Tag Archives: South Bronx

Slideshow: an artist at work, with ink

Posted on 17. Dec, 2009 by .


Robert “Chance” Molina’s tattoos look like the work of a lifetime. His parents’ faces stare out from his stomach. His arms are layered with intricate designs of skulls, flames, the Grim Reaper, and his daughter’s name, Bianca, to name a few. The tattoos are so interwoven it’s hard to tell when one ends and the other begins. Two immobile tears sit under each of his eyes.
Molina, 35, did not get his first tattoo until 2001. He tattooed eyebrows on himself and developed an immediate ink addiction. Since then, he has gotten about 500 tattoos, and he has tattooed them all himself, he said. “I’m actually at the point where I’m doing things in between tattoos. I’m just filling in spaces,” he said.

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Bronx teens have their own holiday business

Posted on 14. Dec, 2009 by .


Alongside Gucci, Hermes and high-end shops, a new, and perhaps unlikely, group of retailers cropped up on Madison Avenue this holiday season: young women, mostly teenagers from the South Bronx, who sell holiday cards featuring their own artwork.

The young businesswomen quickly learned the secret to a good sales pitch.

“If I talk more, people will buy more,” said Farah R., 22, of Brooklyn. As potential customers hovered in front of their table she got to work. “We actually designed them ourselves,” she told them. “They can also be used as thank-you notes.”

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Video: "We still got to survive." The recession in the South Bronx

Posted on 29. Nov, 2009 by .


Jose Martinez, 58, has not had an apartment for the past two years. His only income is a disability check every month. His friend owns a parking lot in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, and he lets Martinez sleep there. Otherwise, the former auto mechanic sleeps in shelters or wherever he can. He does what he must to survive, he says, with a little help from people in his community.

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Video: A family brought together. The recession in the South Bronx.

Posted on 05. Nov, 2009 by .


Daisy Moran, 42, works in the maintenance department at Crotona Park in the South Bronx, but not for long. Moran, who lives in Morrisania, participates in a job-training program with the city’s Park Department so she can support the eight children in her household. The single mother will soon be back to square one: the job-training program lasts only six months.

In part two of my video series on the recession in the South Bronx, Moran shares her struggles and one surprising upside of the recession.

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Video: "I'm used to the struggle." The recession in the South Bronx.

Posted on 04. Nov, 2009 by .


The recession has not affected all South Bronx residents, I reported in a post last week. Eurice Jackson, 44, a hair stylist and artist, was one such resident. Finances have always been a struggle for him, so the recession has not changed an already difficult situation, he said. Jackson, who lives in the Crotona Park East section of the Bronx, has always used his creativity in order to survive. In the video below, Jackson tells his story in his own words.

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"I'm used to the struggle": the recession in the South Bronx

Posted on 25. Oct, 2009 by .


When I was recently in the South Bronx, I was surprised to hear a number of residents say they hadn’t been affected the recession. I had imagined that one of the country’s poorest counties would have been hit the hardest, not left untouched.

But for some residents in the Morrisania section of the Bronx, their lives haven’t changed because, really, they didn’t have much else to lose in the first place.

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