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Walking With Ruby Bridges

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Pedestrians on Hunts Point Avenue next to Bruckner Boulevard can now walk with a civil rights heroine by their side.

A multi-paneled mural depicting six-year-old Ruby Bridges’ historic walk to school in 1960 now adorns the wall of a bridge that crosses over the railroad tracks.  Bridges was the first black student allowed into an all-white school in New Orleans that year.

The mural is based on Norman Rockwell’s famous 1964 painting “The Problem We All Live With” which shows Ruby in a cute white dress and braided pigtails, being escorted to school by four federal marshals. The mural, however, shows Ruby walking alone.

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Colorful ‘Reverend’ Goes Green

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

For Billy Talen, a place of worship doesn’t need four walls, or even a roof.

Talen, who goes by the stage name “Reverend” Billy Talen, marched through Hunts Point with his New York City-based Earthalujah Choir to the banks of the Bronx River on Oct. 5, where he gave a sermon warning listeners about the perils of climate change.

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A ‘Love Motel’ For Bronx Bugs

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

A section of Hunts Point now glows at night – and not from neon signs.

The latest addition on The Point CDC’s eco-friendly Riverside Campus along the Bronx River is a glow-in-the-dark sculpture that attracts insects and encourages plant growth. Supporters say it is a symbolic step in a fledgling environmental movement to bring more green to Hunts Point.

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