Media Coverage

DNAInfoDunkin’ Donuts and Dollar Tree Stores Are Proliferating in The Bronx (Dec 14, 2016)

DNAInfoTell the City How to Spend $30 Million on Improving St. Mary’s Park (Nov 29, 2016)

WNYCTaking Back the South Bronx (Nov 17, 2016)

GothamistSouth Bronx Residents Fear Displacement As Real Estate Booms (Oct 31, 2016)

Mott Haven HeraldBronx organizers propose alternative rezoning plan (Oct 12, 2016)

DNAInfoBronxites Plan ‘Spiritual Reclaiming’ of Vacant Mott Haven Building (Oct 12, 2016)

NY City LensWhat’s in a Name? Port Morris? SoBro? Piano District? (Oct 10, 2016)

Mott Haven HeraldResidents hope to transform closed treatment center (Oct 2, 2016)

The GuardianSouth Bronx: home of hip-hop fights to keep its soul as gentrification creeps in (Aug 13, 2016)

TIMEWhy More Americans Are Becoming Activists (Aug 12, 2016)

DNAInfo – Turn Former Rehab Center into Community Center, Bronx Residents Say (Aug 4, 2016)

DNAInfoPODCAST: Tour the South Bronx’s Neglected Waterfront (July 21, 2016)

Mott Haven HeraldPort Morris celebrates the Harlem River (July 19, 2016)

Mott Haven HeraldPort Morris waterfront facelift begins (July 9, 2016)

Huffington PostIt’s Harder to Breathe with White Privilege in the Air (June 2, 2016)

In These TimesThe Fight for Public Control of Land in the Bronx (May 25, 2016) (“’Breathing is a real problem in our community,’ says Mychal Johnson, a founding member of SBU. The South Bronx’s Mott Haven neighborhood, where Johnson lives, ranks first in New York City for child asthma hospitalizations…You go to any large gathering and you ask people in our community, ‘Does anyone here know anyone who has asthma?’ and … higher than 90 percent of the people raise their hand,’ says Johnson. ‘It’s an epidemic.’”)

DissentWho Benefits from Public Land in the Bronx? (May 25, 2016) (“’It’s time for our elected officials to step up . . . [for those] who represent the community in the city council, state, and Congress to get more involved,’ says Harry Bubbins, a Bronx resident and member of South Bronx Unite. He adds that the elected officials could ‘have hearings or . . . administratively stop any cash or tax breaks to FreshDirect.’”

amNewYorkMott Haven sees more development as young professional move in (May 12, 2016) (“Mychal Johnson, of South Bronx Unite, is worried that residents in the new developments won’t contribute economically to the rest of Mott Haven and that real estate prices might soon rise across the neighborhood. ‘We’re concerned that these new developments will lead to an exclusive community,’ Johnson said.”)

DNAIt’s Official: The South Bronx is Gentrifying, Report Says (May 10, 2016) (“‘Most striking was the overall knowledge citywide that Mott Haven is being gentrified at such a large and alarming rate,” [Johnson] said. He called on developers to abide by the statement of principles created by South Bronx Unite to help avoid problems that might come along with gentrification, including setting aside housing and construction jobs for local residents.”)

Curbed NYPort Morris Waterfront Emerges From Years of Neglect (April 14, 2016)

Wall Street JournalSouth Bronx Sees a Rise in Market-Rate Rentals (April 3, 2016) (“South Bronx Unite, however, is wary of the potential effects of market-rate housing in a borough that historically has been a place for the working class and poor, said Mychal Johnson, who co-founded the coalition of organizations advocating for economic, environmental and social justice.”)

Sustainability & Environmental JusticeThe Fight for Change in Asthma Alley (February 26, 2016)

City & StateFreshDirect Exec Emailed with Parks Department, His Former Employer, During One-Year Ban (February 26, 2016)

NY1Developer for South Bronx High-Rises Trying to Move on From Controversial Party (February 26, 2016)

Mott Haven HeraldOp-ed: When it comes to environmental justice, communities know best (Feb 22, 2016)

The Bronx Chronicle17th Council District Campaign Finance: Follow The Money (February 18, 2016) ([City Council candidate Rafael] Salamanca has been criticized for accepting donations from executives at Fresh Direct and Baldor Foods, as well as the Rent Stabilization Association PAC. Union supporters describe Baldor Foods as vehemently anti-union. Mychal Johnson, spokesperson for South Bronx Unite which opposes Fresh Direct, conceded that while accepting the donation doesn’t disqualify Mr. Salamanca, ‘it raises questions about the seriousness with which he takes community concerns.’”)

FusionBeyond Flint: ‘My community breathes different air than the white community’ (February 10, 2016)

DNA – ‘Piano District’ Billboard Has Been Replaced (December 8, 2015)

The Telegraph Bronx gentrification leaves New Yorkers up in arms (November 17, 2015)

El Diario NYProtestan por extension de permisos a plantas de energia en el Bronx (November 17, 2015)

City LimitsBronx’s Asthma Alley Protests Plans to Extend Power Plant Permits (November 12, 2015)

StreetsblogRandall’s Island Connector to Open This Weekend (November 12, 2015)

Politico De Blasio, Mark-Viverito meet with foes of FreshDirect (November 10, 2015)

teleSur – Ñ Don’t Stop#WhatPianoDistrict: Rebranding of The South Bronx (November 10, 2016)

Crain’sBronx wins award for making strides in public health (October 30, 2015)

The Real DealBillboard dubs section of Bronx the “Piano District” (October 29, 2015)

DNAinfoSouth Bronx Is Now the ‘Piano District,’ Billboard Proclaims (October 28, 2015)

Mott Haven HeraldActivists urge state to close power plant (September 28, 2015)

Mott Haven HeraldPort Morris Distillery sides with community over FreshDirect (September 28, 2015)

DNAinfo South Bronx Residents Frustrated Over Lack of Hearing on Power Plants (September 24, 2015)

BBCLive from South Bronx, NYC (September 23, 2015)

The Wall Street JournalGreen Space and Health Linked in Vision for South Bronx (September 20, 2015)

Daily News – From Port Morris to the Piano District: how a group of real-estate developers plans to change the face of the South Bronx (September 18, 2015)

The New York Times The South Bronx Beckons (September 17, 2015)

DNAinfoElected Officials Join Activists in Fight Against South Bronx Power Plants (September 9, 2015)

DNAinfoBronx Activists Petition for Public Hearing on Waterfront Power Plants (August 27, 2015)

Mott Haven HeraldTo the editor: MS223 students speak out on FreshDirect (August 21, 2015)

The New York Times Bronx Legionnaires’ Outbreak Is Over, Health Officials Say (August 20, 2015)

BronxTalkSouth Bronx Waterfront and the New York State Open Space Plan (August 3, 2015)

The New York TimesConnector Between Randalls Island and Bronx Is to Open This Summer (July 28, 2015)

Mott Haven HeraldPlans afoot to green Port Morris waterfront (July 10, 2015)

Politico Group would transform South Bronx Waterfront (July 8, 2015)

DNAinfoBette Midler Nonprofit Unveils Plan to Build South Bronx Waterfront Parks (July 8, 2015)

StreetsblogWant Safer Biking and Walking Across the Harlem River (June 18, 2015)

DNAinfoHigh Bridge Reopening Leads to Renewed Calls to Develop Bronx Waterfront (June 15, 2015)

Al Jazeera – Fresh Direct Bronx dilemma: health or jobs? (April 14, 2015)

Streetsblog Creating Safer Streets Linking the South Bronx to Randall’s Island (April 14, 2015)

Cornell ChronicleNoliwe Rooks on food justice and Michelle Obama (April 14, 2015)

Daily Kos The South Bronx Fights Air Pollution in “Asthma Alley” (April 8, 2015)

Mom’s Clean Air ForceThe South Bronx Fights Air Pollution in “Asthma Alley” (April 3, 2015)

Grist – The South Bronx isn’t falling for Fresh Direct’s dirty trucks (March 10, 2015)

The Guardian US Environmental racism: Bronx activists decry Fresh Direct’s impact on air quality (March 9, 2015)

NY Daily NewsEXCLUSIVE: FreshDirect will be sued for punishing workers (March 8, 2015)

Voices of NYFresh Direct and the South Bronx (March 4, 2015)

NY City LensThe Bronx and Its Parks: Imagining Possibilities (March 3, 2015)

New York Daily NewsParks-loving nonprofit to unveil five new proposed routes through Mott Haven to Randalls Island (February 3, 2015)

New York Daily NewsFreshDirect’s deal to develop a massive distribution center at the Harlem River Yards is rotten for the city (January 26, 2015)

DNA – FreshDirect Breaks Ground as Protests Denounce the Project (December 22, 2014)

Mott Haven Herald Residents protest FreshDirect groundbreaking (December 23, 2014)

NYT FreshDirect Breaks Ground in the South Bronx, Prompting Protests (December 22, 2014)

NY Daily NewsBronx FreshDirect foes slam state subsidy for onlinegrocer’s plan to relocate to Harlem River Yards (November 17, 2014)

Mott Haven HeraldEmployees, opponents collide over FreshDirect (November 18, 2014)

Crain’s Amazon squeezes FreshDirect (October 26, 2014)

Letter to the Editor: FreshDirect’s Bronx deal needs a fresh look

NY Daily News – Plan to unlock south Bronx waterfront recognized by State (October 19, 2014)

Think Progress“Environmental Racism” and the FIght for Green Space in the South Bronx (October 9, 2014)

Vice Bronx Activists Take Local Fight Against “Environmental Racism” to a Global Stage (October 8, 2014)

The Blinker Someone Cares about the Bronx’s Environmental Health. When will de Blasio? (October 8, 2014)

Mott Haven HeraldMott Haven throng marches for environment (September 24, 2014)

La RespuestaThe Environment Unites the People – Especially Those Most Directly Affected (September 23, 2014) 

Climate March & South Bronx Unite Fight Against FreshDirect Metions

    CNNPeople’s Climate March Video

    Latin America News Dispatch – Latin Americans March in NYC   Against Climate Change

    Metro – More than 310,000 attend People’s Climate March

    Grist One big march, lots of little messages

Inc.The Climate March and FreshDirect’s Big Green Problem (September 22, 2014)

Fusion News#climatemarch voices are loud, but will politics drown them out? (September 22, 2014)

Voices of New YorkSouth Bronx Marches for Climate Change (September 22, 2014)

Tonight at DawnPeople’s Climate March: The South Bronx to Bangladesh (September 22, 2014)

New York PostFreshDirect protesters say de Blasio’s security ejected them from game (September 21, 2014)

Redactie Radio Centraal (Belgian radio) – Harry Bubbins on the People’s Climate March and South Bronx Unite Opposition to FreshDirect (September 20, 2014)

NY1 – Activists Highlight Environmental Concerns Ahead of Climate March (September 20, 2014)

RevFit RadioEnvironmental Justice in the South Bronx (September 18, 2014)

WBAI – Haskins in the MorningMonxo Lopez on South Bronx opposition to FreshDirect and the Peoples Climate March (:47.50 — 1:01:00) (September 11, 2014)

NY1Bronx Activist to Attend UN Climate Summit (September 5, 2014)

NY Daily NewsFreshDirect foe from the Bronx is heading to the United Nations (September 3, 2014)

News 12 The BronxBronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s FreshDirect comments anger Port Morris, Mott Haven residents (July 16, 2014)

NY Daily News South Bronx residents up in arms over perceived slight by Borough President (July 16, 2014)

 Welcome2TheBronxBronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr Insults Mott Haven/Port Morris; Says There’s Nothing There, It’s Morbid (July 15, 2014)

SojournerTruthRadio Interview with Danielle Beiling and Gavin Kearney (April 8, 2014)

Al JazeeraBronx residents fight FreshDirect relocation, citing environmental racism (April 7, 2014)

News 12 The BronxBronx Supreme Court hears oral arguments in FreshDirect case (April 7, 2014)

NY1 – South Bronx Residents March, Rally Against FreshDirect’s Proposed Move (March 23, 2014)

Mott Haven Herald – Nine protestors arrested at Harlem River Yard (March 23, 2014)

NYC Latino Politics 100 March, Nine Arrested in Protest of FreshDirect Relocation to South Bronx (March 23, 2014)

Ed Morales South Bronx Demands Respect (March 23, 2014)

News 12 The Bronx – South Bronx United protesters arrested for FreshDirect sit-in at Harlem River rail yards (March 22, 2014)

Mott Haven Herald Lobbyists smoothed way for FreshDirect (January 20, 2014)

DNAinfoFreshDirect’s Bronx Move Hits Snag as Congressman Opposes $3.5M Subsidy (December 20, 2013)

The New York WorldFreshDirect government aid bid rejected (December 20, 2013)

Mott Haven HeraldFreshDirect funding request hits snag (December 19, 2013)

Bronx Bureau (City Limits)Congressman’s Opposition Stalls FreshDirect Vote (December 19, 2013)

NY Daily News – Important vote on millions in government funding for FreshDirect’s Bronx move is shelved indefinitely (December 18, 2013)

New York Amsterdam News – South Bronx activists take FreshDirect to Court (December 12, 2013)

Bronx TimesFresh Direct foes appeal (December 12, 2013)

NY PostFreshDirect charges more in richer areas (December 12, 2013)

National Resources Defense CouncilWill Fairness Prevail in the South Bronx? (December 5, 2013)

Daily NewsA “Fresh” appeal as Grocer’s foes take their fight up the judicial food chain (November 29, 2013)

New York PostDeBlasio blasts Fresh Direct’s $100 M freebie (September 19, 2013)

Pix 11 – John Liu blasts Bloomberg’s support of city’s $127M FreshDirect deal (July 23, 2013)

NY1Comptroller Liu Claims City Is “Held Hostage” By FreshDirect To Deliver On Tax Breaks (July 23, 2013)

Daily News – City panel rubber-stamps $127M in subsidies for FreshDirect move to the Bronx (July 23, 2013)

Business 2 CommunityOnline Grocery Shopping: Are Customers Checking Out or In? (July 11, 2013)

The New York WorldLocals throw tomatoes at FreshDirect Bronx relocation (July 9, 2013)

News 12 el Bronx en EspañolGrupo busca detener mudanza de Fresh Direct a El Bronx (July 10, 2013)

News 12 The BronxFreshDirect plan takes center stage at meeting (June 28, 2013)

DNAinfoChaotic Community Board Meeting Ends Without Decision on FreshDirect Plan (July 1, 2013)

Mott Haven HeraldCommunity board chaos erupts over FreshDirect (June 29, 2013)

News 12 The BronxFreshDirect plan takes center stage at meeting (June 28, 2013)

WBAIJose Santiago interview with Harry Bubbins (relevant portion – 11:36-18:08) (June 27, 2013)

City LimitsFreshDirect’s Bronx Foes Weigh Appeal (June 4, 2013)

Daily NewsFreshDirect foe Mychal Johnson says opposition led to his dismissal from Bx. Community Board 1 (June 4, 2013)

Mott Haven HeraldCritic of borough president gets the boot (June 1, 2013)

City LimitsFreshDirect Job Vows: At Odds with Environmental Claims? (May 16, 2013)

BronxNetPerspectives with Daren Jaime (March 26, 2013)
NYTResidents Sue FreshDirect Over Move to the Bronx (March 5, 2013)

DNA FreshDirect Defends New Bronx Facility Against Legal Challenge (March 5, 2013)

New York Business JournalFreshDirect in court; suit aims to block construction of South Bronx facility (March 5, 2013)

News12 Judge to rule on South Bronx Unite lawsuit against FreshDirect (March 4, 2013)

Associated Press FreshDirect move to the Bronx argued in court (March 5, 2013)

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DNAinfo Urban Planners Propose Green Alternatives to FreshDirect’s Bronx Facility (January 29, 2013)

Daily News – Residents come out to support visions for Harlem River Yard  that include ball fields and bike paths, but not FreshDirect (January 28, 2013)

Mott Haven Herald Residents push for greener waterfront (January 28, 2013)

Mott Haven HeraldFreshDirect scales back project (December 18, 2012)

BronxNet – BronxTalk with Gary Axelbank (December 3, 2012)

Daily NewsSupermarket owners join fight against FreshDirect in South Bronx while activists fume over truck dump (November 14, 2012)

Mott Haven HeraldGrocery group announces opposition to FreshDirect (November 14, 2012)

DNAinfoGristedes Owner and Other Grocers Join Fight vs. FreshDirect’s Subsidies (November 14, 2012)

GothamistBillionaires, Small Businesses Rally Against FreshDirect (November 14, 2012)

News12 – FreshDirect trucks discarded in Mott Haven (November 12, 2012)

WBAIBronx Residents Organize Against Fresh Direct Deal (September 10, 2012)

Ecosalon – BEHIND THE LABEL: INVESTIGATING FRESHDIRECT’S LOCAL COMMITMENT (AUGUST 29, 2012)

Daily News – FreshDirect deal is sour, sez lawsuit (June 12, 2012)

WNYC – Community Activists Sue to Stop Fresh Direct from Moving In (June 12, 2012)

Village Voice – South Bronxites Sue FreshDirect, City For Ducking Asthma Risk Study (June 13, 2012)

New York Times – Suit Filed to Stop FreshDirect Plan for a South Bronx Complex (June 13, 2012)

DNAinfo South Bronx Groups File Lawsuit to Block FreshDirect (June 13, 2012)

Bronx Health REACH – New York City’s FreshDirect Deal (April 3, 2012)

Mott Haven Herald – Community board questions FreshDirect deal by Joe Hirsch (March 30, 2012)  

The Riverdale Press – The Bronx is burning … from fossil fuel by Kristin Hart (March 28, 2012)

DNAinfo.com – South Bronx Group Calls for FreshDirect Boycott by Patrick Wall (March 22, 2012)

AlterNet – Bronx Residents Launch Citywide Boycott of FreshDirect by Sarah Jaffe (March 21, 2012)

BronxNet – BronxTalk with Gary Axelbank (March 12, 2012)  

Bronx Matters – Brooklynites Share Development Fight Lessons with Boogie Down Brethren  by Jordan Moss (March 12, 2012)

The Riverdale Press – FreshDirect deal: another sellout by Karen Argenti (March 7, 2012)  

WOR710AM – FreshDirect Moves to the Bronx, but Jobs and Groceries Don’t by Joe Bartlett (March 6, 2012)

Grubstreet – Bloomberg Drama is Delivered Again by Alyssa Shelasky (March 4, 2012)  

Crains – Are subsidies to keep firms in NY worth it? by Rick McGahey (March 4, 2012)  

AlterNet – How FreshDirect Delivers Misery Along With Your Groceries–And How Workers and the Community are Fighting Back by Sarah Jaffe (March 4, 2012)  

New York Times – In Bronx, FreshDirect and Land of Great Promises by Michael Powell (February 20, 2012)  

Bronx Times – Mott Haven residents rally over relocation of Fresh Direct headquarters by Kirsten Sanchez (February 20, 2012)  

The Riverdale Press – Under the wire by Adam Wisnieski (February 15, 2012)  

Crain’s – Did FreshDirect deserve more than $100M in tax breaks and subsidies? (February 15, 2012) (69% say no)  

WNYC – Liu Questions $100M Fresh Direct Subsidy (February 15, 2012)  

New York Times – Criticism of FreshDirect Deal Is Off Base, City Officials Say by Charles V. Bagli (February 14, 2012)  

NY Daily News – An $83M ‘Direct’ deposit by Daniel Beekman (February 14, 2012)  

El Diario/La Prensa – Protestarán contra instalación de Fresh Direct en El Bronx by José Acosta (February 14, 2012)

NBC New York – Some Opposed to FreshDirect’s Planned Move to Bronx (February 14, 2012)  

The Village Voice – City Panel Votes to Approve $128 Million FreshDirect Payoff (liveblog) by Neil deMause (February 14, 2012)  

Mott Haven Herald – City approves FreshDirect subsidies by Joe Hirsch (February 14, 2012)  

DNAinfo – New York City To Vote on Fresh Direct Deal Tuesday, Despite Pleas to Delay Decision by Patrick Wall (February 14, 2012)  

Gothamist – Fresh Direct’s Sweet Gov’t Subsidies Sicken Some In The Bronx (February 13, 2012)
 
The Village Voice Some People Are Not Happy With FreshDirect’s Move to the Bronx by Sam Levin (Feb. 13 2012)  

Crain’s –  New York: Opposition to FreshDirect subsidy deal mounts by Lisa Fickenscher (February 13, 2012)  

The New York Observer – Fight Over FreshDirect Facility Continues by Hunter Walker (February 13, 2012)  

News 12 – Protesters take to the Web against Fresh Direct (February 13, 2012)  

Mott Haven Herald – Mott Havenites say ‘no deal’ to FreshDirect by Amora McDaniel (February 10, 2012)  

DNAinfo – Fresh Direct Deal Blasted by South Bronx Residents and Activists by Patrick Wall (February 9, 2012)  

New York Post – Deal with the devil: Tax breaks with strings by Nicole Gelinas (February 9, 2012)  

Daily News – Bronx residents to weigh in on new Fresh Direct HQ by Daniel Beekman (February 8, 2012)  

News 12 – Plan to open Fresh Direct HQ in Bronx causes stir (February 8, 2012)  

NY1 – Bronx Residents Speak Out Against New FreshDirect Headquarters (February 7, 2012)

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