The Nonprofit That Puts Art Inside Laundromats (And Wherever Else People Are)

Originally posted at Next City, written by Emily Nonko Risë Wilson developed the concept behind The Laundromat Project in the late 1990s while attending graduate school at New York University and living in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Her idea was to own and operate a functioning neighborhood laundromat that doubled as a neighborhood hub for the arts. Even thenContinue reading “The Nonprofit That Puts Art Inside Laundromats (And Wherever Else People Are)”

Saying Goodbye to Essex Street Market with Art

The end is nigh. With no Hercules in sight, the multi-headed Hydra better known as Essex Crossing is erasing memories all over the place. In an effort to assuage the inevitable, a final string of art exhibits is about to commence in the soon-to-be-former Essex Market space before it’s demolished.

Bronx Artist Asks Visitors to Share Their ‘Sites of Struggle’ On NYC Map

By Eddie Small For DNAInfo CONCOURSE — A Bronx artist wants to hear about your struggles. Artist Hatuey Ramos Fermín has set up an interactive map of the city as part of the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ exhibit on the Young Lords Organization that asks visitors to write down something they are struggling with onContinue reading “Bronx Artist Asks Visitors to Share Their ‘Sites of Struggle’ On NYC Map”

Artists in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum

  BY MOSTAFA HEDDAYA for Blouin Artinfo The Bronx Museum of the Arts has long distinguished itself by its commitment to the communities that surround it, with its three-and-a-half decade Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) program a leading example of this dedication. The program assists emerging artists of varying degrees of seniority and experience withContinue reading “Artists in the Marketplace at the Bronx Museum”

The Young Lords’ Radical Agenda and the Problems that Persist

by Vic Vaiana for Hyperallergic The Bronx Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, and Loisaida Inc. are exhibiting the work of the artists and activists in the Young Lords Party in ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York. Curated by Johanna Fernandez and Yasmin Ramírez, the Bronx exhibit aims to give local and global context for Young Lords’s activism while situating theContinue reading “The Young Lords’ Radical Agenda and the Problems that Persist”

When the Young Lords Were Outlaws in New York

by Holland Cotter for the New York Times On July 26, 1969, a group of young Latinos stood in the band shell in Tompkins Square Park, in the East Village, and made an announcement. They were founding a New York branch of a revolution-minded political party called the Young Lords. Inspired by the Black PanthersContinue reading “When the Young Lords Were Outlaws in New York”

Revisiting a heated chapter of Bx history

By Shant Shahrigian for the Riverdale Press A large banner with an AK-47 silhouetted in front of a cutout of the Puerto Rican flag greets visitors to the Bronx Museum of the Arts’ latest show, conveying something of the shock New Yorkers might have felt when the Young Lords took the city by storm startingContinue reading “Revisiting a heated chapter of Bx history”

The Art and Activism of the Young Lords

Three New York City venues look back at the Puerto Rican nationalist group By MARK ARMAO for the Wall Street Journal When garbage started piling up on East Harlem sidewalks in the late 1960s because of irregular trash collection, a group of young activists decided to intervene. They dragged the discarded mattresses, old refrigerators and abandonedContinue reading “The Art and Activism of the Young Lords”

Artists respond to call from the Bronx

Work by more than 70 emerging artists from across New York featured in Bronx Calling by VICTORIA STAPLEY-BROWN for The Art Newspaper Twice each year, 18 emerging artists living in the New York metropolitan area participate in Artists in the Marketplace (AIM) at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, a professional development residency programme whose alumniContinue reading “Artists respond to call from the Bronx”

Marchers demand cleaner air, healthier food

By Rachel Brown for the Hunts Point Express Dozens of Hunts Point residents marched with nearly 400,000 demonstrators in the People’s Climate March in Manhattan this past Sunday, calling on world leaders to make drastic changes, all the while chanting slogans such as, “The South Bronx is under attack. What do we do? Stand up,Continue reading “Marchers demand cleaner air, healthier food”

‘Boogie on the Boulevard’ to Turn Grand Concourse Into Thoroughfare for Recreation

By: Erin Clarke for NY1 Link to original article and video A popular event from the past is being revived that will close the Grand Concourse for three days this summer and turn it into a wide thoroughfare open for recreation. NY1’s Erin Clarke filed the following report. No vehicles, not even one, will passContinue reading “‘Boogie on the Boulevard’ to Turn Grand Concourse Into Thoroughfare for Recreation”

Community leaders looking to restore Bronx tradition by bringing ‘Boogie on the Boulevard’ to Concourse Village

Bronx organizers and business leaders hope to bring ‘Boogie on the Boulevard’ to Grand Concourse nearly two decades after the pedestrian-friendly event was axed by Giuliani administration BY JOEY SCARBOROUGH / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS A beloved Grand Concourse tradition put on hold under Rudy Giuliani may be revived for the first time in two decades ifContinue reading “Community leaders looking to restore Bronx tradition by bringing ‘Boogie on the Boulevard’ to Concourse Village”

A Bronx Blast From the Past: Car-Free Grand Concourse Gets CB 4 Support

by Stephen Miller for Streetsblog It’s been an on-again, off-again tradition for at least two decades: Turning the center lanes of the Grand Concourse into a car-free space for stress-free walking, biking and exercise. With an overwhelming vote of support from Community Board 4 earlier this week, it seems this tradition is poised for a return thisContinue reading “A Bronx Blast From the Past: Car-Free Grand Concourse Gets CB 4 Support”

Guest Lesson | Thinking Critically About Food in a Season of Plenty

By Suzie Boss for the Learning Network of the New York Times Go to related article » This is the second post in a series in which the education writer Suzie Boss suggests ways to use The New York Times Fixes blog and other resources as inspiration for designing real-world projects for schools. In her first post, “For Authentic Learning, StartContinue reading “Guest Lesson | Thinking Critically About Food in a Season of Plenty”

Citizen Placemakers: Elizabeth Hamby & Hatuey Ramos Fermín Use Art to Bring People Together

By Patra Jongjitirat for Project for Public Spaces Elizabeth Hamby and Hatuey Ramos Fermín are people connectors. As artists, activists, and Bronxites, their creative collaborations are all about gathering information from neighbors and presenting it in ways that allow communities to better understand themselves and the urban spaces they create. The two have worked in all kinds ofContinue reading “Citizen Placemakers: Elizabeth Hamby & Hatuey Ramos Fermín Use Art to Bring People Together”

How Do Supermarkets Decide Where to Open?

A funky, fresh look at how supermarkets work in urban neighborhoods By CUP for Gilt Taste Last year, we shared a fantastic video made by high school students on the food in convenience stores in their Bronx neighborhoods. Rather than take the tsk-tsk approach of many who write about the “food deserts” where low-income people can’t findContinue reading “How Do Supermarkets Decide Where to Open?”

Bienal de Arte en el Bronx

Por: EFE para Telemundo Más de 75 artistas participan en la Tercera Bienal de Arte Latinoamericano en El Bronx, que se realiza bajo el tema de “correlación ilusoria” en un evento cultural que busca establecer el arte como lenguaje común en este condado. “La mayoría de los países latinoamericanos están representados” en las cinco sedesContinue reading “Bienal de Arte en el Bronx”

2 BX artists bring ‘Mind the Gap’ project to Mott Haven

2 BX artists bring ‘Mind the Gap’ project to Mott Haven by Bornx News 12 MOTT HAVEN – Two Bronx residents have launched a project in an attempt to bridge the gap between the waterfront and Mott Haven. ‘Mind the Gap’ is part of The Laundromat Project, which brings artists to neighborhood Laundromats to document whatContinue reading “2 BX artists bring ‘Mind the Gap’ project to Mott Haven”

Mott Haven artists transform laundromat into interactive art site

By Patrick Wall for DNAinfo MOTT HAVEN — With its rumbling dryers and stinging smell of detergent, the Blue and White Laundromat on East 140th Street is a fine place to wash clothes, but an odd one to dream about a river. But that is what two Mott Haven artists are asking patrons to doContinue reading “Mott Haven artists transform laundromat into interactive art site”

Art show at Bronx Museum curated by local teens features artworks also by area teens

By Tanyanika Samuels / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS When “The Other I” art exhibit opens Thursday at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, it will be a triumph not only for the artists but also for the curators. The exhibition, inspired by the theme of alter ego, was curated by the museum’s Teen Council–13 high school studentsContinue reading “Art show at Bronx Museum curated by local teens features artworks also by area teens”