Posted inMental Health

Help, Not Jail, Now Under Construction for People With Mental Illness

After 10 years of advocacy, a residence for people with mental illness who would otherwise be incarcerated for felonies is finally on its way to The Bronx.  Hope House is officially breaking ground Tuesday in Crotona, promising to house 16 people at a time who have conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. The Greenburger […]

Posted inPolitics

Rezoning Vote Shattered Voters’ Trust in Defeated Bronx Councilmember

Councilmember Marjorie Velázquez’s last-minute decision, under pressure from City Hall, to support a rezoning plan in her district explains how she ended up losing her seat, receiving just 47% of the vote in a district where 61% of voters are registered Democrats.  Her reversal from opposition to support of a proposed 349-apartment Throggs Neck housing […]

Posted inElections

Bronx GOP Council Win Adds Historic Note to Otherwise Quiet Election Night

Republicans in the City Council got a surprise win in Tuesday’s election, as a progressive Democrat in a politically mixed area of The Bronx couldn’t hang on to her Throggs Neck seat. Elsewhere in the city, Democrats appeared to hold on to competitive southern Brooklyn seats and exonerated Central Park Five activist Yusef Salaam sailed […]

Posted inElections

Republican Council Candidates Hope To Pick Up Seats in Low-Turnout Election

There’s one more day to vote in New York’s off-year local election. So far, it’s been an off year for turnout, too: hardly 85,000 of the city’s nearly 3.5 million voters came to the polls during the early voting period, which ended on Sunday. With few people showing up to vote, there’s room for surprises, […]

Posted inSouth Bronx

Major Bronx Waterfront Complex Opens with 542 Subsidized Apartments

Phase one of the Hip Hop Museum’s campus is complete, bringing hundreds of apartments to the South Bronx. L+M Development Partners, real estate agency Type A projects, BronxWorks, The Hip Hop Museum, and several elected officials unveiled 542 units of subsidized housing and 2.8 acres of public space on the Harlem River waterfront in the […]

Posted inMarijuana

Deluge of Pot Shop Proposals Leaves Community Boards Dazed and Confused

One week after New York state opened the permit process for legal cannabis shops to the general public, community boards across the city have been bombarded by submissions that they are struggling to review. Under the state’s 2021 law, a retail applicant must notify their local community board at least 30 days before submitting their […]