Tag: Cromwell-Jerome

Bronx Photo League Documents The People of Jerome Avenue; Exhibition Opens October 3rd

From a 3rd generation Jewish shopkeeper, to a Salvadoran auto worker, to an African hairdresser and a Latina nail salon worker, these are the people that the Bronx Documentary Center’s Bronx Photo League have been documenting for many months now for their upcoming exhibition, ‘Jerome Avenue Workers Project’.

Last year, New York City Department of City Planning announced that they were studying the “Cromwell-Jerome” area of The Bronx—an area that doesn’t exist which spurred fears of rebranding and gentrification—for possible rezoning due to rise in population and projected increases in population over the next several decades.

Developers and Cities Are Navigating the Affordable Housing Sea in a Leaky Boat – Next City

Here’s an interesting piece on a topic close to home in The Bronx: Affordable Housing.

The article skims the surface of what is a tangled web in which affordable housing developers have to navigate which is so much deeper than Next City can even get into but it does speak briefly about the Jerome Avenue Study area and other parts of New York City.

WATCH: Two Part Series on BronxTalk Explores the Jerome Ave Study Area With City Planning & Community Organizations

One of the hottest topics in Bronx real estate is the proposed Cromwell-Jerome Avenue Study area which has the potential to transform a 73 block area which overlapping two community districts and multiple neighborhoods.

Gary Axelbank, the host of the long running BronxTalk, help a two-part series of discussions on the issues with the first having aired Monday, March 10 with Carol Samol on the show to talk more about the process and the study. On Monday, the second air showed which gave community groups such as CASA and Local 79 a chance to present their thoughts and ideas on the situation at hand.

Watch the videos on the conversation and let us know what you think.

Despite Weather, Hundreds of Bronxites Gather to Unite Against (Cromwell) Jerome Avenue Study Area

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Planning have a rough road ahead with Bronx residents.

Last night, hundreds of residents from within the Jerome Avenue Study Area (estimates had the crowd at at least 400 attending despite the weather), gathered to join in solidarity against a rezoning that the community feels is not about them or with them. Residents and community groups are so concerned yet so organized they have even formed a group and an umbrella alliance of all stakeholders calling themselves ‘Bronx Coalition for a Community Vision’.

Community Rallies In Anticipation of (Cromwell) Jerome Rezoning

When the Cromwell-Jerome Study Area Jerome Avenue Study Area (City Planning has since changed the name) was announced last year, it stirred a lot of controversy as residents saw it an attempt to rebrand existing neighborhoods of the West Bronx and pave the way for gentrification via rezoning — a tool often used by the previous administration often without regard to community residents who lived in the areas. The study area grew from 57 blocks to a massive 73 blocks.

Now, as the Jerome Avenue Study Area was announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio as one of the 6 areas slated for rezonings, community groups and even local elected officials are getting residents together to discuss the future and fate of their neighborhoods at a meeting scheduled for March 5th — after all, these are the very people who will be impacted by any zoning changes the city eventually will implement to increase density.

Jerome Avenue corridor eyed for new zoning | Crain's New York Business

Major controversy surrounds the Cromwell-Jerome Neighborhood Study area and Crains New York just issued an article on it. The proposed 73 block study area was the topic of the recent 2nd Annual Bronx Gentrification Conference at the Bronx Documentary Center this past Saturday.

Neighborhood residents are fearful that city planning is coming in to upzone the area and push out long time residents as well as businesses.

Jerome Avenue corridor eyed for new zoning | Crain’s New York Business

Major controversy surrounds the Cromwell-Jerome Neighborhood Study area and Crains New York just issued an article on it. The proposed 73 block study area was the topic of the recent 2nd Annual Bronx Gentrification Conference at the Bronx Documentary Center this past Saturday.

Neighborhood residents are fearful that city planning is coming in to upzone the area and push out long time residents as well as businesses.

Yes, “Cromwell-Jerome” Could Become Gentrified. But The Residents Can Stop That |The Blinker

Between the screeching of the 4 Train overhead and the sounds of drills and valves, you can hardly find serenity on Jerome Avenue in The Bronx. All of that noise is probably ambiance for the mostly immigrant mechanics who keep one of the last few auto repair zones of its kind Downstate functioning. For all of its noise and environmental pollution, Jerome offers refuge to many. Consumers come there for its cheaper auto repair prices. And the employers keeping it running are some of the few fortunate enough to still hold automotive repair jobs, in a market where those opportunities are increasingly harder to come by.

It’s here that the City is exploring “designing” a new neighborhood, to be called Cromwell-Jerome. According to the Department of City Planning’s website, the initiative will be “a community-driven neighborhood plan centered on affordable housing in Community District 4 and Community District 5 in the Bronx.” Promises are that there will be a comprehensive plan to improve traffic safety, crime rates, and food access for the neighborhood also.

Bronx Residents Disrupt Tour of Proposed ‘New Neighborhood’ – Gentrification Watch – Curbed NY

Since we first began discussing Cromwell-Jerome on Welcome2TheBronx and throughout various Bronx Facebook Groups, many residents have been disturbed by the idea of the rebranding of a neighborhood and the community not having input in even the proposition of the study area which was presented by Department of City Planning last month.

On Saturday, during the second tour of the study area which was hosted by DCP, Bronx residents disrupted the tour in anger. Welcome2TheBronx received calls and emails about what had transpired including their fear and anger at what they perceive is going on.

City Planning Wants Bronx Residents & Community Involvement in Cromwell-Jerome Study Area

New York City Department of City Planning recently made headlines with the announcement of the Cromwell-Jerome Study Area that straddles the Bronx neighborhoods of Highbridge, University Heights, Morris Heights, Mount Hope, and the Concourse. The study encompasses a massive 57 block corridor with Jerome Avenue as its spine.

DCP invites the public to join Community Walking Tours of the study area. The first tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 18th from 11AM-12PM and will provide a general overview of the study area. The second tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th from 11AM-12PM and will focus on transportation and parks in and around the study area. The tours will begin at the NW corner of the Grand Concourse and East 167th Street in front of the High Life Deli and Grocery.