Thursday, May 15, 2014
By Daniel P. Tucker : Associate Producer, WNYC News
Cattle herds are at their lowest levels since 1951 thanks to the recession, a drought, the Polar Vortex and then another drought. That means higher prices for burgers and steaks.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
By Kate Hinds
The city wants to turn the Sheridan Expressway into a West Side highway-style boulevard. The at-grade Bronx street with lights and trees is designed to mend a neighborhood torn apart by the aborted highway, while still giving truck access to the nearby Hunts Point market.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
In this episode of Micropolis, WNYC's Arun Venugopal ventures into the home of Michael, a transsexual prostitute and heroin addict -- and, as you can hear in the segment above -- given to baking cookies for her guests.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano is fuming over the city’s decision last month not to tear down the aging Sheridan Expressway and replace it with mixed-use development.
Serrano, a Democrat, helped get a $1.5 million federal grant for a years-long study that examined replacing the aging Bronx highway with housing and parks. The congressman said the city made a decision about the road that runs through the South Bronx before the study was completed.
"It destroys their dreams," he said, referring to members of the community who worked for more than a decade on the project. "It destroys the study. It destroys any semblance of doing it right by immediately taking this option off the table."
A spokesperson for the city says the two remaining scenarios — to retain and to modify the Expressway — "will continue to undergo further analysis. The study will be completed in early 2013." The city has said removing the highway would divert too much truck traffic to local streets.
Serrano says he'll work with members of the community to try to convince the city to change its mind.
"Why would you quickly say removing it is not an option?" he said. "Well then, why even keep studying it? That wasn't the agreement we had. We were going to look at everything."
Activists shared Serrano's outrage.
"The first thing that we need to do is for the city to look at all the economic development options that are possible," said Elena Conte, an organizer at the Pratt Center for Community Development, which is part of the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance. "And to make a decision that actually benefits all the stakeholders in the community. And that involves giving (the Sheridan's removal) the hard look that it deserves."
Friday, March 02, 2012
The Bloomberg administration and the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market have agreed to a 90-day extension to reach a deal to keep the $2 billion operation in the Bronx.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
By Annmarie Fertoli : Associate Producer at WNYC
The union representing nearly 1,300 employees at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx announced Wednesday that it reached a tentative, three-year contract agreement with the owners of the market.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Workers at the Hunts Point Produce Market could be on strike as early as next week after the union representing 1,200 employees at the Bronx wholesale market rejected a contract offered by the cooperative that runs it earlier this week.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
It wasn’t the first day of school, but it was certainly a new beginning for Hyde Leadership Charter School, in the first new education facility in Hunts Point in more than 30 years. Tuesday was the school's official opening, with speeches, tours, a ribbon-cutting and a dance performance by students.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011
A new study raises fresh questions about a familiar issue: Are we giving top students short shrift? Yes, it is the old debate over tracking, and in light of the study's finding that top students "struggle to maintain their elite performance over the years," Room for Debate asks six experts their opinions. Surprisingly, given the ferocity and length of the educational battle, most of them favor some differentiated learning, but with caveats and twists.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
By Laura Klein
A fourth-year teacher in the Bronx writes about what draws her back to school each year. It's the list, she says. 'I have no control over who is on that list. Sometimes you get kids who are angels, and sometimes you get kids named Angel who resemble Lucifer. It doesn’t matter ... inside each of them lies a world of possibility and potential waiting to be unlocked.'
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
By Ilya Marritz
Hunts Point market, believed to be the world's largest, will remain in the Bronx and continue to supply produce to the region's restaurants and supermarkets for at least another three years.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Competition is good for everybody, I think. Hunts Point is in the Bronx, there are 3,200 jobs, and we're fighting very hard to attract them to New Jersey. The 3,200 people who can move to New Jersey from New York are going to be very happy, because we're going to save them a lot of money when they come here.