Clothing Drive was a huge success! Thank you to our volunteers Lisa, Jessyka and her daughter, and Gary. Thank you to all who donated. These clothes are getting redirected to a shelter on E. 185th St in The Bronx. Shoutout to Kari Munoz who wheeled over over 30 coats from The Hebrew Institute of Riverdale.
We had another brilliant book club discussion, this month's book was "Sweetbitter" by Stephanie Danler. This is becoming one of our favorite monthly events. This group is so insightful and enthusiastic about diving into the novels. Looking forward to the next one!
This is one of our favorite times of year and favorite events. Our community comes out in full force to enjoy the holiday and we love providing a safe and fun creative space for families to relax, listen to music, make crafts and share their wonderful costumes.
Over 1,000 community members came out on this beautiful day to celebrate Halloween. All the businesses participated with candy and fun activities:
Hugo's- pumpkin toss
Bronx Burger House- Halloween tattoos and pin the eyeball on the zombie
Greystone- dancing ghosts art activity
Universal Pet Grooming- BEAN BAG TOSS
BBQ PIT- KNOCK THE CANS
FRIDA- SUGAR SKULL COLORING ACTIVITY
NOVA- GUMMY BEAR FOUNDATION WITH 2 GAMES
TIERNEY'S- BALLOON MYSTERY POP
REMAX- WITCH HAT TOSS
O'BRIEN'S- DUCK POND
ESCUELITA DE SOFIA/RIVERDALE POP UP MARKET- ART ACTIVITY (co-organizer)
ULTIMA- SPIDER TOSS
COLDWELL BANKER- SKEEBALL/BABY PUMPKIN GIVEAWAY
DINO'S PIZZA- PUMPKIN POOL NOODLE ART ACTIVITY
JENNI'S SALON- BOWLING
EARLY BIRD- SLIME THE SKELETON
EMILIANOS'S- PUNCH CUP FOR A PRIZE/PHOTO WALL
EUROPEAN GOURMET AND CATERING-SENSORY BIN ACTIVITY
ELISA CONTEMPORARY ART- COLORING ACTIVITY
Thank you to JUST A POP AWAY for helping to organize this event and decorating. Thank you to Priscila Rodriguez for face painting. Shout out to Riverdale Stables for donating hay.
Thank you to Sam Turner and the Kappock Street Poets for putting together an amazing evening of readings -- the writing was stunning. Thank you to everyone who came out and to the poets including Kay Bell, the 2023-2025 Bronx Poet Laureate. She is an Educator, Storyteller and Music Enthusiast. For her, writing works as a birthing floor for healing, invention, and reimagination— where the poetic voice is responsible for both blessing and bruising the inquiring reader. Currently, she works as an Academic Advisor and Adjunct Professor at the City College of New York and can be found nurturing her plants and her two sons, in the heart of the South Bronx.
IG @poetesskay or @bronxpoetlaureate
Brian Higgins is originally from Massachusetts and has lived in the NYC area since moving here temporarily in 1986. He works in healthcare and in his spare time searches for just the right word.
Stephanie Pacheco is the 2023 New York City Youth Poet Laureate and the Inaugural New York State Youth Poet Laureate. She was also a member of the 2022 New York City Youth Slam Team, with Urban Word NYC. Hailing from The Bronx, she has been a leading organizer and strategist with several activist organizations including the Healing Centered Schools Task Force, working to mobilize youth across the city against educational injustice. She is a recipient of the 2021 Princeton Prize in Race Relations. Her advocacy and poetry have been highlighted by The New York Times, The Today Show, NPR, The Daily News, CBS, and other publications. She has spoken and performed in several spaces such as The Schomburg Center, The Apollo Theater, The Barclays Center, The New York Public Library, TedXCUNY, and more.
Our Arts in the Park Celebration was a huge success. We had such a gorgeous day for it and Henry Hudson Park provided the perfect atmosphere. Thanks to John Pinamonti and Seeing Voices for playing and thank you to all the fine artists who participated, and especially thanks to our wonderful community who came out to support local musicians and artists, and to make connections. We are grateful!
Another wonderful opening at Gallery 505 for Janice DeMarino's exhibit "Visual Fields". It will be up until December 29th. Thanks to Scott Bravo for his gorgeous music.
Another great book club discussing "Go Tell It on the Mountain" by James Baldwin. Looking forward to our next one on November 1st. Join us!
Monday Fundays are back this fall, our mini-festivals at 505BX with live music, face painting, street performers, give-aways including free books, and games for the kids. It continues to be a wonderful place for children and parents to relax after the school day.
We had another wonderful book club meeting discussing one of our favorites "Breakfast at Tiffany's". See you at the next one on October 4th.