Here is exciting news about the Freedman Home on the Grand Concourse. I am sure many of you have passed by the mansion on the Grand Concourse and wondered what the history and present use of the property is. The note from Liz @ NLE below and the links also posted, show the brewing of a great community space. Once I receive the proper press release about the event on the 4th I will post it for everyone to review. I have never been inside the property, but from the history and photos on the links, I look forward to opportunity.
I want to alert you about an unusual arts project taking place in the
Bronx. The nomadic organization, No Longer Empty (NLE) is presenting
"This Side of Paradise" that will draw attention to an uncommon/not widely
known story of New York City.
Freedman Home will open and present This Side of Paradise encompassing
30 different site-response artworks, on and off site participatory projects
and film screenings. The theme draws on the building's quixotic history
together with the present day realities of the Bronx.
A little history: In 1922, Andrew Freedman was a self-made millionaire who
bequeathed his estate to be a retirement home for the elderly who lost
their fortunes . Interesting to note is Freedman was a shrewd businessman;
a key player in constructing the Inter-Borough Transit Rail, the Broadway
Theaters and the New York Giants League. The Home's endowment ran out in
Thanks to the current property owners, Mid-Bronx Senior Citizens Council
, NLE will breathe new air into this space and neighborhood with a roster
of creative events (activity committees, empanada workshops, beatboxing
music, speakeasy evenings, discussions and live music and dance
performances). NLE is also partnering with a cadre of cross-Bronx cultural
institutions, such as the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Wave Hill, and the
POINT to market borough's dynamic cultural assets to a greater audience
that may have outdated notions of the Bronx.
Attached is the project full description. The official press release has not been released.
Liz @ NLE