Astin Jacobo, Unofficial Mayor of Crotona, Baseball Academy founder

Astin Jacobo (1929-2002), was a community advocate who played an important role in the renewal of his problem-ridden Bronx neighborhood, Crotona, a neighborhood he had lived in since 1970. He was often called the Unofficial Mayor of Crotona. Besides doing volunteer work and serving as an organizer, Mr. Jacobo worked for decades as the custodian of St. Martin of Tours elementary school in Crotona. After moving to Crotona from his home in the Dominican Republic, he used his knowledge of sports to form children’s sports teams. A baseball academy was eventually begun in his name in The Bronx. He got… Read More

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Arthur Crier, influential Doo-Wop singer

Arthur Crier was born in Manhattan on April 1, 1935, and grew up listening to the Ink Spots and the Mills Brothers in the early 1940s.   A glee club singer by the first grade, he was performing gospel with a local amateur quintet called the Heavenly Five in the Morrisania section of the Bronx by age 15. In the winter of 1953, Arthur formed the Chimes and recorded two singles, including “Dearest Darling”, for Royal Roost that year.  In early 1956, he recorded several songs for Old Town Records with a group called the Hummers.  The Mellows had first recorded… Read More

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Arlington Leon Eastman, empire and boiler builder

Arlington Leon Eastmond, CEO of the EASCO Boiler Corporation; the largest minority owned and operated steel boiler and tank manufacturer in the country, learned the boiler trade from his Bajan father, Arlington Leon Eastmond, Sr. In turn, Leon passed on his passion for entrepreneurship and business acumen to his sons Frederick and Leon and his grandson Tyren, EASCO’s COO. Today, the family is collectively building on a nearly 100 year legacy of hard work and devotion to community. EASCO is in the heart of NYC’s most economically challenged borough, the Bronx, and employs over 100 people (98% are Black &… Read More

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