo via The Korea Times)

A Hospital Assault Case One Year Later

Bronx, Crime, East Asian, Health October 6, 2015 at 8:41 pm

A couple told The Korea Times that police had initially refused to investigate an assault on the husband at his Bronx workplace, which left him suffering brain damage. A year after the incident, a detective has started looking into the case.

The Guinean community in the Bronx paid their respects to Mamadou Barry on Sept. 25 at the Futa Islamic Center in Morrisania. (Photo by Daniela Castro via Mott Haven Herald)

Guineans in the Bronx Mourn Another Slain Cab Driver

African, Bronx, Crime, Labor October 1, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Just a little more than a year after the killing of cab driver Aboubacar Bah, the Guinean community turned out once more in Morrisania to pay their respects – this time to Mamadou Barry, who died after he was shot on the job, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Jose Fernandez on vocals, left, applauds alongside Roberto Castellon who plays the guitar (right) while Nelida Tirado dances flamenco, right. (Photo by Elena Martinez, courtesy of Bronx Music Heritage Center

Spanish Dance and Moroccan Music in the Bronx

Bronx, North African, Western European September 25, 2015 at 5:17 pm

The intertwined cultures of Spain and Morocco were on display at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, reports The Hunts Point Express.

Some 600 people wait for groceries at the Bronx Spanish Evangelical Church. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Economic Recovery Does Not Stop Hunger in NYC

Bronx, Food, Latino, Social Services September 22, 2015 at 1:07 pm

In spite of the city’s economic and job recovery, more families, even people with jobs, are forced into food pantry lines, El Diario reports.