Deborah A. Cruz

Journalist, Traveler, and Blogger

United States

College Graduate. Journalism and English major. News junkie. Contributer to local Bronx newspapers, such as Norwood News, The Hunts Point Express, and The Mott Haven Herald. Creator of

Norwood News
Once Homeless Vets Find Comfort During Holidays - Norwood News

An abundance of red gift bags were spread out on a table surrounded by gold, red, and green stars that decorated the walls of Kingsbridge Terrace, a home for formerly homeless veterans operated by The Jericho Project. Chairs and tables abutted a brightly lit and decorated Christmas tree with a sign that read, "Merry Christmas."

Norwood News
As Norwood Project Begins, Developers Met With Concerns - Norwood News

Mixed emotions engulfed a recent Community Board 7 Housing/Land Use and Zoning Committee meeting when the Stagg Group, a housing development firm, sat down to present plans for a 13-story building to be built at the crossroads of Norwood and Bedford Park. Mark Stagg, CEO of the Stagg Group, and the firm's executive vice president, ...

City Limits
City's Car-Wash Regulations Still on Hold as Union Push Continues

More than a year after Mayor de Blasio signed the Car Wash Accountability Act, the legislation is at a standstill-frozen by a lawsuit filed by car wash owners. But city officials told City Limits this week that they will in the near future issue regulations for implementing the law, a step that will allow the legal fight over it to move ahead.

City Limits
Bronx Tenants Skip Housing Court in Dispute With Landlord

From November 2015 until April 2016 the residents of the interconnected buildings on Merriam Ave lived with no gas; they say they were stuck living through the holidays cooking off of electrical hot plates. This was not an isolated problem, tenants say, contending that they have had to deal with vermin infestation, leaks, filthy hallways and a lack of heat or hot water.

City Limits
Why Some NYC Latinos are Backing Donald Trump

Natalie Lally, 22, has always been a registered Republican and has long had more conservative values than the rest of her family. However, when her Colombian family found out who she was voting for they were not exactly jumping for joy. "They just cannot get over the fact that I am a Donald Trump supporter," Lally, a journalist, says.

City Limits
City Jails Consider the Use of 'Less-Than-Lethal' Weapons

* * Editor's note: On July 13, City Limits published a story about a Department of Correction training program involving the use of shotgun-propelled "less than lethal" ammunition. Published articles on that program had described the guns involved as "pellet-firing."

Hunts Point Express
Hunts Point hustles for its health

The usual oasis-like sanctuary of Hunts Point Riverside Park was bustling one Saturday morning last month, as the place filled with a crowd ready to hustle. The eighth annual Hunts Point Hustle took place on Sept. 27, starting in Hunts Point Riverside Park and ending three miles later in Barretto Point Park.

Mott Haven Herald
Melrose dojo goes to the mat for kids

As the doors open onto the fourth-floor studio over Third Avenue, the smell of sweat and training mats wafts out. At the peak hour of 6 p.m., the gym begins to fill up with parents and children.