Graffiti Artists Transform Abandoned “Poorhouse for the Rich” in The Bronx
Jaime Rojo and Steven Harrington, co-founders of BrooklynStreetArt.com, recently took a trip up to an abandoned Bronx mansion–the Andrew Freedman Home–which was once a retirement home for the rich who had fallen on hard times.
Jaime captured photos from the project which is run by No Longer Empty, a contemporary public art organization that takes empty buildings that are often in disrepair and revitalizes them with site-responsive contemporary art exhibitions. The organization called on street artists to revitalize the decaying block-long “welfare hotel.”
“The goal was really to create a fusion of the history of the home and the nature of the history of the Grand Concourse and the present day realities of the Bronx,” says Manon Slome, President and Chief Curator of No Longer Empty.
Several of the mansion’s rooms have been given a whole new life by graffiti legends Crash, Daze and Tats Cru alumnni How & Nosm. New installations are currently in progress with the next exhibition, This Side of Paradise, opening April 4th at 6:00 pm. Enjoy more photos below and learn more here.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
April 04, 2012 – June 05, 2012
Thursday to Sunday, 1pm to 7pm
Andrew Freedman Home
1125 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10452