Fighting a Solitary Battle

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Correctional officers brought Tama Bell’s mentally ill son to the brink of suicide for throwing a rag on a table, she says.

Bell’s son, Masai, was at Mid­-State Correctional Facility in Marcy, N.Y., in 2014 for a psychiatric evaluation and had gotten a job there. Inmates and officers were making fun of him when he was cleaning tables and told him to redo it, she said. He grew resentful of their prodding, threw the rag on the table and walked away.

The officers then made the other inmates leave the room. They beat him up, Bell said, and sent her son to solitary confinement for 23 hours a day at Auburn Correctional in Auburn, N.Y. He stayed there, wallowing for three months. By the time he entered his second month of 23-hour-a-day solitary, he started talking about suicide, she said.


A Walk in the Parks

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Splashing in fountains. Praying. Watching children and grandchildren. Reading. Making new friends. And, of course, complaining – about too much litter, not enough restrooms, neighbors who party hardy.

Those are just a few of the things Bronx residents were doing in their neighborhood parks and playgrounds on a recent late-summer midweek day.



Friday, June 19th, 2015

They Bake and Break Bread

Friday, June 19th, 2015

The first employees walk into Bronx’ Il Forno Bakery daily at 7 a.m. – just three hours after the final wave of workers leave.

Staffing the bakery means long days and nights for members of the Eduardo family, whose patriarch, Ramón, founded the Hunts Point business a decade ago. He runs Il Forno with the help of his daughter and co-manager, Jenny, as well as his sons.

The younger Eduardos are proud of the bakery, which supplies bread to more than 350 restaurants. But their Dominican-born father worries that his American-reared children are not hungry enough to chase the success he’s fought for, loaf by loaf.

Producing More Cowbell

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015


Friday, May 29th, 2015

Punishing Push For School Sports

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Neglect Takes Toll On Tenants

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

NYCHA Tenants Fight Back

Thursday, April 9th, 2015