Tag Archives: Bronx

Holiday Photo Sale at Bronx Documentary Center

5 Dec

The Bronx Documentary Center in Mott Haven is having a holiday photo sale between December 10th and 18th. For precise dates and times, check out their site. This is cool. Incredible documentary photos, by great documentary photographers, available for holiday gifts in the Bronx!

Petition for Safety at Ft. Independence Intersections

28 Nov

Crossing Ft. Independence Street in Kingsbridge Heights is dangerous for everyone — kids, adults, and drivers. There are no crosswalks in 2 essential areas. Time for the city act. If you live, work, or go to school in the area – or just plain care – sign this petition and  share link with others. We want the city’s Department of Transportation to act ASAP. Thanks!

Arts and (Photo)Graphs: My Opening at An Beal Bocht

28 Jun

Hey Bronx (and Beyond) Pals: My art and photo exhibit –  at An Beal Bocht (cool, artsy Irish pub/cafe in Riverdale/Bronx) opens on July 6, next Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m. It’s at 445 W. 238th St. in Riverdale, a short (if somewhat steep) walk from the 238th St. 1-train station. An Beal Bocht will provide some food. They’d just like you to shell out a little dough to buy some booze or whatever else (water, juice, soda, whatever) you’d like to take a swig of. Don’t worry if you come later – even a lot later – than that. I’m figuring it will go on until at least 10 p.m., or probably beyond that when the last one of us heads out the door. Here are a couple of photos of what I’ll be showing.

One of my abstract paintings, collage, whatever you wanna call it:

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One of my photos … (Guess where and when? 😉

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OK, hope you can make it, but if you can’t the exhibit will continue through the month of July. Thanks! If you have any questions, just email me at bronxmatters@gmail.com.

‘Little Free Library’ on Bronx Block

12 Feb

Even with its 1.4 million people the Bronx has only one general bookstore: Barnes & Noble in Bay Plaza by Co-op City. (I’d love to be wrong about this, so please let me know if I am.)

That said, we can all regularly share and exchange books we’ve read — but don’t need around the house anymore — in an outdoor book cabinet. Think that’s a good idea? Well it is, but it ain’t mine.

Down our Bronx block on Giles Place in Kingsbridge Heights (also known as Van Cortlandt Village) our friends and neighbors, Sarah and Brian Aucoin, installed a Little Free Library in their front yard last year. They painted it beautiful colors with their two sons, Artie and Ozzie. It’s simply a house-shaped wooden cabinet and a glass door on a pole.

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A ‘Little Free Library’ on Giles Place in the Kingsbridge Heights neighborhood of the Bronx. Photo by Jordan Moss

Little Free Library is actually a nonprofit that provides these all over the world. But for now, the Aucoins’ library appears to be the only one in the Bronx.

The book cabinet allows anybody who walks by to see what’s available, take what they would like to read, and/or share what they’ve already read. It’s clearly been a big success. The shelf is regularly full and from week-to-week the titles continue to change.

Oh, it appears that the Aucoins’ Little Free Library launch is beginning to spread. Another wooden post similar to the one at the Aucoins’ house is going up next door. But that post is a bit shorter so it looks like the library is going to be for the little (or soon-to-be) readers in our area! How cool is that?

Stay tuned!

 

City Limits Highlights 40 Years of Critical Reporting

3 Feb

City Limits is 40 years old this year. For most of its life thus far it was a hand-held magazine, but for a couple of years now it’s been a website with the same critical coverage of urban policies that affect all New Yorkers and their neighborhoods.

Celebrating its impressive anniversary (how many nonprofit publications are around for four decades?) City Limits highlights a story from each of those 40 years (including my piece -part of a series produced by Tom Robbins and his excellent students at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism – about a boy’s death following a fire in a disastrous Bronx building long-ignored by its landlord.)

What City Limits also has up and running are essays by many of its former editors including Robbins, Alyssa Katz and Doug Turetsky. (Bronx and Norwood neighborhood resident Jarrett Murphy is the current editor who made this whole lookback happen.)

Take a read and pass it on. It’s good for everyone to know more about where we were and focus on what policies still need focus and change.

 

NYU’s Phenomenal Photo Show of Seis del Sur, 6 Bronx-Focused Puerto Rican Photographers

13 Nov
Home Blessing, Morrisania, Bronx 2012 Photo by David Gonzalez

Home Blessing, Morrisania, Bronx 2012
Photo by David Gonzalez

The Bronx-born Seis del Sur “Barrios” photo exhibit is on a virtual tour, and it grows even more beautiful as it moves down south in the city.

It began in the Bronx at the Bronx Documentary Center, formed by six Puerto Rican photographers either born in the Bronx or firmly focused on it.

But now it’s at King Juan Carlos 1 of Spain Center, a part of NYU at 53 Washington Square South in Manhattan. It’s Seis del Sur’s biggest show and its most stunning and moving with both current photos from New York, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Haiti, and those that highlight both Bronxites’ beauty and their severe struggles in the 1970s and 80s.

For Bronx residents, activists, students and more (and yes, Manhattanites and others who walk around down there every day) it’s a must-see exhibit linking the lives and focus of the six photographers — Joe Conzo, Ricky Flores, Edwin Pagan, David Gonzalez, Angel Franco and Francisco Molina Reyes II —who are now virtual Bronx bros.

“It is fitting that Seis del Sur brings the Bronx downtown, and finds its home here at NYU, in a university space that is a stone’s throw from another important and intense Latino community on the Lower East Side,” writes Ana Dopico, the Center’s director, in the brochure. “Their work inspires us and educates us. And reminds us that we are at the heart of a Latino city, whose communities continue to shape the future and the mission of artists, photographers, scholars, and universities.”

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A crowded Bronx photographer and fan crew at NYU in October. Photo by Jordan Moss

The highlight of the opening was the gathering of Bronx photographers, artists and activists way downtown. But it’s a show for everyone who loves good photography and its portrayal of the world around and beyond us all. The exhibit is open through January. Bronxites, it’s worth the trip.

Mr. Palladium, 52 Park, Bronx, 2013 Photo by David Gonzalez

Mr. Palladium, 52 Park, Bronx, 2013
Photo by David Gonzalez

Heading Up From State’s Bottom, Bronx Demonstrates Public Health Progress

30 Oct

Of the 62 counties in the state, the Bronx has been the last on the health rankings list for several years. But efforts to head up the ladder are making some progress, Crain’s reports. The borough just received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation due to its recent successes. The Bronx “has seen rates of smoking, teen births and AIDS cases fall, according to Montefiore, which coordinated the borough’s application,” the article states.

Beauty of a Bronx Park

27 Oct

Van Cortlandt Park, which links up the Bronx neighborhoods of Riverdale, Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge Heights, Van Cortlandt Village Norwood and Woodlawn, was rather stunning this morning, as usual. (Both photos by me, Jordan Moss)

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