Mott Haven, Bronx has always been a good place to live; a place where myriad communities met and mingled in that special way that defines our larger New York City cultural landscape. But more than its proximity to Manhattan or its architectural assets – including three historical districts – Mott Haven’s biggest asset is the community of activists that call it home, and the public spaces and visions for the future they have forged at a grassroots level. This tour will take visitors through a few of those important community spaces, while contextualizing contemporary activist efforts within the long, rich history of the neighborhood. Led by Monxo López, Mott Haven resident and Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York.
About the Guide:
Monxo López is a researcher, educator, cartographer, and South Bronx-based urban activist. He is currently a Mellon Foundation Fellow at the Museum of the City of New York, and was a Mapping Fellow at the Design Trust for Public Spaces. He is also a founding member of South Bronx Unite (a local environmental justice organization), as well as a founding and board member of the Mott Haven/Port Morris Community Land Stewards, the local Community Land Trust. López holds a Ph.D. in political science from CUNY’s Graduate Center. He grew up in Puerto Rico, and currently lives in Mott Haven, the South Bronx.