Bronx

In the decades after the new Cross-Bronx Expressway bisected the South Bronx in the 1950s, abandonment and arson claimed large swaths of the borough. Facing diminishing revenues, some landlords were accused of burning their own buildings. ... Read More

Meet the Activists

  • Evelina Antonetty
  • Louis Gigante
    Father Louis Gigante
  • Mel Rosenthal
    Mel Rosenthal

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Key Events

Global Events
Local Events

1946 Postwar migration to New York City by Puerto Ricans and African Americans from the South increases

1963 Cross Bronx Expressway completed; displaces thousands of residents

1966 Federal Model Cities launched; funds slum renovation and promises to involve communities in decision making

1968 Co-op City opens; draws thousands of middle-class residents from the South Bronx

1968 Father Louis Gigante founds the South East Bronx Community Organization

1974 Formation of South Bronx community groups, such as the Mid-Bronx Desperadoes, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, and People’s Development Corporation

1975 New York City fiscal crisis

1982 Development of Charlotte Gardens begins; first single-family homes sold in 1985

1992 Nos Quedamos (We Stay) formed by residents of the Melrose neighborhood

1997 Bronx wins National Civic League’s All-America City Award

2012 South Bronx Unite is founded to promote environmental activism and sustainability

Key Events

1946
Postwar migration to New York City by Puerto Ricans and African Americans from the South increases
1963 Cross Bronx Expressway completed; displaces thousands of residents
1966
Federal Model Cities launched; funds slum renovation and promises to involve communities in decision making
1968 Co-op City opens; draws thousands of middle-class residents from the South Bronx
1968 Father Louis Gigante founds the South East Bronx Community Organization
1974 Formation of South Bronx community groups, such as the Mid-Bronx Desperadoes, Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, and People’s Development Corporation
1975 New York City fiscal crisis
1982 Development of Charlotte Gardens begins; first single-family homes sold in 1985
1992 Nos Quedamos (We Stay) formed by residents of the Melrose neighborhood
1997
Bronx wins National Civic League’s All-America City Award
2012 South Bronx Unite is founded to promote environmental activism and sustainability