Check out this awesome event that’s happening right at the Castle Hill Little League field this Saturday, September 13!
When Fashion’s Night Out was put on hiatus last year (apparently it wasn’t generating enough revenue…maybe it was all the free champagne I drank while wandering into stores I’d never heard of before…), I was definitely a bit bummed, because while I don’t need to have the latest trends and fashions, I really like to know what’s in each season. This is why Bronx Fashion Week couldn’t have come any sooner. I need a fashion fix!
This week, starting Friday, September 5, audiences will be treated to runway shows, networking opportunities, and even a skateboard competition. Bonus – it’s being held at one of my absolute favorite places in the Bronx, the Andrew Freedman Home!
Needless to say, this event is huge for us and a first for our borough. It spans three days so you have multiple opportunities to check it out. For tickets, click here. Interested in bringing a friend and saving some cash? Check out the Groupon deal here.
See you all on the runway!
P.S. Okay, I will not actually be on the runway, unless I happen to get lost. But I will be there and if you can’t make it, make sure you’re following me on Instagram to stay up to date with all of the events!
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.