The city’s $32 million war on rats targets what it deems the most rat-infested areas — rat reservoirs — arming them with paved dirt floors, solar-powered trash compactors and a new trash pickup schedule that eliminates bags from sitting out overnight. Since none of the public housing complexes in Bronx 1 are considered rat reservoirs, their remediation is limited to education and recycling programs that some fear won’t solve the problem.
On Oct. 2, Topping was one of four activists nationwide to receive an anti-corruption award from The New York City Independence Club, a group whose stated goal is to promote non-partisan politics and grassroots activism.
After a young mother of three was killed on June 11 while shielding her children from stray gunfire in a John Adams Houses playground, residents of the public housing complex are once again asking what it will take to help them feel safer.
More than 100 people gathered at the John Adams Houses playground in Longwood on Wednesday, holding candles and anti-gun banners to remember 29 year old Jessica White, and to condemn the neighborhood’s continued gun violence.
Residents of the John Adams Houses in Morrisania are hoping new safety cameras in their buildings will help bring down crime and vandalism which have plagued the complex for years.