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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Workers, advocates rejoice as Sanitation Salvage announces it will close

Embattled trash hauler’s truck killed two in six months Environmental and labor activists hope that the surprise closing of a controversial, private trash collecting company based in Hunts Point, is a first step to reining in the city’s private trash haulers. Once Sanitation Salvage’s trucks stop rumbling through the South Bronx’s streets, they say, those […]

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Public discussion over community land trusts sparks protest

By Rachel Rippetoe and Charlie May on September 25, 2018 at 9:19 am Prominent local businesswoman’s push for “self-gentrification” fuels neighborhood rift Shouting protestors drowned out the advice of bank representatives and developers at a public meeting on Sept. 6, as homeowners in Hunts Point gathered to learn about profiting off their homes amid a swath of […]

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