This past Saturday, I headed down to The Mix Coffeehaus in Mott Haven. I’d been meaning to go for a while, but things kept coming up. When I saw on Instagram that they were hosting a screening of a film called Bronx Narratives, I made sure that my schedule was clear!
Let me start with the coffeehouse itself; its spacious brightly lit interior on a frigid Saturday afternoon was exactly what I needed. I ordered a chai latte (bonus points for having almond milk for all my fellow lactose intolerant people!) and a blueberry cheese danish that was delicious. As it is only a pop up shop, it was set to close at the end of January, but may stay open a little longer – fingers crossed!
Prior to the screening of the film, a slideshow of a series of tweets bashing the Bronx played across the screen, setting a really poignant scene for the film itself. The brainchild of Bronxites Dondre Green, Decota Letman, and Hoay Smith, Bronx Narratives aims to reveal the personal anecdotes of Bronxites themselves. Entirely honest, the film featured stories from Bronxites who loved the Bronx to those who longed for developments to solve some of the borough’s problems and voids.
Following the screening, there was an open forum in which members of the audience shared their Bronx narratives and we (yes, ALL of us in the audience) discussed ways to unite our communities to improve the Bronx and promote all the wonderful sights and attractions we have.
It was beautiful.
Watch Bronx Narratives below.