Building America – All The Way From The Bronx!
What else do you do in the high heat of a muggy New York summer but . . . take a walk around Hunts Point in the Bronx.
Hunts Point is now home to the Produce Market and the Fish Market which moved there from Fulton St in downtown NYC years
ago. It also seems to be the epicentre of NYC's recycling universe, from earthworks at building sites, to bottles and
cans, and anything to do with a broken down car now that Willets Point in Queens is being fazed out to make way for a
It also happens to be a neighbourhood where squatters come and go and where others have lived their whole lives. After
walking, walking, taking shots here and there - no-one said no, most happy enough to volunteer without being asked, I
had the absolute pleasure of meeting P. and M. sitting on M's front steps, catching the cool of the shade in the heat
of the day.
"You be careful walking around here." warned P. Where are the worst parts? I asked. "Here!" she told me. OK!
Before I knew it, M. who has lived here her whole life, was ordering me into her car so she could take me to a park
on the river where people have wedding parties and oh, where young kids are taught to build boats and row them on
the river. "You take pictures there. I drop you off, take them (passengers in the back seat, hello! hello!)where they
need to go and I pick you up. Ten minutes."
Five minutes later and a quick meeting with someone from Rocking the Boat it was back in the car and a driving tour of
schools, care homes, homeless shelters, convent, park, street art centre, Spanish restaurant. Too busy talking, too
busy listening. So many reasons to go back and enjoy more of Hunts Point.
Thank you P. and thank you so much M.