She has bloomed! The #corpseflower in The #Bronx at @nybg has finally opened!

Although there is no smell at the moment flies are already drawn towards it so something is definitely smelling ripe and it’s expected to begin it’s big stink this evening and by tomorrow it should smell of rotting flesh at the Enid A Haupt Conservatory.
This plant is unreal even in person! It looks like #audrey II from #littleshopofhorrors!

Photo by: @welcome2thebronx

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Doll on the bed of Virginia Bender at East 137th Street in the Bronx, New York. It was here where she was found dead from apparent strangulation and stabbing.

(June 1939) (Courtesy New York City Municipal Archives)


Ghetto Brother: Warrior to Peacemaker (2015)

“An engrossing and counter view of one of the most dangerous elements of American urban history, this graphic novel tells the true story of Benjy Melendez, a Bronx legend, son of Puerto-Rican immigrants, who founded, at the end of the 1960s, the notorious Ghetto Brothers gang. From the seemingly bombed-out ravages of his neighborhood, wracked by drugs, poverty, and violence, he managed to extract an incredibly positive energy from this riot ridden era: his multiracial gang promoted peace rather than violence. 

After initiating a gang truce, the Ghetto Brothers held weekly concerts on the streets or in abandoned buildings, which fostered the emergence of hip-hop. Melendez also began to reclaim his Jewish roots after learning about his family’s dramatic crypto-Jewish background.”

Story: Julian Voloj, Art: Claudia Ahlering 

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In the past two years 14 girls aged 12-19 have gone missing in the Bronx. Six of them were reported missing in June 2016.

New York City Councilman Andy King believes that the missing girls (who are mostly black or Latina) are being kidnapped and forced into prostitution.

He says: “Understanding and learning more that there is a valid active prostitution ring that is occurring up here in the Bronx, we need to find ways to shut it down.”   

At the press conference, King read some of the names of those missing:

  • 14-year-old Sierra Rivera, was last seen on June 2; when she went missing, police say it was believed she’d run off with her boyfriend;
  • 16-year-old Ashley Bissal, was last seen leaving her apartment. She was supposed to pick up her younger sister from school, but she never showed;
  • 15-year-old Emily Arroyo, was supposed to return home from a juvenile program on April 26, but again, she disappeared. 

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