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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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……

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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