A GREEN HAVEN FOR THE FUTURE

Bronx County has some of the highest rates of asthma in the country. The epidemic is largely attributed to the community’s proximity to the Hunts Point Food Distribution Center, the largest of its kind in the United States. Rates of death from asthma in the Bronx are about three times higher than the national average, and preventable hospitalization rates are about five times higher. In some neighborhoods in the Bronx it is estimated that one in four children have asthma. But the community of Port Morris and Mott Haven are fighting back the industrial pollution — by building their own green spaces.

CHANGES IN HARLEM BRING DROPS IN CRIME

In the 1970s through the 1990s, Central Harlem was considered the center of urban decay and crime in New York. But since that era, crime has dropped, with murders and shootings down by 71 percent, according to a report by DNAinfo. But residents like Duke Tango, who was born and raised in Central Harlem, remembered being around some “big names” who were using and selling drugs while he was growing up. He made the decision to stay away from this crowd, but he did know of a lot of people who got sucked into it.

THE PERILS OF NEW YORK KNICKS FANS

It’s pretty clear the New York Knicks are not the greatest team in the NBA. In fact, they just finished their third straight losing season. But thousands still show up at every single home game to fill Madison Square Garden’s stadium. How do you explain that? Why do fans stay loyal to a team that consistently loses more than wins? Alex Zuccaro talks to some of New York’s biggest Knicks fans to find the answer.

MORE DADS WANT TO STAY-AT-HOME

Christopher Persley woke up around 7 a.m. He got breakfast and lunch for his five-year-old daughter, Camilla, before she left for school. For the rest of the afternoon, Persley did dishes, finished laundry, cleaned the house, and squeezed in some reading and writing. Once his daughter got back from school they played, ate a home cooked meal, and started getting ready for bed.