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 It's a long, tough road, but these seniors finished their high school journey with pride. Students from IN-Tech Academy in the Bronx graduated in June and welcomed emotional hugs from friends, family members, partners, and teachers.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press  with  Julius Motal .

It's a long, tough road, but these seniors finished their high school journey with pride. Students from IN-Tech Academy in the Bronx graduated in June and welcomed emotional hugs from friends, family members, partners, and teachers. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press with Julius Motal.

 Senate majority leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins, left, swears in Alessandra Biaggi as a state senator at Lehman College. Biaggi began an insurgent campaign early in 2018 that culminated in her ousting former Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey Klein.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

Senate majority leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins, left, swears in Alessandra Biaggi as a state senator at Lehman College. Biaggi began an insurgent campaign early in 2018 that culminated in her ousting former Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey Klein. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 MTA board member Charles Moerdler believes Metro-North Railroad is behaving a bit sneakily in handling a sprawling greenway project, and he’s not happy about it.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

MTA board member Charles Moerdler believes Metro-North Railroad is behaving a bit sneakily in handling a sprawling greenway project, and he’s not happy about it. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 At 93 years old, Gloria Hobbs is continually looking for ways to give back to her Bronx community. Hobbs is the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Texas. She knows six languages, housed The Freedom Riders, and sailed around the world on a cargo ship. Ithaca College recently recognized Gloria with an honorary doctor of letters degree.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

At 93 years old, Gloria Hobbs is continually looking for ways to give back to her Bronx community. Hobbs is the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Texas. She knows six languages, housed The Freedom Riders, and sailed around the world on a cargo ship. Ithaca College recently recognized Gloria with an honorary doctor of letters degree. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Jay Gindin gives Shai Maudi, 5, a candle to light the Hanukkah menorah as celebrants sing a prayer. The Sephardic Congregation Beth Aharon at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

Jay Gindin gives Shai Maudi, 5, a candle to light the Hanukkah menorah as celebrants sing a prayer. The Sephardic Congregation Beth Aharon at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 The North Riverdale Baseball League took to the streets with banners, balloons and flags to kick off its 2018 season. Delightfully balmy weather punctuated an otherwise erratic spring, making for a perfect opening day.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

The North Riverdale Baseball League took to the streets with banners, balloons and flags to kick off its 2018 season. Delightfully balmy weather punctuated an otherwise erratic spring, making for a perfect opening day. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 The North Riverdale Baseball League and local veterans from American Legion Posts 1525 and 1122 came together on Memorial Day to honor those who served their country and lost their lives in the line of duty. The day started with a little league skills competition and proceeded with a “Salute to our Armed Services” event. The good old tradition of an American barbecue full with burgers, hot dogs, sausages, beer, and little league games took place all afternoon. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

The North Riverdale Baseball League and local veterans from American Legion Posts 1525 and 1122 came together on Memorial Day to honor those who served their country and lost their lives in the line of duty. The day started with a little league skills competition and proceeded with a “Salute to our Armed Services” event. The good old tradition of an American barbecue full with burgers, hot dogs, sausages, beer, and little league games took place all afternoon. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 It was a chilly evening for some 200 protesters in front of a Mount Eden community center on a somewhat somber strip of Jerome Avenue reiterating a collective cry: Rent is “too damn high,” and “it ain’t right.” Two activist groups — the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition and Community Action for Safe Apartments — hosted a rally and tenant town hall at the New Settlement Community Center on Jerome Avenue, joined by members of the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance that’s fighting this year for what they describe as universal rent control in Albany.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

It was a chilly evening for some 200 protesters in front of a Mount Eden community center on a somewhat somber strip of Jerome Avenue reiterating a collective cry: Rent is “too damn high,” and “it ain’t right.” Two activist groups — the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition and Community Action for Safe Apartments — hosted a rally and tenant town hall at the New Settlement Community Center on Jerome Avenue, joined by members of the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance that’s fighting this year for what they describe as universal rent control in Albany. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Isaac Moore puffs on a cigar as he leads members of The Great and Glorious Grand Army of the Bronx to West 225th Street where they ceremonially annex Marble Hill into the Bronx from Manhattan.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

Isaac Moore puffs on a cigar as he leads members of The Great and Glorious Grand Army of the Bronx to West 225th Street where they ceremonially annex Marble Hill into the Bronx from Manhattan. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 At the 'Survival Series' workshop in Van Cortlandt Park, urban rangers Ian Cleary and Daniel McElhinney taught a group of city dwellers all about natural survival materials.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

At the 'Survival Series' workshop in Van Cortlandt Park, urban rangers Ian Cleary and Daniel McElhinney taught a group of city dwellers all about natural survival materials. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer welcomes incoming State Senator Alessandra Biaggi at her inauguration ceremony at Lehman College.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer welcomes incoming State Senator Alessandra Biaggi at her inauguration ceremony at Lehman College. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Patrick Gardner, conductor of the Riverside Choral Society, leads a rehearsal of 'Annelies,' a concert featuring excerpts from 'The Diary of Anne Frank,' ahead of a performance on Nov. 11 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

Patrick Gardner, conductor of the Riverside Choral Society, leads a rehearsal of 'Annelies,' a concert featuring excerpts from 'The Diary of Anne Frank,' ahead of a performance on Nov. 11 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Brooklyn Pride Festival, 2017.

Brooklyn Pride Festival, 2017.

 South Beach Miami, 2018.

South Beach Miami, 2018.

 With a mission to empower, coach, instill confidence and mentor youth, the United Chaplains State of New York Athletic League is back in the Bronx. Off-duty NYPD police officers, college students, chaplains, EMS, and FDNY firefighters mentor youth (ages 14-19) through sports. Mentors show youths that if they play 100% in sports, then they can also give it all in school and in life.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

With a mission to empower, coach, instill confidence and mentor youth, the United Chaplains State of New York Athletic League is back in the Bronx. Off-duty NYPD police officers, college students, chaplains, EMS, and FDNY firefighters mentor youth (ages 14-19) through sports. Mentors show youths that if they play 100% in sports, then they can also give it all in school and in life. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 La Sonora Ponceña, a popular band from Puerto Rico, packed the 2,300 seat Lehman Center for the Performing Arts where audience members danced in the aisles.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

La Sonora Ponceña, a popular band from Puerto Rico, packed the 2,300 seat Lehman Center for the Performing Arts where audience members danced in the aisles. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 A butcher kills a chicken in a market in a rural Moroccan village called El Menzel. First, a young boy and his grandfather picked the chicken. Next, the butcher picked up the chicken, and, with bare hands, snapped its neck. He the removed the feathers, dipped it in piping hot water, and put it in a bag for the boy and his grandfather.

A butcher kills a chicken in a market in a rural Moroccan village called El Menzel. First, a young boy and his grandfather picked the chicken. Next, the butcher picked up the chicken, and, with bare hands, snapped its neck. He the removed the feathers, dipped it in piping hot water, and put it in a bag for the boy and his grandfather.

 The North Riverdale Baseball League and local veterans from American Legion Posts 1525 and 1122 came together on Memorial Day to honor those who served their country and lost their lives in the line of duty. The day started with a little league skills competition and proceeded with a “Salute to our Armed Services” event. The good old tradition of an American barbecue full with burgers, hot dogs, sausages, beer, and little league games took place all afternoon. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

The North Riverdale Baseball League and local veterans from American Legion Posts 1525 and 1122 came together on Memorial Day to honor those who served their country and lost their lives in the line of duty. The day started with a little league skills competition and proceeded with a “Salute to our Armed Services” event. The good old tradition of an American barbecue full with burgers, hot dogs, sausages, beer, and little league games took place all afternoon. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 They may seem like your average group of fifth-graders, but beneath their music lessons and four-foot frames, the trio of 10-year-old Oscar Smith on drums, 10-year-old Alex Arbucci on bass, and 11-year-old Kian Hecht on guitar are The Great Oaks.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

They may seem like your average group of fifth-graders, but beneath their music lessons and four-foot frames, the trio of 10-year-old Oscar Smith on drums, 10-year-old Alex Arbucci on bass, and 11-year-old Kian Hecht on guitar are The Great Oaks. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 John Benfatti, Norris Ogard, and Vic Cipullo set up the emergency overnight shelter at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale plans to launch a similar shelter on Tuesday nights (in partnership with BronxWorks) starting in the Fall of 2018, but is being met with some opposition from the community.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

John Benfatti, Norris Ogard, and Vic Cipullo set up the emergency overnight shelter at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale plans to launch a similar shelter on Tuesday nights (in partnership with BronxWorks) starting in the Fall of 2018, but is being met with some opposition from the community. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Unrestricted by strollers, children ran ahead of their parents donning painted faces. The sounds of salsa and musical numbers like “Memory” wrapped around the river’s edge at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. RiverFestBX is an annual celebration held on the grounds of the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Unrestricted by strollers, children ran ahead of their parents donning painted faces. The sounds of salsa and musical numbers like “Memory” wrapped around the river’s edge at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. RiverFestBX is an annual celebration held on the grounds of the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Kensington, Brooklyn, 2017.

Kensington, Brooklyn, 2017.

 Little league, big parade: the North Riverdale Baseball League held its 2019 season opening parade down Broadway to Sid Augarten Field. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Little league, big parade: the North Riverdale Baseball League held its 2019 season opening parade down Broadway to Sid Augarten Field. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Perry Rizopoulos speaks with his grandmother, Elizabeth Vacca, about his memoir ‘Wheat Songs’ as he signs a copy for her. The book tells the story of his grandfather, Pericles Rizopoulos, who lived through the Nazi occupation of Greece and the Greek civil war that followed. Rizopoulos took about five years to complete the novel.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

Perry Rizopoulos speaks with his grandmother, Elizabeth Vacca, about his memoir ‘Wheat Songs’ as he signs a copy for her. The book tells the story of his grandfather, Pericles Rizopoulos, who lived through the Nazi occupation of Greece and the Greek civil war that followed. Rizopoulos took about five years to complete the novel. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Inclusion Basketball, the brainchild of 13-year-old David Shapiro, is a program in which children with various disabilities can come together and not only learn about a game they never played before, but also get some much-needed social interaction with their peers. Shapiro’s younger brother, Efraim, is autistic and is the inspiration for this project. The program, which caters to children dealing with autism, cerebral palsy and genetic syndromes, launched about a year ago and has flourished since its inception.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

Inclusion Basketball, the brainchild of 13-year-old David Shapiro, is a program in which children with various disabilities can come together and not only learn about a game they never played before, but also get some much-needed social interaction with their peers. Shapiro’s younger brother, Efraim, is autistic and is the inspiration for this project. The program, which caters to children dealing with autism, cerebral palsy and genetic syndromes, launched about a year ago and has flourished since its inception. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Northwest Bronxites attend a town hall about neighborhood priorities with local elected officials including state senator-elect Alessandra Biaggi, Councilman Andrew Cohen and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, at Vladeck Hall.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

Northwest Bronxites attend a town hall about neighborhood priorities with local elected officials including state senator-elect Alessandra Biaggi, Councilman Andrew Cohen and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, at Vladeck Hall. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Outside of Trump Tower in Midtown, Manhattan, 2017.

Outside of Trump Tower in Midtown, Manhattan, 2017.

 Rep. Jeffrey Dinowitz talks with U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel at an event co-hosted by Northwest Bronx Indivisible. Dinowitz described the end of the 2017-18 legislative session as ‘disappointing’ as the chambers did not come to a deal on mayoral control of schools.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

Rep. Jeffrey Dinowitz talks with U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel at an event co-hosted by Northwest Bronx Indivisible. Dinowitz described the end of the 2017-18 legislative session as ‘disappointing’ as the chambers did not come to a deal on mayoral control of schools. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Members of the Air Horn Orchestra sound off against HB2 ("the bathroom bill") outside of the Executive Mansion on Blount Street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

Members of the Air Horn Orchestra sound off against HB2 ("the bathroom bill") outside of the Executive Mansion on Blount Street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

 La Barceloneta, Barecelona, 2017.

La Barceloneta, Barecelona, 2017.

 State senator-elect Alessandra Biaggi discusses issues affecting the northwest Bronx at a town hall with local elected officials, including Councilman Andrew Cohen and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, at Vladeck Hall.  Shot on Assignment for The Riverdale Press .

State senator-elect Alessandra Biaggi discusses issues affecting the northwest Bronx at a town hall with local elected officials, including Councilman Andrew Cohen and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, at Vladeck Hall. Shot on Assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 Yassine Taoufik, imam of the Abrar, shakes hands with Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz at a vigil for the victims of the New Zealand massacre. Community members and religious leaders gathered at the Riverdale Monument to honor the memories of the 50 victims who died in a shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .

Yassine Taoufik, imam of the Abrar, shakes hands with Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz at a vigil for the victims of the New Zealand massacre. Community members and religious leaders gathered at the Riverdale Monument to honor the memories of the 50 victims who died in a shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

 IfNotNow, an American Jewish progressive activist group, floods the streets of Midtown to protest the election of Donald Trump.

IfNotNow, an American Jewish progressive activist group, floods the streets of Midtown to protest the election of Donald Trump.

 Union Square Park, 2016.

Union Square Park, 2016.

 It's a long, tough road, but these seniors finished their high school journey with pride. Students from IN-Tech Academy in the Bronx graduated in June and welcomed emotional hugs from friends, family members, partners, and teachers.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press  with  Julius Motal .
 Senate majority leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins, left, swears in Alessandra Biaggi as a state senator at Lehman College. Biaggi began an insurgent campaign early in 2018 that culminated in her ousting former Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey Klein.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 MTA board member Charles Moerdler believes Metro-North Railroad is behaving a bit sneakily in handling a sprawling greenway project, and he’s not happy about it.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 At 93 years old, Gloria Hobbs is continually looking for ways to give back to her Bronx community. Hobbs is the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Texas. She knows six languages, housed The Freedom Riders, and sailed around the world on a cargo ship. Ithaca College recently recognized Gloria with an honorary doctor of letters degree.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 Jay Gindin gives Shai Maudi, 5, a candle to light the Hanukkah menorah as celebrants sing a prayer. The Sephardic Congregation Beth Aharon at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 The North Riverdale Baseball League took to the streets with banners, balloons and flags to kick off its 2018 season. Delightfully balmy weather punctuated an otherwise erratic spring, making for a perfect opening day.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 The North Riverdale Baseball League and local veterans from American Legion Posts 1525 and 1122 came together on Memorial Day to honor those who served their country and lost their lives in the line of duty. The day started with a little league skills competition and proceeded with a “Salute to our Armed Services” event. The good old tradition of an American barbecue full with burgers, hot dogs, sausages, beer, and little league games took place all afternoon. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.
 It was a chilly evening for some 200 protesters in front of a Mount Eden community center on a somewhat somber strip of Jerome Avenue reiterating a collective cry: Rent is “too damn high,” and “it ain’t right.” Two activist groups — the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition and Community Action for Safe Apartments — hosted a rally and tenant town hall at the New Settlement Community Center on Jerome Avenue, joined by members of the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance that’s fighting this year for what they describe as universal rent control in Albany.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 Isaac Moore puffs on a cigar as he leads members of The Great and Glorious Grand Army of the Bronx to West 225th Street where they ceremonially annex Marble Hill into the Bronx from Manhattan.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 At the 'Survival Series' workshop in Van Cortlandt Park, urban rangers Ian Cleary and Daniel McElhinney taught a group of city dwellers all about natural survival materials.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.
 U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer welcomes incoming State Senator Alessandra Biaggi at her inauguration ceremony at Lehman College.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.
 Patrick Gardner, conductor of the Riverside Choral Society, leads a rehearsal of 'Annelies,' a concert featuring excerpts from 'The Diary of Anne Frank,' ahead of a performance on Nov. 11 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 Brooklyn Pride Festival, 2017.
 South Beach Miami, 2018.
 With a mission to empower, coach, instill confidence and mentor youth, the United Chaplains State of New York Athletic League is back in the Bronx. Off-duty NYPD police officers, college students, chaplains, EMS, and FDNY firefighters mentor youth (ages 14-19) through sports. Mentors show youths that if they play 100% in sports, then they can also give it all in school and in life.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 La Sonora Ponceña, a popular band from Puerto Rico, packed the 2,300 seat Lehman Center for the Performing Arts where audience members danced in the aisles.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 A butcher kills a chicken in a market in a rural Moroccan village called El Menzel. First, a young boy and his grandfather picked the chicken. Next, the butcher picked up the chicken, and, with bare hands, snapped its neck. He the removed the feathers, dipped it in piping hot water, and put it in a bag for the boy and his grandfather.
 The North Riverdale Baseball League and local veterans from American Legion Posts 1525 and 1122 came together on Memorial Day to honor those who served their country and lost their lives in the line of duty. The day started with a little league skills competition and proceeded with a “Salute to our Armed Services” event. The good old tradition of an American barbecue full with burgers, hot dogs, sausages, beer, and little league games took place all afternoon. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.
 They may seem like your average group of fifth-graders, but beneath their music lessons and four-foot frames, the trio of 10-year-old Oscar Smith on drums, 10-year-old Alex Arbucci on bass, and 11-year-old Kian Hecht on guitar are The Great Oaks.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 John Benfatti, Norris Ogard, and Vic Cipullo set up the emergency overnight shelter at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale plans to launch a similar shelter on Tuesday nights (in partnership with BronxWorks) starting in the Fall of 2018, but is being met with some opposition from the community.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 Unrestricted by strollers, children ran ahead of their parents donning painted faces. The sounds of salsa and musical numbers like “Memory” wrapped around the river’s edge at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. RiverFestBX is an annual celebration held on the grounds of the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.
 Kensington, Brooklyn, 2017.
 Little league, big parade: the North Riverdale Baseball League held its 2019 season opening parade down Broadway to Sid Augarten Field. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.
 Perry Rizopoulos speaks with his grandmother, Elizabeth Vacca, about his memoir ‘Wheat Songs’ as he signs a copy for her. The book tells the story of his grandfather, Pericles Rizopoulos, who lived through the Nazi occupation of Greece and the Greek civil war that followed. Rizopoulos took about five years to complete the novel.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 Inclusion Basketball, the brainchild of 13-year-old David Shapiro, is a program in which children with various disabilities can come together and not only learn about a game they never played before, but also get some much-needed social interaction with their peers. Shapiro’s younger brother, Efraim, is autistic and is the inspiration for this project. The program, which caters to children dealing with autism, cerebral palsy and genetic syndromes, launched about a year ago and has flourished since its inception.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 Northwest Bronxites attend a town hall about neighborhood priorities with local elected officials including state senator-elect Alessandra Biaggi, Councilman Andrew Cohen and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, at Vladeck Hall.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 Outside of Trump Tower in Midtown, Manhattan, 2017.
 Rep. Jeffrey Dinowitz talks with U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel at an event co-hosted by Northwest Bronx Indivisible. Dinowitz described the end of the 2017-18 legislative session as ‘disappointing’ as the chambers did not come to a deal on mayoral control of schools.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 Members of the Air Horn Orchestra sound off against HB2 ("the bathroom bill") outside of the Executive Mansion on Blount Street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
 La Barceloneta, Barecelona, 2017.
 State senator-elect Alessandra Biaggi discusses issues affecting the northwest Bronx at a town hall with local elected officials, including Councilman Andrew Cohen and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, at Vladeck Hall.  Shot on Assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 Yassine Taoufik, imam of the Abrar, shakes hands with Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz at a vigil for the victims of the New Zealand massacre. Community members and religious leaders gathered at the Riverdale Monument to honor the memories of the 50 victims who died in a shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15.  Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press .
 IfNotNow, an American Jewish progressive activist group, floods the streets of Midtown to protest the election of Donald Trump.
 Union Square Park, 2016.

It's a long, tough road, but these seniors finished their high school journey with pride. Students from IN-Tech Academy in the Bronx graduated in June and welcomed emotional hugs from friends, family members, partners, and teachers. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press with Julius Motal.

Senate majority leader Andrew Stewart-Cousins, left, swears in Alessandra Biaggi as a state senator at Lehman College. Biaggi began an insurgent campaign early in 2018 that culminated in her ousting former Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeffrey Klein. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

MTA board member Charles Moerdler believes Metro-North Railroad is behaving a bit sneakily in handling a sprawling greenway project, and he’s not happy about it. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

At 93 years old, Gloria Hobbs is continually looking for ways to give back to her Bronx community. Hobbs is the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Texas. She knows six languages, housed The Freedom Riders, and sailed around the world on a cargo ship. Ithaca College recently recognized Gloria with an honorary doctor of letters degree. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Jay Gindin gives Shai Maudi, 5, a candle to light the Hanukkah menorah as celebrants sing a prayer. The Sephardic Congregation Beth Aharon at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

The North Riverdale Baseball League took to the streets with banners, balloons and flags to kick off its 2018 season. Delightfully balmy weather punctuated an otherwise erratic spring, making for a perfect opening day. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

The North Riverdale Baseball League and local veterans from American Legion Posts 1525 and 1122 came together on Memorial Day to honor those who served their country and lost their lives in the line of duty. The day started with a little league skills competition and proceeded with a “Salute to our Armed Services” event. The good old tradition of an American barbecue full with burgers, hot dogs, sausages, beer, and little league games took place all afternoon. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

It was a chilly evening for some 200 protesters in front of a Mount Eden community center on a somewhat somber strip of Jerome Avenue reiterating a collective cry: Rent is “too damn high,” and “it ain’t right.” Two activist groups — the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition and Community Action for Safe Apartments — hosted a rally and tenant town hall at the New Settlement Community Center on Jerome Avenue, joined by members of the Upstate-Downstate Housing Alliance that’s fighting this year for what they describe as universal rent control in Albany. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Isaac Moore puffs on a cigar as he leads members of The Great and Glorious Grand Army of the Bronx to West 225th Street where they ceremonially annex Marble Hill into the Bronx from Manhattan. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

At the 'Survival Series' workshop in Van Cortlandt Park, urban rangers Ian Cleary and Daniel McElhinney taught a group of city dwellers all about natural survival materials. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer welcomes incoming State Senator Alessandra Biaggi at her inauguration ceremony at Lehman College. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Patrick Gardner, conductor of the Riverside Choral Society, leads a rehearsal of 'Annelies,' a concert featuring excerpts from 'The Diary of Anne Frank,' ahead of a performance on Nov. 11 at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Brooklyn Pride Festival, 2017.

South Beach Miami, 2018.

With a mission to empower, coach, instill confidence and mentor youth, the United Chaplains State of New York Athletic League is back in the Bronx. Off-duty NYPD police officers, college students, chaplains, EMS, and FDNY firefighters mentor youth (ages 14-19) through sports. Mentors show youths that if they play 100% in sports, then they can also give it all in school and in life. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

La Sonora Ponceña, a popular band from Puerto Rico, packed the 2,300 seat Lehman Center for the Performing Arts where audience members danced in the aisles. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

A butcher kills a chicken in a market in a rural Moroccan village called El Menzel. First, a young boy and his grandfather picked the chicken. Next, the butcher picked up the chicken, and, with bare hands, snapped its neck. He the removed the feathers, dipped it in piping hot water, and put it in a bag for the boy and his grandfather.

The North Riverdale Baseball League and local veterans from American Legion Posts 1525 and 1122 came together on Memorial Day to honor those who served their country and lost their lives in the line of duty. The day started with a little league skills competition and proceeded with a “Salute to our Armed Services” event. The good old tradition of an American barbecue full with burgers, hot dogs, sausages, beer, and little league games took place all afternoon. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

They may seem like your average group of fifth-graders, but beneath their music lessons and four-foot frames, the trio of 10-year-old Oscar Smith on drums, 10-year-old Alex Arbucci on bass, and 11-year-old Kian Hecht on guitar are The Great Oaks. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

John Benfatti, Norris Ogard, and Vic Cipullo set up the emergency overnight shelter at the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for Ethical Culture. The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale plans to launch a similar shelter on Tuesday nights (in partnership with BronxWorks) starting in the Fall of 2018, but is being met with some opposition from the community. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Unrestricted by strollers, children ran ahead of their parents donning painted faces. The sounds of salsa and musical numbers like “Memory” wrapped around the river’s edge at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. RiverFestBX is an annual celebration held on the grounds of the College of Mount Saint Vincent in the Bronx. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Kensington, Brooklyn, 2017.

Little league, big parade: the North Riverdale Baseball League held its 2019 season opening parade down Broadway to Sid Augarten Field. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Perry Rizopoulos speaks with his grandmother, Elizabeth Vacca, about his memoir ‘Wheat Songs’ as he signs a copy for her. The book tells the story of his grandfather, Pericles Rizopoulos, who lived through the Nazi occupation of Greece and the Greek civil war that followed. Rizopoulos took about five years to complete the novel. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Inclusion Basketball, the brainchild of 13-year-old David Shapiro, is a program in which children with various disabilities can come together and not only learn about a game they never played before, but also get some much-needed social interaction with their peers. Shapiro’s younger brother, Efraim, is autistic and is the inspiration for this project. The program, which caters to children dealing with autism, cerebral palsy and genetic syndromes, launched about a year ago and has flourished since its inception. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Northwest Bronxites attend a town hall about neighborhood priorities with local elected officials including state senator-elect Alessandra Biaggi, Councilman Andrew Cohen and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, at Vladeck Hall. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Outside of Trump Tower in Midtown, Manhattan, 2017.

Rep. Jeffrey Dinowitz talks with U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel at an event co-hosted by Northwest Bronx Indivisible. Dinowitz described the end of the 2017-18 legislative session as ‘disappointing’ as the chambers did not come to a deal on mayoral control of schools. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Members of the Air Horn Orchestra sound off against HB2 ("the bathroom bill") outside of the Executive Mansion on Blount Street in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.

La Barceloneta, Barecelona, 2017.

State senator-elect Alessandra Biaggi discusses issues affecting the northwest Bronx at a town hall with local elected officials, including Councilman Andrew Cohen and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, at Vladeck Hall. Shot on Assignment for The Riverdale Press.

Yassine Taoufik, imam of the Abrar, shakes hands with Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz at a vigil for the victims of the New Zealand massacre. Community members and religious leaders gathered at the Riverdale Monument to honor the memories of the 50 victims who died in a shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15. Shot on assignment for The Riverdale Press.

IfNotNow, an American Jewish progressive activist group, floods the streets of Midtown to protest the election of Donald Trump.

Union Square Park, 2016.

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