A prominent Mott Haven environmentalist says the City Council has the right idea as it considers bills to begin reversing generations of environmental injustice in the South Bronx, but lawmakers must include communities in the decision-making process.
A bulkhead on the shore of the Harlem River is crumbling into the water leaving about 100 yards of state-owned waterfront unprotected from high tides and future storms.
Mott Haven residents and activists met in July to consider ways to revive the local waterfront in ways that would echo initiatives already realized along the banks of the Bronx River farther east.
The city’s Industrial Development Agency voted overwhelmingly on Feb. 14 in favor of subsidies that will bring the food delivery company FreshDirect to Port Morris, as about a dozen South Bronx residents sat and fumed that the agreement was rammed through without sufficient public input.
Two advocacy organizations have teamed up in an effort to create recreational space on the East River in the shadow of towering cranes that are a survival of the time when ferries carried passengers to the islands off the Bronx mainland.
A federal pledge to help revive the Harlem River gives new hope for the creation of a Harlem River Greenway, providing parks and recreational opportunities on a long-neglected stretch of shore.