January - February 2016
"Nearly an hour after polls had closed for the 17th Council District's special election, people were ready for a party at Rafael Salamanca's headquarters. Supporters filled the small storefront space on East 163rd Street, plates of rice and cups of beer in hand, as Assemblyman Marcos Crespo stepped up to the microphone..."
"A candidate debate for the vacant City Council seat in District 17, taped for BronxNet on Feb. 12, frequently came back to the question of which candidate could best challenge the political status quo..."
"...the Bronx County Democratic Committee challenged the validity of several candidates' petitions at a Feb. 8 Board of Elections hearing. Six hopefuls remain in contention..."
"While the district will soon have its first new City Council member in more than a decade, the election has yet to make a splash..."
"Tense negotiations had stretched out for months over how to shut down 18 temporary housing facilities across the city - otherwise known as three-quarter houses or "freedom houses" - that were run by the disgraced nonprofit..."
"Narco Freedom, the nonprofit that runs clinics and temporary housing for recovering drug users in Mott Haven, is expected to run out of money on Sept. 21..."
"Rocking the Boat team member Franchelly Blanco sat at the front of the Intrepid, a 17-foot Whitehall rowing boat, emphasizing the important of environmental stewardship to his crew as they rowed on the Bronx River..."
"A dangerous drug sweeping across parts of the city has made inroads in the Hub. Businesses, residents and the NYPD all worry that unless the emergence of a synthetic form of marijuana known as K2 is addressed quickly and firmly, the problem could spiral out of control..."
"Roy Baizan was tired of seeing negative images whenever he searched for stories about Hunts Point online. He joined The Point's photo program last fall to create his own images and capture another side of the neighborhood..."
"After more than a year of delays, renovations have begun on a Leggett Ave. warehouse where 45 controversial new auto repairs shops are scheduled to move in before the end of the year..."
"Standing on the remnants of a pier at 132nd Street, with the smell of garbage hanging in the humid air and a honking truck in the background, Deborah Marton outlined a new vision for the Port Morris waterfront..."
"The importance of Hunts Point's three wholesale markets cannot be understated...Though the markets play a crucial role, their fate has often been uncertain..."
"Acevedo works as a house cleaner in Manhattan, a job she said is relaxing compared with the battle she wages against the mold in her top-floor apartment every day..."
"Hunts Point won a victory last year when a group of planners and engineers secured commitments of $45 million in city and federal funding for a project to the protect the waterfront from catastrophic flooding..."
"Pastor Johnny Mercado used his special recipe to cook the turkey for Iglesia Emmanuel's fourth annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner, but didn't have a chance to eat any of it. He was too busy preparing for one of the most important sermons of his career..."
"Although they follow different doctrines, the churches have joined forces out of mutual respects, and necessity. By sharing pews and a pulpit, they hope to not only survive but also thrive..."
"Runners struggling to make it past the New York City Marathon's 21st mile in the Bronx got some much-needed encouragement from the borough's largest running group...Club member Rick Bloomer, dressed in a banana costume, took photos and tracked races times on a clipboard..."