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Veterans Helping Other Veterans Navigate the Complicated Process of Filing for Benefits

Every Wednesday, Richard Castellano meets four of his friends at Patricia’s restaurant in Morris Park. The friends have a lot in common. They are all of Italian-American descent and are all veterans of the Vietnam War. They enjoy food and wine and discuss traveling back to Italy to secure citizenship. Castellano says they hope to […]

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Bronx Charter School teaches neighborhood art 

When asked about graffiti, eighth-grader Alexander Vazquez lights up. For him, painting is a way to escape dark thoughts. “I used to be… not in my good side of my life. So I would do graffiti,” he said. In a twist of fate, after Vazquez was caught painting graffiti in his school’s bathroom, the Bronx […]

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Taking Over The Bronx One Scoop At A Time

Turning the corner of Alfredo Thiebaud Way, the sounds of Delicioso Coco Helado fill the street as employees and machines work to bring not only a scoop of the infamous frozen treat to the public but also a sense of community.  Inside the warehouse-esque complex found in the heart of the Bronx, Sophia Pastora oversees […]

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Soundview’s Family-Run Hindu Temple Pioneers Efforts for Diwali to Become an Official Holiday in NYC

The alarm rings and it is time for Pandit Vyaas Sukul to prepare to leave for the Bronx on an early Sunday morning. He showers, puts on his kurta (cotton tunic) and an upavita (sacred thread) and tends to his two-month-old baby. The Pandit has no time to eat breakfast. He gets in his car […]

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‘We liberate trees.’ Volunteers remove invasive species in Van Cortlandt Park

John Butler pulled at a cluster of vines in Van Cortlandt Park and ripped them out of the ground. It sounded similar to walking on fresh snow, but the volunteers agreed: the sound can’t match the satisfaction of the action itself. “Here’s a tree that is ten years old and we’re giving it a chance to […]

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Bail Reform Two Years On: How is the Law Affecting Communities in The Bronx?

Since cash bail was eliminated for non-violent felonies and misdemeanors in 2019, debate has raged in New York about the impact the reform has had on communities in the city.  The law came into effect on January 1, 2020, then adapted a few months later, in an attempt to reduce pretrial detention and reduce the […]

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New York City Says Bronx Pedestrian Pathway Lawsuit Should be Dismissed, Case is ‘Moot’

New York City remains steadfast in its position that it did not violate Title II of the American Disabilities Act in the pedestrian pathway class action lawsuit filed by Disability Rights New York on behalf of Bronx residents Carlos and Stephanie Diaz.  In its response to the lawsuit, the city stated the Diazes’ complaint of […]

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Welcome Center for Homeless – First of its Kind – Opens in the Bronx

Samuel Lee, 43, a poet, sat outside The Bronx Welcome Center, pen and paper in hand. Two weeks ago he was living on the streets, now he sleeps in a bed at a hotel-turned-shelter in Morrisania.  “I lost my job,” Lee said. He worked as a food delivery worker, when his landlord evicted him because […]

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