Friday, June 20, 2014
By Joy Y. Wang : WNYC Producer
Getting kids in the South Bronx to eat fresh, healthy food can be a challenge, but Coqui the Chef founder Tania Lopez has a secret weapon: avocados. Try her kid-friendly recipe for guacamole.
Monday, September 09, 2013
Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn is joined by Yasmil Raymond, Dia Art Foundation curator, and Erik Farmer, Forest Houses Resident Association president, to talk about his public art installation, The Gramsci Monument, constructed by residents in the courtyard of NYCHA’s Forest Houses in the South Bronx.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Randol Contreras, assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Fullerton, talks about his new book, The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream, in which he explores the complexity of the drug trade through research in the South Bronx neighborhood where he grew up.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
In the late 1960s, the Ghetto Brothers gang formed in the South Bronx. The primarily Puerto Rican and African-American club eventually grew to include several thousand members in the borough alone, and factions of the group spread throughout the U.S. But the Ghetto Brothers wasn't just a gang. They were also a rock band, formed by founding members Benjy, Robert and Victor Melendez.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
By Beth Fertig
Author and activist Jonathan Kozol is interviewed by WNYC's Leonard Lopate about his new book "Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-five Years Among the Poorest Children in America."
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
By Yasmeen Khan
There's a growing body of research that shows that what students do over the summer affects their academic careers -- and whether or not they will be likely to graduate and go on to college. And since lower-income students are more likely to lose academic skills than their peers from higher-income families, New York City has begun a pilot program to help keep these students on track during the summer months.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
By Elbert Chu
Ife Lenard, the new principal of the Children’s Aid College and Prep, officially started her role in mid-March. Early worries about low application numbers have passed. She said the school has received more than 300 applications for 120 spots. Now she’s looking for staff.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
By Elbert Chu
A new Bronx charter school is looking for the children who challenge most other schools: those who are homeless, from low-income single-parent households, English language learners, or suffering from disabilities that put them at a disadvantage to succeed in school. Surprisingly, they are having difficulty attracting them.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
By Maria Newman
When students and teachers at Public School 277 in the Bronx learned in December that the school would not be closed down, even though it received an F in its progress report, “you could hear the resounding cheer throughout the school,’’ said Cheryl Tyler, the principal. Now, the hard work of coming back has begun.
Monday, October 24, 2011
A parent coordinator in the South Bronx writes about the challenges of engaging parents in one of the most struggling districts in the city, but says, 'no matter how small the steps or how many things I try I can’t give up on our students or their parents.'
Monday, October 03, 2011
By Beth Fertig
The city is taking a hard look at 20 low-performing schools that got D’s and F’s on their latest annual report cards. But one elementary school in the South Bronx, P.S. 277, does not see itself as a failure, despite getting an F.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
This year the Yankees kicked off their new seasons in a shiny new $1.3 billion ballpark. While fans have marveled at the culinary treats and the massive LED screen in the outfield, not everyone is so enthused. The All Hallows High School baseball team in the South Bronx is forced to play their home games on the road and often practice in the school’s cafeteria. That’s because in 2006 theirfield was demolished to make way for the new Yankee stadium. Without a regular field to practice on, the team improvises, but it has already been three years.
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning, the sun is high, it’s over 80 degrees outside, a perfect day for baseball. But three hours before their fourth game of the season members of the All Hallows Gaels, are pitching and taking swings indoors.
"Basketball gym, slash church, slash theater, slash everything."
That’s Misaell Cabral, a 16-year-old, junior. He’s the right fielder for the Gaels and is standing about mid-court while his teammate lobs a large soft dimpled ball at him. Cabral takes half-swings, not wanting to make full-contact.
"We can’t practice with actual baseballs, cause we can’t break all the windows," says Cabral. "The team practices pitching on the basketball court and batting in the cafeteria. For pop-ups they toss balls outside in a narrow courtyard next to apartment buildings. It’s concrete, it’s not really baseball material. It’s frustrating at times."
The Gaels used to play at nearby Macombs Dam and John Mullally Park, until construction of the new Yankee stadium began three years ago. State and federal law mandates that park land be replaced an acre for an acre, but due to cost delays and the discovery of barrels of oil along the waterfront, building of new parks has been delayed.