While New Yorkers fret about gentrification changing the social mix in NYC, at the same time community based activities happen regularly.
It’s like gentrification pulls things in one direction, comunity activitites pull them in another. They provide a focus for the expression of cultural differences within the embrace of the whole of NYC.
The South Bronx is a special place, a mix of many cultures. Originally German and Irish, then Jewish, today it is home to a happy blend of African American and Peurto Rican cultural traditions.
Dizzy Gillespie once played at Club 845 on Prospect Ave and Tito Rodriguez played the mambo and salsa at the Tropicana.
Starting in the 1970′s the South Bronx spawned a vivid graffiti scene and then hip-hop.
Now these different cultural threads are being pulled together in the South Bronx Culture Trail. See South Bronx Culture Trail Map for the details and see the video to catch the enthusiasm of the locals.