South Bronx Rising Third Edition by Jill Jonnes

South Bronx Rising Third Edition by Jill Jonnes


Oct 23, 2022 | 7pm


Join the BDC for a book launch with author Jill Jonnes, as she presents the 3rd edition of South Bronx Rising. Jonnes will be accompanied by writer Nilka Martell as they discuss the book’s publication and the impact these photographs have had in the Bronx.

Thirty-five years after this landmark of urban history first captured the rise, fall, and rebirth of a once-thriving New York City borough—ravaged in the 1970s and ’80s by disinvestment and fires, then heroically revived and rebuilt in the 1990s by community activists—Jill Jonnes returns to chronicle the ongoing revival of the South Bronx. Though now globally renowned as the birthplace of hip-hop, the South Bronx remains America’s poorest urban congressional district. In this new edition, we meet the present generation of activists who are transforming their communities with the arts and greening,  in projects like the restoration of the Bronx River. At the same time, real estate investors have noticed, setting off new gentrification struggles.


Jill Jonnes is the author of Conquering Gotham, Empires of Light, and South Bronx Rising. She was named a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar and has received several grants from the Ford Foundation. 

Nilka Martell is a parks advocate, writer, and the founder of “Loving the Bronx”, an online resource that shares the history and culture of the Bronx.

Cover image © Michael Young