Jerome Avenue (165th to 184th Street) – Disruption of A Communities’ Affect

Jerome Avenue is home to a diverse community of local barbershops, diners and auto repair shops that have been around for decades. These small primarily immigrant owned shops have brought culture and ambience to the area, through the services they provide. This element reminds me of Teresa Brennan’s “The Transmission of Affect”, which identifies in order to understand “how one feels the others’ affects, or the “atmosphere, has to take account of physiology as well as the social, psychological factors that generated the atmosphere”. When going to a new place, it is the sensations of sights, smells and the physical factors that changes how we feel about the environment and atmosphere we’re in, a unique element that becomes embedded in our minds. As these physiological factors get torn down by the rezoning plans, it will cause drastic changes to not only the members of the direct community in the area but also surrounding communities. This leads me to my research on the logistics behind the Rezoning Plan set for Jerome Avenue.

Through further research into the Rezoning Plan, recently approved by the City Council, I discovered the controversy over this plan between the locals and city council. The rezoning plan is a part of the de Blasio effort to provide more affordable housing in the near future. Changes to the area will affect areas around 165th street and 184th street on Jerome Avenue. The promise of transforming “the corridor by broadening permitted uses, allowing housing, and most importantly affordable housing, schools, and other community facilities where none are permitted today under the outdated zoning”, stated by City Planning Chairwomen, comes at the cost of eliminating 77 local businesses and displacing 584 employees. Already, members of the community are facing challenges as auto repair shops are no longer able to renew their lease and facing limited options in terms of where they will go once the rezoning plan hits full on.

I intend to approach the project from an objective manner and observe the impacts as it unfolds both through interacting with the direct community and by following the physical effects that takes place. As pointed out in Jane Bennet’s “Vibrant Matter”, outside of “human designs and practices”, which we tend to focus on, the “thing power: the curious ability of inanimate things to animate, to act, to produce effects dramatic and subtle”, can tell us the role that these physical structures have in public life and how that is about to all change with the demolition of these structures.


Works Cited:

Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: a Political Ecology of Things. Duke University Press, 2010.

Brennan, Teresa. The Transmission of Affect. Ithaca: Cornell, 2004. 


Nikita Dane


~ by nikitadane98 on September 23, 2018.

2 Responses to “Jerome Avenue (165th to 184th Street) – Disruption of A Communities’ Affect”

  1. Most Informative. It’s clear that you did your research on this issue as you have found roughly precise numbers of the amount of people, families, and lives that are already, and will continue to be affected by the Rezoning Plan: “77 local businesses and displacing 584 employees”.

  2. 2. Style, voice, affect. I appreciate the fact that you mentioned the auto repair shops, because that’s what most people in NYC, if not, the Bronx would associate Jerome ave with. This really strengthens your point when you mention that “77 local businesses”, are facing challenges, since Jerome avenue is a strip with mostly auto repair shops with mostly undocumented workers. How are these people going to get a job? It’s a community that works together to keep going. The percarity that I understand is that people are going to lose their jobs and its slowly changing the environment and the culture (if not mistaking).

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