On My Block is a love letter to New York City from a native New Yorker. The project utilizes portraits and cityscapes to give the viewer a unique perspective of the city.
I was born in a city famous for movie scenes where it’s always loud and it seems no one ever sleeps. The streets are mean but as the song says, “If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.” I know it as the mecca of dreams, where many arrive with nothing more than a pocketful of them. New York is the birthplace of gypsy cabs, the “baconeggandcheese” (yes, all one word), and hip-hop. Here you can find preachers praying to deities and dealers selling rock on the adjacent corner. The graffiti-filled trains became my passport to the different worlds within my city. The South Bronx, the Heights, Queens Bridge, Brownsville, and Stapleton were all a hop of the turnstiles away.
All of these places are as different as countries, but they share something. The people who call these neighborhoods home refer to them as “my block” with ownership and pride. The more I explored having Tres Golpes for breakfast, hanging out with backpackers, practicing my dun language, and going to a gallery opening in SoHo, I realized no matter where I was in the city, I was always On My Block.
David ‘Dee’ Delgado is a Puerto Rican independent photographer based in New York City mainly focused on documentary and photojournalism. His interest in learning and desire to help people made him realize the necessity of documenting his surroundings and broadening the conversation with the use of a camera.
He has had his work be part of the Jerome Avenue Workers Project, the Bronx Artist Documentary Project, Bronx X Bronx, No Longer Empty, Eddie Adams XXX, the 71st Missouri Photo Workshop, and the Museum of the City of New York.
He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Getty, Reuters, and many others. He is also the recipient of the 2017 Nikon Bill Eppridge Memorial Award for Excellence and Truth in Photographic Journalism.
Founded in 2011 in Brooklyn, NY, Photoville was built on the principles of addressing cultural equity and inclusion, which we are always striving for, by ensuring that the artists we exhibit are diverse in gender, class, and race.
In pursuit of its mission, Photoville produces an annual, city-wide open air photography festival in New York City, a wide range of free educational community initiatives, and a nationwide program of public art exhibitions.
By activating public spaces, amplifying visual storytellers, and creating unique and highly innovative exhibition and programming environments, we join the cause of nurturing a new lens of representation.
Through creative partnerships with festivals, city agencies, and other nonprofit organizations, Photoville offers visual storytellers, educators, and students financial support, mentorship, and promotional & production resources, on a range of exhibition opportunities.
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NYC Parks is the steward of more than 30,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 1,800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 65 public pools, 51 recreational facilities, 15 nature centers, 14 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City’s principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.
On My Block
Featuring: David ‘Dee’ Delgado
LocationsView Location Details Van Cortland Park
Bronx, NY 10471
- Monday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Tuesday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Wednesday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Thursday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Friday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Saturday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Sunday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm