Friday morning at the Give Them to Eat Ministries food pantry.

Church worries about pantry’s future

Bronx, Economy, Latino November 22, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Church-run food pantry faces an uncertain future due to rising rent and food prices.

Back on the beat for Bob Kappstatter

Bronx, In the News, New York, Politics November 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Former Daily News columnist Bob Kappstatter reappears, this time at a conference in Puerto Rico where he found that the Bronx/Brooklyn rivalry had flared up.

Community members attend a candlelight vigil for murder victim Bimal Chanda Tuesday night.

Small turnout at vigil shows fear reigns

Bronx, South Asian November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Community members held a candlelight vigil Tuesday night (Nov. 15) in honor of Bimal Chanda, a Bangladeshi immigrant who was beaten to death and some say, because of his ethnicity. Only four turned out, much less than expected, but a friend of Chanda said that the local South Asian community was staying away out of fear, not out of disrespect.

Living wage battle heats up

Bronx, Economy November 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm

As the City Council prepares for its Nov. 22 debate on so-called living wage legislation, which would require businesses getting city subsidies to pay their workers at least $10 per hour with benefits or $11.50 per hour without benefits, advocates are stepping up their publicity campaign.

Middle school students in the Bronx spend their Saturday in test prep classes in hopes of gaining admission to elite high schools.

Program aims at opening elite school doors

Bronx, Education November 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

The Science Schools Initiative began providing free prep classes to middle school students in the Bronx whose families cannot afford expensive test prep programs. The organization hopes to make the city’s elite high schools within the students’ reach.

Dr. Jorge Piña, founder of the Metapoesía Movement in the Dominican Republic.

Latino writers between a feather and a hard place

Bronx, Culture, Education, Latino November 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Hispanic writers stress the need for local publishing houses that would publish and distribute the works of writers who write in Spanish, as well as media coverage and cultural spaces to present their work.

Police are looking for two suspects in the assault of Bimal Chanda.

Bengalis say hate crime lay behind murder

Bronx, South Asian November 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Bengalis living in the Northwest Bronx believe a Bengali man who was murdered in his Bedford Park apartment was targeted because of his ethnicity.

Morgan Powell during his walking historical tour of the African-American experience near the Bronx River.

‘The Bronx River’s Afro-American heritage’

African American, Bronx, Culture, History November 9, 2011 at 10:36 am

The Bronx River Alliance joins a passionate historian to reveal a hidden history along the shore of the Bronx River, unearthing the sites where slaves toiled, where blacks fought alongside the British in exchange for their freedom and where an angry mob resisted the Civil War draft.

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 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.