Monday, May 7, 2012


Monday May 7, 2012,

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. officially kicked off Bronx Week 2012, a celebration which pays tribute to the continuing revitalization of the borough’s businesses, educational institutions, cultural sites and civic groups. 

Bronx Week 2012 will take place from Thursday, May 10th through Sunday, May 20th. This year’s kickoff event was held at the Bronx County Building’s Rotunda and featured an appearance by 2012 Bronx Walk of Fame honoree Valerie Capers, an award-winning jazz musician and longtime Bronx resident. In addition, the event offered a taste of the great food the Bronx has to offer, featuring samples from Mike’s Deli of Arthur Avenue, Delicioso Coco Helado and the Bronx Brewery.

“We invite Bronxites, New Yorkers, and visitors from all over the world to join us in the Bronx for our annual celebration of what makes the Bronx a great place to live. Bronx Week gets bigger and better every year and has something exciting for everyone. I look forward to seeing you all here,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

During the kickoff, Borough President Diaz also announced the names of the other celebrity and notable Bronxites who will also be included into the 2012 Bronx Walk of Fame: Hollywood cinematographer Sol Negrin, Hip-Hop legend Fat Joe, and supermodel and actor Tyson Beckford.

Bronx Week 2012 is made possible thanks to the support of Montefiore Medical Center, the main sponsor of all the events.  “Montefiore will continue its tradition of giving free health screenings, expert exercise advice, nutritional counseling and other practical guidance to support Bronx residents in their efforts to keep healthy and look forward to a terrific Bronx Week 2012.” 

This year’s Bronx week 2012 highlights include the first annual solar conference, 2nd annual Agricultural Tour, a centenarian celebration, as well as some of the favorite events from years past, which include the Bronx Trolley, the Business Breakfast, the Health Fair and the annual Bronx Food, Arts and Music Festival and Bronx Week Parade. All the events are organized by the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and the Bronx Tourism Council.

Bronx Week will close with the annual Bronx Parade and Food & Arts Festival on Mosholu Parkway on Sunday, May 20, 2012. In addition to dozens of food and arts vendors, as well as the borough’s biggest parade showcasing “Bronx Pride,” the annual concert will feature performances by hip-hop legend Doug E. Fresh, salsa stars Los Hermanos Morenos and many more.

This week of amazing Bronx events is organized jointly by the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and the Bronx Tourism Council. For more information on Bronx Week 2012, visit

Congressman Charlie Rangel was on hand for the Bronx Week 2012 Kick off.  Left- Congressman Rangel poses with Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene.   Right Rangel praising BP Diaz, and the Bronx.
One of the Bronx Week 2012 Honorees Dr. Valerie Capers speaks to those gathered for the Bronx Week 2012 kick off.

Left- is Mr. Damian Brown (Head Brewer) of the Bronx Brewery with special container of Bronx Beer.  Right- is BP Diaz sampling some of the brew.

After his career in politics BP Diaz can always get an ices cart, as he puts the finishing touch on a flavor of  Coco Helado being sampled at the Bronx Week 2012 Kick Off as Deputy BP Greene looks on..


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