BX woman remembered for helping to create borough's cultural backbone

A woman known for fighting hard for the South Bronx is being remembered.

Irma Fleck died on February 11at the age of 84 in Florida, but her legacy in the Bronx still lives on. Fleck was a woman who was described in the book "South Bronx Rising" as a short, red haired go-getter. Those who knew her say that description fits her well. Bronx historian Lloyd Ultan says Fleck was a person who could make things happen and did make things happen.

In fact, Fleck worked to beautify the Bronx by turning vacant lots into gardens. She also was a force in finding affordable housing for those in need. In addition, she was one of the founders of the Claremont Neighborhood Center, a place that now provides after-school programs and substance abuse counseling in the South Bronx.

Fleck also put Bronx culture on the map by helping to create the Bronx Council on Arts as well as the Bronx Museum of Arts.

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