This Saturday – Grand Opening Celebration at Famous Footwear at Mall at Bay Plaza

More stores are opening in the Mall at Bay Plaza just in time for the holiday shopping season! (but remember to support our small businesses, too!) Famous Footwear is one of the latest to open up at the mall and they’re throwing a pretty cool grand opening event.

Read below for information:

To celebrate the openings, both Famous Footwear locations are hosting an all-day grand opening event on December 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shoppers are invited to experience fun activities including:

·       Special in-store promotions every two hours.

·       A local shoe artist customizing shoes for customers from noon to 6 p.m.

·       Drawings every hour from noon to 6 p.m. for a chance to win free shoes.

·       A DJ spinning live music.

“We strive to deliver easy victories to families who are looking for brand names at affordable prices,” continued Ausick. “Our in-store experience will prove you don’t have to compromise style or amazing customer service when shopping for great values.

Famous Footwear is a leading, easy-to-shop footwear destination, featuring brand name merchandise for women, men and children, making it a one-stop-shop for the entire family. Shoppers can access Famous Footwear’s loyalty Rewards program and vast style selection in-store to meet their family’s footwear needs.

Famous Footwear recently launched their new mobile app which gives Rewards members 15 bonus points just for downloading, makes redeeming Rewards points even easier and gives shoppers access to exclusive mobile offers. The Famous Footwear app is available for download today on Google Play and iTunes or simply by texting APP to FAMOUS (326687) to get a mobile link.

Famous Footwear has more than 1,200 stores nationwide as well as an e-commerce site, Famous.com. The chain offers consumers more than 100 nationally recognized brands through its retail stores and website, including Nike, Vans, Converse, Sperry, Skechers, Naturalizer, Steve Madden, madden girl, Franco Sarto, adidas, New Balance, Roxy, Circus by Sam Edelman and Carlos by Carlos Santana. Famous Footwear is also a proud national partner of the March of Dimes.


Make Everyday Small Business Saturday at these Bronx Businesses

Since I participated in #BlackoutFriday, I thought about how not spending any money at these mega corporations was great and all, but was really just a short-term solution.

Today being Small Business Saturday, I thought about how much more impact it’d have to simply shop local and support small businesses. To maximize this impact, we need to make a conscious decision to do this. While the opening of the Bay Plaza Mall is great and all, we must remember that small businesses are what give character to our neighborhoods (in addition of course to jobs and being an integral part of our economy) and make them communities.

So, check out this list I compiled of some Bronx small businesses you can support year round:

Bella Bath and Body Boutique –  Organic hair and body products, delicious smelling candles, and oils for your home. Check out the post I wrote on them a while back !

Brew Coffeehouse – Their chai lattes and s’more cookies are to die for! Plus, they carry soy milk which is awesome for the lactose intolerant folks out there like myself.

Whoopies Miniature Desserts – I sampled some of their desserts during Bronx Fashion Week. Delicious and cute!

Conti’s Pastry Shoppe – Serving up handmade pastries and desserts since 1921!

Bronx Baking Co. – You guys, they have bacon pretzels! Among other varieties, of course.

Bronx Beer Hall – Beer. Karaoke.Trivia nights. Awesome food. Awesome crowd. It’s in a food market for christ’s sake! It doesn’t get much better than this.

Gun Hill Brewery – The Bronx’s first brewery in decades. They also host yoga classes

Wonder Lee – Creative and stylish bow ties made from  materials like Legos and comics.

What businesses would you add to this list? Comment below with the links and I’ll add them!


Savor the Bronx: Cabo

For this year’s Savor the Bronx, my friends and I headed east to try out Cabo, a new Mexican restaurant in Throggs Neck. (but we missed the fact that Cabo was only participating for lunch. Oops!)  A sleek, modern exterior coupled with vibrant colors greets you giving off more of a lounge vibe than of what you’d expect of a Mexican restaurant, but this it not necessarily a bad thing. I think it’s part of the larger movement of new bars and eateries opening up in Throggs Neck trying to attract the growing thirty-something crowd that wants to go out and have a good time without traveling too far from home.  However, for the record,  I do prefer the decor of places like Taqueria Tlaxicalli in Castle Hill.

When we arrived, we were still waiting for the rest of our party, so we opted to try some of the drinks during happy hour at the bar (which was packed!). I decided to try what I believe was called a Cabo margarita (should’ve written it down!) which was nice, the tequila didn’t overpower it whatsoever, so it had a sweet, pleasant taste, but was still potent enough. I also tried a pina colada, which I liked more than the margarita. It leaned more toward the coconut-y side, which I’m usually not a fan of, but they pulled it off.

For dinner, I decided to try a chicken burrito, while my friends ordered the special of the night – a seafood dish with mole sauce. I’m “allergic” to shellfish (long story), so I couldn’t try it, but the chicken burrito was good. Not great, but a solid burrito nonetheless. I would have preferred a stronger cilantro flavor or something to make the flavors really stand out.

I will say though, that the salsa verde and chips that are given to the table gratis, was really good. The chips were fresh and the flavors in the salsa verde really blended together well.

Our waitress was very friendly, attentive without being overbearing, and was knowledgeable about the menu, which we appreciated. They’re supposed to have a really great brunch menu, so I’d definitely be curious to check it out and try some other menu offerings.

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Bar Car Nights Return to the New York Botanical Garden This Friday!

There’s just something about the cold weather that makes me want to cozy up with a good drink. Okay…so maybe that’s all four seasons, but how often can you do that surrounded by beautiful plants and a train show circling miniature versions of NYC landmarks made out of plants? This year, there will be spiked hot chocolate (!), roasted chestnuts, and an “intimate jazz set” which all sounds like an awesome way to kickstart your holiday season.  Obviously, all Bar Car Nights are 21 and up (keep the youngins at home!)

Read below for more information:

This year’s Bar Car Nights series kicks off with The New York Botanical Garden’s inaugural

LGBT @ NYBG event. On Friday, November 21, the Bar Car Night will celebrate the LGBT

community and its allies alongside the spectacular glow of the Garden’s enchanting holiday

exhibition.

Listen to live music at The Pine Tree Café each night with cabaret and jazz sets at 7:15, 8:15, &

9 p.m. The rotating musicians include:

Myriam Phiro & the Cavaliers of Swing (November 21 & 22; December 5 & 6;

January 9 & 10)

Myriam Phiro’s musical style ranges from a seductive and elegant jazz singer to an

energetic swing dancer. Brought together by a mutual love of French cuisine and French

music, she began a musical partnership with trombonist Robbie Klein. Robbie has a

decade of education in American Jazz yet found himself captivated by French music at

first “bonjour!”

 

Les Chauds Lapins (December 19 & 20; January 2 & 3)

Les Chauds Lapins (“the hot rabbits”), lead by New York’s Kurt Hoffman and Meg

Reichardt, rearranges long-forgotten French classics, mixing the rootsiness of early

American jazz with the lushness of a Bernard Herrmann film soundtrack.

The winter wonderland comes to life with Ice Sculpture Carving Demonstrations in the

Garden’s Leon Levy Visitor Center. Watch an expert New York-based ice carver from Okamoto 

Studio transform blocks of ice into holiday works of arts. The sculptures’ magnificence

progresses throughout the night while portraits are taken under the twinkling lights of the holiday

tree display.

Light up the Night Performances provide a magical atmosphere and set the tone for a

memorable evening of glowing light. Cirque de Light performers, with their variety of props,

including staffs, hula hoops, and poi, charm audiences along Perennial Garden Way with their wit

and playfulness.

BAR CAR NIGHTS PRICING: 

Non-Member $35/Member $25 (Adults 21 and over); Special Event ticket required.  

Advance tickets recommended; includes one complimentary beer, wine, or cocktail of your 

choice. 

Although your ticket provides access to the entire event between 7–10 p.m., when purchasing tickets you will need to select an entrance time for the Holiday Train Show in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.  

HOLIDAY TRAIN SHOW HOURS: 

During the Holiday Train Show, November 15, 2014–January 19, 2015, The New York 

Botanical Garden is open Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Extended hours, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., 

Saturdays, November 15– January 17; Friday, November 28 (day after Thanksgiving); and 

December 20–January 1. The Garden is closed all day on November 27 (Thanksgiving) and 

December 25 (Christmas); it closes at 3 p.m. on December 12 and 24 (Christmas Eve). 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronx International Film Festival Starts Tonight!

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The longest running film festival in the Bronx returns this weekend at Lehman College’s Lovinger Theatre and Studio Theatre! I was a film history minor in college and have found that  international films are the ones that stick with me the most for their unique perspectives and ability toprovide insight into a little slice of life  thousands of miles away (my personal favorites are Run Lola Run, Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, and M.). Check out below for all the details and films that will be showing:

 

The 11th Bronx International Film Festival will screen short and feature narrative and documentary films from local filmmakers as well as filmmakers from across the US and the world including World, US and New York premieres, November 7 – 9 at Lovinger Theatre and Studio Theatre at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd West, Bronx. Limited quantity of $10 festival passes for the three day festival are now available, daily passes are $5. Visit bronxfilm.com for film details, trailers, schedule and to purchase tickets.

Screenings begin on Friday, November 7 in the Studio Theatre at Lehman College at 5:45 – 9:00 pm with Zack and Addie (USA), Lapsus (France), Bergmans Granchild (Sweden) and Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck 5 (USA)

Saturday, November 8screenings are in the Lovinger Theatre and Studio Theatre. Lovinger Theatre screenings begin at 1:00 pm – 7:15 with Salbusa (South Korea), Frankie & The Ant (USA), A New You (Australia), Thursday (Spain), Concrete Night (France), Pieces of Boredom (France), Just Living (Canada), Padre & Hijo (Argentina), Joey (Australia), Nighthawks (China), Undressed (UK), Here with Me (UK), Transcending Surgeon (USA), Plan Perfect (USA), Come Back Hailey (USA), Bodies in Irreversible Detriment (USA), Bliss (Bronx), Destiny Jones (Bronx), Hypothetically (USA) and That One Day (Bronx).

Saturday, November 8screening in Studio Theatre open with 1:45 – 9:00 pm with A Russian Fairytale (UK), A Brand New you (Canada), Sound and Chaos: The Story of BC Studio (USA), How Guys’ Thought Ruin Perfect Relationships (USA), Neighborhoods (USA), Jet Pack (USA), Sacha (USA), Love out of Mind (USA), Severo (Brazil), and The Fix (USA)

Sunday, November 9screenings open at 1:00 – 6:00 pm with Sound of Belgium (Belgium), Shotgun (USA), The Last One (Azerbaijan), A Man on the Edge (Australia), Cairo Year Zero, Revolve (UK) and Time Lapse (USA).

The Bronx International Film Festival is the longest running film festival in the Bronx growing from a festival of local and US filmmakers to screening films from every continent adding to our motto “Films from around the corner and around the world”.

 

 


North America’s Largest Pumpkin at NYBG this Weekend! 10/25 & 10/26

Hello, hello. Halloween is my favorite time of year. I love everything about it – the candy, the costumes, the movies. And of course all of the traditions that go along with it, like carving pumpkins. Unfortunately, I have a cute (but admittedly boring) styrofoam glitter pumpkin I got from Party City and didn’t have a chance to get a real pumpkin this year. :(

BUT! Maybe I can live vicariously through one of you if you attend the viewing of North America’s largest pumpkin at the Botanical Garden this weekend. I’ll be away, so I’m trusting you guys to take lots of awesome giant pumpkin selfies! [Insert clever Charlie Brown Great Pumpkin Joke here :) ]

More information from NYBG:

 The largest pumpkin in North America — it is 2,058 pounds! — will be on display at The New York Botanical Gardenthis Saturday and Sunday, October 25 & 26. It will be featured at the Botanical Garden’s Leon Levy Visitor Center Reflecting Pool. Other prize-winning pumpkins and gourds will also be on display at the Clay Family Picnic Pavilions, arranged in collaboration with the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth.

There’s a lot going on at the Garden this weekend, including Spooky Nighttime Adventures on Friday and Saturdaynight for children and The Haunted Pumpkin Garden in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.


Tribute to Bronx Living Legend Bertha Hope This Sunday! 10/26

This Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4 pm, the Bronx Music Heritage Center will be hosting a tribute to Bronxite and jazz legend Bertha Hope. Check out the details below:

The Bronx Music Heritage Center honors jazz pianist Bertha Hope, who lived on Lyman Place with be-bop legends Elmo Hope and Thelonious Monk, and formed the all-woman Jazzberry Jam. Join Grammy-nominated host Bobby Sanabria in the landmarked

Morris High School auditorium, in the heart of Morrisania—a celebrated jazz mecca of the Bronx. Featuring a performance by the Bertha Hope Quintet with special guest Antoinette Montague and interview by internationally-acclaimed pianist Valerie Capers.

 

VENUE

Morris Campus Auditorium

1110 Boston Road, Bronx, NY

*parking available onsite

PRICE

FREE ($5 suggested donation)

PUBLIC CONTACT

718.839.1196

info@bronxmusic.org

 

WEBSITE

ABOUT BERTHA HOPE

Jazz pianist Bertha Hope was born on November 8, 1936, to Corinne Meaux and Henry Rosemond. Raised in western Los Angeles, California, Hope-Booker attended Manual Arts High School. As a youth, Bertha played music with and learned from other young musicians in her neighborhood. Some of them became famous later, including Richie Powell and Elmo Hope, the latter becoming her husband in 1957. Bertha studied piano at Los Angeles Community College and later received her B.A. degree in Early Childhood Education from Antioch College.

She moved with Elmo Hope to the Bronx, New York, where she worked at a telephone company during the day while performing at night. After her husband’s passing in 1967, she continued to present his music and remained an active force in the New York jazz scene. Bertha served as an artist-in-residence under the auspices of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and through this program, she performed in statewide New Jersey music workshops with Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Foster, Nat Adderley and Philly Joe Jones.

She has worked extensively over the years to transcribe many of the Elmo Hope compositions so that they can be performed and in addition, pay tribute to one of “be- bop’s” underrated contributors. Bertha later married Walter Booker, Jr., and the two worked to keep the music of Elmo Hope alive through her tribute ensemble called ELMOllenium. ELMOllennium featured Walter Booker (bass), Leroy Williams (drums), Virgil Jones (tr), Charles Davis (ts), Roni Ben-Hur (g), Amy London (guest vocalist).  She also plays with another group which she co-founded, the all-female Jazzberry Jam. In addition, She is the leader of The Bertha Hope Trio, which includes Walter Booker and Jimmy Cobb and which has toured extensively throughout Japan. She is an active force in improvised music, as well as a composer and arranger with several recordings under her name, including In Search of Hope and Elmo’s Fire (Steeplechase); Between Two Kings (Minor Records) and her latest on the Reservoir label, Nothin’ But Love.

Bertha has also taught an advanced jazz ensemble at The Lucy Moses School and an Introduction to Jazz program at Washington Irving High School in New York City, which was sponsored by Bette Midler.

 

ABOUT MORRIS HIGH SCHOOL

Morris High School is part of the Morris High School Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historical Landmarks. Founded in 1897, it was the first high school built in the Bronx and one of the original New York City Public High Schools. Originally named Peter Cooper High School, the name was changed to Morris in honor of Bronxite Gouverneur Morris, a signer of the Articles of Confederation and considered the primary author of the preamble of the Constitution. The campus served as Morris High School until 2001, when it was divided into five separate schools: Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies; Bronx Leadership Academy II; Bronx International High School; School of Excellence; and High School for Violin and Dance.

Morris High School was a musical haven for many students over the years, spawning many groups such as the Chords, particularly during the doo-wop era. The area around the school, especially Boston Road, was once a jazz mecca with dozens of clubs where music was played nightly by greats such as Thelonious Monk, Elmo, and Bertha. Notable alumni of the school include United States Secretary of State Colin Powell, United States Attorney Benito Romano, comedian Milton Berle, and dancer Arthur Murray.

The building is a collegiate Gothic Revival structure designed by C.B.J. Snyder and completed in 1904. The auditorium, now named Duncan Hall, contains elaborate Gothic plasterwork, steel-ribbed vaults set within Tudor arches, stained-glass windows, and a pipe organ facade. It is decorated with several murals, most prominently the French artist August Gorguet’s monumental 1926 World War I memorial entitled After Conflict Comes Peace. In 1982, the auditorium interior was designated by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.

 

ARTISTS

Honoring acclaimed jazz pianist Bertha Hope

Featuring a performance by the Bertha Hope Quintet, with a newly composed piece by Ms. Hope:

Bertha Hope, piano

Kim Clarke, Bass

Lucianna Padmore, drums

Jura Pukl, tenor sax

Angelisha Rodgers, trumpet

With special guest Antoinette Montague

Hosted by multi-Grammy-nominee Bobby Sanabria

On-stage interview by pianist Valerie Capers

 


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