CITY LIMITS: Opportunity Zones Show Scant Impact in the Bronx as Key Deadline Passes

This story first ran in City Limits here. Here’s an excerpt: In November 2018, Marlene Cintron, the Bronx’s head of economic development, stood up in front of a crowd of mostly developers and lawyers, as they sipped pitorro at the Port Morris Distillery. She was there to champion a federal tax break that promised to […]

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YOUTH TODAY: Youth Homeless Providers Call on New York City Officials For Plan

This story first ran in Youth Today here. Here’s an excerpt: UPDATE: A young man staying in a Sheltering Arms youth shelter tested positive for COVID-19 Monday. The Chronicle of Social Change reported that he had been isolated. The Coalition for Homeless Youth and Legal Aid Society called for increased financial support from the city for homeless youth providers. Read the full statement here. […]

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CITY LIMITS: The Disappearing 3-Bedroom: Larger Families Have Few Affordable Options in NYC

photo by Adi Talwar This story ran on July 2, 2019 in City Limits Here’s an excerpt: Christina Saldana’s 9-year-old daughter Hailey plays with a brown doll in the crawl space between the family’s sofa and the wall. She has a small pink box of toys crammed in the corner, and another next to the […]

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BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE: Confidence on wheels: Brooklyn’s bike classes for grown-ups

This story ran on June 3, 2019 in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.  Here’s an excerpt: The instructor spoke in choppy sentences that made little sense out of context. “Two feet. Two feet. Going forward. Stronger. Pushing that forward. Back.” But John LaPolla’s words worked the way a snake charmer’s might on a group of 20 […]

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FOURTH TIME’S THE CHARM: SOUTH BRONX WOMAN TO OPEN BOROUGH’S ONLY GAY BAR IN PORT MORRIS

An old Port Morris motorcycle repair shop will soon become the only gay bar in a borough with few spaces for the LGBTQ community. Audrey de Jesus said she is hoping to open the three-story club and restaurant, which will feature drag and burlesque shows, in August.  With exposed pipes and yellow walls, the stucco-fronted space […]

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HOW A POWERFULLY-BACKED FESTIVAL CRUMBLED

By Rachel Rippetoe / March 29, 2019 Marco Shalma had once hoped there would be a music festival Saturday, March 23, inside the still-unfinished Union Crossing on 141st Street. What happened there instead haunts him. Nearly 70 people protested on the steps of the future commercial development, chanting “Fire to the gentrifiers,” and waving signs of Shalma’s face […]

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Mott Haven LGBTQ leaders unfazed by Bronx lawmaker’s homophobic comments

Prominent local LGBTQ leaders are putting a positive spin on a Bronx councilman’s homophobic statements. It’s no secret that Bronx Councilman Ruben Diaz Sr., who in the past has compared homosexuality to beastiality, harbors controversial views, but the former state senator and pentecostal reverend’s homophobic comments on a Spanish radio station on Feb. 8, have […]

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Garbage workers demand back pay from Sanitation Salvage on MLK day

On Martin Luther King Day morning, as the temperatures dropped below 6 degrees Fahrenheit, Kenneth Hernandez was bundled in a black puffer coat outside of the Manida Street headquarters of Sanitation Salvage, the controversial Hunts Point trash hauler that shuttered in November. Hernandez, 27, is a former driver for Salvage. His face fell as he recalled years […]

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