This summer ABC Bronx got a new look as we took a big, green leap to further our mission and widen our vision.
We welcome you to our outlet location where we’ve created an urban oasis for the community with the launching of three new, green initiatives that have reduced the pollution flowing into the Bronx River. As well as building from within, ABC Bronx also underwent an interior transformation with new product and new design. Using beauty as a tool for change, our outlet location now serves not only as a design hub, but a learning center meant to educate visitors and school groups about sustainable design and to inspire the expansion of green business.
A result of PlaNYC under the Bronx River Watershed Initiative, these initiatives were funded from a portion of the $7 million worth of fines collected from businesses whom were illegally discharging into the Bronx River. An environmental reap and sow, these projects bring balance to nature, as well as our economy.
In our backyard:
WATERWASH ABC is our innovative wetlands creation meant to counteract petro-chemical discharge into the Bronx River. Environmental artist, Lillian Ball, with the aid of the inner-city youth of Rocking the Boat, installed over 8,000 native plants that now filter storm water and create a wildlife preserve. A true labor of love, the wetlands are meant to bring beauty back to the Bronx. Complete with benches and a table for picnicking; WATERWASH ABC is an educational, environmental urban reserve to serve the community.
On our roof:
A living product of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Center (BOEDC) and Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), our 10,000 square foot green roof will eliminate fifty percent of approximately 300,000 gallons of storm water annually that would otherwise pollute the Bronx River.
In our front yard:
Finally, a tree bank in the front of the Bronx location, Trees NY’s Sidewalk Vegetative Control Project (SVC) will mitigate approximately 2,000,000 gallons of stormwater runoff annually on the Bronx River while beautifying the area.
On the inside:
To align with all of the positive change happening on the outside, we also gave ABC a full makeover on the inside. We see the home as a manifestation of personal expression, so it only makes sense for our space to serve as a place of inspiration. Offseting the Bronx’s modern collections, an installation of nearly 1,000 reclaimed wood pallets and ABC-inspired prints – saturated pop photos – artistically depicting the river and wetlands now compliment our reclaimed wood pieces. While purusing, we have tucked away information about our green initiatives – how they came to be and how they are creating a positive impact on the environment. The interior reflecting the exterior, our outlet location allows us to embrace our ABC vision, educate our guests and has created a home for the Bronx community.
Please join us for a visit – WATERWASH ABC® and Trees NY are accessible via Bruckner Expressway and open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. To view the ABC Carpet & Home Green Roof, please contact Sue Greenberg at 718.517.6224 to schedule an appointment for your group. In the meantime, explore some of our choice products from ABC Bronx below.
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