THE OVERLOOKED BOROUGH Navindra Raghunandan & Salman Uddin
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Navigate your way through the Bronx
Introduction History of the Bronx 1242 Croes Ave (St. Lawrence Avenue, 6 train) Afrika Bambaataa (Morrison Avenue, 6 Train) Cross Bronx Expressway (174-175 St., B or D train) 1520 Sedgwick (Mt. Eden, 4 train) Happy Land (West Farms Square, 2 or 5 train)
(To get full credit, ensure to take a selfie at each location)
Navindra Raghunandan I was born and raised in the Soundview section of the Bronx, and experienced the best and worst of the borough, though not always firsthand. It is through this I feel I can give an honest and unbiased opinion of the Bronx as a whole, and attempt to show those who often overlook or think badly of the borough due to the state it existed in during the 1960â€™s and 70â€™s, and forward that the Bronx is a place that should not be overlooked. It has been the home to many innovations, and has a rich culture and history behind it, and can be a very nice place once one figures out the inner workings of the borough, and how to excel and avoid the conflicts and detrimental situations.
Salman Uddin I was born in Jacobi Hospital in the North Bronx and moved at the age of two weeks to Chicago. Eight years later I made my return to the Bronx and have been living here ever since. Spending a lot of my developing years in the Bronx I have been able to experience everything The Bronx has offer. The beautiful diversity The Bronx has and the troublesome events that occur here and there are the good and bad that The Bronx offers. Growing up attending schools between the Castle Hill and Soundview projects I have had numerous interaction with people whether its elders or kids have given me lots of insight on what The Bronx actually. I am a product of The Bronx and it has made me who I am today.
The Bronx The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs, and has long been the home of many cultures and groups of people. During the early 1960’s, however, the populations of whites in the borough rapidly declined, leaving the internal economy of the borough in turmoil, which led to the widespread arson attacks made the Bronx an unsafe and crime ridden environment. Following the era of the “Burning Bronx”, the era of the Crack and AIDS Epidemic followed which further lowered the standard of living for the residents. Fortunately, from the1990’s and thereon, rapid development and productive housing and income related legislature allowed the Bronx to grow into a welcoming and productive place. Due to the state the Bronx used to be in during the 60’s - 80’s, the Bronx has long had a reputation of being a “run-down” and dangerous place, which has caused it to be overlooked and discredited for the value it holds. Luckily, there are many things the Bronx has helped facilitate that have lasting value not only in the borough, but in the city overall.
1242 Croes Avenue This address holds no real significant value, other than being the home my (Raghunandan) grandparents have lived in since the 1980’s after immigrating to this country from Guyana. My grandparents moved to the Bronx only a few blocks from where I live in the year 1980, and had a full experience of the days of the “burning Bronx” They can tell their stories of commuting to work on the bombed trains and the famous was against graffiti, and as older people, can speak of their disdain to the new form of music that began to grow in the Bronx called hip-hop.
Afrika Bambaataa. Bronx River Projects We can go half a block from my house into the Bronx River Projects, and see the birthplace of the Universal Zulu Nation, which was an organization created to provide a sense of safety, fun, and protection in the ghetto. Though often armed with weapons, it was only to promote and enforce safety. This group was created from reformed members of the Savage Skulls, a gang in the South Bronx, alongside with other reformed members of gangs. Africa Bambaataa was also well known as one of the first artists to emerge from the underground hip-hop scene, and used his platform to spread his peaceful narratives.
Cross Bronx Expressway The Cross Bronx Expressway was one of the causes of the rapid decay of the Bronx during the 60’s and 70’s. The construction of this highway fueled “white flight” and displaced many people from their homes, which contributed to the formation of “hoods” and “ghettos” in the Bronx. They were forced to relocate into new places, which created an overpopulation of some areas, especially in the South Bronx, and due to the white flight, income levels for many neighborhoods declined to poverty level. This can go to show the participants the problems that can be faced by environments simply by others failing to note that people may be negatively affected for their actions.
1520 Sedgwick Avenue Known and credited as the â€œbirthplace as hip-hopâ€?, this building in Morris Heights, this was the location where DJ. Kool Herc used two records playing the same break to create a continuous beat while another person, Coke La Rock, spoke over the beat and created the first instance of rapping. This location can give those from the Bronx, alongside with those not from the area, a sense of importance and appreciation for this borough
Happy Land Fire 10
This nightclub in West Farms was the site of a terrible arson attack nearly thirty years ago that resulted in the deaths of 87 people. The fire was started by an ex boyfriend of an employee there, and serves as a reminder of the chaos that can at certain times affect the Bronx.
You have now completed the scavenger hunt/ tour of the Bronx. We hope this tour has given you a new appreciation for this borough. The main intent for this tour was to show area of this often forgotten borough