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Bronx, Policy

Photo by Daniel Vargas on Unsplash

As of today, the mass coronavirus vaccination site is open at Yankee Stadium. Appointments are reserved for Bronx residents only who meet phase 1a and 1b eligibility requirements, and the site will operate every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Gov. Mayor Bill de Blasio, wearing a Yankees cap (he’s a vocal Red Sox fan), was at the stadium and spoke with Yankees president Randy Levine, manager Aaron Boone, and legendary player Mariano Rivera, all of whom encouraged people to sign up for vaccines. As of today, 13,000 of the 15,000 available appointments through next week had been filled.

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Art, Bronx, Events

Kusama with Pumpkin, 2010 © YAYOI KUSAMA. Courtesy of Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo / Singapore / Shanghai; Victoria Miro, London; David Zwirner, New York

The New York Botanical Garden was scheduled to hold a blockbuster exhibition dedicated to Yayoi Kusama last spring, but sadly had to postpone the event when the pandemic hit. But they’ve now announced new 2021 dates for KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature–the show will run from Saturday, April 10 to Sunday, October 31, 2021 with tickets going on sale to the general public on March 16. The exhibition will immerse us in the Japanese artist’s visionary world through a career-spanning survey, the debut of four new works, and a variety of complementary horticultural installations created by the Garden’s team.

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Bronx, Cool Listings

Listing photos courtesy of Brown Harris Stevens

In the Spuyten Duyvil section of the Bronx, right near Riverdale, this condo is a bit of a unicorn. Located at 2521 Palisade Avenue, it has three bedrooms and a balcony overlooking the Hudson River, the Palisades, and the George Washington and Mario Cuomo Bridges. It also includes three deeded in-building parking spaces, one of which is a “private two-car garage” accessed from the building driveway. And all this comes for $1,195,000.

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affordable housing, Bronx, Major Developments, New Developments

Rendering courtesy of S9 Architecture

Construction of the South Bronx mixed-use project that will have over 1,000 units of housing, a waterfront esplanade, and a permanent home for the Universal Hip Hop Museum is set to begin in the coming weeks. Developed by L+M Development Partners, Type A Projects, BronxWorks, and the city of New York in a public-private partnership, the project, known as Bronx Point, secured $349 million in financing last week. S9 Architecture is leading the design of the 22-story development, with the publicly-accessible open space along the Harlem River designed by Marvel Architects and Abel Bainnson Butz.

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affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

All images courtesy of Phipps Houses

A housing lottery launched last week in the South Bronx for over 200 affordable homes set aside for extremely-low to moderate-income households. Located in Soundview, the newly-constructed 12-story Metcalf Avenue Apartments offers residents on-site laundry, children’s playroom, roof deck, landscaped courtyard, and a community room. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 30, 50, 70, 90, and 110 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, which range from $354/month studios to $2,346/month three-bedroom apartments.
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Bronx, Cool Listings

Listing images courtesy of Douglas Elliman

It’s not every day you come across a true one-bedroom New York City apartment for under $300,000, but here you go. Located in the Concourse section of the Bronx, which is just a half-hour subway ride from Midtown, the home is spacious, bright, and full of the pre-war details that you’d expect from a co-op like 1075 Grand Concourse.

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affordable housing, Bronx, housing lotteries

All renderings by SLCE Architects

In the Tremont section of the Bronx, just south of Little Italy and just west of the Bronx Zoo and Botanical Garden, a new affordable senior housing complex has launched a lottery for 122 units. Located at 600 East 179th Street, the 176-unit building was designed by SLCE Architects and features environmentally friendly features such as two large terraces and a rear garden, including both indoor and outdoor vegetable gardens, and a green wall. The available apartments include studios and one-bedrooms for those earning 30 or 50 percent of the area median income, who will pay 30 percent of their income on rent.

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Bronx, Restaurants

Photos courtesy of the Bronx Brewery

Two South Bronx businesses are teaming up to bring New Yorkers a unique new culinary experience. The Bronx Brewery announced a deal last week to make Empanology a full-time food partner at the bar’s spacious backyard. The partnership involves some tasty collaborations, including a BBQ sauce that incorporates the brewery’s “World Gone Hazy” IPA and other limited-edition menu items.

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Bronx, City Living

Photo © James and Karla Murray

Palomba Academy of Music has been teaching music lessons from its storefront in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx for 64 years, but they’ve sadly had to close due to COVID-19. However, there’s a piece of this business that photographers James and Karla Murray hope to preserve. They are working with iconic NYC neon shop Let There Be Neon to remove Palomba’s historic, 25-foot neon sign and have it relocated to the American Sign Museum in Cincinatti, Ohio. But they need your help

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Architecture, Bronx, Design

Photo courtesy of the New York Botanical Garden

The palm dome of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory at the New York Botanical Garden reopened on Monday after an $18 million restoration project. Constructed by Lord & Burnham from 1899 to 1902, the stunning glass greenhouse features 11 galleries with plants from around the world, including the garden’s Palms of the World gallery. The Haupt Conservancy, which has been closed since March 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic, will reopen to the public at limited capacity on September 22.

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