As Bronx Week approaches, we highlight boro’s creativity
(l-r) Dr. Peter Semczuk, Montefi ore Moses and Wakefi eld Campuses Senior
Vice president and executive director; Bronx Walk of Fame 2019 inductee
Iran ‘The Blade’ Barkley and Borough President Diaz.
Photo courtesy of Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.’s Offi ce
BY ALEX MITCHELL
A wise person once compared
the Bronx to a phoenix.
Just like that of mythological
bird, the Bronx has risen from
its ashes to become a shining
and vibrant epicenter of culture.
Actually, it is that accentuated
culture which has
brought the Bronx to its ‘uptown
It’s seen daily through
the creative minds like Castle
Hill’s beloved graffi ti artist
Tony Cruz, who won’t let
blindness stop his own artistic
vision, to other visionaries
like Soundview and Pelham
Bay’s Jerome Lamaar,
who sculpted the south Bronx
into its current thriving form,
to businesses proudly run by
Bronxites like The Lit Bar and
It’s these people and many
more that make outsiders
want to invest in a bettering
Bronx and take the borough to
With all of these bountiful
and emerging parts to the
Bronx, some of the borough’s
old world charm is also a refreshing
change of pace to a rather
rapid and hustling surrounding
That was best shown when
the late and loveable Mike
Greco would dance on the
counters of Mike’s Deli of the
Arthur Avenue Retail Market
to entertain his customers or
when Throggs Neck crossing
guard Ethel Vann smiles and
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waves to literally the entire
neighborhood day in and day
Who said the Bronx was a
The borough’s waterfront
is beautiful and is now connected
to Manhattan through
the NYC Ferry Service.
There’s a reason the city
will be expanding the service
from Soundview to Throggs
Neck’s Ferry Point Park.
It’s so that the rest of New
York can enjoy the beautiful,
east Bronx shoreline on the
Long Island Sound during a
Similar sentiment is behind
why the east Bronx will
be getting four Metro North
stations in upcoming years.
The secret is out, and we
eagerly encourage the few remaining
skeptics to come on
over and see for themselves
the wonderful experience the
Bronx has to offer.
If that isn’t incentive
enough to believe in the Bronx
and the culture, then perhaps
you need a taste of the borough.
Borough President Ruben
Diaz, Jr. will attest that a recent
culinary explosion is
leading to a whole new era for
the Bronx...and nothing puts
you on the map lfaster than
Food so phenomenal that
it’s raved about by Anthony
Bourdain, just like he did
with Milk Burger of Mott Haven.
Of course, there’s Thrasher
Magazine’s Skater of the Year
Tyshawn Jones’ Taste So Good
(Make You Wanna Smack Your
Mamma) Caribbean joint in
Soundview as well.
Seriously, you just don’t get
that anywhere else.
So here’s to all of the
Bronx’s risk takers, go getters,
You are making the borough
a better place: it is you
who took pride in your home,
to improve rather than simply
run away, and it is you that
make up New York’s most outstanding
Enjoy Bronx Week!
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