Apple-Picking Robbers Caught Enjoying their Fruit

(Photo: Paul Sakuma for AP)

  There’s an app for that robbery: two New Yorkers who were robbed at gunpoint Monday, Oct 7 got their phones back and helped arrest the men who targeted them, police said. The couple were on their way out of Sin City Cabaret in the South Bronx at around 3:15 a.m. when two men pulled […]

Change for the Greener for a Few Bronx Sixth-Graders

Stacy, another sixth-grader at the new Highbridge Green School said her favorite subjects are reading and writing. (Hilary Brueck/ NY City Lens)

At Jose Gonzalez’s house, an early riser is antsy to go to school. “I’ve never seen my child waking up so early,” Gonzalez said. “At 6:20, he’s sitting on the chair, waiting for me to take him to school.” Never mind that the 11-year-old doesn’t have to leave the house for another hour and a […]

Low Turnout Haunts Hunts Point Once Again


On the day of the primary, Joseph Rowland faced a difficult task: to get people in Hunts Point to vote. Around his neck he carried two signs with the image of Maria del Carmen Arroyo, a candidate running for her third term as council member for district 17. Her struggle was also Rowland’s struggle. From […]

A Vicious Circle of Low Voter Turnout in the South Bronx

Polling Station for election district 50/84 at P.S. 62 in South Bronx.

It’s Primary Day, but not one campaign flyer is posted in the four-block radius of election district 50/84 in the South Bronx. A few blocks away, four campaign workers line the block in front of a polling place, but no one lines up to vote. The corner of Kelly Street and Avenue St. John is […]

In Search of a Character

Kilgannon pauses for a second outside Harry Theodore's apartment building. Photo: Bethan McKernan/NY City Lens

Corey Kilgannon used his knuckles to rap out a tune on the door of a first floor apartment near Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. “Harry!” he called, to no answer. As other residents appeared in the hallway of the building, Kilgannon peppered them with inquiries. But no one knew whether Harry Theodore was still […]

SLIDESHOW: Bronx Charity Delivers Holiday Gifts, Food and Cheer To Shelter For The Homeless In Queens


On January 5, 2013, the Bronx-based charity Manna of Life sent teams of volunteers to spend the day with residents of the Saratoga Family Inn in Queens. Erbin Cobian, founder and President of Manna, speaks about the experience. Slideshow: Manna of Life Visit on Jan. 5, 2013 from Jefferson Mok on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Bronx Voters Worry Votes May Be Lost Due To Sandy

Voters stand in line at the Marble  Hill voting center in The Bronx
(Sana Beg/NY City Lens)

The Bronx was spared the brunt of Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge, but some of its residents said the hurricane was still on their minds—for several reasons—as they stood in line to vote at a polling station in Marble Hill on 225th Street. “I’m a little concerned with Hurricane Sandy and the lack of voting places,” […]

Bronx Food Pantry Copes With More Demand And Fewer Supplies


A couple years ago, as the recession took hold, Myrna Cruz found herself watching a man checkout at a grocery store as he bought an enormous amount of cat food. “And then you find out he doesn’t own any cats,” recalled Cruz. The man, it turns out, was buying the cat food for himself. Cruz […]

Thousands Ride In The 18th Annual Tour de Bronx

Bikers At Tour de Bronx

Just hours after the last fans went home from the Yankees’ extra inning game Saturday night, the streets near 161st and Grand Concourse filled with thousands of cyclists who rolled in on a chilly Sunday morning to ride in the 18th annual Tour de Bronx. The Bronx Tourism Board, in conjunction with sponsors Montefiore Medical […]

Borough President Promotes The Annual Tour de Bronx


Bicyclists and Bronx residents are gearing up for the 18th annual Tour de Bronx, an organized bike ride through the Bronx that promotes tourism, environmental awareness and, of course, biking. Organizers expect six to seven thousand bikers to participate, including Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., who has not missed the event in his three […]

Community Mourns Bronx Bodega Worker Shot By Police


Reynaldo Cuevas, a 20-year-old Bronx bodega worker, was not the first in his family slain by a bullet. Armed robbers killed his father, Maleno, two years ago in the Dominican Republic when they tried to steal the gold chain around his neck. Now relatives and friends are plunged into shock and grief once more.

Worn by the Decades, Bronx Boxing Gym Still Packs a Punch

Welterweight fighter Jose Javier Calderon jabs a bag at John’s Boxing Gym in the Bronx. His trainer is conditioning him for a Nov. 12 fight. (Photo: Laura J. Keller/NY City Lens)

Its aging facilities and gritty interior leave no doubt it’s a relic of a past boxing age. But this South Bronx gym’s reputation for hosting successful boxing champions draws boxers — prospective ones and champions — plus regular folks to train.

Seven Years Jail Time Should Mean Seven Years, Bus Drivers Say

MTA Bus drivers wait outside court for the trial against Medina, a 17 year-old accused of attacking a Fordham Road bus driver in July this year

A total of 74 drivers who have been assaulted so far in 2011, an average of two drivers each week, according to MTA statistics. NYCityLens investigates the rise in crime against city bus operators.

VIDEO: Bronx Music House Tries to Make Up for Citywide Arts Cuts


After substantial cuts to arts education in NYC public schools, an 80-year-old Bronx man decided to take matters into his own hands. Martin O’Grady opens the doors to the Music House.

Six-Month Jail Offer for Teen Suspect in MTA Driver Assault ‘Outrages’ Other Drivers

TWU Local 100 Chairman Joe Samuelsen, addressing the press after the court case, called on the MTA to protect city bus drivers. (Photo: Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani/NY City Lens)

Prosecutors offer a months-long jail term to a teenager accused of viciously beating an MTA bus driver in the Bronx. The teen allegedly assaulted the driver after she was told she could not bring her uncaged dog onto the bus.

Lens on Occupy Wall Street’s ‘Day of Action’


Fifteen reporters from the NYCity Lens were on assignment across New York City Thursday afternoon as Occupy Wall Street’s Day of Action unfolded. Here are their stories.

Mile 21: Runners Find Power in Drums after ‘Hitting The Wall’ [Slideshow]

A Japanese runner beams and waves at the New York Taiko Kai drum ensemble at Mile 21. (Photo: Lorena Galliot/NYC Lens)

For the past five years, the New York Taiko Kai group, an amateur ensemble of traditional Japanese drummers, has performed at mile 21 of the New York City Marathon, an otherwise near-deserted strip in the South Bronx. Their powerful rhythms give the runners a much-needed energy boost.

Sassy Mexican Mamas Serve Up ‘Best Tacos in South Bronx’

The front entrance of the Real Azteca restaurant in Hunts Point

Hang around the South Bronx neighborhood of Hunts Point for long enough and you’re bound to hear about the Real Azteca, a tiny, unpretentious taqueria. “Go there and get the tacos, they’re the best,” goes the word to mouth.

New Bill Seeks to Expand Taxi Services

A livery cab driver parked at the taxi zone in Washington Heights

“We don’t have that kind of money,” Navarro’s fellow driver, Marlo Mejia said.

Mejia thinks he might need up to $8,000 for painting his car and meter and for other requirements, if he wants to continue his business. He’s driven a livery cab for seven years, but says he has not had enough left over to save a large amount after expenses. “We may need to look for some people who have money to pay.” He laughingly added, shrugging, “Jewish? Russian Mafias?” He isn’t the only driver who jokes about such things.

Church Soup Kitchen Alleviates Economic Hardships

A woman walks past the stone front of the Bronx-Spanish Church, which is gated with a black railing.

New statistics show one of every five New Yorkers lives in poverty. Community organizations, like one church in the South Bronx, are helping residents make up for diminishing income with prepared meals and take-home groceries.

City Officials Seek Developers’ Interest in Building a Bronx Hotel Near Yankee Stadium

Garage 8, a triangular-shaped building, is one garage in the Yankee Stadium Parking System. It sits at the corner of East 153rd Street and River Avenue.

The Bronx borough president wants to replace one Yankee Stadium Parking System garage with a new hotel and conference center project, a development long awaited by many in the neighborhood. The hotel would be the first of its kind in the Bronx.

Teenagers, Mussels Part of New Bronx River Cleanup Project

NOAA scientists Judy Li (left) and Mark Dixon (right) prepare to install one of their sensors below the Hunts Point pilot mussel raft. (Photo: Lorena Galliot/ NY City Lens)

By Lorena Galliot To say the Bronx River estuary is less-than-idyllic is an understatement. Wedged between La Guardia airport, Rikers Island prison and the sprawling warehouses of the Hunts Point Produce Terminal Market, the river’s mud-brown, litter-strewn  waters are screaming for a cleanup. That may be exactly why the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation chose […]

VIDEO: Bronx Students Show “Pure Loyalty” to their Phones

cell phone truck

In 2005, the Department of Education banned cell phones in New York City schools. Since then, student had to either surrender or sneak in their phones  Rose Kim reports about a new option students have at two Bronx schools. Produced by Pallavi Reddy.

Mile 20: Runners Hit the Wall

Photo: Patrick Martin-Menard

Marathon runners hit “the wall” – the most difficult part of the marathon — just before they headed back to Manhattan from the Bronx. Runners paced themselves during their climb up a slope to the rhythmic pounding of Japanese drums. It gave the tired runners a much needed boost of energy. Patrick Martin-Menard reports.