Built for the Gospel


The South Bronx is an incredibly artistic and proud collection of beautifully broken folks. You see the symptoms of gentrification everywhere. There’s an antique shop in Mott Haven and a bistro where there used to be a crack house. This neighborhood never used to have those niceties. Although in some ways it is still criminally under-resourced, the community in the South Bronx continues to influence the world and the city. It’s the birthplace of hip hop. Some of the fathers of graffiti art hail from the South Bronx. This place was built for the gospel, and that’s why Rich Rivera loves it so much.