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A classroom in Banana Kelly HIgh School (Photo via The Hunts Point Express)

Renewal to Help Bronx Schools Turn Around

Bronx, Education, Uncategorized December 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Four schools in the Bronx have been selected for the city’s School Renewal Program, and another has been named a Community School. All will receive assistance to help in turning performance around, reports The Hunts Point Express.

Getting a taste at the Coquito Masters competition in Parkchester back in November.  (Photo by Mi Young Park via Hunts Point Express)

Contest Celebrates Puerto Rican Christmas Drink

Bronx, Food, Traditions December 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

For the Puerto Rican community in the Bronx, the annual coquito competition gives an opportunity to celebrate culture and Christmas, reports Hunts Point Express.

Michael Blake (Photo by David Cruz via Norwood News)

Gearing Up to Serve Bronx District

Bronx, Politics December 16, 2014 at 3:49 pm

Michael Blake, the new assembly member for the 79th district, talks with Norwood News about his plans.

Authors of stories that appear in "Bronx Memoir Project – Volume 1" at a book launch.(Photo by Marguerite Ward via City Limits)

A Memoir of the Bronx – Written by Locals

Bronx December 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm

“Bronx Memoir Project–Volume 1″ compiles more than 50 diverse stories from Bronx residents, published in part to combat misconceptions of the borough, reports City Limits.

by Jack D'Isidoro

A Pastor From Ghana Offers Blessings

African, Bronx, Featured Posts, Religion, Voices' Picks December 12, 2014 at 7:44 pm

Members of the largely West African congregation of Rev. Eric Kofi Owusu say his blessings, which are characteristic of a kind of Pentecostal Christianity practiced in Ghana, are worth every penny of their offerings.

Chat Travieso and Yeju Choi's "Play Bronx" is one of eight proposed designs.

Marking the ‘South Bronx Culture Trail’

Bronx, Culture, History December 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Markers pointing out major historic and cultural spots in the South Bronx will dot the Culture Trail, reports The Hunts Point Express. And the public will help choose how those markers will be designed.

Tenants at Mithcel Houses waiting for an elevator. (Photo by Maura Ewing via Mott Haven Herald)

Coping with Broken Elevators

Bronx, Housing December 9, 2014 at 4:45 pm

At NYCHA’s Mitchel Houses in the Bronx, residents must cope with elevators that break down frequently, and for some it’s more than a mere inconvenience, Mott Haven Herald reports.

Shekh Tumis addressing the African Advisory Council: “Please, let’s tell Americans what Ebola is—how it’s affecting us.” (Photo by Kristen Clark for Voices of NY)

Ebola Fallout Still Affecting Africans

African, Bronx, Featured Posts, Health, Manhattan, Voices' Picks December 5, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Ebola – how it affects family and friends in West Africa, and how stigmatization affects immigrants here – remains a concern for New York’s West African community.

Maimouna Haidaia (Photo by Marisol Diaz via The Riverdale Press)

Easing the Regents Burden for Some

Bronx, Education, Immigration, New York December 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm

The burden of Regents testing has been eased by a partial waiver that covers students who recently immigrated to the U.S., The Riverdale Press reports.

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.