The Bronx has a long and storied history when it comes to art. From graffiti and hip hop in the 1980s to the more recent emergence of art spaces and galleries, the Bronx has been a hub for creativity and expression. But with gentrification on the rise, how can Bronx natives ensure that their art and culture continue to flourish?In the past decade, the Bronx has seen an influx of new artists, drawn to the area by its affordable rents, open spaces, and unrestrained atmosphere. These creatives have taken to the streets, transforming the city with their work.
Some have been labeled as criminals, while others have been celebrated as part of the art world pantheon. But all of them share a passion for creating art. The Bronx is also home to some of the poorest neighborhoods in the country, as well as high-crime areas. This has led to a criminal court system and district attorney that are separate from New York County. Films like Fort Apache, The Bronx have used this stark image of the Bronx for their plots. The Bronx's strategic location between New England and New York (Manhattan) has also played a role in its development.
In some areas, like the West Bronx, this has resulted in a grid of relatively free-style streets. Other areas, like the South Bronx, are home to government buildings like City Hall and the Yankees Stadium. The College of Mount Saint Vincent is another important part of the Bronx's history. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of New York, it is located in Riverdale and offers a liberal arts education. In 1981, a team of baseball players known as The Bronx Bombers made history. Led by coach Billy Martin, catcher Thurman Munson and outfielder Reggie Jackson, they highlighted both the bustling nature of the team and the unrest of the city during that time. More recently, Marvel announced plans to open a new space for public art in the Bronx.
This addition will make direct reference to previous expansions at the museum, combining them “like a palimpsest of history”.The Bronx has come a long way since its founding. From graffiti, hip hop, government buildings and public art spaces, it has become an integral part of New York City's culture. As gentrification continues to rise, it is up to Bronx natives to ensure that their art and culture continue to thrive.