Category Archives: Neighborhood Transformations

Latino Literature Meets Clinic- Poetry and Fiction in Murals

Proud to share how my other half, Cyrus,  is bringing literacy to the clinic experience, collaborating with muralists. See Ruben Dario’s poem A Margarita Debayle (To Margarita Debayle)  put into mural form in a pediatric clinic waiting room in Washington Heights, New York City, a predominately Latino neighborhood that now sees itself reflected on clinic walls and storytelling. A great follow-up to his Inwood mural project that brought Julia Alvarez’s The Secret Footprints to life to another pediatric clinic with graffiti artist legends.

Mural Project ‘A Margarita de Bayle’ from newfakenyc on Vimeo.

Read the full poem here:

https://allpoetry.com/A-Margarita-Debayle-(To-Margarita-Debayle) 

 

 

Café Bustelo and its symbolic power against gentrification

great article on Café Bustelo and its symbolic power against gentrification (and its community and cariño-corrosive mentality) in Uptown Manhattan.

one of the many beloved symbolic staples included in the lives of my characters in my literary works.

http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/foodshed-2/uptown-artists-using-cafe-bustelo-combat-gentrification/ 

Vanishing New York: The Book

Source: Vanishing New York: The Book

Happy to see this recent news in publishing. A nonfiction book on the issues that Stephanie’s (on the market) novel tackles.

Vanishing New York: The Book

“At long last, after many efforts, I am happy to report there will be a Vanishing New York book. From the official trade announcement today:

“Blogger Jeremiah Moss’s VANISHING NEW YORK, a critique of the ills of hyper-gentrification and suburbanization of our cultural hubs, a rallying cry for how we can stop it (in New York and other cities around the world), and a lyrical look at why cities need souls.”

Many thanks to my agent, Anthony Mattero at Foundry Literary + Media, and to my editor, Denise Oswald at HarperCollins’ Dey Street Books, for taking a chance on a cranky blogger. And endless thanks to everyone who reads this blog, and keeps reading it (even though it’s depressing), for all your support over the years. I’m grateful that we’re all in it together.”

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by Celebrating La Casa Azul Bookstore… in the news

Happy that Stephanie (and some of the Zoe Health family) were able to participate in a news clip highlighting the gem that is La Casa Azul Bookstore in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. As donors, networkers and (most importantly!) customers to this bookstore, it was a pleasure to share how La Casa Azul has enriched our lives, and how it does the same for the neighborhood.

Greenwich Village Ghost Town

Source: Greenwich Village Ghost Town

“Last week, blogger Travelerette posted a cornucopia of photos showing the ghost town that Greenwich Village has become, thanks to greedy landlords who kick out commercial tenants, and then warehouse the empty spaces while they wait for high-paying national chain stores to move in…”

Gothamist Article Highlights the Ailments and Privilege of Gentrification

This recent article in the Gothamist highlights some of the glaring ailments of gentrification, white privilege and inner truths of so-called “liberalism”. How a white graffiti artist feels entitled to put up her piece on private property and lash out at the property owners with savior-complex threats of retaliation for not appreciating how her work makes their building “more profitable”. The short article picks up on these themes of gentrification:

-the double standard of white privilege: If Black and Latino kids had done the same act of graffiti, they’d have to worry about police retaliation

-how local economies are often not supported in the gentrification process, helping speed its spread

-the intimidation native (or long-term) residents, and residents of color, may feel in speaking out against the gentrifiers, particularly if they are white and/or are wealthier

-how a simple act of R.E.S.P.E.C.T. on the part of the graffiti artist could have changed this story from the beginning. Ask permission to do it first. And if you didn’t, APOLOGIZE for causing harm and hurt feelings when the owners express it. The story could have changed there, too. Instead the graffiti artist responded with a threat against the owners.

-how “beautification” of a neighborhood, and rising real estate prices do not always work to the benefit of all members of the community (and how beautification is often a code word that goes hand-in-hand with the gentrification process).

-the dangers of the perceived benevolence of white liberalism, that when put into a corner, can express itself in terms of a missionary (James Baldwin) savior complex in which the target community should feel indebted and inferior to.

A Community Food Market Where Dignity is at the Center

The Daily Table’s model simultaneously addresses food insecurity and promotes health in a respectful, dignified manner for all customers who walk through their doors. Here’s how.

Source: A Community Food Market Where Dignity is at the Center

Cars Still Rolling Through Pedestrian North Meadow Recreation Center

Early this year, The West Side Rag picked up a story we’ve been covering for awhile now, and published how the Central Park Conservancy and Parks DNorth Meadow Cars Greet Youepartment have been using half the basketball courts and indoor space in the North Meadow Recreation Center (in the middle of Central Park around 97th Street) for  office and parking spaces. Residents have attended community meetings, have gotten empty promises (or answers that reflect that the issue isn’t something they will take on), have collected hundreds of signatures from fans of the Recreation Center…And still the the public is being denied a slice of their tax-payer pie; the cars and offices are still there. Below is a collection of photos and a video from over the last few months documenting how cars block the paths of pedestrians and those wishing to use the courts for recreation. The only time the cars are removed seem to be when an organized team is playing in the courts, if not by whim of staff.

North Meadow Active Driveway
Not a Parking Space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Video Footage

WSome Residents Try to Play Basketball, Even with the Cars in the Wayhen kids try to use the basketball courts, even with cars parked in the way. May 2015: North Meadow Cars in Courts May 2015

Alternative Parking Areas (to note a few)

Other Places to ParkNorth Meadow Ring Places to Park North Meadow Ring 2 Places to Park North Meadow Other Parking Places
North Meadow Available Spaces to Park