Clason Point Gardens, Soundview History, Story Avenue


This area was known as Aquahung

Run by the Snakapin tribe
Sinawoys killed Anne Hutchinson

Who would think we’d have a river parkway
Named after a dead white woman
Who conquered the land

All early farms mostly swamps
Fast forward to 1941

Clason Point Gardens
First public housing in the borough
45 buildings 2 stories each

History only reaches
As far as you can remember

Reveals faint fossils
But blunt guts is all that remains
Right next to blood stain on bench

Was Wesley thinking
About how white men could jump in junior high

Was Andre Harrell thinking of Uptown Records
Once he felt New Jack Swing

What was Sonia Sotomayor’s concept
Of justice marching through dark hallways of Bronxdale

When did Kemba think he could truly
Crossover as he and Corey Fisher started cooking
At Watson while Cory Gunz 3rd and Slugga
Had a freestyle session after a frozen nemo

Bambataa saw peace squashing beef
Between rival crews at Stevenson

Saw the Planet Rock from
Turntable rotation at maximum speed

Let the breaks rotate create brand new universe
All from the Boogie Down

Bulldozers knock down remnants of tenements
Letting the ghosts scatter

Doing monkey flips on playgrounds
With no merry go rounds only

Spiderwebs on slides elephant sprinklers
Tagged claiming enemy territory

Amongst neighborly love
Where mamas and wifeys serve
Customers then wish you a good day

Once upon a time block party cookout
For all the fathers with enough burgers and buns

For everyone to sip dark from red plastic cups
And burn flagrantly until pigs
Invaded without permit

Sunday morning baked bread
After first homily to learn history from the sky

Connection to world from backpark building
Tribute to mumbled muffled whispers

Hearing you for the moments
Forgetting you forever

Water stayed on the minds after hair is wet
Puddle close to curb
Where sewer won’t drain

Every step with collected condensation

Soundview area
Story and Noble always in my conversation

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