SummerStage at Soundview Park

SummerStage has been entertaining Bronxites all summer with concerts in Soundview Park. A couple of weeks back they hosted GrandWizzard Theodore, & Uptown Vinyl Supreme w/  DJ Perly, The B.O.O.M. (Bronx Organic Orchestra Melinated), and the Boogie Down All-Stars. Check out some photos from the show below:

 

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Photograph by Sean Jamar

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Photograph by Sean Jamar

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Photograph by Sean Jamar

 

If you’re interested in checking out one of SummerStage’s free concerts in the city, click here.

 

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Taste of the Bronx Pop-Up Market Comes to Fordham Plaza, Aug. 2nd!

If you’ve been paying attention, you already know that Taste of the Bronx Pop-Up Market has been making its way across the borough each month since February offering up some of the best of what the Bronx entrepreneurs have to offer – bath/body products, jewelry, candles, apparel, food, and more.

Tomorrow, August 2nd, from 4-9 pm,  the market comes to Fordham Plaza featuring over 20 Bronx-based businesses and performances from Uptown Vinyl Supreme.

In addition to the markets, Taste of the Bronx also has a quarterly subscription box with a seasonal theme containing Bronx-focused items. The selected products must meet the standards of the Taste of the Bronx Seal of Quality in order to qualify.

Visit Taste of the Bronx for more info and stop by the market on Friday to support!

Communing with Nature at Green Patch on Walton

I recently had the pleasure of getting to spend some time at Green Patch on Walton, a community garden on Morris Ave. and 176th St. Aside from my years volunteering and picking up my share at Bainbridge Community Garden, I must admit I don’t know as much about the Bronx’s community gardens as I’d like. (Hint: There’s a lot of hard work involved!) Visiting Green Patch on Walton gave a glimpse into how important these neighborhood gems are to our communities.

For starters, they’re run by members of the community aka people you know aka people that have a vested interest in how to make our neighborhoods a better place. Secondly, it gives us an ownership and autonomy concerning healthy food choices. We already know about how many of our communities are food deserts with limited options to quality produce.Community gardens give us the opportunity to take matters in our own hands, while connecting with like-minded neighbors. Plus, the garden is actually available for private rentals, making it a perfect locale for parties, showers, and barbecues. Oh, and they have a Little Free Library! It’s adorable and honestly, is there a better way to spend your day than sitting and reading in the garden?

They’re having a Youth Day event on July 20th at noon with music, food, games, and crafts. See flier below. If you’re interested in getting involved or renting the garden, call (929) 406-1430.

THE BELOW EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE WEATHER.

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The Metropolitan Opera 2019 Summer Recital Series Returns to the Bronx June 15

The Metropolitan Opera, in association with the City Parks Foundation, presents their Summer Recital Series in 2019, bringing six free performances to all five boroughs in June . Now in its 11th year, the Summer Recital Series gives New Yorkers in all 5 boroughs a chance to experience the beauty of opera in a peaceful outdoor setting all for free.

This Saturday, June 15 at 4 pm,  the series returns to the Bronx with a performance in Williamsbridge Oval Park. Metropolitan Opera stars Leah HawkinMario Bahg, Joseph Lim and pianist Dimitri Dover will perform an early evening of arias and duets from some of opera’s most beloved works. For more info, click here.

 

I attended last year and it was an amazing performance!  Definitely make sure you stop by if you can!

Travel Tuesday: Sydney

On my quest to visit all* of the continents by 30, I finally finally made it to Oceania this February. This post will be dedicated to my trip to Australia, I’ll save New Zealand for next time.

Where We Stayed

One of the few times my Bank of America travel card has come in handy (I can do another post on travel credit cards if you guys are interested. I’m still new to racking up points.) was in finding a place to stay for this trip. We finally settled on Manor Boutique Hotel because we got a pretty decent deal on it. The pictures of the property were gorgeous (click on that link. It really looks like that on the outside!) and even though some of the reviews talked about it being a little outdated, we figured it was fine.

It was an…interesting experience. So, the room was not bad. However, the internet was in and out. When you travel, you really do rely on the internet a lot to look up…pretty much everything. Then, our tv remote stopped working.  We brought it to the front desk and the woman there gave me another. That one also didn’t work. I brought it back to her and she said she’s be back with another one and..just never came back? We got another one the next day. I know these are first world problems, but at the same time, when you’re told to expect these amenities, you expect them to work. They had a very basic continental breakfast. There wasn’t much change from day to day.

I don’t think I’d stay here again, but it wasn’t the absolute worst.

What We Did

It rained every.single.day. that we were in Sydney until our very last day. Apparently, this is very rare. I came prepared to live on the beach and yet…I was prepared to see some kangaroos and YET. We got really lost and missed our entire tour. I was devastated.

  1. Sydney Opera House, Museum of Contemporary Art,

We made an obligatory trip to the Sydney Opera House and went to the Museum of Contemporary Art (which was free!). My favorite exhibit was a screening of a powerful documentary about protests against racism and police brutality in Townsville.  It was striking to see parallels between what black folks have been fighting against here and what has happened literally across the world. Afterward, we explored The Rocks and had a quick lunch.

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2. Blue Mountains

Because we missed the Blue Mountain tour on the first day, we decided to take a chance with the hop on, hop off  bus tour. This involved hopping on a commuter rail train (akin to our Metro North or LIRR) for about two hours and then getting the bus. It was decently’ priced and we actually had a nice time, hiking through the trails and getting to see the Three Sisters through the fog.

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3. My absolute favorite thing we did on our very last day. It was also the only day without rain. Blak Markets is an indigenous arts marketplace on Bare Island. All around Sydney there are land acknowledgements to recognize the indigenous people of the area, but the entire week we were wondering “okay, so where are they?” In short, similar to here in the U.S., Aboriginal people have been pushed out of many areas and it’s a constant fight to correct the wrongs have been done. We were so glad to be able to speak to Aboriginal artists and support their work. I bought all of my souvenirs from here.

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Where We Ate

As I mentioned, our hotel continental breakfast left a lot to be desired, so we ventured out to brunch at The Silly Tart Kitchen. We order the Lot, which was so good. They get lots of their ingredients from their garden and you can absolutely tell because everything is so fresh.

You can’t go to Australia and not have a pie.  We went to Bourke Street United. We opted for beef and a chicken, sweet potato one. They were delicious! And way bigger than we expected.

 

Overall, I had really high expectations for Sydney and was a little disappointed by some of our setbacks and the torrential downpours. I’d love to return to Australia some day and get to other parts of the country.

(*I’m not doing Antarctica. I’ve thought about it a lot and….it’s just not gonna happen.)