Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with the artists. (Photo via The Bronx Free Press)

A Mural of Justice in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture August 21, 2015 at 12:41 pm

On a mural dedicated to the community of Soundview, graffiti artists painted scenes of daily life and images of renowned locals, including musicians and a Supreme Court justice, reports The Bronx Free Press.

Benjamin Melendez (Photo courtesy of Julian Voloj via The Jewish Daily Forward)

A Graphic Bronx Tale of a ‘Tough Jew’

Bronx, History, Jewish, Puerto Rican August 17, 2015 at 3:02 pm

Julian Voloj’s debut graphic novel, “Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker,” is based on the experiences of former South Bronx gang leader Benjamin “Benjy” Melendez who discovers his family’s Jewish roots, reports The Jewish Daily Forward.

Members of the grassroots community education and advocacy group Take Back the Bronx. ({ho

A ‘Radical Social Center’ for the Bronx

Bronx, Social Services, Youth August 6, 2015 at 10:37 am

The grass-roots group Take Back the Bronx will set down roots on Prospect Avenue with what is being dubbed the “first radical social center” in the Bronx, reports The Hunts Point Express.

Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx, one of the locations where water cooling towers tested positive for legionella bacteria. (Photo by Matt Green, Creative Commons license)

Updating Bronx Residents on Legionnaires’ Disease

Bronx, Health August 5, 2015 at 10:07 pm

News of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx, which has claimed 8 lives thus far, brought a crowd to an Aug. 3 town hall at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, reports The Bronx Free Press.

Council member Ritchie Torres at the transgender forum at Hostos Community College (Photo via The Bronx Free Press)

Transgender Forum in Bronx a First

Bronx, LGBTQ, New York August 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm

The first citywide transgender forum was held in the Bronx and drew a crowd to hear about access to city services by transgender individuals, The Bronx Free Press reports.

Churchgoers hold up the letter sent to them by the Roman Curia stating that they would come to a final resolution in September. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Bronx Congregation Stands Up Against Church Closing

Bronx, Latino, Religion August 3, 2015 at 6:02 pm

St. Roch parishioners are fighting to keep the church open until the Vatican makes a decision on their appeal, El Diario reports.

At the Colombian Day Parade in Queens (Photo by Andrea González-Ramírez via El Diario)

A Weekend of Parades

Bronx, Culture, Dominican, Queens, South American July 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

Three national parades – of the Dominican, Peruvian and Colombian communities – took place last weekend in the tri-state area, El Diario reports.

Pedro Estevez of the United Auto Merchants Association addressing fellow auto workers at a July 9 meeting on Jerome Ave. (Photo by Cole Rosengren via Hunts Point Express)

Readying Hunts Point for Auto Shops

Bronx, Business, Environment July 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Auto shops that vacated Willets Point in Queens may soon settle in their new home in Hunts Point, which they say will be environmentally friendly, reports Hunt Point Express.

When the Bronx Zoo Put Ota Benga on Display

When the Bronx Zoo Put Ota Benga on Display

African, Bronx, History July 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm

On an episode of CUNY TV’s Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV, journalist Pamela Newkirk talks about the subject of her book “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga.” Benga, a young man taken from the Congo, ended up at the Monkey House of the Bronx Zoo.

Pedro Estevez speaks with city planners from the Department of City Planning, Paul Philps (far left) and Jessica Ortiz. (Photo by William Mathis via Norwood News)

Jerome Avenue Rezoning Worries Auto Shop Owners

Bronx, Business July 15, 2015 at 3:54 pm

Jerome Avenue auto mechanics worry that their businesses will be driven out by rezoning plans, Norwood News reports.

Joseph Feingold (Image taken from the fundraising trailer)

Bronx Teen Plays Violin of Holocaust Survivor

Bronx, Education, Jewish July 13, 2015 at 10:29 am

The documentary “Joe’s Violin,” reports The Jewish Daily Forward, chronicles the story of a violin picked up in Germany by Holocaust survivor Joseph Feingold and in his possession for seven decades before going into the hands of a 13-year-old violinist in the Bronx.

Robert McDaniels, a  Bedford Park resident, has been a street vendor for over 10 years. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Norwood News)

Will More Vendors Hurt the Bronx?

Bronx, Business, Food July 8, 2015 at 11:05 am

Business improvement districts in the Bronx worry that allowing more street vendors will create problems, Norwood News reports.

Former rival gang members put bygones behind them at a Bronx Documentary Center film screening on June 30. (Photo by Annie Nova via Mott Haven Herald)

‘Rubble Kings’ Film Profiles Bronx Gangs of ’60s

Bronx, History, Latino July 2, 2015 at 12:06 pm

The documentary “Rubble Kings,” shown recently in the Bronx, drew a strong response from audience members, reports Mott Haven Herald.

(Photo via News India Times)

Honoring the Best High School Cricket Players

Bronx, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Manhattan, Queens, South Asian, Sports June 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm

News India Times reports on the June 20 competition between high school cricket players from around the city.

(Photo via Mott Haven Herald)

Hotel Biz Booming in South Bronx

Bronx, Business June 25, 2015 at 5:14 pm

New hotels are opening in the South Bronx, offering tourists a glimpse of a borough they rarely visit, reports Mott Haven Herald.