Much of Broadway Junction’s character derives from its impressive size, maze-like layout, relative isolation, and a design that contains little regard for conventional beauty.
Decades after photographing its abandoned buildings and makeshift playgrounds, Camilo José Vergara sees an unmatched contrast between past and present in the economically devastated borough.
Camilo José Vergara takes his camera to the intersection Lou Reed sang about in 1967.
Camilo José Vergara takes his camera to Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood.
Thirty years ago, his likeness could be found in many poor, minority communities. Today, these images are disappearing as the buildings they were painted on have either collapsed or have been demolished.
Street fashion trends spotted in this part of the Bronx often spread to the rest of the world. Its diversity and density make it beautiful and memorable.
Change may be on the horizon for the city’s unofficial town square, but it is not yet apparent on its streets.
The group’s Minister of Culture designed posters that were glued on the walls of decaying buildings in mostly black and Latino neighborhoods.
Portraits of the slain civil rights leader captured over time give us a view of history from neighborhoods that often go unrecorded.