Co-Op City

Co-Op City is a couple of miles east of where I’m staying. Reputedly, it’s the biggest housing co-operative in the world and part of a US tradition of non-market housing that may confound expectations. I went there yesterday for a walkabout. It’s massive. Many years ago, I spent a bit of time on one of… Continue reading Co-Op City

Virtual meeting with AOC

Yesterday, I attended a “virtual town hall” meeting with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (my Congresswoman) and Jamaal Bowman, who represents the neighbouring constituency (I need to find out why they didn’t share the platform with Representative Ritchie Torres from the adjoining 15th Congressional District). All three are associated with the ascendant generation of politicians shaking up the… Continue reading Virtual meeting with AOC

One Bronx, many Bronxes

When I told my aunties I was going to live in The Bronx, I think they thought I was going to a war-zone. That’s understandable. It’s a place whose reputation precedes it, the name alone conjuring a host of associations. I think that’s partly to do with the definite article followed by a hard “x”,… Continue reading One Bronx, many Bronxes

Flowers Grow in The Bronx

I’ve just arrived. I’m staying in “zip code” 10469, which is just beyond the area where I’m planning to do most of my research, . Looks like I’m in the 14th Congressional District, which I think makes me a temporary constituent of none other than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez! It will take me a while to get… Continue reading Flowers Grow in The Bronx

Test Card

Barring last minute hitches, I’ll be flying to the US next Monday to start my six-month Fulbright Scholarship in The Bronx. I’m planning to use this blog to record and share my experiences, but I’m having launch anxiety! So this post is by way of a Test Card to check if things are working. It… Continue reading Test Card