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FreshDirect Parks Broken Down Trucks in Port Morris

FreshDirect started its move to Port Morris by parking disabled and broken down trucks in the Harlem River Yards. The Mott Haven Harold reports that as many as 80 trucks were moved to the site, sparking criticism from a community that is already leery of the new arrival.

A representative from FreshDirect said the move is only temporary.


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Adolfo Carrion Jr. Criticized for Declining Public Campaign Funding

Former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion Jr. is being criticized for declining the public matching funds for a potential political campaign. Daily News reports that Susan Lerner, executive director of the citizens lobby group Common Cause/NY, says that the move to decline public funding doesn’t help voters and puts more power in the hands of special interest groups.

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Youth Football Team Looks for New Turf

Former drug counselor Glen Williams wants to convert an abandoned tennis court in Longwood into a field where his youth football team can practice. The Hunts Point Express reports that about 30 kids participate in Williams’ team, which currently practices on a concrete lot in Printer’s Park.

Williams believes that the program helps kids learn discipline and keeps them from getting involved with drugs.




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City Violated Environmental Law in Construction of Bronx School

The New York Court of Appeals ruled that the New York City violated environmental law by building a school on contaminated land without releasing a long-term monitoring plan. DNA Info reports that an organization called the Bronx Committee for Toxic Free Schools won its case at a Mott Haven site that houses several schools.

New York State requires be a plan to minimize students’ and teachers’ exposure to toxins.


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Bronx Storm Relief Resources

Bronx Times collected a useful list of resources available for those affected by the storm in the borough: Help Available for Hurricane Sandy

City-Wide information can also be found at


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Mott Haven Academy Opens Roof Garden

The Mott Haven Academy is growing lettuce, herbs and chives in its newly open rooftop garden. The Mott Haven Herald reports that the charter school uses the garden in its curriculum to teach children about nutrition and science.

Funding for the project came from Bolthouse Farms and private donors.

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Bug “Love Hotel” Sculpture Installed in Hunts Point

The eco-friendly Riverside Campus in Hunts Point is home to a new glow-in-the-dark sculpture that’s designed to boost the park’s ecosystem. The Hunts Point Express reports that the new installation will attract beneficial insects and foster plant growth.

The sculpture is part of a growing effort to raise awareness surrounding environmental issues in the area.

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Father Charged in Death of 5-Year-Old Son

Police have charged a University Heights man with the murder of his 5-year-old son and the attempted murder of his 7-year-old daughter. DNA Info reports that Leonardo Espinal allegedly drowned the boy and poisoned the girl. She in now in stable condition after being taken to Montefiore Medical Center.

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