The Sixth Borough

Hindu rituals and environmental concerns clash at Jamaica Bay

By CLAUDIA BRACHOLDT & MADHURA KARNIK Richard Prasad knelt bare-footed in the grey sand on the beach. It was a Sunday morning. Prasad, 46, and his friend had been trying to light two candles that were sitting in two small clay bowls. Prasad held two gold-colored plates in his hands, trying to block the wind […]

Homeless man finds a home in once neglected Coney Island Creek

By CARLA ASTUDILLO Isidoro Hernandez lives in a plot of land hidden deep among overgrown trees and brush by the Coney Island creek. His roof is a brown tarp held up by fallen tree branches. His floor and bed are a bundle of blankets. He obsesses over his garden, where he grows zucchini, corn and […]

City Island gains spot on the map, but fights to retain identity

By JACKIE SNOW & LINDSAY ARMSTRONG One day in 2006, Paul Klein was riding the A train when he noticed that the subway map didn’t include City Island. According to the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Bronx ended where Orchard Beach met the Long Island Sound. Klein knew better. He had lived on City Island, a […]

City, private partners grapple with cultural swim safety problems

By KEN CHRISTENSEN & TRISTAN HALLMAN On a warm summer night, Crystal Reyes and a group of five friends decided they would cool off the next day by taking a dip in the tree-lined Bronx River Park. “We didn’t necessarily know where a pool was, and the river was way cooler,” said Reyes’ then-boyfriend Aaron […]

Protected: As government cleanup drags, a homegrown cleanup thrives

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