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Art / Culture

Hip Hop’s birthplace has mixed feelings about cultural tours

Tourists pose in front of the Graffiti Hall of Fame at the corner of 106th Street and Park Avenue in Harlem, a stop on the "Birthplace of Hip Hop" tour. 

The HusH Tours tour company, distinct from other tours of the outer boroughs, offers patrons an insider’s perspective through its employ of local hip hop pioneers. While the company’s pride for these areas is real, community members question the company’s commitment to the neighborhoods they tour.

Art / Culture / News

Local clothing brand looks to make its mark

Founder Amaurys Grullon vlogs Bronx Native's team meeting.

Bronx Native, a clothing line created by a brother and sister team from Longwood, uses design to promote the borough and its people.

Culture / Food

Swale returns to waterfront park

Swale

Swale, a floating food forest created by a Brooklyn artist, debuted at Concrete Plant Park a year ago and returned in early July, transported by tugboat from Brooklyn at the end of June.

Art / Culture

Pilot program announced to launch local arts initiatives

Six South Bronx groups will receive grants to help them extend cultural programming in their communities, as part of a new pilot program.

Art

New mural underscores Hunts Point’s Puerto Rican identity

From left to right, Wilfredo “BIO” Feliciano, Hector “Nicer” Nazario, and Sotero “BG183” Ortiz standing before the completed mural of La Borinqueña at Casita Maria in Longwood.

A new mural by Hunts Point-based artist collective Tats Cru was unveiled over the Simpson Street entrance of Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, depicting a Puerto Rican comic book superheroine known as La Borinqueña.

Art / Culture / Education / Religion

Photographer trains lens on Mott Haven Youth

A polaroid from left to right of: Cole Jeffers, Juan Neira, Chavi Leon, Marco Vasquez, Jaylen Reid, and Edwin Amaro in front of the Patterson Projects, 17 Feb 2016, Mott Haven, southern Bronx, New York.

The focus of photographer Sarah Blesener’s photo essay soon became not just about 15-year-old Chavi Leon, her original subject, but expanded to include the lives of six Mott Haven teenagers who became each other’s family of choice and who, like any other group of kids their age, experienced the ever-changing symptoms of adolescence.

Business / Culture

Bronx woman looks to bring bookstore/winebar to South Bronx

Bronx woman looks to bring bookstore/winebar to South Bronx

Noelle Santos’ goal is to promote book culture in the Bronx and highlight the borough’s intellectual population.

Art / Education

Students lead panel on women’s suffrage

From left to right: Rahim Hough, Ashley Santiago, Aisha Beltran, Jennifer Asokwah, and Jesus Roblas.

The 14-member Women’s Suffrage Commission, which was established by state law, will run programs celebrating the accomplishments of women’s suffrage through 2020. But LEAP’s focus is rooted a little deeper.

Business / Culture

Shuttered fertilizer plant now huge events venue

An estimated 6000 gather for a concert on the Hunts Point waterfront on April 8.

Could the sleepy, industrially zoned Hunts Point waterfront be home to New York City’s next big event center?