Month: February 2012

Artist finds beauty in Bronx’s gritty streets

In grungy elevated subway tracks and aging apartment buildings Daniel Hauben has found what other landscape artists find in sunlit forests and seaside villas. Now, 22 paintings of Bronx scenes, commissioned by Bronx Community College, will welcome visitors to the the college’s new library.

City woos FreshDirect to the South Bronx

Over the objections of Bronx environmentalists and many local community advocates, the online grocer FreshDirect will move to Port Morris, thanks to a package of taxpayer subsidies worth nearly $130 million.
City officials said the deal preserves 2,000 jobs and will add more than 600 more. Critics cite its high cost and the speed with which it was rushed through without public input. They complain that the location of the new plant jeopardizes plans to build a pedestrian bridge to Randall’s Island and to create public access to the waterfront, and warn that the additional truck traffic to and from FreshDirect will further foul the air in a neighborhood where asthma is epidemic.

NYPD shuts down Club Heat

In the wake of a series of violent incidents, a judge ordered a controversial strip club in Hunts Point closed. But the club is slated to reopen after its owner agreed to pay a $5,000 fine, setting the stage for a protest residents have called against for in front of the club at 405 Hunts Point Ave. on Friday, March 2nd at 3 p.m.

Bruckner billboard angers Community Board 2

A massive billboard at the corner of Bruckner Boulevard and Austin Place off the Bruckner Expressway showed a sheep in a sombrero in front of a bottle of Wodka-brand vodka, only to be outdone in cultural stereotyping by the bigger-than-life-sized message “Escort Quality Hooker Pricing” to its side.