In The Bronx’s Oldest Shopping District, Dozens of Vacant Store Fronts Dominate The Area as Gentrification Tightens Its Grip

The Hub—The Bronx’s oldest shopping and commercial district located in the South Bronx neighborhood of Melrose is going through the most profound changes since the 70s and 80s when the neighborhood burned around it and its main train line, the Third Avenue El was put out of service and torn down.

Since its beginnings over a century ago when the borough was experiencing a population boom adding over 1 million residents in a span of 30 years, Melrose and The Hub, attracted residents from all over The Bronx due to it being an excellent transportation nexus—and still does today.

New “affordable” housing developments have been constructed surrounding the area and adding over 3,000 apartments and tens of thousands of new residents—with thousands of more units in various stages of construction or planning to come.

As gentrification tightens its grip on the South Bronx, long-time businesses are closing their doors as landlords either are not renewing leases or simply the new rents are too high to keep up. … »

Fanta Diop, 13/©Caitlin Ochs for The New York Times

Watch: What Makes a New York City Kid

The New York Times explored the question of what makes a New York City kid by interviewing a bunch of kids from across all the five boroughs of which roughly a dozen documented their lives by using their smartphones as a window into their lives by way of video. … »

The 10466 Zip Code covering the North Bronx neighborhoods of Wakefield and Edenwald

Bronx Foreclosures Up 33% According to PropertyShark; 10466 Zip Code Tops the List

PropertyShark, one of the most trusted tools for real estate professionals, has issued its latest foreclosure report and things aren’t pretty for The Bronx.

Although foreclosures dropped by 28% from the last quarter, they have increased by 33% compared to the 3rd quarter last year with 110 properties entering foreclosure for the first time. … »

Holiday Market 2015/Image ©Bronx Museum - Lauren Click

Vendors Wanted for This Year’s Holiday Market Weekend at The Bronx Museum!

Last year’s first ever Holiday Market was a hit with over 1,000 attendees over the course of the two day event. Now, this it will be MUCH bigger!

The Bronx Museum is seeking vendors for our 2nd Annual Holiday Market Weekend! In collaboration with FromTheBronx.com, The South Bronx Farmer’s Market, THE POINT, and The Bronx Beer Hall, the Bronx Museum will welcome over 30 local artists, artisans, farmers, bakers, brewers, and more on Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11 from 11:00am to 6:00pm and YOU could be one of them. For information on becoming a vendor contact Lauren Click at lclick[at]bronxmuseum.org . Please note that we’re looking strictly for businesses that are individually and locally owned and operated. Fees for vendors will be 15% of gross sales so make sure to contact Lauren if you want to participate! … »