A small, rectangular lot on College Avenue that until two years ago sat vacant in the shadow of tall buildings is now on its way to becoming an oasis, thanks to the efforts of neighborhood volunteers and a citywide nonprofit.
Some South Bronx residents consider the city’s plan to install syringe disposal boxes in their parks a mixed bag. They know something must be done, but not everyone is sure this is the right approach.
Concerned citizens gathered at Hunts Point Riverside park on Monday, urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to build off-ramps between the Sheridan and Edgewater Road.
Rivera says that soon after The Hole was closed, drug dealers sold her heroin that she tested and found positive for fentanyl, a cheap, potent opioid that dealers often use to stretch out batches.
Recent research highlights the mental health benefits the Leon family experiences in the garden. One theory is that nature does not require focused attention. Scientists also point out that green spaces create a positive environment for developing strong social relations and avoiding loneliness, a major trigger of mental and physical illness.
While the neighborhood is trying to buck its food desert status, diabetes and unhealthy food still abound, and fresh, healthy options remain scarce. But here, students say the garden has improved their eating habits and changed their perception of plants.