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Kingsbridge resident Fikadu Lemma and friend, Alem Ashebir, pose outside Central Park.

Finding Ethiopian marathoners in the Bronx

African, Bronx, Featured Posts, Immigration November 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

The Bronx is home to 14 athletes from Ethiopia. While New York offers opportunities for them, they face many challenges.

Bronx resident Gloria Solis takes the tap water challenge on Southern Blvd. with Erin Diaz (Corporate Accountability International), Alfonso Flores (New York World Amateur Sports League), and Pablo Gomez (Hondurans Against AIDS).

Tasters find tap water tastes fine

Bronx, Economy, Latino November 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

Latinos are the target of a deceptive campaign to get them to buy bottled water instead of drinking the free water from New York City’s taps, say several advocacy organizations. To prove it, they offered shoppers a taste test outside one of just three stores in the US devoted exclusively to selling water.

Comptroller visits BCC, highlights unemployment

Comptroller visits BCC, highlights unemployment

Bronx, Economy, Politics, Uncategorized November 6, 2011 at 3:11 pm

On a brief tour of the Bronx–where unemployment approaches 13 percent–City Comptroller John Liu stopped at Bronx Community College, where Student Body President Tricia Warren explained why many students are spending time at Zuccotti Park, the home of Occupy Wall Street.

Many Latin American immigrants send the remains of loved ones home after death, part of their strong traditional belief in the afterlife as illustrated by these decorative skulls used to celebrate Mexico's Day of the Dead.

The dead won’t sleep in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture, Featured Posts, Immigration, Latino November 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Mexicans in the South Bronx follow the ritual of sending the bodies of the deceased back to their native land.

Students clean up Aqueduct Walk Park in the Bronx.

Bronx parks wait for their own clean-up

Bronx, Environment, Featured Posts October 26, 2011 at 3:07 pm

In the Bronx, parks are as dirty as ever. No one seems to care, except the people who live there.

Hadi Al Najjar, 24, and a native of Ibb in southwest Yemen, said even if President Saleh leaves, tribal wars will persist.

Yemen’s turmoil echoes in Bronx

Bronx, In the News, Middle Eastern, Politics October 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

The turmoil of the Arab Spring has immigrants from Yemen worried about those they left behind. The return of Yemen’s president has sparked fresh violence and imposed new hardship on their families.

Inspecting the wares at Hunts Point Terminal Market.

Farm market reaches out to bodegas

Bronx, Health October 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm

The Wholesale Greenmarket in Hunts Point finds it’s not easy to create an infrastructure for local produce in a city the size of New York.

Police investigating burned Quran

African, Bronx, In the News October 18, 2011 at 6:05 pm

On the morning before the 10th anniversary of 9/11, an unmarked package stuffed with roast meat, a photo of Osama bin Laden, mysterious white powder and the burned remains of a Quran was placed outside the Masjid Hefaz mosque on East 198th Street off the Grand Concourse in the Bronx. Police areRead More

Alan Gary criticizes how the Department of Education response to the discovery of toxins at P.S. 51 while son Nathanial, 11, left, an alumnus of the school, holds a sign that reads "Toxic, Keep Out"

‘Toxic classroom’ parents say new school unsafe

Bronx, Education October 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Renewing criticism of how the Department of Education handled safety concerns at their former building, parents from P.S. 51 in the Bronx say their new site isn’t up to par, either.

Angel Rodriguez and Former Bronx Coucil of the Arts director Bill Aguado in front of the site of the future Bronx Heritage Center.

New hope for aging Latino musicians

Bronx, Culture, In the News October 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm

A Bronx Developer is looking to help aging musicians keep Latin music alive by building apartments they can afford to rent. The space will also house a performing arts venue, an area highlighting the borough’s musical history, and a music-themed high school. Many Latino music performers often get paid in cash for shows, and receive no benefits. At an age when many are planning to retire with pensions, they are left to fend for themselves.

Mott Haven's newest resident gets a big hello.

Chickens come to roost in Brook Park

Bronx, Culture, Featured Posts October 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Bronx organizations brought a chicken coop to Brook Park in an effort to give the neighborhood healthier food options.

Samuel J. Gompers HS students on the first day of school.

South Bronx school gets no help from Dept. of Ed

Bronx, Education, In the News October 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Last spring, the Education Department identified Samuel Gompers High School in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx as one of more than two dozen low-performing schools eligible for a special federal improvement grant. The school would have been required to close down and reopen as a charter schoolRead More

Members of John Vázquez's family mourn the death of the young man.

Two fatal shootings in the Bronx

Bronx, Featured Posts September 26, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Residents fear the street gangs, but police harassment doesn’t make anyone feel safer.

Daniel "Kuwait" Adjei (left) and Greg M. Akologo

From Morrisania to Africa, via “Kuwait”

African, Bronx, In the News September 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

For West African residents in the South Bronx, Kuwait is not just a Middle Eastern country. “Kuwait” is a Ghanaian immigrant whose Morrisania-based business has become the conduit back to their nations of origin.

Famed musician comes home to Bronx

Famed musician comes home to Bronx

Bronx, Culture, In the News September 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Twenty-two years after Sammy Garcia left the South Bronx to become a professional percussionist, he came home to make good on a promise he made to himself and his community more than two decades earlier. He brought his band to play a free concert at the park across the streetRead More