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.
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 Hawkin, Mario 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!
With the opening of Zona de Cuba coinciding with my birthday week, I decided to add it on the the week’s festivities. The much hyped rooftop bar and restaurant is the first of its kind here in the Bronx in that it is fully on the rooftop (as opposed to say, Pine, where the restaurant is on the lower level and there is a bar on the upper level). When I found the entrance (hint: it’s NOT on the Concourse, but on the other side of the building), there was a long line of people waiting to get in. The entrance isn’t super flashy or anything, but you can tell it’s upscale and they are serious about that dress code because a guy was definitely turned away.
A friend was already waiting upstairs for us and said the place wasn’t really crowded, so I’m not sure why the line took so long (they also didn’t fill the elevator up as much as it could have, without being too packed. There was only one elevator in use.). There was a line for people with reservations, but when we had called to make them the day before, the line was busy. The woman at the front said they would be revamping the reservation process soon. (Update! They have updated their website to allow reservations online.) The whole entry process could definitely be streamlined.
Once we finally made it upstairs, we loved the decor. Whoever designed this place deserves all the applause. There are comfortable couches (definitely a must) in the interior dining area, surrounded by an assortment of lush greenery, and chandeliers adorning the ceilings. The outside area offers up surprisingly gorgeous views of Harlem amid brightly colored couches and flags from various Latin American countries.
My friend who had arrived before us had yet to receive her drink, after waiting over half an hour. The waitress who dropped it off, turned and walked away without acknowledging me or my other friend, so we had to flag someone else down who was as attentive as she could be given how hectic things seemed to be for the servers. She had mentioned that there was a back up at the interior bar and ended up taking our drink ticket to the bar outside. (I’m not sure why this was, there appeared to be only one bartender outside, while there seemed to be 4 inside.) My drink, the te picó el burro de Tito was not my favorite. The flavors tasted watered down and overall wasn’t a strong drink, which was disappointing for a $15 cocktail. My friends did like their drinks, though – the tamarindo con tu Henny and the guava mojito.
Our food, however, did come out at a decent time. I ordered the como pollo con grano, which was essentially a fancy arroz con pollo. The portion size was huge, I ended up having leftovers for like two days afterward.
Later in the evening, a live band started to play and people began to dance. The music was very loud throughout our visit, so Friday night is probably not the time to have any deep conversations here.
Overall, it’s a gorgeous venue and I hope they’re able to work out some of the kinks to make it a really great place to hang out.
Taste of the Bronx, a monthly pop-up market featuring local Bronx vendors, is set to launch a brand new quarterly subscription box featuring products from locally sourced Bronx-focuses products. All products have to meet strict requirements to earn the Taste of the Bronx seal of quality. The Spring box features merchandise from Sustainable Snacks, From the Bronx, the New York Botanical Garden, Cards by De, and more!
A partnership between Sustainable Snacks and From the Bronx, Taste of the Bronx ‘s markets highlight local businesses and give them an opportunity to sell the wares and connect with others in the community. I love that the market and new subscription box are focused on uplifting and spotlighting Bronx entrepreneurs.
“Taste of The Bronx gathers Bronx entrepreneurs in a celebration of everything that makes our borough unique. Our subscription box and monthly markets are a true Bronx experience. The Bronx has so much to offer that there will always be something new to see!” says Anthony Ramirez II, Taste of The Bronx partner.
To find out how you can be featured in the Taste of the Bronx subscription box or to sign up, click here. PLUS! you can visit the market and get a taste for yourself (pun obviously intended) at the market at Bronx Cookspace (50 E. 168th St, Bronx, NY, 10452) tomorrow, April 14 1-6pm.
So…it’s been a few months…let me catch you up on what’s been going on with me. I’ve been working on a few different projects, which meant that I had to sacrifice blogging for a bit to make things work/not burn out. The most important development (if you follow me on IG, this will be old news. And if not, it’s okay, I’ll wait…) is that I finished the first draft of my novel at the end of December. When I came back from Prague last year and was all depressed and having an existential crisis and whatnot, I made up my mind to rededicate all my time and effort to my original passion, writing. I had been writing the whole time, but I needed to make it my number one priority, which looked like sitting down every single day and writing, meeting my (very strict!) word count – even after a night of going out and drinking (-_-)- and reading in abundance.
When I was in grad school, I remember one of my professors saying to a stressed out classmate “You can either be a really good teacher and an okay student or a really good student and an okay teacher.” So applied that advice to my own situation – I could either be a really good blogger or a really good writer. When it came down to it, writing my novel was definitely way more important. So here we are.
I have some very cool writing news that I can’t give too many details about just yet, but it’s very exciting!
Last month, I got to check off my SIXTH continent by visiting Australia and New Zealand, the post for that will be coming your way soon.
In the mean time, here’s a lovely picture of the Bronx River that I took during a quaint stroll this past Sunday.