Hands off Harlem River parkland

New York has lavished millions on creating river front parks in Manhattan, but in the Bronx City Hall wants to take park land away.

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Occupy the Bronx

The Bronx is in the house,” thundered 60 or 70 people last Saturday afternoon as they marched into a public square in lower Manhattan. The chant announced their presence to more than a thousand demonstrators already assembled in Zuccotti Park to protest against corporate greed and a government that serves business and the wealthy at…

Reviving the Bronx River

Birthdays are a time to reflect on the past–to chart how far you’ve come. So it was no surprise when community activists who gathered for the 10th birthday celebration of the Bronx River Alliance described what the Bronx River looked like the first time they saw it. As a girl growing up in the Bronx,…

Sonia from the Bronx

The children were acting up as only excited children can. They bounced; they clambered over one another; their din filled the Lovinger Theater at Lehman College. Their excitement was understandable. After all, they had just met a justice of the United States Supreme Court. And not just any justice. They had met the first Puerto…

The odor from Oak Point Avenue

It’s not just sewage that stinks at the New York Organic Fertilizer Company plant on Oak Point Avenue. From the very beginning, the plant has been bathed in the stench of corruption. Cronyism marked the Dinkins administration’s award of the contract to NYOFCO in 1992. The deal smelled bad enough for the Manhattan DA to…