New Yorker Fact #171

newyorkexplorer:

Manhattan: tiny food, BIG prices.

In a neighborhood that is filled with small businesses and mom and pop shops, this will be a boon to folks who live and work there. Places like Bruckner Bar & Grill, The Shoppe Bx, Charlies Kitchen & Bar, Ceetay, The Bronx Brewery, Port Morris Distillery, Tirado Distillery and so many others will benefit from such high wage jobs for Bronxites.

Let’s encourage our local elected officials to support these types of jobs and economic development and not those that will keep our communities in poverty.

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welcome2thebronx:

@dek_2dx and @profreshionalism sprucing up #PortMorris #Bronx #graffiti #graff #murals #streetart 136th between Lincoln and 3rd

welcome2thebronx:

@dek_2dx and @profreshionalism sprucing up #PortMorris #Bronx #graffiti #graff #murals #streetart 136th between Lincoln and 3rd

acepilots:

Braised pork burrito, Taqueria Tlaxcalli, 2103 Starling Avenue, The Bronx

acepilots:

Braised pork burrito, Taqueria Tlaxcalli, 2103 Starling Avenue, The Bronx

dandyinthebronx:

(Photo taken at Babalu at 3233 E Tremont Ave in the Bronx)

Welcome to the Bronx.

My friend, nerd-in-nice-clothes (check out her fashion blog!), and I decided to check out Babalu since she’s never been. This awesome I Love Lucy themed/Cuban restaurant has awesome latino food. nerd-in-nice-clothes had a steak and green rice and I had something called Ropa Vieja. Ropa Vieja consisted of shredded beef, rice and beans, and sweet plantains. Inside, clips from I Love Lucy are playing and you would think that you were in the same club as Ricky Ricardo. You should definitely check out this unique restaurant while you are in the Bronx! They also have an awesome brunch on Sundays!     

Ropa Vieja is Spanish for old clothes. Don’t let that scare you!


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welcome2thebronx:

Show us your beautiful #PortMorris & #MottHaven and tell the world and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr we’re not #Morbid make sure you tag us and use #WeArePortMorrisAndMottHaven #Bronx #thebronx #southbronx (at Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen)

welcome2thebronx:

Show us your beautiful #PortMorris & #MottHaven and tell the world and Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr we’re not #Morbid make sure you tag us and use #WeArePortMorrisAndMottHaven #Bronx #thebronx #southbronx (at Charlie’s Bar & Kitchen)

msdeenyc:

My new favorite place in the Bronx. You have to walk though the warehouses of Hunt’s Point to get here. A hidden gem. #bronx #nyc #nycparks (at Barretto Point Park)

msdeenyc:

My new favorite place in the Bronx. You have to walk though the warehouses of Hunt’s Point to get here. A hidden gem. #bronx #nyc #nycparks (at Barretto Point Park)

"The Community Board has been engaged in this process since its inception with the city," he said. "We will be very pleased to see it open up and create an opportunity for people to traverse between our district and Randall’s Island by foot and also by bicycle."

Randall’s Island includes picnic areas, fishing sites and 66 fields for sports ranging from football to cricket. The island is also home to live events and performances including the Governor’s Ball Music Festival.

ifyxpressions:

Mural Coming Soon for the Bronx :D

I am so fortunate to be working as an assistant artist with an amazing lead, youth participants, and community partners. We are still in the process of furthering the mural design to encompass the themes Freedom, Flight, and Sky. I can’t wait to show more pictures!

The study, “Health Gaps Survey of Bronx Re-Entry Populations,” sponsored by the Elton John AIDS Foundation, also found that, despite state policy that says prison releases should return to the area where they lived prior to prison, 38% of those surveyed who had been sent to the Bronx by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said they had never lived in the Bronx.

“Concentrating this number of people with major health needs in a targeted area is very self-defeating,” said Chris Norwood, Executive Director of Health People and lead author of the study. “It does not enable the releases to integrate back into the communities they know and it starts to overwhelm the poor neighborhoods where they are sent in such high concentrations.”

These results of the survey were based on interviews with 151 Bronx prison releases, most of whom had been sent to shelters and other temporary housing in the South Bronx. Overall, 58% reported having substance abuse problems, 17 % mental health problems and 13 % said they were in treatment for HIV/AIDS — more than six-fold higher than the 2% HIV rate of Bronx adults.

“This study certainly underscores a crisis in health for prison releases which must be addressed,” said Norwood. “We are hopeful Governor Cuomo’s new Re-Entry Task Force will seriously address both the concentration of ill releases in targeted areas and the barriers to their care”

projectbronx:

#Repost from @brennan_nyc —- South Bronx aesthetic.

projectbronx:

#Repost from @brennan_nyc —- South Bronx aesthetic.

"Rents were high all over the city, which made it even harder to pick a place," said Ortiz, 30, who lives near Bedford Park in the Bronx. “I was relieved when we found the truck because it meant having our own store was now possible."

The two entrepreneurs looked for a truck on Craigslist for more than five months before finding one that was in good shape. They opted to have it painted the shade “Radiant Orchid” because it was the 2014 fashion Color of the Year, according to Pantone, a color consultant company for the retail and fashion industries.

The truck goes out three to four days a week packed with women’s clothes from a dozen carefully selected Los Angeles and New York brands.

Local resident and employee, Eddie, sits down for lunch at the popular sushi restaurant, Ceetay.

Local resident and employee, Eddie, sits down for lunch at the popular sushi restaurant, Ceetay.

Right now, that area is dark, it’s dormant, it’s just a very morbid place,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr of the thriving Port Morris/Mott Haven area where FreshDirect wants to set-up shop during an interview on BronxTalk last night.  He went on to say that FreshDirect would liven up an otherwise empty area.

Are we talking about the same area? The same area that was declared by NYC & Company — New York City’s official marketing and tourism agency — as one of the ‘Neighborhood x Neighborhood‘ as a destination for tourists to explore outside of Manhattan?

Local residents and business owners are not only disappointed but also upset with Diaz Jr’s comments.

“I think Mott Haven/Port Morris is rich, dynamic and full of life.  Unfortunately, this community has had to defend negative stereotypes for decades,” said Mychal Johnson, resident of Mott Haven and member of South Bronx Unite, which is against the FreshDirect move.  Johnson, who was a former Community 1 Board member, added, “It is these types of “leaders” that perpetuate our community having some of the worst air quality in New York City.  We need true leaders who understand this history and defend the community against the onslaught of projects like FreshDirect that add 1,000 additional diesel trucks through our community every day.”

Tamara, manager of the very popular sushi fusion restaurant Ceetay was shocked that our borough president would say such a thing and her face when she listened to Diaz say those words was one of disappointment. “That’s us he’s talking about,” she said, “I think it’s unfair, this community has done a lot throughout the years and our beautiful clientele is proof of that.  I find it interesting to hear him say these words just week after we catered an event for ‘Taste of The Bronx’ highlighting the borough’s great restaurants.”

A local resident who also works in the neighborhood at Daza Restoration was at Ceetay for lunch and agreed.  Eddie said, “FreshDirect won’t make anything better, it will make things worse. We already have problems with all the trucks and traffic in the neighborhood, with the Waste Management Transfer Station, and moving companies.”  He said that Diaz Jr is obviously out of touch with the neighborhood and perhaps should spend more time in the area to see how it is thriving.

Traffic on Bruckner Boulevard is already at a stand still most times of the day with thousands of trucks and cars barreling through on their way to Manhattan.  FreshDirect will add over 1,000 trucks to the immediate area and 3,000 vehicular trips a day, exacerbating an already dire situation.

Traffic on Bruckner Boulevard is already at a stand still most times of the day with thousands of trucks and cars barreling through on their way to Manhattan. FreshDirect will add over 1,000 trucks to the immediate area and 3,000 vehicular trips a day, exacerbating an already dire situation.

These sentiments were echoed when we walked over to Bruckner Bar and Grill, long considered one of the pioneering businesses of this now vibrant corridor.  Rosa Garcia, owner of the establishment could not believe Ruben Diaz Jr. would say such a thing, particularly given the fact that he’s often seen in the area at the very local establishments he claims “aren’t there”.

Garcia said, “I don’t think we need FreshDirect to get things we already have in this neighborhood.  I feel he [Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr] really needs to think before he speaks since he eats here and knows we exist.”

Michael Brady, who lives in the area and is a Community Board 1 member which covers Mott Haven, Port Morris along with Melrose, wasn’t as diplomatic with his words and had this to say about the interview which he watched in its entirety: ” The Mott Haven / Port Morris section of the South Bronx, is home to a thriving artist community, a very strong Merchant Organization, and a community that is aware and mobilized for change. Indeed, the Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. agreed with this statement when he attended South Bronx IGNITES on June 14, 2014. At this gathering, the Borough President, Speaker Mark-Viverito of the NYC City Council, Comptroller Scott Stringer, and Assemblymember Carmen Arroyo attested and rallied the growth of the Mott Haven / Port Morris area. This one day event connected with thousands of individuals, and generated over $250,000 in new revenue for the area on that day. I find the Borough President’s use of the area’s grassroots growth and recent characterization of the area as dark and morbid to be insulting to the community which resides here, and an example of the double talk that plagues Bronx politics – politicians who flip-flop depending on which audience they are speaking with. Unfortunately, this tactic is indicative of Bronx Borough Hall and is no surprise to me; however, this mentality and methodology gets in the way of the progress occurring in the Bronx–a progress that is dependent on grassroots community development; in addition to the brick and mortar development that is occurring. This double-speak builds community distrust in a government machine that is already broken and ripe for reconfiguration.”

Brady, who’s co-owner of Charlies Bar & Kitchen and is also Principal at Brady & Co, a governmental relations firm went on to say, “The Borough President’s words fly in the face of the grassroots business development occurring in this area. I am horrified at statements from our Borough’s leader which undermine the private dollars that are being invested in the Mott Haven / Port Morris area. Two phrases come to mind in describing this segment of the interview, “out of touch with the South Bronx”, and “double faced broken Bronx politics”

“It’s incredible that our borough president called our neighborhood dark, dormant, and morbid on public television,” said neighborhood resident Leah Kozak. “How can he not see the potential of our neighborhood, the waterfront area, and the beautiful Bronx Kill?  There’s so much potential for visionary community-driven green development that he is clearly blind to because of the luxury real estate dollar signs in his eyes,” said Kozak, who is a member of South Bronx Unite and Program Director at The Micah Institute of the New York Theological Seminary.
Watch the video below from last night’s BronxTalk and listen to Diaz Jr’s words yourself:

Alexander Antiques, one of several antique shops that have been in the area for well over a decade and Giant Tattoos next door.

Alexander Antiques, one of several antique shops that have been in the area for well over a decade and Giant Tattoos next door.

Charlie's, formerly known as The Clocktower, is one of several popular watering holes and restaurants along Bruckner Boulevard.

Charlie’s, formerly known as The Clocktower, is one of several popular watering holes and restaurants along Bruckner Boulevard.

The Shoppe Bx also has long term roots in the area as residents and small business owners.

The Shoppe Bx also has long term roots in the area as residents and small business owners.

Another local mainstay along Bruckner Boulevard.

Another local mainstay along Bruckner Boulevard.

Bruckner Bar & Grill, long considered the pioneer in the area, has been well established for quite some time with clients coming from all over The Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester and includes a long list of local politicians - including the Borough President himself.

Bruckner Bar & Grill, long considered the pioneer in the area, has been well established for quite some time with clients coming from all over The Bronx, Manhattan, Westchester and includes a long list of local politicians – including the Borough President himself.

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Popular Mexican Restaurant on Willis avenue at 138th Street is yet another thriving business in this vibrant neighborhood.

Popular Mexican Restaurant on Willis avenue at 138th Street is yet another thriving business in this vibrant neighborhood.

dandyinthebronx:

(Photo taken at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, NY)

Welcome to the Bronx.

This past weekend I visited Orchard Beach. It’s been about ten years since i’ve been here. It was pleasantly not packed for a Saturday morning and a basketball tournament was going on.