Jerome Avenue revitalized to foster community ties
A new Street Seat on Jerome Avenue is reinvigorating what was once an underutilized street space.
Unveiled by the Jerome Gun Hill Business Improvement District and Department of Transportation yesterday, the new space at Jerome Avenue and East Gun Hill Road will serve as a vibrant social spot.
The space offers movable furniture, plantings, and a mural painted by Bronx artist Britny Lizet, and will be dedicated to the medical community for the work that they have done throughout the pandemic.
The Jerome Gun Hill BID will hold programming in the space, including free public events twice a month, and will partner with local community organizations and neighborhood businesses throughout the summer and early fall to bring free art activities, books, food from local restaurants, live music, and other events.
Revitalization of the intersection by the DOT's Public Space Unit and Art Program builds on Mayor Bill de Blasio's "State of the City" commitment to bring newly designed public spaces to the top 33 neighborhoods across the city hardest hit by the pandemic, and is meant to support local small businesses, foster community ties, and provide space for arts, culture, and programming.