Dressed up for Halloween (Photo by Alejandro Cartagena via Mott Haven Herald)

Mexico Through Different Lenses

Bronx, Culture, Mexican November 24, 2014 at 3:40 pm

An exhibition of Mexican photographers at the Bronx Documentary Center shows the many facets to life in Mexico, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Comedian Ricky Barrino (left) was the subject of student Lenno Carter's (right) documentary. Barrino spoke of the time he spent in prison, where he found his calling in life to "make people laugh." Barrino's nephew Kaleb (in purple) stands beside Carter's son Taliq, currently in a filmmaking class for kids. (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Budding Filmmakers Make ‘Films for Change’

Bronx, Culture November 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm

With the support of a Department of Probation arts education initiative, a documentary filmmaking course in the South Bronx produced budding filmmakers, who screened their “Films for Change” in Harlem, reports Manhattan Times.

Reverends Kahli Mootoo and church board member Harry Isaac at Bright Temple AME Church. (Photo by Danny R. Peralta via Hunts Point Express)

Hunts Point Churches Share the Faith

Bronx, Religion November 19, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Despite being of different denominations, Pentecostal Iglesia Cristiana Emmanuel and Bright Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church are sharing pews and a pulpit in hopes of turning around their financially-strapped situations, reports Hunts Point Express.

According to Census figures, 54.6% of the population of the Bronx is of Latino origin. (Photo by Franklin Ramos via El Diario)

A New Bronx?

Bronx, Business, Housing, Latino November 18, 2014 at 10:27 pm

In the new Bronx, there are new businesses and new developments but there’s still poverty and housing displacement, El Diario reports.

VIP Community Services in the Tremont area of the Bronx, where heroin addicts can get treatment.
(Photo by Anton K. Nilsson via Norwood News)

Heroin in the Bronx: A Constant

Bronx, Health November 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm

Norwood News reports on the trafficking and use of heroin in the Bronx, and the fatal overdoses that result.

BOOM!Health in the Bronx and Ending ‘Secure Communities’

BOOM!Health in the Bronx and Ending ‘Secure Communities’

Bronx, Health, Immigration, Labor, New York, Video November 18, 2014 at 2:21 pm

In this episode of CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources”: The City Council opts out of the Secure Communities program, New Immigrant Community Empowerment talks about using a graphic novel to fight employment agency fraud, and a syringe exchange program not without controversy.

Rabbi Avi Weiss in a clip from the documentary "Righteous Rebel" by Philip Schneider. (Photo courtesy of Schneider)

‘Righteous Rebel’ Rabbi Subject of Documentary

Bronx, Jewish November 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Rabbi Avi Weiss, one of the most respected Jewish leaders in the Bronx for his promotion of progressive ideas, is the subject of a new documentary “Righteous Rebel,” reports The Riverdale Press.

City Council member Ritchie Torres, urging young people to embrace the power of community involvement. (Photo by Catharina Thuemling via Norwood News)

Torres Promotes Civic Engagement for Youth

Bronx, Youth November 17, 2014 at 6:18 pm

Council member Ritchie Torres announced a new initiative to promote more community and civic engagement by youth in his district in the Bronx, Norwood News reports.

Urban forager Steve "Wildman" Brill (Photo by Regina Cornwall via The Hunts Point Express)

Preparing ‘Wild Bronx Salad’

Bronx, Food November 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Steve “Wildman” Brill, the urban foraging guru, led a group in the South Bronx recently, and helped prepare a meal that included foraged ingredients, reports The Hunts Point Express.

A woman and her child at the recent forum on homelessness (Photo by Annie Nova via The Hunts Point Express)

Urging Permanent Housing for the Homeless

Bronx, Housing November 10, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Permanent housing solutions to homelessness were explored at a recent forum in the South Bronx, The Hunts Point Express reports.

Amanda Matos (Photo by Photo by Marisol Díaz via The Riverdale Press)

‘WomanHOOD Project’ Fosters Self-Love in the Bronx

Bronx, Women, Youth November 5, 2014 at 6:27 pm

The WomanHOOD Project, a mentoring program for girls and women, grew out of Amanda Matos’ frustration over the dearth of women of color as visible role models, reports The Riverdale Press.

The newly restored Willis Ave. Community Garden (Photo via Mott Haven Herald)

Restored Garden in the Bronx Gets Mixed Reviews

Bronx, Environment November 3, 2014 at 2:45 pm

The Willis Avenue Community Garden in the Bronx has gotten a facelift, but visitors give it mixed reviews, Mott Haven Herald reports.

Substitute for a horse-drawn carriage? Council member Fernando Cabrera promotes the e-carriage (Photo by Catharina Thuemling via Norwood News)

A Look at What Might Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages

Bronx, Manhattan October 31, 2014 at 4:36 pm

City Council member Fernando Cabrera endorses the “e-carriage” as a substitute for horse-drawn carriages. Norwood News went to an unveiling.

State Sen. Jose Peralta is one of many uncontested incumbents (Photo via Gotham Gazette)

On Nov. 4, One-Third of NY’s Seats Uncontested

Bronx, New York, Politics, Queens October 30, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Fully one-third of the races for the NYS legislature feature uncontested candidates. Gotham Gazette and City Limits explore the phenomenon in a joint report.

Artist Elizabeth Hamby works on a mural with a young resident at Betances Community Center on Oct. 17. (Photo courtesy of Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, via Mott Haven Herald)

A Kinder, Gentler NYCHA?

Bronx, Housing October 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

NYCHA officials are trying to make the city agency more approachable to public housing tenants, Mott Haven Herald reports.