Waiting for Gentrification: Hard Times for South Bronx Restaurants

Alfredo Diego Pacheco inside his now-closed restaurant, Coqui Mexicano.  Pacheco says he’ll give the restaurant business another try someday.  (Photo by Stuart White) Stuart White MELROSE, THE BRONX (2/8/2012) – With the completion of developments like the mixed-use, mixed-income Melrose Commons buildings, and new, successful loft spaces in the Piano Factory and Clocktower buildings, many … Continue reading

Cameroon Hires Ex-MLK Aide in Bid for State Dept. Millions

(Photo by Fiona Bradley.) By Stuart White NEW YORK CITY (12/16/2011) — The Cameroonian government paid GoodWorks International, a lobbying firm founded by former Martin Luther King Jr. adviser Andrew C. Young, $350,000 to improve its image in the eyes of the US State Department in an attempt to be awarded millions in development grants.  … Continue reading

Automobile Afterlife: American Cars Find Second Life in Nigeria (NEXT Newspaper)

(Photo by Stuart White.) (Story originally printed by NEXT Newspaper, 7/25/2011.) By Stuart White LAGOS, NIGERIA (7/25/2011) – On March 29th, near Duxbury, Massachusetts—a small town of about 3,000 people 35 minutes outside of Boston—a 2005 Toyota Corolla was flooded by water, ruining the vehicle’s electronics and littering it’s beige interior with bits of grass … Continue reading

FASA Calls for Renewed Committment to Humanities (NEXT Newspaper)

Schoolchildren in Yaba, near the University of Lagos.  (Photo by Stuart White) Stuart White LAGOS, NIGERIA (6/20/11) – The University of Lagos Faculty of Arts Student Association (FASA) called for a renewed commitment to the humanities at “Repositioning the Humanities,” a seminar held on Monday. According to the event’s organizers, the study of history and … Continue reading

National Youth Service Corps in Lagos Completes Construction Project (NEXT Newspaper)

The newly completed building will house the local NYSC chapter and provide temporary offices to the Eti Osa Local Government Area.  (Photo by Adeola Adeyemo, courtesy of NEXT.) (Story originally printed by NEXT Newspaper, 6/10/2011.) By Stuart White LAGOS, NIGERIA (6/10/2011) – Members of the Eti Osa Local Government Area National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) … Continue reading

Brooklyn Beekeepers Thriving One Year After Legalization (Audio)

(Photo by cygnus921.) By Stuart White Brooklyn’s community of urban beekeepers gathered in Clinton Hill to pick up this season’s starter hives.  As New York apiarists struggle to cope with the little-understood Colony Collapse Disorder, which killed off more than a third of the nation’s bees last year, many enthusiasts are starting from scratch and … Continue reading

South Bronxites Call on NYCHA for Promised Jobs

Nova Strachan addressing bystanders across from the Mott Haven’s Mitchel Houses.  (Photo by Stuart White.) By Stuart White MOTT HAVEN, THE BRONX (4/29/2011) – Mothers on the Move, a South Bronx activist group, is calling on the New York City Housing Authority to provide the jobs they promised through their Resident Employment Program.  Read the … Continue reading

Urban Fiction the Literary Voice of South Bronx

Souleymane Porgo peers out from behind his book stand on 149th Street.  (Photo by Stuart White.) By Stuart White MOTT HAVEN, BRONX (4/13/2011) – Urban fiction – a genre that paints an unvarnished portrait of life in the inner city – has become the genre of choice in the South Bronx.  Read the full story … Continue reading

Teachers Turn to Donors Choose to Shield Students from Budget Cuts (Audio & Print Versions)

Michelle DeFranco and Theresa Stillwell in the cramped office they share at Hostos-Lincoln Academy.  (Photo by Stuart White.) By Stuart White MOTT HAVEN, BRONX (4/13/2011) – Increasingly, South Bronx teachers are turning to non-profit organization Donors Choose to mitigate the effects of budget cuts on their classrooms.  Read the full print version at the Mott … Continue reading

Marshall Islands Face Rising Tide

Ambassador Phillip Muller in front of a Marshallese stick chart, a traditional navigational tool.  (Photo by Stuart White.) By Stuart White UNITED NATIONS, NEW YORK (3/29/2011) – Ambassador Phillip Muller of the Marshall Islands discusses the unique threat that climate change poses to his small, low-lying nation. How do you feel when you hear people … Continue reading