One of four murals recently painted in memory of Lesandro ‘Junior’ Guzman-Feliz. A plant in a plastic vase stands at the base of this mural with a handwritten note reading ‘I can’t get out of my head what they did to you.’ Indeed, who can?
I teach ninth and tenth graders at a Bronx high school. Some are from Junior’s neighborhood. Some look like him. Some are in the NYPD Explorers, the same organization he was in. (This mural shows Junior in Explorer uniform.) I feel like Junior could have been one of my students. Condolences to his family and friends and to all who feel sorrow and anger at his loss.
Guinean food on Wheeler Avenue: rice, milk (or maybe the sweet dessert known as thiakry) and a stew left to your imagination. On the Amadou Diallo memorial mural painted by Hawa Diallo, a refugee originally from Mauritania who blossomed as an artist while working as a caretaker.
White Plains Road is one of the few places in America where you can experience the culture of Lesser Antilles islands like Antigua, Barbuda, Montserrat, and Nevis. Churches large and small, bakeries, shipping companies and cricket clubs all populate this area. Somewhere in the middle of the Olinville neighborhood stood the Sugar City Bakery. Named for Basseterre, the largest city on the island of St. Kitts, this cafe, and adjacent banquet hall were signs of the Kittian community. If you want even more Caribbean variety take the 2 and 5 trains from the Northeast Bronx down to Harlem, Crown Heights, and Flatbush.