As Netflixs new evidence The Get down graphs the boroughs musical past, the area is becoming a hipster hotspot
In New York right now the talk is all about The Get down. Baz Luhrmanns Netflix visual extravaganza graphing the birth of hip-hop was the most eagerly awaited brand-new appearance of the summer, a hugely expensive( its reported to have overhead $120 m) and vividly envisioned take on a hour when a few obstructs in the South Bronx were at the centre of a musical revolution.
Yet while the rest of the city generates in to nostalgia for New Yorks heyday as the unclean, hazardous imaginative capital of the world, in the South Bronx itself a little welcome revolution is currently underway. The province that was once shorthand for city deterioration, a no-go zone of burned-out structures, craving and desperation, is in the developers crosshairs.
Theres talk of gentrification, of rebranding the domain as the Piano District, of big-budget projections and of how the South Bronx could become the brand-new Williamsburg , a hotspot for tables, restaurants and hipsters, if those involved only play it the right way. Silvercup Studios, the yield facility behind TV testifies such as Girls and Elementary, plans to open a new place in Port Morris, while real-estate houses Somerset Partner and the Chetrit Group hope to develop a luxury apartment complex, terminated with boutique hotels, nightclubs and a waterfront esplanade set to open in 2020.
Meanwhile, Robert De Niro is reported to be producing the latest version of acclaimed Italian cook Massimo Botturas Refettorio Ambrosiano project to the place. The initiative tackles food waste while feeding the homeless.
Not everyone is convinced by these grand hopes. Were campaigning hyper-speculation where we look all this mass exploitation coming into local communities because the land is cheaper, pronounces Mychal Johnson, who works for parish radical South Bronx Unite. People are coming in and trying to build so many different types of structures virtually 46% of all development in the Bronx is happening here in the South Bronx which has the potential to dislodge those who have been here fighting through the hard times. If you cant live in the South Bronx, then where can you live?