As noted in my previous post, there are all kinds of sales and events going on this weekend at the Mall at Bay Plaza. Macy’s sent over a run down of the events they’re having tomorrow. Check them out and let me know if you attend any of them!
2:00PM – Men’s Department, Main Floor – Macy’s welcomes legendary Bronx Bomber, Russell Earl “Bucky” Dent. Customers will have the exclusive opportunity to meet the former shortstop and MVP and receive his autograph.
3:00PM – Kids Department, 3rd Floor – Families are invited to help kick-off the back-to-school season with a special appearance by Disney Channel’s “I Didn’t Do It” star, Austin North. Immediately following, children are invited to participate in arts and crafts and face painting. Also, with any $35 kids purchase, customers will receive a copy of the reading classic Curious George.
4:00PM – Juniors, 2nd Floor – Customers are invited to join BB Bronx as he performs his hit single, “Bronx Whine.” Following the performance, the first 100 customers will have the exclusive opportunity to meet him in person and receive his autograph.
The new Macy’s at the Mall at Bay Plaza boasts more than 160,000 square feet and three levels. This new, high-tech shopping destination offers a vibrant, customer friendly shopping environment for Bronx residents to enjoy.
Yesterday was the grand opening of the Mall at Bay Plaza. It was a surreal experience. I promise I’m not exaggerating. In high school, I spent a considerable amount of time going to Queens Center Mall, which is at minimum an hour trip on the train from the Bronx. It’s not that I was particularly into tv-teenage mall culture, but sometimes you just want to wander around with your friends and peer into a bunch of different stores without traveling all over the place.
That said, that’s what the Mall at Bay Plaza offers to Bronxites. Now, we don’t have to trek out to other boroughs or god forbid outside the city limits (the horror!) to go to a nice mall. And it is nice. The entire time I was there I couldn’t believe that this was in the Bronx-not that we don’t have nice, well-maintained things, but because we really haven’t had anything like it here before. Suburbia usually freaks me out and makes me feel anxious (so many trees, no bodegas!) but it was nice to have this little slice of suburbia here. Though there were a number of stores that weren’t open yet, many of them are currently hiring and will be open by the fall. Most importantly, we can support our borough’s economy by spending our cash here instead of elsewhere.
I spent most of my time at H&M as I was invited by Natalie of Natalie Off Duty and her sister Dylana who were hosting the grand opening celebration. Kudos to H&M for their organized inventory and super friendly and helpful staff. It did get really crowded as time went on, but that’s to be expected at the grand opening of a store like this, I think. The cherry on top was that I was one of the first five customers to tweet at Natalie and Dylana about the opening, so I got my entire outfit- head to toe- for free! I’m heading to Vegas next weekend and was tempted to buy some cute vacation clothes, but figured it was better to get some work appropriate attire, since my vacation will sadly be coming to an end. I finally decided on a cute long-sleeve heart printed button down, high waisted black stretchy cigarette pants, some black ankle boots with thick heels, and a gold necklace with turquoise triangles hanging from it.
There are events happening this whole weekend to celebrate the opening of the mall, so be sure to check it out to get a chance to meet some celebrities and get your hands on some sales! I’ll be posting Macy’s weekend line up in just a bit.
If you’re not already, follow me on Instagram at @thebxsocialite to see other photos I took of the mall and if you’re curious what a Bronx socialite does in her spare time.
Friday I headed to the Museum of the City of New York to hear Bronx graffiti artist Blade discuss his work and his newly released book, Blade: King of Graffiti. It was super cool to hear about how he scaled the Allerton station to tag his name and even cooler to see some veteran graffiti artists in the crowd. Blade discussed the importance of recognizing graffiti as a legitimate art form and increase its presence in museums such as the Guggenheim – a view I totally agree with. A couple of months ago, I attended a professional development workshop at the museum an got to see the City as Canvas exhibit (which is AMAZING and has a book to go along with it, that Blade signed for me). In addition to sparking my dormant interest in becoming a graffiti artist myself (lack of artistic talent be damned!!!), I was also exposed to the idea that some people are morally offended by graffiti, which I never knew before. A woman in our group literally walked out of the exhibit. Now, I understand how it could annoy people if someone tagged their property or even the fact that money had to spent to repaint the trains that were bombed. Sure. Fine. But I never knew people had such a strong reaction to it as to leave a room in its presence.
It’s important to understand that graffiti takes talent and skill. It sends a message and is, particularly in the 70s, an outlet for people to express themselves. Why not give people a real space to do that and showcase/recognize it? *steps down from soap box*
Anyway, I had a great time and strongly encourage you to check out Blade’s book AND the City as Canvas exhibit while its still open featuring work from Keith Haring, Lady Pink, and one of my favorites, Lee Quinones.
I’m back and well-rested from a much needed vacation! But now, it’s back to work. Check out information below on a cool event that’s happening tomorrow evening at one my favorite museums – the Museum of the City of New York . I saw the City as Canvas exhibit a couple of months ago and LOVED it, so I expect this to be just as awesome!
Friday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.
WHAT: In 1980, after painting 5,000 subway trains, Steve Ogburn, aka BLADE, earned the title “King of Graffiti” and continues to exhibit his work internationally today. Join the artist and graffiti historian Chris Pape at BLADE: King of Graffiti, a presentation, conversation, and book signing about the New York graffiti scene of the 1970s on Friday, August 8 at the Museum of the City of New York. Copies of BLADE and Pape’s new book, Blade: King of Graffiti (Schiffer Publishing, June 2014), will be available for purchase.
Presented in conjunction with City As Canvas, the first exhibition of New York graffiti art from the Martin Wong Collection. RSVP required. Free for Museum members; $10 general public; $40 for general admission + book.
City As Canvas is on view at the City Museum through Sunday, September 21, 2014.
WHO: BLADE, artist and author
Chris Pape, graffiti historian and author
WHEN: Friday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
About the Exhibition
City As Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection is the first exhibition of New York graffiti art from the Martin Wong Collection. In the 1970s and 80s, Martin Wong—an East Village artist and collector of graffiti art—amassed an unparalleled treasure trove of works on paper and canvas in aerosol, ink, and other mediums. City As Canvas features more than 150 works from the collection, including canvas and other media by such artists as Keith Haring, FUTURA 2000, and Lee Quiñones, along with photographs of graffiti writing long erased from subways and buildings.
About the Museum of the City of New York
Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. The Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City, and serves the people of the city as well as visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. Visit www.mcny.org to learn more.
WNYC & The Greene Space’s Battle of the Boroughs has come to be one of my favorite events to attend. A blend of great original music and borough pride, it’s a show you’ve got to see. The Ultimate Battle is best of all because of the prizes at stake and the healthy competitive air to see which borough is voted the best. Sadly, Manhattan won again this year, but I am happy to report that all of the musicians that performed were all worthy of winning the ultimate battle.
As mentioned in my post on the Bronx battle , Royal Khaoz, an AMAZING reggae fusion band represented the Bronx with a suave and energetic performance. They perform in various locations throughout the city and trust me when I tell you it’s well worth it to travel downtown to see them.
5J Barrow represented Manhattan and had such strong chemistry between its band members. You could tell they were genuinely having fun and could communicate just by looking at each other. Their performance was high energy and a great way to start the show off.
From Staten Island, Leila Hegazy gave us a soulful performance as she masterfully tapped away at the keys of the piano. She also happens to be a close friend of one of my coworkers, so that was cool, too.
Out of Queens came Annika, a talented singer-songwriter who just finished up her junior year of high school. She made me regret the many (MANY) hours I spent sleeping when I was that age.
From Brooklyn, came the funky Hey Lady. Another high energy group with great chemistry, Hey Lady’s music had audience members swaying in their seats and clapping their hands.
Check out the slideshow below for photos of the performers.
There’s no excuse to be bored in NYC- especially in the summer. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Fania Records teamed up with Summerstage and Remezcla to put on free shows in all five boroughs this summer. Check out the line up for the Bronx and Washington Heights below:
- June 24 – The New Swing Sextet at Crotona Park
- July 8- Tony Vega at Saint Mary’s
- July 9 – Jose Alberto “El Canario” at Saint Mary’s
- July 10 – Domingo Quinones at Saint Mary’s
- July 11 – Ballet Hispanico’s second company, BHdos at Saint Mary’s Park
Armada Fania Events:
APT 78 (4447 Broadway, Washington Heights)
- June 26: DJ Christian Mártir & Guest, Sucio Smash
- June 28: Dura (Radio Buschwick), Bio Ritmo with DJs Christian Martir, E’s E, and Monk-One
- July 10: Uptown Jazz Festival at Ft. Tryon park (5PM-8PM) Performance by Mobius Collective
- July 10: Pa’lante NYC (Uptown Jazz Festival After party)
- August 28: Pa’Lante NYC with guest DJ Christian Mártir + Guest
The Bronx Council on the Arts will be doing having a special book launch party for BRIO Award Winner Urayoán Noel this upcoming Saturday! Read below for details from BCA.
(corner of St. Raymond Avenue) on Saturday, July 5, 2014, from 4:00-6:00 pm. Noel will speak about his newest book, In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam, followed by a Q&A discussion. Admission is free and all are welcome. Books will be available for purchase.
“The Bronx Writers Center is honored to host Mr. Noel’s first New York City book release event for this groundbreaking study. And we will have more events as such in the future, as part of our book presentation series designed to spotlight books being published by Bronx natives and residents, as well as books about the Bronx In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam (University of Iowa Press, 2014) is a critical analysis of the development of the Nuyorican poetry movement, from its mid-20th-century barrio roots to the contemporary global stage. 2011 BCA BRIO winner and Bronx resident Urayoán Noel is a poet, performer, scholar, translator and Assistant Professor of English and Spanish at NYU. The Bronx Writers Center supports and develops the appetite for writing and reading in the Bronx and searches for and promotes new community voices and audiences via literary and literacy programs. The Bronx Council on the Arts is a private, non-profit membership organization that is the official cultural agency of Bronx County for more than 50 years. Recognized nationally as a leading arts service organization in providing cultural services and arts programs, BCA serves a multicultural constituency of almost 1.4 million residents. BCA provides an array of services to 5,000 artists and more than 250 arts and community-based organizations.
The Bronx Writers Center, a program of the Bronx Council on the Arts, is supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Robert A. Bowne Foundation, the NYS Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Youth and Community Development, Arts Midwest, the Lambent Foundation of the Tides Foundation, and the Bronx Branches of the New York Public Library.