New South Bronx Apartments Named For Local Nun
A once-empty lot in the South Bronx is now the site of new apartments.
The Sister Thomas Apartments at 870 Southern Boulevard in Hunts Point was officially named Thursday.
The abandoned city-owned lot, once a reminder of the crime that plagued the neighborhood in the 1970s, was developed by the South East Bronx Community Organization into 103 units of affordable housing.
“When I came up today in my car and I went through the area, and it was extraordinary,” said former Mayor Ed Koch, who attended the dedication. “It was alive. And I remember when I went through this area when I became mayor and it was dead or dying.”
“And Lord make this home a happy place and bless it from above. So that’s how my new family knows how much I love them,” said Sister Thomas of the Sisters of Charity, whose name graces the apartments.
Sister Thomas was one of those who led the push to clean up the neighborhood and bring housing back to the borough.