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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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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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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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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‘We’re building CEOs:’ Nashville’s oldest incubator changes with the times

By Rachel Rippetoe  – Editorial Intern, Nashville Business Journal Jul 17, 2018, 8:40am The Nashville Business Incubation Center is undergoing a big shift, and it could mean big things for minority and female entrepreneurs wanting to get in on Nashville’s boom, according to Executive Director Angela Crane-Jones. The incubation center, which is a program designed to help small businesses […]

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Rocky Start: Health and Counseling Center frustrates some with lack of transparency

By Rachel Rippetoe | December 14, 2017 5:42pm   Some students may have been surprised by the additional $75 per semester Health and Counseling fee tabbed onto their tuition invoices. Many likely didn’t notice at all. But the new fee, introduced at the beginning of the school year, comes at an awkward transitional time for the Health […]

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Crowd marches against hate

By Rachel Rippetoe Posted Aug 15, 2017 at 12:01 AM    More than 1,500 people gathered at the Erb Memorial Union Amphitheater at the University of Oregon to begin a “Hate Is Not Welcome in Lane County” march to downtown Eugene on Monday. The grass-roots event was organized in two days by six Eugene residents, most of them former or […]

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