Retna and Cope2 Throw Up Mural in the Bronx

Posted March 9, 2012 at 6:28 am

Titans of the the East Coast and West Coast graffiti game joined forces this week in the Boogiedown.

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Gil Scott-Heron: New York is Killing Me

Posted February 11, 2010 at 6:18 am

Gil Scott-Heron made a name for himself in the late seventies and early eighties with a string of prolific recordings.  Born in Chicago (on April Fools Day), but raised in the Bronx, his brand of music and spoken-word street poetry became an inspiration to legions of neo-soul and Hip Hop upstarts. In fact, many consider […]

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Flyin’ Cut Sleeves

Posted September 4, 2009 at 6:18 am

A new documentary will soon be hitting the shelves about the infamous Bronx street gang, Presidents.  Produced and directed by Henry Chalfant (Style Wars) and Rita Fecher, Flyin’ Cut Sleeves chronicles gang members over the twenty-year period ending 1993.  Per the official press release: The project grew out of the experiences of Rita Fecher, the […]

In the Boogie Down, Part II

Last modified July 12, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Unlike its downtown sibling, Little Italy in the Boogie Down is legit, with the street folk actually speaking in their native tongue. I found myself wandering into the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, and immediately felt at home. It was a bustling scene for a Friday evening, with shoppers quickly moving among the meats and produce. […]

In the Boogie Down, Part I

Last modified July 12, 2009 at 11:51 pm

My sixth birthday present was an HO gauge electric train set, and from then I was hooked. By middle school, this railroad set evolved into an intricate setup with a scaled model landscape – truss bridge, mountain tunnel, and miniature town. Why bring this up, you ask? Well, each winter, the New York Botanical Garden […]