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.

The city promises a 'holistic' approach to rezoning a corridor along Jerome Avenue. (Photo by Adi Talwar via Bronx Bureau)

Will Jerome Avenue Go the Way of Willets Point?

Bronx, Business, Housing October 22, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Some worry that rezoning a stretch of Jerome Avenue in the Bronx would displace one of the city’s few remaining concentrations of auto service businesses, reports Bronx Bureau.

Rodolfo Munoz, owner of Jalisco Tacos, which he says was the first taqueria in the area when when it opened in the 1980s. (Photo by Ana M. Rodriguez via Mott Haven Herald)

In SW Bronx, Mexicans Take Over Businesses

Bronx, Business, Mexican October 21, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Businesses are changing hands in neighborhoods like Mott Haven, turning over from Dominican and Puerto Rican to Mexican ownership as members of the older generation retire and move to warmer climes, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Gino Enggasser, 57, a volunteer at the food pantry at the Church of The Mediator. The food pantry at the church is run by the Kingsbridge-Riverdale-Marble Hill (KRMH) Food and Hunger Project. (Photo by Marisol Diaz via The Riverdale Press

A Year After SNAP Cuts

Bronx, Social Services October 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm

Almost a year since $5 billion in SNAP benefits were slashed, more low-income Bronx residents are turning to food pantries. But in the borough with the highest levels of food insecurity – which also faces an “obesity crisis” – food pantries have been scrambling to feed locals, reports The Riverdale Press.

Stericycle’s Port Morris medical waste transfer facility has drawn harsh rebukes from residents, activists and public officials. (Photo by Joe Hirsch via Mott Haven Herald)

Bronx Residents Want Medical Waste Facility Out

Bronx, Environment October 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Bronx residents and local officials want Stericycle, which operates a medical waste transfer facility, out of Port Morris, Mott Haven Herald reports.

1025-1027 Leggett Ave. has been part of a city program to subsidize formerly distressed buildings for over 30 years. (Photo by Teodora Altomare via The Hunts Point Express)

Bronx Co-op Faces Uncertain Fate

Bronx, Housing October 14, 2014 at 12:05 pm

A low-income co-op in the Bronx may be seized by the city because it cannot pay off $1.3 million it owes, Hunts Point Express reports.

photo by gerardo romo via el diario

Pentecostal Faith Captures Latinos in the Bronx

Bronx, Latino, Religion October 7, 2014 at 3:44 pm

El Diario profiles the pastor of a church in the Bronx that is Pentecostal, a faith that is drawing more Latinos.

Quaint homes dot the streets near the Kingsbridge Armory (Photo by Janaki Chadha via Norwood News)

Gentrification in Kingsbridge?

Bronx, Business, Housing, Real Estate October 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

Some residents of Kingsbridge are concerned that development might negatively affect the Bronx neighborhood, Norwood News reports.

Puerto Ricans in Bronx Cheer Venezuelan President

Puerto Ricans in Bronx Cheer Venezuelan President

Bronx, Featured Posts, Latino, Politics, Puerto Rican, Voices' Picks September 25, 2014 at 8:30 pm

Nicolás Maduro urged the release of long-time political prisoner Oscar López Rivera.

South Bronx Marches for Climate Change

South Bronx Marches for Climate Change

Bronx, Environment, Featured Posts September 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Tired of being the “junk yard” of the city, residents say they want “green jobs.”

The Brothers Solis from Mexico City and Jesús Benavídes from the state of Oaxaca proudly wear their sombreros. (Photo by Marco Meza via El Diario de Mexico)

Mexico’s Independence Day Celebrated in the Bronx

Bronx, Culture, Mexican September 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Thousands turned out to celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day at the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx, a location convenient for many of the borough’s Mexican residents, reports Diario de Mexico.

Grace Alvear, originally from Guayaquil, has lived in the Bronx for seven years. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Ecuadoreans Find New Home In the Bronx

Bronx, South American September 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm

After two decades of growth, the Bronx’s Ecuadoreans seek to gain the visibility and political empowerment that their Queens siblings have achieved, El Diario reports.

State Senator Gustavo Rivera and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at Rivera's victory party at the Escape Restaurant & Lounge in Norwood in the Bronx on September. (Photo via Gay City News)

Bronx Council Member Defeated After Anti-Gay Video

Bronx, LGBTQ, Politics September 10, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Losing in the primaries to incumbent Gustavo Rivera for a Bronx State Senate seat, Fernando Cabrera had released a video generously praising the Ugandan government, reports Gay City News.

Recovery and Redemption in the Bronx

Recovery and Redemption in the Bronx

Bronx, Featured Posts, Health September 4, 2014 at 6:55 pm

A documentary, “The Fix,” follows patients recovering from heroin addiction and hepatitis C.