Florida on a Tankful: After years of blight, art brings light

By Scott Fais, Feature Reporter
Last Updated: Thursday, March 24, 2016, 10:01 AM EDT

"Northwood Village is very cozy,” says Jasmine Etienne with the Community Redevelopment Agency in West Palm Beach.

Ten years ago this evening, most people would not visit Northwood. The town that most would drive through with their doors locked is now open again for business and visitors.

"Let's go take a look,” says Nickie Hennevelt as she leads a group of two dozen.

On select Saturday nights, you'll find Hennevelt on foot, leading tours of art galleries. Part artist, part tour guide, wholeheartedly Northwood Village.

"I want them to come and enjoy, the vintage feeling, of a great, unique neighborhood,” she says.

Hennevelt is part of the fabric of this urban community. Her “Northwood Village Artwalk Tours” give visitors a chance to stroll, mingle and become inspired by a neighborhood whose best days are still to come.

"I would love to live in this kind of community, where art is all around, people are working together as a community,” says Bobbie Kaufman visiting from Long Island.

After years of blight, there is light with art.

"Our murals are amazing,” says Etienne.

Visitors are invited to snack and sip as the sun sets. Throughout the evening, folks will venture into about 10 different art galleries. And there is also art on the plates, when you get hungry.

"It's just not an art gallery," Hennevelt said. "They have gelato!”

The 90-minute stroll provides insight into Northwood’s past and future.

"Northwood is like a little, a little nook, that nobody gets to see,” said Brian Leibowitz from Lakeworth, Florida.

Northwood's new reputation makes a lasting impression.

"It's very heartwarming to see an area reinvent itself,” says Mal Danker, visiting from New York.

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