The South Bronx is famous for two reasons: it is home to the 15th Congressional District, the poorest district in the United States; and for its crime. What is it like to grow up in Mott Haven, ranked among the highest-risk communities for children? This project revolves around a group of four close friends living on 3rd Avenue. In the midst of a harsh environment, these boys have found belonging in one another. This bond is a cornerstone for them. They rely on each other when their families cannot afford to buy them food, they help each other get back from school, and they offer a second family of support and trust. The aim is to shed light on an area of New York that routinely receives negative attention, and to document the fragile world of youthfulness in the context of a community that is highly influenced by fear and violence.
This project follows the group of boys from their Freshmen to Senior year of high school.