We Are Melrose Street Fest Honors S. Bronx’s Legacy

Karen Washington, Black Urban Growers co-founder, graciously accepted her certificate of recognition from Sepulveda.
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Bronxites had a great time celebrating summer at this year’s We Are Melrose Street Fest on Saturday, July 20 at East 160th Street and Melrose Avenue. The event celebrating the south Bronx’s unique environmental resilience, tenacity and legacy, featured live performances by Mazarte Dance Company, Trio Ideal and Fusha Dance Company; an all-female poetry jam session showcasing the lyrical prowess of Caridad ‘La Bruja’ de la Luz, Afua Ansong and Carmen Bardegüez-Brown; the annual Harvesting Culture Awards Ceremony and special circus-style attraction Roberto ‘The Real Ice Man’ Velásquez.

Ursula Chanse, Bronx Green-Up and NYBG Community Horticulture director, was honored by Senator Luis Sepulveda.
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Nancy Ortiz-Surun was honored by the senator at this year’s Harvesting Culture Awards.
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Maximino Rivera (l), Rainbow Garden of Life & Health, was proud to accept his award from Sepulveda.
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Danny Chervoni (l), Brook Park head gardener was honored for his community service.
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Tanya Fields, The BLK ProjeK executive director, was formally recognized by Sepulveda.
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