Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Ten-year-old James Ford, who suffers from asthma, has been in and out of the hospital this school year — missing nearly 30 days at Public School 138 in the Bronx.
And instead of doing the things boys generally do on the weekends, the public housing resident is taking classes on Saturdays just to finish fifth grade on time.
His parents say his asthma has grown worse with the spread of dark mold across the bathroom ceiling caused by a leaky pipe in the family’s three-bedroom apartment at the Castle Hill Houses.
This story was reported by the NYCity News Service in conjunction with the Daily News as part of the Stop the Mold project, funded in part by the first Challenge Fund for Innovation in Journalism Education. Contributors include Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Julia Alsop, Frank Green, Gwynne Hogan, Ross Keith, Roxanne Scott, Melisa Stumpf and Maria Villasenor.
Friday, December 12th, 2014
It was early morning New Year’s Day in 1999, when Orlando Ferrand, a resident of Manhattan at the time, hopped on a subway train headed toward the Bronx. He was heavily intoxicated after a night of partying and had no reason to be headed there.
When he woke up, he was at the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. He had overdosed and nearly died.
“Somebody saved my life here in the Bronx, in Jacobi Hospital. I took that as a sign,” Ferrand said.
Thursday, November 27th, 2014
Pastor Johnny Mercado used his special recipe to cook the turkey for Iglesia Emmanuel’s fourth annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner, but didn’t have a chance to eat any of it. He was too busy preparing for one of the most important sermons of his career.
“I’m really excited because today’s a new beginning for our church,” Mercado said.
On the Friday before Thanksgiving, Mercado held the first official service in his congregation’s new home.
Saturday, November 15th, 2014
The Holiday Train Show has returned to the New York Botanical Garden to take visitors of all ages on a magical ride. The show, which feature new miniature city landmarks and a collection of railway trains and trolleys, runs through Jan 19.