#BRONXFACES David/1993/194th and Kingsbridge
"One of the gems of growing up in the Bronx was the block parties. I remember this one day where they closed off the whole street because there was going to be a block party. It was summer and it was my first block party. While everyone was setting up for the party, me and my friends went on top of the roofs and started playing manhunt. We jumped from building to building, leaping over large gaps to prove our fearlessness and masculinity. We leaned over edge spitting loogies down at people. Then, the music began. We ran downstairs to find the block finally filled with people. The women on the block were serving people with food, the men sipping beer from their beach chairs, the children laughing and running wild in the streets, the music blasting - it kept on and on for hours. But that’s not where it stops. A little later in the night they brought down a wrench and opened the fire pump. Nobody had money for water parks so the pump was like our Dorney Park. So we jumped in and out of the water, running after our flip flops that got carried away by the stream. The older heads set up a table and started to play dominoes. The ladies sat in their circles and gossiped. The kids played. The music continued, the laughter continued, the excitement continued. Nothing ever stopped. Nothing died. That memory will never die.”
Made with cardboard, Canson mixed media paper, gouache paint, gold leaf paint, sharpie, pen, a paper towel, a broken chain, an old shirt, denim, and David's old frames.
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