Great highlight on an awesome-sounding group of girls skateboarding social justice/life in the Bronx.
Sharing this especially because of the last segment, a poem reflecting on Puerto Ricans and 1492. How can I not share this as I’m pitching my novel to literary agents, The Saints of Columbus?
“…Lastly, we end this week’s episode of Puerto Rican Voices with the spoken-word poet and hip-hop artist known as Chilo, as he walks through the streets of New York City. He performs two of his pieces while reflecting on how he came to appreciate his Puerto Rican heritage. Chilo’s work can be described as an homage to the experience of Puerto Ricans in the US as well as an attempt to reclaim the history of our ancestors. He also discusses El Grito de Poetas, the Latino poetry collective he founded in 2005.”
A funny, creative video that 1) humorously describes Puerto Rican cultural trends 2) tackles the serious debt problem of Puerto Rico and what we can do about it.
Nice piece on art, real estate, neighborhoods, displacement and the human story in gentrification.
Found this in Latina magazine, pointing out how Latino neighborhoods are most vulnerable, and particularly, ones with significant Puerto Rican rooted populations.
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.
“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.”
A college friend of Stephanie’s has launched a “doggie emotion sensor” that’s raising funds and getting some attention in the business and dog-lover world. Dog and app lovers can check out how the device works and how to get on on their site.
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…”
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.