Saturday, May 4, 2013

Bronx Week 2013 Calendar

Below is a draft of the events that are happening during Bronx Week 2013 which runs from Thursday May 9th through Saturday May 19th ending with the 42nd annual Bronx Week Parade, Food, and Music, Festival that takes place on Mosholu Parkway. Many are free events, but there are some that are not with the costs listed. There are also a few events that are by invite only. Look for the details at the end of each event in red.

Thursday, May 9

Centenarian Celebration
11AM - 3PM
Learn the secrets of long life from those who have lived to see an entire century. Join Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. as he commemorates the lives of those senior Bronxites who have turned, or will turn 100 years old this year.


Friday, May 10th
Bank on the Bronx: 15th Annual
Bronx Bankers’ Breakfast
8AM - 11AM
Over 400 leaders in the fields of banking, business, real estate and tech come together to attend the Business Initiative Corporation (BIC), the largest event of its kind. The theme this year is “The New Bronx,” which underscores the unprecedented number of economic development projects that are currently under construction in the Bronx. Simultaneously, BIC and local banks are providing the capital needed to expand or start additional business in the Bronx.

Villa Barone Manor - 737 Throggs Neck
Expressway. RSVP required.
Tel: 718-590-4588
or email

Saturday, May 11
3rd Agricultural Tour of the Bronx
9AM – 3PM
Trolley Tour: Eco Travelers & Foodies celebrate healthy fresh food, its history and cultural significance. The tour will include a discussion program covering overall mission, food justice, school food and other
related topics.

Pick up at NY Visitors & Convention Bureau,
810 Seventh Avenue @52nd Street

6th Annual GetGreen
South Bronx Earth Day Fest
12PM – 4PM
The GetGreen Festival focuses on educating the South Bronx community, especially its youth, on how to be good environmental citizens. Engage in the numerous environmental activities and earn tokens, which can be turned in for prizes!

St. Mary’s Park: enter park at
147th Street & St. Ann’s Avenue
Tel: 212-788-7964

3rd Annual Bronx Film Festival
12PM - 6PM
Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Bronx Week Film Festival featuring films made in the Bronx or by Bronx film makers. Produced by Olympia Film Productions in association with the Office of Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., The Bronx Tourism Council and BOEDC. Free screenings will begin on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting and will culminate with a Wrap Party on May 13th. See full schedule

Billy’s Bar and Grill. 58 East 161st Street.
Tel: 718-580-8310

Youth & Family Day
1:00PM - 6:00PM
Celebrate the Boogie Down Bronx at this family-friendly event, featuring interactive activities to inspire creativity in youth through the power of music. This special event honorship hop culture, including art, dance, rap, DJ mixing and fashion in the place where it all began. There will be face painting, dancing and kid-oriented entertainment.

Gauchos Gym, 478 Gerard Ave.

Monday, May 13
Green Roofs Tour
9:00AM - 2PM
The Bronx is both home to the first green roof on a city-owned building and a leader in bringing this green technology to commercial and nonprofit buildings across the borough. The 10,000 sq.ft. roof atop the Bronx County Building is the first stop on this narrated tour of five roofs across the Bronx, many funded in part by the Bronx Initiative for Energy & the Environment, a program of the Bronx Overall Economic Development
Corporation. Lunch is included. Space islimited. First come, first served. RSVP to
Bronx County Building
851 Grand Concourse, Room 123
Tel: 718-590-3498

Bronx Veterans’ Appreciation
Day Breakfast
10AM - 12PM
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and his Bronx Veterans Advisory Council pay tribute to our borough’s veterans at this wonderful breakfast. All past and current service men and women are invited to attend this special salute, honoring their service to the United States of America. A special commemoration will also be made to honor the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and those Bronxites who served.

Tuesday, May 14
Business Day Breakfast
8AM - 11AM
Financial editor at NBC’s Today Show, Jean Chatzky, will present “Your Money, Your Business and Your Life” to an audience of Bronx business professionals.

Event info contact:
Angie Teran 718-590-5623

Wednesday, May 15
Arts & Culture Day Trolley Tours
9:30AM - 12:30PM or 1:30PM - 4:30PM
All aboard the Bronx trolley for a tour of New York City’s only mainland borough led by Bronx Historian Professor Lloyd Ultan and co-hosted by The Bronx Tourism Council. Space is limited. RSVP required by calling

In front of the Bronx County Building,
851 Grand Concourse @ E. 161st Street
Tel: 718-590-3047

Thursday, May 16
Senior Day
10:30AM - 3PM
This event promotes socialization, stimulates conversation, strengthens friendship, and encourages humor among our senior population.
William Hodson Senior Center
1320 Webster Ave.
Tel: 718-538-1515

Friday, May 17
Bronx Health Link Annual
Bronx Week Health Fair
11AM - 3PM
The Bronx Health Link hosts the Annual Bronx Week Health Fair, with over 75 health care exhibitors providing information on resources across the borough and conducting a variety of medical screenings. Bronx Health Link connects Bronxites to health that matters!

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community
College, 450 Grand Concourse near
149th Street

Saturday, May 18
Annual Bronx Ball
6PM - 10:00PM
Join Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for this memorable gala as the borough pays tribute to many of its most notable Bronxites. This popular black-tie awards ceremony is not to be missed, as business, arts, and civic leaders from The Bronx come together to celebrate the induction of our hometown greats into The Bronx Walk of Fame. This event is a fundraiser for the Bronx Tourism Council, a program of the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation. For ticket and advertising information contact 718-590-2502.

Sunday, May 19
Annual Bronx Volunteer
Recognition Day
9:30AM – 11AM
Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. salutes the executive members of our borough’s 12 community police precinct councils. These volunteers work tirelessly to help keep our streets safer by working with the members of the New York City Police Department to report crime and promote crime prevention strategies in their respective neighborhoods.


Bronx Walk of Fame -
2013 Induction Ceremony
Be there as the 2013 Bronx Walk of Fame inductees take their rightful place on the Grand Concourse when Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. unveils street signs bearing their names. On the steps of the Bronx

County Building,
Grand Concourse @ East 161 St.
Bronx Grand Finale Concert
12PM - 6PM
Bronx cultural diversity takes Center stage at the annual Bronx Week Concert. Come out and enjoy some of our very own acts from within our neighborhoods along with the Bronx’s most popular groups and dance to the sounds of hip hop, R&B, salsa, bachata, bomba y plena and much more. Mosholu Parkway @ Bainbridge Ave.

Bronx Food & Arts Festival
12PM - 6PM
After the parade, residents can enjoy the Bronx Week Food, Arts & Music Festival, which features popular resturants, arts & crafts, games and activities for kids, and giveaways for all. Also, the Bronx Health Pavilion will offer free health screenings and information on services, health insurance; and the stage will offer live music all day, showcasing the great cultural diversity of the Bronx.

Mosholu Parkway @ Bainbridge Ave.
Annual Bronx Week Parade
12PM - 6PM
Bronx Pride is on display as marching bands, community groups, schools, sports teams and civic groups march along Mosholu Parkway highlighting the best of the borough as this great community tradition celebrates its 42nd anniversary.

Reviewing stand, Mosholu Parkway
East at Van Cortlandt Ave.

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What You Should Know

By Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz
32nd Senatorial District, Bronx County, New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo: The Macho Man

You should know that there are two very well known and important Biblical passages that deal with the way in which we should recognize the merit, good or bad, of our fellow human beings. One is located in the Gospel of Mark and says: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God, what belongs to God.” You will find the other Biblical passage in the Epistle written by the Apostle Paul to the Romans, Chapter 13, verse 7: “Render therefore to all their dues:  tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.” (King James Version)

Following these biblical ordinances, I have to write this “What You Should Know” to give New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo credit for three very important and courageous acts in the last few weeks.

You should know that since the Honorable Andrew Cuomo came to be the New York State Governor, I have been his number one critic, due to a few things he has done that he imposed on us which I believe are wrong and negative. He started with his budgets being balanced on the backs of the poor and the needy of the State, and then he imposed homosexual marriage on us, now he is promoting abortion on demand with the possibility of giving carte blanche to late term abortions, and he is selling New York to the committee
called the Committee to Save New York.

The same way that I have been prone to criticize the Governor, I cannot be blind to the following three courageous acts that he has done in the last few weeks.

First, Governor Cuomo openly and publicly refused to allow the Bronx Democratic County Organization to conduct a special election to fill the vacant seat created by the resignation of Assemblyman Nelson Castro. This was practically a slap in the face to the Bronx Democratic Organization and its leaders.

As you know, it is very common for Governors to call for a special election giving local political organizations the advantage in electing the new person. By not calling for a special election, this means that the vacancy has to be filled during the Democratic Primary, making the Bronx Democratic Organization work harder, spend more money and raising the possibility of losing the seat.

Second, Governor Cuomo took on Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Denny Farrell by personally and publicly coming out in opposition to a piece of legislation that they were promoting. According to the New York Daily News Editorial of Tuesday April 30, 2013, Senator Jeff Klein and Assemblyman Denny Farrell were sponsoring legislation favoring the lending companies that according to the Daily News “would let low income New Yorkers…be victimized by interest rates of up to 200%.” The News used words like “loan-sharking,” “usury,” and “horrendous” in its description of this legislation. It also states that Senator Klein has received $50,000 and Assemblyman Farrell $30,000 from the loan companies that will benefit if such legislation ever becomes law.

You should know that to Governor Cuomo’s credit he came out against this legislation claiming that “it will roll back longstanding and effective consumer protections.”

Lastly, our Governor wrote a letter to Mr. Kevin Burke the Chairman and CEO of Con Edison opposing a recent decision by Con Edison to award bonuses to its executives.

In the letter dated April 23 to Mr. Burke, the Governor wrote: “I write to express concern regarding Con Edison’s (Con Ed) recent decision to award bonuses to its senior executives. These bonuses come at a particularly sensitive time. Six months ago today, Superstorm Sandy hit New York and in its aftermath, we witnessed a complete failure by many of our State’s utilities to provide adequate service to the ratepayers they serve. In impacted areas across our State, many New Yorkers were left without heat or light for weeks.”

The Governor ended his letter to Con Edison saying “In order to ensure that the terms of the approved rate plan and that ratepayers are not wrongly put on the hook for bonuses to Con Ed’s senior executives, I am directing the PSC to conduct a review of the bonuses. This will include reviewing Con Ed documents associated with the approval of the bonuses, the accounting treatments of these costs, and what steps Con Ed has taken to ensure that no costs have passed on to rate payers.” Bravo Mr. Governor! Te la comistes.

You should know that like Don Quixote De La Mancha, our Governor has taken out his sword and on this occasion, with courage and precision, has come out fighting the windmills on behalf of the residents of the New York City, knowing that they could have been the most affected by these draconian, blood sucking windmills. In these three situations, the Governor has proved to be a macho man.

I am Senator Rubén Díaz, and this is what you should know.

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Wave Hill Events May 16–May 23

  The season arrived late, and it’s been cool, with not nearly enough rain. Thus the sprinkler running full-force in the Flower Garden in the first shot I’ve attached, taken yesterday. But none of that has dimmed the staggering experience of rebirth in every corner of Wave Hill. Like the birds that find a treetop to sing out from, I wish I could crow to the world how perfectly magical an oasis Wave Hill provides. From family art weekend mornings and an adult art workshop Sunday afternoon, to yoga, tai chi and a workshop on how to grow your own herbs, the diversions are first-rate and fun.

Woven Wonders/Maravillas tejidas
Experiment with colorful fabrics that have been dyed using beets and flowers and create your own simple weaving. Visiting artist Tomoe Matsuoka—creator of Wave Hill’s beautiful Family Art Project puppet theater—assembles a large canopy to which you may add your own weaving. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Quiet like a mountain, moving like a river, Tai Chi is a sequence of gentle movements based on images found in nature. In this beginner-level class, Irving Yee, an active member of the William CC Chen Tai Chi School, will introduce students to the internal martial arts and promote an awareness of their health benefits. Sessions are held outdoors only and are weather dependent. Call 718.549.3200 x245 by 8AM on the day of the class for program updates. Session fee: Member $15/Non-member $23. Registration opens onsite at 9:30AM.

Discover the fascinating history of the gardens, buildings and the people who once called Wave Hill their home, with historian and Wave Hill Garden Guide Deirdre LaPorte. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Manhattan-based artist Lynn Koble’s multimedia, sculptural installation explores the idea of classification systems as a point of intersection between people and nature. The installation is a visualization of partly scientific, partly whimsical classification. A symmetrical, room-sized shelving unit contains row upon row of custom propagation pots holding a handmade sprout, each tagged with a strip identifying its place within the fictitious taxonomy. A printed directory assists the viewer in navigating this fantasy greenhouse as speakers play a narrative reading of the plants’ Latin names. Free with admission to the grounds.

You don’t need a plot of land to grow your own herbs! Fill a pot with a selection of culinary herbs for your garden, terrace or rooftop, with Assistant Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer. Care instructions, helpful info, plants and all other materials provided. $30 Member/$45 Non-member per project. Registration required, online at, by calling 718.549.3200 x305 or at the Perkins Visitor Center.

Woven Wonders/Maravillas tejidas
Experiment with colorful fabrics that have been dyed using beets and flowers and create your own simple weaving. Visiting artist Tomoe Matsuoka—creator of Wave Hill’s beautiful Family Art Project puppet theater—assembles a large canopy to which you may add your own weaving.
Free with admission to the grounds.

Find refuge from city life by practicing seasonal yoga. Decrease stress and increase your energy by focusing on your posture, breath control and meditation. Classes are led by Neem Dewji, certified in Hatha and Therapeutic Yoga by The Yoga for Health Foundation in Bedfordshire, England, and The Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. All levels welcome. Sessions are held outdoors only and are weather dependent. Call 718.549.3200 x245 by 8AM on the day of the class for program updates. Session fee: Member $15/Non-member $23. Registration opens onsite at 9:30AM.

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free with admission to the grounds.

Creative Actions! Studio Sundays
Engage in a creative dialogue with your surroundings guided by professional artists working in various media. Join artist Wennie Huang in this watercolor workshop focusing on techniques that capture the elusive, translucent and reflective qualities of water. Working off the inverted landscape mirrored in the Aquatic Garden, experiment with wet-on-wet washes, glazing and brushwork to suggest the rippling effect of water. $20 Member/$30 Non-member each session. Registration recommended, online at, by calling 718.549.3200 x232 or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Drop-ins welcome as space allows.

Closed to the public.

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Join a curatorial fellow for a tour of Wave Hill’s spring exhibition, Drawn to Nature, which features the work of seven artists who use drawing to convey a deep connection to the natural world. In the Sunroom Project Space, Lynn Koble’s multimedia sculptural installation visualizes a partly scientific, partly whimsical plant classification. Tours take place Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2PM. Free with admission to the grounds.

A 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River  and Palisades, Wave Hill’s mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscape, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

HOURS  Open all year, Tuesday through Sunday and many major holidays: 9AM—5:30PM. Closes 4:30PM, November 1—March 14.  
ADMISSION  $8 adults, $4 students and seniors 65+, $2 children 6—18. Free Saturday mornings until noon. Free until noon Tuesdays in  May. Free to Wave Hill Members and children under 6.

PROGRAM FEES  Program s are free with admission to the grounds unless otherwise noted.

Visitors to Wave Hill can take advantage of Metro-North’s one-day getaway offer. Purchase a discount round-trip rail far and discount admission to the gardens. More at

DIRECTIONS – Getting here is easy! Located only 3o minutes from midtown Manhattan, Wave Hill’s free shuttle van transports you to and from our front gate and Metro-North’s Riverdale station, as well as the 242nd Street stop on the #1 subway line. Limited onsite parking is available for $8 per vehicle. Free offsite parking is available nearby with continuous, complimentary shuttle service to and from the offsite lot and our front gate. Complete directions and shuttle bus schedule at

Information at 718.549.3200. On the web at

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