This entire project would not have been possible without the support, assistance and love from a number of people.
First and foremost, I’d like to praise and thank God for blessing me with the experiences, knowledge and fervor to accomplish this thesis. None of this would have been possible without the strength He instilled in me.
To my advisors in this journey, Barry Salmon and Melissa Grey, who saw my vision and guided me in its execution. This idea came to me in my Sounds Studies course taught by Melissa, and I am so grateful to have continued working on this under your guidance. After writing in my draft proposal that this piece is not breaking barriers, you told me that I was, and that I should be proud of my work. Thank you for believing in me, and showing me that I am, indeed, breaking barriers. And Barry, when we first met to discuss having you on as my primary advisor, there was an instant connection that has continued throughout this process. I am beyond blessed to have worked with you and call you a mentor.
To my assistant sound recorder and sister, Alexandra Abreu: thank you a million times for seeing my vision and taking on the task to help me record sounds of our esteemed borough. This project could not have been as dynamic without your help.
To my supportive family and partner: thank you for lending me your sympathetic ears. Words cannot describe how much it has meant to me throughout the years.
To all of the interviewees. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me about your experiences. Your voices matter and need to be heard. Thank you for allowing me to share your stories and wisdom.
To my web developer, a Bronx native himself: Maximilian Martinez. You have been such a joy to work with. I am blessed that you were able to help me bring this map to life! Thank you for your counsel. I am forever indebted to you.
And to Jiji Ugboma, for the fire name that is Bronxounds!
I couldn’t have done it without you all. Thank you, thank you! A million times, thank you!