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[SLIDESHOW] Bronxites declare: ¡Somos Dominicanos!

[SLIDESHOW] Bronxites declare: ¡Somos Dominicanos!

Bronxites gathered Tuesday evening for a night of singing, dancing and celebrating Dominican Heritage Month. More than 600,000 people of Dominican descent live in New York, and the Bronx’s population is about 17 percent Dominican, according to 2009 Census estimates. These numbers are expected to increase in the 2010 Census. With an increasing Dominican presence in the borough, we asked Bronxites why they are proud to be Dominican and the importance of celebrating Dominican Heritage Month.

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Highbridge food pantry could close

Highbridge food pantry could close

Like hundreds of food pantries across New York, Highbridge is facing difficult times. The 2008 recession, and the ensuing period of jobless economic growth has increased the number of people demanding the food pantry’s services. But funds for staffing are scarce and its director says she may have to shut the pantry down in March.

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For the love of the run: a V-Day marathon

For the love of the run: a V-Day marathon

Frigid temperatures didn’t stop diehard runners from showing up in Van Cortlandt Park on Sunday morning.

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Benchmarks of the Bronx

Benchmarks of the Bronx

Angry youth fed up with a persistent lack of jobs and scarce educational opportunities spurred the revolution in Egypt. The events in the Middle East made us curious about how the Bronx fares in education, employment and other measurements.

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A different take on what it means to be a man

A different take on what it means to be a man

When you stand in the middle of the Project Room at the Longwood Art Gallery in Hostos Community College in the Bronx, a thread of masculinity can be seen almost everywhere.

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An interview with hoops impresario Randy Cruz

Hoops enthusiasts know that they can catch the best summer basketball action in the Bronx at Orchard Beach. Since it first started in 2000, the Hoops in the Sun (HITS) summer league has grown to 10 men’s teams and 26 youth teams and has become one of the premier summer leagues in the city. Randy Cruz, the man behind the league who hosts a weekly online radio show discussing the local and national hoops scene, discussed his hopes and vision for the future this week with Bronx Ink’s Shlomo Sprung.

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Fueling the Future

Fueling the Future

As his arms reach deeper into the canister outside of a pizzeria in Morris Park, Jean Joachim looks away. “Sometimes you see dead rats,” he says. “Not at this restaurant though- they’re pretty good with the oil.” Joachim, a service technician works for Tri-State Biodiesel (TSB), a green energy start-up that collects used cooking oil from restaurants and converts it into biodiesel.

On Wednesday night, Joachim and his manager, Andrew McCloud are harvesting oilcans from Patricia’s. Famous for their brick oven pizza and Tuscan-style fare, the family-owned restaurant also dishes out a healthy serving of grease, 70 gallons a week to be exact. Not to its customers of course, but to TSB, which collects it for free and ships it to a refinery where it gets transformed into biodiesel.

To prevent restaurants from dumping oil into kitchen sinks, New York City requires businesses to install a mechanism to collect grease and provide proof of regular waste disposal through an outside collection service. Restaurants that do not adhere to the rules properly can be fined up to $10,000. [more..]

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In the shadow of stadium, a Yemen-born Yankee vendor waits out winter

By Alex Eriksen
Most of 161st and River Avenue is hibernating. The streets are deserted and the shops are all shuttered. Well, almost all of them.
On the corner of 162nd St. beneath huge portraits of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and CC Sabathia, the lights are on in the Yankee Shop.
It’s the only link in a chain of stores on River Avenue to defy winter and remain open.
Abdulla Abdulla, a twenty-one year college sophomore, is behind the counter. “We thought we’d have a lot of customers like last season, it’s not like last season,” he says.
With the season not set to begin until March, and an average of only six customers a day, Abdulla says his father, who runs the store, is tempted to close until the Bronx Bombers return, and with them, the legions of fans and tourists. [more…]

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