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LOOKING FORWARD TO 2018 IN THE BRONX

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2018 IN THE BRONX!
by Olga Luz Tirado

 

2017 is soon ending and some will agree not a moment too soon. But the New Year is for new beginnings and there is a lot to look forward to coming up in the Boogie Down.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts’ 2018 season is filled with traditional favorites such as salsa, bachata, hip hop, symphonies and ballets. But on JANUARY 28, for the first time in over 35 years, the acclaimed Imago Theater will present a new fairy tale experience titled La Belle, Lost in the World of Automaton. This show meshes elements of steampunk and automata with the original classic Beauty and The Beast. See the entire 2018 lineup here.

In FEBRUARY Hostos Center for Arts & Culture will present a celebration of multicultural sharing for African American History Month! Come listen to the wit, wisdom, and humor of The African Drum as it reveals “How The Turtle Got Its Shell” and three more African folk tales woven into the shadow puppet adventures of little girl Kijana and her animal friends.

Linda’s Jazz Wednesdays brings us The Alma Micic Quartet in MARCH at the An Beal Bocht Café. Alma Micic is an internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist and the March show is comprised of nine selections, five original compositions and four standards. For tickets to this show and other Jazz Nights performances, click here.

APRIL is for the birds at Wave Hill with a new exhibit at the Glyndor Gallery. Avifauna: Interplay of Birds + Habitat features artworks that delve into the relationship between birds and their habitats—from the role birds play in propagating plants to changes in how the natural and built environment effects migration patterns. The exhibit opens April 7. But in the meantime, don’t forget that Wave Hill also offers a great concert series. See the 2018 lineup here. Photo caption: James Prosek, Cypress Swamp, North Carolina, 2015. Hand=painted acrylic on sheetrock, 142 x 304 3/4 inches.

In MAY the annual Bronx Week celebration of the best of The Bronx begins on the 10th and ends with a parade, food and arts festival and free concert on the 20th with lots of great events in between. Go to the Bronx Week page on ilovethebronx.com website for the latest news.

Also in May, the New York Botanical Garden will present Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i, a major exhibition exploring the artist’s immersion in the Hawaiian Islands in 1939 when she was commissioned by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now Dole Food Company) to paint a pineapple for an ad campaign. She painted a lot of beautiful foliage on that trip, but no pineapples. The exhibit will also feature Aloha Nights with Hawaiian entertainment perfect for date night. The exhibit ends in October.

The Bronx River Art Center will launch a new public art exhibit in Starlight Park to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Bronx International Exposition. The 2018 Bronx Exposition of Science, Art and Technology will open to the public on JUNE 30th and will feature several art installations.

And speaking of the Bronx River, the River House will also open in 2018 as a cutting edge environmental learning laboratory and base of operations for the restoration of the Bronx River and the development of the Bronx River Greenway. The building will incorporate high-level green design elements and will be heated and cooled by a geothermal system, powered with solar panels, and covered with a blanket of shading greenery. Rainwater will also be collected to help flush toilets, feed the landscaping, and wash canoes. It's been called the "Greenest Building in the South Bronx," by The New York Times! Check www.bronxriver.org for updates.

In JULY Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will bring back the Bronx Summer Concert Series at Orchard Beach so get ready to dance on the sand under the sun while listening to local and top bands.

AUGUST is Bronx SalsaFest, a month-long, borough-wide festival of the music, the musicians and the dance. From walking tours to panel discussions to live performances and, of course, dancing – Bronx SalsaFest pays homage to our salsa legends many of whom hail from El Condado de La Salsa: The BX.

In SEPTEMBER, Arthur Avenue comes alive as thousands of locals and visitors descend upon the Real Little Italy to commemorate Ferragosto, an Italian holiday celebrating the Assumption of Mary. There will plenty of food, drink, music, street performers and fun.

Sunday, the 21st of OCTOBER is the 24th Annual Tour de Bronx, the largest free cycling event in New York State. It’s a great way to see the borough with thousands of other cyclists. Did we mention it’s FREE?

In NOVEMBER we savor the flavors of our diverse cuisine with Savor The Bronx Restaurant Week featuring a diverse array of multicultural cuisine. Go to our YouTube channel and check out some of the videos.

And that brings us back to DECEMBER. Make sure you subscribe to Go Bronx, the official eNewsletter for The Bronx Tourism Council to know what’s happening in the borough. 

SHOPPING AROUND THE WORLD in The Bronx

 

The Bronx is home to many immigrants and as such we strive to keep our ethnic traditions alive. There are many shops that offer a variety of items from trinkets, food items and apparel. Travelling to one continent from another is simply a matter of driving or taking public transportation.

 

At Mary Anne’s Irish Gift Shop, a family-owned boutique, one can find all sorts of hand-knit sweaters and scarves. It’s also one of the few places in the city that carries hand-painted spongeware by Nicholas Mosse, a famous potter from County Kilkenny. The store also has a wide array of jewelry and other gift items for the holidays. Nothing says Erin go bragh like a beautiful Claddagh ring or a hand-made Tipperary stuffed animal.

Neighborhood: Riverdale
Address: 5694 Riverdale Avenue
Website:  maryannesirishgiftshop.com
Hours of operation:
Mon - Sat:  10AM–6PM
Sunday: 12pm-3pm

 

 

 

 

A great place to find fine Italian imports is in the heart of the Real Little Italy on Arthur Avenue. Cerini Coffee & Gifts offers everything from pasta bowls, fancy espresso machines or Lavazza Coffee. They also carry a variety of authentic food items and decorative wall art.

Neighborhood: Belmont
Address: 2334 Arthur Avenue
Website:  cerinicoffee.com
Hours of operation: Mon-Sat:  9AM–6:30PM, Sun: Closed

 

 

 

Shalom and baruch haba (hello and welcome) to everyone who enters Riverdale Judaica, the premier store for Jewish gifts and religious items. Not only is it a great place to purchase stylish yarmulkes and colorful mezuzahs, but it is also ideal for Hebrew books and for good conversation on customs and ceremonies.

Neighborhood: Riverdale
Address: 3706 Riverdale Avenue
Hours of operation:
Mon-Fri: 11am-7pm
Sun: 11am-6pm

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for decorative arts you will appreciate the craftsmanship of African folk art sold at African Masidi & Company. There, you’ll find a selection of textiles, jewelry, tribal masks, wood sculptures and pottery. They also offer an array of world music as well as  traditional musical instruments like the mbira (thumb piano), djembe (West African goblet drum), and various other percussion-like dried gourd shakers. You can even enjoy the aesthetic pleasure of having your hair braided by an in-store hairdresser specializing in plaits.

Neighborhood: Kingsbridge
Address: 5616 Broadway
Hours of operation:
Tues-Fri: 10AM-8PM
Sat: 9AM-6PM

 

 

 

 

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with Myra Alperson

The Bronx is one of the most diverse boroughs in the city of New York. Of course there is no shortage of Puerto Rican, Dominican and Mexican restaurants considering the borough’s overall Latino population is over 50%. But The Bronx is also home to African, Middle Eastern and Asian communities, and the cuisine is evidence of it.

 In the Van Nest section one can enjoy a delicious Yemeni meal and then choose from one of four markets to buy exotic nuts, dips, cheeses and much more from North Africa and the Middle East. One such place is Al-Meraj, located on 1903 White Plains Road.
Take the #2 train to the Bronx Park East station. Head one block east to White Plains Road and Rhinelander Avenue and you'll feel as though you've just crossed continents!
YUMMY TIP: An all-time favorite is the fresh ground coffee with cardamom; the counterman will grind it on the spot for you.

The Bronx has, not one, but two Cambodian markets both within walking distance of each other. Phnom Penh-Nha Trang is located at 2639 Jerome Avenue and Battambang Market at 229 East Kingsbridge Road. You'll see products from Thailand, Vietnam, China and the Philippines.
YUMMY TIP: Look for home-made specialties, including delicious banana fritters, red bean pudding and sticky rice, made from Cambodian recipes. The owners are always willing to help so don’t hesitate to ask.
Take the #4 the D train to Kingsbridge Road.

This borough also has some of the best Bangladeshi food around. Many markets and restaurants are clustered on or near Starling Avenue in the Parkchester section of The Bronx. A popular favorite is Bangla Garden at 1864 Westchester Avenue. The street level restaurant has just a handful of tables, but you can go downstairs to eat. Vegetarians will love the menu. Right next door is Bangla Town Supermarket at 1860 Westchester Avenue, with a great selection of products from South Asia and other specialties from around the world.
YUMMY TIP: The spinach rice and their chicken kofta in a yogurt sauce is especially tasty.
Take the #6 train to the Parkchester station.

Myra Alperson is the founder and owner of Noshwalks and Noshnews. Noshwalks is a walking tour company that specializes in food tours. Go to www.noshwalks.com for more information, check Noshwalks on Facebook or send e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Customize your tour. It’s a great culinary adventure for friends, family, school groups or business colleagues.

 

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