The following galleries give a glimpse at just some of the different activities and projects taking place at Chestnut buildings located throughout the city.
Chestnut and Dream Yard- Bronx Arts Festival
Chestnut Holdings and Dream Yard partnered in the annual Bronx Arts Festival. Over 1,000 Bronx Public School students were involved in the festival either through performances or the gallery show, and all events took place at Lehman College.
This is the second year of Chestnut Holdings partnering with Dream Yard, and we were able to allow them to continue to support a partner school that they had a relationship with for almost a decade who was facing a dire budget crisis this year. Chestnut Holdings partnership allowed PS 33 the availability to continue the Dance classes as part of their curriculum. The students from this school (PS 33) are pictured as part of the June 2nd evening event. Chestnut Holdings looks forward to continuing to do what we can to improve the quality of life for all Bronx residents
Chestnut and Bronx is Blooming
Residents of the Bronx took part in Claremont Park Day as Chestnut Holdings partnered with The Bronx is Blooming and The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation to engage the community through environmental stewardship and educational activities. The event brought out close to 100 volunteers who enjoyed a great day of helping to beautify and restore Claremont Park. The New York Public Library also joined to encourage attendees to sign up and visit their local branches.
Chestnut and DreamYard Art Ceremony
Students from P.S. 95 worked with DreamYard’s art instructors to create an art display that was unveiled in the lobby of Chestnut’s building at 1504 Sheridan Avenue. We held a ceremony for the culmination of the six-month project and discussed with the students how the art reflected people and images in the Bronx community that were memorable to them. The art will continue to hang in the building lobby for all residents to enjoy.
DreamYard Art Workshops
During a recent art workshop, DreamYard instructors worked with Chestnut residents to create screen prints. The free workshop was held in the lobby of Chestnut’s building at 1504 Sheridan Avenue, and each participant left with his or her own masterpiece!
Chestnut has partnered with the DreamYard Project to provide free art workshops for tenants this spring. During a recent session at DreamYard’s Art Center in the Bronx, participants each created their own glass mosaic pieces.
In 2013 Chestnut acquired the Shalom Aleichem Houses, three distressed properties made up of 15 buildings, in Van Cortland Village in the Bronx. This gallery provides a glimpse of the beautifully renovated complex in recent months during both the Fall and Winter seasons.
Bronx Reading Team
Chestnut and the Bronx Council on the Arts partnered to create The Bronx Reading Team. The free program was available to neighborhood children who met in the lobby of a Chestnut building during the Fall to read and discuss The Hunger Games.
Bronx Story Team
Chestnut and the BCA also partnered to establish the Bronx Story Team program. The team met on Saturdays in the lobby of a Chestnut building to share their experiences inside and outside of the Bronx with creative written and oral storytelling.
This gallery includes images from the lobby renovation at The Snowbell, a Chestnut building located at 240 East 175th Street in the Bronx. The renovations included a new lobby floor as well as the installation of beautifully detailed ceiling medallions.
Chestnut’s 2013 Holiday Party for Residents
The Sargent Cherry
Chestnut has owned The Sargent Cherry, located at 1115 Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, since 2005. Recently, the Chestnut team gave the building lobby a fresh look with new paint, floors, and decorations on the ceiling and walls!
Chestnut encourages and supports reading and education opportunities for all tenants, and has provided young tenants with gift cards to purchase books and other learning materials through its Reading Matters program.