Happy Hours on Happy Hours

This week I found myself at two beautiful Bronx bars for happy hour.

Tuesday, I met up with a friend to catch up at Pine Bar & Grill on Eastchester Rd. Every time I come here and see the elegant decor, I always wonder why I don’t come here more often. They have a really great rooftop as well, perfect for enjoying a cocktail on a summer night. But, alas, it wasn’t open when we were there. We ordered the mango mojitos, which were delicious and not too minty. My friend ordered the fish tacos, while I had the Po’ Boy pulled pork sliders. Both of our dishes were flavorful and affordable, my favorite combination.


Last night, I caught up with another friend and we decided to check out the newest bar in Norwood, Lexa Bar.  With exposed brick walls, the wall adorned with the names of Bronx neighborhoods, I think I’ve finally found my local go-to bar. The bartender was super sweet and attentive. We started off with mojitos (….lot of mojitos this week!) which are $5 on Thursdays and ordered cheeseburgers. To be honest, I didn’t love the burger as it was a bit too salty, but they have a bunch of other items on their menu I’d love to try, from flatbread pizzas to salads and wraps. Best of all, I was able to stroll back home in ten minutes.


Traversing High Bridge

When I got home from the High Bridge Festival, I was ready to knock out. I went solo – sometimes I just like to take myself places because it’s nice to just take an experience in for what it is and not be so ready to comment on it to someone else. Anyway, this was one of those times it was nice to just observe and take everything in – people of all ages, walking across the bridge, in awe of the view, which is, not your typical New York City view, but beautiful in its own way.

My grandfather lives on the Lower East Side and ever since I was a youngin’, I’d marvel at the city lights and his view of the Empire State Building and the Twin Towers – the view from the bridge is enchanting, in that you can’t stop staring, but in a much grittier way.

I’ll just show you what I mean and stop waxing philosophical out here:

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The Bronx’s waterfront still needs our help, advocacy, and support – just ask South Bronx Unite. But let’s be grateful for this step that has reconnected the Bronx and Manhattan for the first time (to the public anyway) in 45 years.

Check Out the Art Experience Happening at Gun Hill Brewery This Saturday!

This Saturday, July 25th, Silence is Accurate, an art platform that “narrates the journeys of New York’s emerging and mid-career artists,” is teaming up with Gun Hill Brewery for an Art Experience. The Experience will feature a collaboration between five local artists and 13 local brewers. The coolest part of this event is that the artists have created 30 original prints exclusively for this event AND that the brewers will be creating limited brews that will be judged by a panel (2 certified beer judges, 2 bar owners/managers, and 2 members of the Gun Hill team).

So if you like art or beer or BOTH come by this Saturday!

The Details: 

Location: Gun Hill Brewery, 3227 Laconia Ave.

Time: 4- 8 pm

Cost: FREE!

Brunch at Bronx Ale House

It was crazy hot today, you guys. My friends and I played our 5th annual kickball game in Van Cortlandt Park and I thought I was going to melt. :( Luckily, I knew that Bronx Ale House was not too far and we headed there to recharge. I had no concept of time, so I didn’t realize it was still brunch time – much to my delight.

My friend and I shared the smoked brisket hash and the braised pork. The brisket came with eggs and was shredded with potatoes and vegetables. The braised pork also came with eggs, cheddar toast and potatoes.

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This Sunday, 7/19 – Learn about the Bronx’s Jewish Roots at the Bronx Music Heritage Center

This Sunday, July 19, the Bronx Music Heritage Center Lab‘s Bronx Rising! event focuses on the exploration and celebration of the Bronx’s Jewish roots with a screening of the 2012 film Hava Nagila, a Hora dance lesson, and  a performance by Zion80, a band that plays Jewish music infused with Afrobeat funk.

BMHC is located at 1303 Louis Nine Blvd. and the festivities begin at 4 pm.


Image via BMHC

Celebrate Frida Kahlo This Weekend at the New York Botanical Garden


This weekend the New York Botanical Garden is celebrating the life and work of Frida Kahlo with Viva la Frida! There’s a full line up of really awesome events including a Frida look alike contest (with the enigmatic Ed Garcia Conde from Welcome 2 the Bronx serving as one of the judges!), a performance by Mexican dance company Calpulli Danza Mexicana, as well as a music performance by Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

The festivities are this Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12 from 10 am – 6 pm and adult tickets are $25.

For more information, visit NYBG’s website.

It’s Time to Vote on the Bronx Museum Cafe’s Name!

Over three hundred names were submitted for the Bronx Museum of the Art’s new cafe, scheduled to open on August 2nd! The top three contenders have been revealed and it’s up to YOU to vote for the name you like best. Remember, if the name you submitted is chosen, you will win lunch for six people and if you’re the runner up you’ll win two tickets to a Bronx Museum paid event.  The official name of the cafe will be revealed next Wednesday, July 15th, at the museum’s open house event.

Click here to vote for the name you like best. Polls are open until this Friday, July 10th!


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