The Holiday Train Show + NYBG Glow Return to the New York Botanical Garden in November 2021

 

 

 

G-scale trains zip through magical displays. Image courtesy NYBG.

NYBG’s Holiday Train Show—a favorite holiday tradition—is back for its 30th year! See model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, lotus pods, and cinnamon sticks. And on select dates, start a new holiday tradition as day turns to night with NYBG GLOW.

Continue reading “The Holiday Train Show + NYBG Glow Return to the New York Botanical Garden in November 2021”

The Incredible Floating Pool Lady Located in The Bronx

 

 

 

Image via floatingpool.org

From thought to reality, Ann Buttenwieser was inspired by the floating baths of late nineteenth century New York. Establishing The Neptune Foundation, she moved forward with her mission to design and construct a prototype for a new generation of movable waterfront pools for recreationally underserved communities. The Foundation purchased a barge, which was retrofitted to include a half Olympic-size pool ~ and the rest is now history (and in a new book!)

Continue reading “The Incredible Floating Pool Lady Located in The Bronx”

NYC Parks + The Bronx River Alliance Celebrate the Annual Bronx River Flotilla

 

 

 

Image credit: NYC Parks/Malcolm Pinckney ~ The 2021 Bronx River Flotilla

The 22nd annual Amazing Bronx River Flotilla is a celebration of the Bronx River as a revitalized resource for recreation, education, and enjoyment. On Saturday, May 15th, over 50 paddlers journeyed 5 miles down the river in canoes and kayaks, traveling past new and restored parks including the Bronx River Forest, River Park, and Concrete Plant Park, ending at Starlight Park. 

Continue reading “NYC Parks + The Bronx River Alliance Celebrate the Annual Bronx River Flotilla”

Bronx Museum of the Arts ~ Born in Flames: Feminist Futures

 

 

Chitra Ganesh, When A Girl Is Terrified She Might Run For Her Life, 2021.

Born in Flames: Feminist Futures is a constellation of imagined world-scapes projected by fourteen contemporary artists. Set within the space of an exhibition, the artwork presented is a projection of the artists’ larger visions about futurity. Each section of the show is a microcosmic speculation on what could have been, what is, or what is to come. These worlds are steeped in lessons of our complicated pasts, peppered with the ravages of oppression but also blooming joys. Their work critically examines current struggles for equity by exploring strategies for justice and equality through multifaceted futurisms.

Continue reading “Bronx Museum of the Arts ~ Born in Flames: Feminist Futures”

The Bronx Museum of the Arts Turns 50! Let’s Celebrate with #SeeMeBronx

 

 

 

Installation Image by Becca Guzzo, Project for Empty Space

The Bronx Museum of the Arts turns 50 this year, and they are kicking-off this celebratory anniversary with #SeeMeBronx, an interactive project about visibility, intersectionality, and identify with a focus on visibility as a tenet of social justice. We also celebrate The Bronx Museum of the Arts as an admission-free Museum.

Continue reading “The Bronx Museum of the Arts Turns 50! Let’s Celebrate with #SeeMeBronx”

Samantha Holmes’ ‘Mundilo/Little World’ on View at West Farms Square Plaza, Bronx

 

 

 

Samantha Holmes, Mundilo/Little World at West Farms Square. Image credit: Liz Logan

Samantha Holmes’, “Mundilo/Little World” is the sixth temporary art commission presented at West Farms Square in partnership with the Bronx River Art Center.

Continue reading “Samantha Holmes’ ‘Mundilo/Little World’ on View at West Farms Square Plaza, Bronx”

NYC Parks Unveils $3.65 Million Transformation of Grant Park in the Bronx

 

 

Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, today joined Deputy Bronx Borough President Marricka Scott-McFadden, State Assembly Member Latoya Joyner, City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, District Manager Paul Philps and Parks Chair Paul Lozito of Bronx Community Board 4, and community members to officially unveil the reconstructed Grant Park.

Continue reading “NYC Parks Unveils $3.65 Million Transformation of Grant Park in the Bronx”

NYC Parks Unveils Renovated Sensory Garden at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx

 

 

 

The Sensory Garden project. Photo credit: Daniel Avila/NYC Parks

This week, NYC Parks unveiled the renovated Sensory Garden at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. The Sensory Garden project in the Playground for All Children has expanded the existing planting space within the playground and reconstructed the wheelchair-accessible planting areas. The new design has enhanced and diversified the existing plantings with colorful new foliage and flowers, offering playful light and shadow effects, sounds, touchable textures, and fragrances showcasing native biodiversity.

Continue reading “NYC Parks Unveils Renovated Sensory Garden at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx”

Take a Look at the $42.6 Million in Improvements Made to Bronx Parks

 

 

St. Mary’s. Photo credit: NYC Parks/Daniel Avila

NYC Parks today announced the completion of eight projects and soon completion of two others, totaling $42.6 million in renovations to Bronx parks. The projects range from new playgrounds and neighborhood improvements to major capital upgrades, and include transformations through the Community Parks Initiative, Parks Without Borders and Anchor Parks.

Continue reading “Take a Look at the $42.6 Million in Improvements Made to Bronx Parks”

The Bronx Museum of the Arts to Reopen September 9th with Sanford Biggers & José Parlá

 

 

 


Sanford Biggers, Khemetstry, 2017. Courtesy the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery

The Bronx Museum of the Arts is reopening on Wednesday, September 9th with Sanford Biggers: Codeswitch, a solo show featuring more than 50 quilt-based works by the artist, and José Parlá: It’s Yours, evoking the artist’s personal connection to the Bronx. Reserve your visit.

Continue reading “The Bronx Museum of the Arts to Reopen September 9th with Sanford Biggers & José Parlá”

Historic Manida Street in the Bronx now a Landmarked Historic District

 

 

 

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate Manida Street in Hunts Point a Historic District.  Below is a brief history of this beautiful street.

Continue reading “Historic Manida Street in the Bronx now a Landmarked Historic District”

A Walk Through The Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx

 

 

 

The Andrew Freedman House

COVID-19 has created a swift economic downturn for large and small businesses alike. We have seen tremendous unemployment and a volatile stock market – not unlike the Great Depression in 1929 ~ with so many New Yorkers loosing their businesses and their savings. A remnant of the Great Depression still exists in the Bronx. We thought it a good time to take a look back at the history of The Andrew Freedman Home.

Continue reading “A Walk Through The Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx”

Legendary Tuskeegee Airmen & Captain Roscoe Brown Plaza Unveiled in the Bronx

 

 

 

Renamed M.L.K. Plaza, now Captain Roscoe Brown, Ph.D. Plaza

A renovated plaza in the Bronx has been named for Tuskeegee Airman and former Bronx Community College President Captain, Roscoe Brown, Ph.D. NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP joined Former New York City Mayor David Norman Dinkins; Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz Jr.; City Council Member Fernando Cabrera; Community Board 5 District Manager Kenneth Brown; President of Bronx Community College Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe; Dr. Roscoe Brown’s son Dr. Dennis Brown; and community members to cut the ribbon on renovations to the former M.L.K. Plaza, and officially rename it Captain Roscoe Brown, Ph. D. Plaza.

Continue reading “Legendary Tuskeegee Airmen & Captain Roscoe Brown Plaza Unveiled in the Bronx”

El Barrio’s MonumentArt Project 2015

 

 

 

EVER for Monument Art Project, PS 109 at 99th Street & Third Avenue

MonumentArt2015 was the second installment of the International Mural Festival in East Harlem and the Bronx, sponsored by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito,  José Morales of La Marqueta Retoña and La Respuesta in Santurce, Puerto Rico, partnered with muralist Celso González‎ to produce and curate the festival. Eleven internationally known artists created nine murals throughout El Barrio from 99th Street to 138th Street. Many of the murals focused on El Barrio’s rich culture and heritage. Let’s take a walk, as we watched the artists create in October, 2015.

Looking back……

Continue reading “El Barrio’s MonumentArt Project 2015”

Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing at Bronx Museum of the Arts

 

 

Shyu Ruey-Shiann, Dreambox, 2012. Wolf 125 motorcycle, motors, metal construction, steel, wire, sensor, transformer.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts opens its doors to Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking and Seeing ~ an exhibition questioning notions of utility, rationality and progress.

Continue reading “Useless: Machines for Dreaming, Thinking, and Seeing at Bronx Museum of the Arts”

‘The World is Our Oyster’ is unveiled at Soundview’s PS 69 in the Bronx

 

 

Image via NYC DOT

The World is Our Oyster by artist Carla Torres ~ one of DOTArt’s largest asphalt art murals, was unveiled December 2, 2018 on Thieriot Avenue in the Bronx.

Continue reading “‘The World is Our Oyster’ is unveiled at Soundview’s PS 69 in the Bronx”

Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect at Bronx Museum

 

 

Installation View, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect, 2017. Photo credit Stefan Hagan via Bronx Museum

Over 100 artworks, including rarely seen materials, are on view at The Bronx Museum of the Arts in the exhibit, Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect.

Continue reading “Gordon Matta-Clark: Anarchitect at Bronx Museum”

Serengeti Teas & Spices ~ East Harlem + Union Crossing in the Bronx

 

 

 

Doughba Caranda-Martin in his new East Harlem Tea Shop

A November 2020 update ~ Serengeti Teas & Provisions has signed a lease for 3,800 square feet at the Union Crossing development in the Bronx. The retailer will take a lobby space at 825 East 141st Street in the Bronx. A little about Union Crossing.

A beautiful addition arrived on East 125th Street ~ Serengeti Teas & Spices has a vast selection of not only teas, but also coffee, cocoa, small bites, soups and sandwiches ~ and lovely gifts.

Coronavirus Update ~ Open for pre-paid pickup! Check their site.

Continue reading “Serengeti Teas & Spices ~ East Harlem + Union Crossing in the Bronx”

Design Trust for Public Space Finalists Selected……and the Winners Are!

 

 

 

Andy Wiley-Schwartz with Carey King and Laura Hansen

Out of 105 initial responses to the 2017 Call for Project Ideas presented by Design Trust for Public Space, two winners emerged.  The New East Harlem Merchant Association (NHEMA) and South Bronx Unite. On Saturday, December 2nd, South Bronx Unite and Design Trust for Public Space will kick-off Power in Place: Building Community Wealth and Well Being in Mott Haven-Port Morris – a community asset mapping and planning project, with an open house and celebration. The Event will take place from 3:00-5:00pm at Metropolitan College of New York, 463 East 149th Street in the Bronx.  Community members will learn important information on how they can participate in this project.

See you there!

Continue reading “Design Trust for Public Space Finalists Selected……and the Winners Are!”