Reports of art scene’s death are exaggerated

Artists say change defines their relationship with Mott Haven Hatuey Ramos Fermin sits in the most famous apartment in Mott Haven, recording a podcast called “South Bronx Filter.” Fermin is the current tenant of Apartment 3A at 309 Alexander Avenue, which housed the Blue Bedroom where for two years his friend Blanka Amezkua displayed the […]

Pratt Graduates Catch the Food Biz Fever

Several small food businesses around the neighborhood share a common thread — they were started by Pratt Institute graduates. Mago Crepes & Delices, a crêperie on Grand Street, Tigerlily, a bánh mì shop in Clinton Hill, and The Stand, an artisanal lemonade and homemade fruit preserve brand are delicious business ventures with Pratt alums at […]

Advocates say: Put the brook back in Brook Park

Restoring a stream would bring environmental benefits Brook Park takes its name from Mill Brook, whose waters once burbled through today’s Webster and Brook Avenues.  Now the environmental organization that helps oversee the park wants to bring the brook back. “What we are trying to do here is make a green park, and a blue […]

Students learn by running a business

Teens run the lunch counter at Mott Haven school At 16, Lauren Ballou is the manager of a small business. The high school junior is in charge of the Mantis Store, which sells lunch to her classmates at Crotona Academy High School on St. Anns Avenue. During lunch hour, Ballou can be found at the […]

Money woes close soup kitchen

Mott Haven food pantry may be next The soup kitchen run by the St. Benedict the Moor Neighborhood Center on St. Anns Avenue closed in November, leaving as many as 7,000 patrons a month without a source of breakfasts and hot lunches. Now, its landlord says the food pantry next door, which continues to provide […]

Starving Artist Art Show Lures Collectors, Community

Art enthusiasts and community members gathered Friday night at the Child Development Support Corporation’s Third Annual Starving Artist Art Show and Sale. Held over the weekend, the show aimed to raise funds to renovate a community art center located in the CDSC building on Classon Avenue. Previously a one-day art show and sale, this year’s […]

Community Board Eyes New Year, New Challenges

Accountability was the running theme of this month’s Community Board 2 meeting. The board was alert to the challenges they face in tackling the difficulties residents underwent as a result of the Dec. 26 blizzard. First, formalities were taken care of at the first general meeting of 2011. Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President, swore in […]

How to Give Locally

Last week readers requested a comprehensive guide to charitable donations in the neighborhood. We’ve complied a list of places seeking food, toy and clothing donations, as well as a place to donate used but functional computers. Know of more places to give? Add them in the comments. A.R.T./New York and the South Oxford Space have […]

Public Hearings on December Blizzard

New Yorkers, especially Brooklyn and Queens residents, are still peeved over the city’s slow clean-up of the blizzard we experienced on Dec. 26. In response, the city has organized public hearings across the five boroughs, for the airing of snow-related grievances. At this week’s Community Board 2 meeting, residents were invited to attend an upcoming […]