Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Two Bx 'Places that Matter' to be Honored
JCR Percussion and The Point are "places that matter" in the Bronx.
These two Bronx institutions are among 10 "places that matter" that will be honored as part of the 10th anniversary celebration of Place Matters. City Lore and the Municipal Art Society founded the Place Matters project in 1998, and Place Matters' mission is to foster the conservation of New York City's historically and culturally significant places.
Place Matters is honoring JCR Percussion in Highbridge for keeping tradition alive. JCR Percussion, owned by Calixto Rivera, is where many musicians buy the percussion instruments which form the rhythmic backbone of Latin music. In a small unassuming workshop not far from Yankee Stadium, Caly, as he is known to his customers, makes cowbells, congas, bongos, and timbales by hand.
Meanwhile, THE POINT Community Development Corporation in Hunts Point is being honored for fostering creativity. In
1994, four Bronx residents founded THE POINT to organize for comprehensive revitalization, and social and economic justice in the Hunts Point neighborhood. Today, in two creatively re-used industrial buildings, after-school programs, theater and dance troupes, photography and art programs, advocacy and planning initiatives, and environmental justice efforts all thrive.
Log onto www.placematters.net and the Municipal Art Society website to learn about these and the other eight featured places, which include La Plaza Cultural Armando Perez, a community garden in Manhattan's Lower East Side, and the Federation of Black Cowboys in Queens.
In celebration of its 10th anniversary, Place Matters invited a group of fellow place-enthusiasts to help select 10 places from its Census of Places that Matter to receive special recognition.
At a ceremony on June 11 at the Municipal Art Society, Place Matters will honor the 10 places and give each one a newly-designed place-marking award. The June event is now sold out, but log onto Place Matters' website for more information about all the honorees.