Highbridge Flowers Mural 168 St. between Edward L. Grant Hwy and Shakespeare Ave. WHEDco
In the past years, some organizations and neighborhoods in the Bronx have started to fight back against the burden of being number 62 out of 62 counties in the health rank of New York. Part of the #Not62 initiative have been the community gardens that have sprung around the borough, promoting healthy eating. One of the issues we face is the food deserts, where you have to travel in order to get fruits and vegetables, and when you find them they are expensive and their quality is not great. These small gardens give the communities an alternative option, growing your own food, and at the same time they create community spaces where you get to know your neighbors and share time with them. This step street mural is an homage to those gardens and at the same time will make fun and colorful the fact that you have to go up and down the stairs, promoting exercise.
Cross-Street-Stitches Mural At 176 St in The Bronx, NY (Btw Popham St & Undercliff Ave) Artbridge, NYC Department of Transportation & NYC Department of Health
I am a firm believer that tradition is very important in our lives. The Jerome area has a big immigrant and blue collar community. What they have in common is the manual labor, earning the bread with your hands. I always remember the older woman in my family working at home taking care of the families but also sewing. Creating those beautiful dresses for the children and adding embroidery to make them pretty. I want to beautify the neighborhood by adding that touch, create an cross-stitch pattern along the stairs remembering the old traditions, the handmade artisanal design in an era of technology and plastic.
KHCC Grows Mural project with DOT (NYC Department of Transportation) and Kingsbridge Heights Community Center