The Bronx

May 20, 2024

Fantastical flowers and peculiar plants: New York Botanical Garden opens ‘Wonderland’ exhibit

The New York Botanical Garden has fallen down the rabbit hole. The enchanting exhibition "Wonderland: Curious Nature" debuted on Saturday, transforming the garden's 250 acres into a whimsical paradise inspired by Lewis Carroll's classic children's tale "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and its sequel stories. On view through October 27, the exhibition includes a 12-foot White Rabbit made of plants, larger-than-life mushrooms, gardens of the Victorian era, a large-scale chess set designed by Yoko Ono, and more.
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May 7, 2024

The historic Bronx Post Office is for sale again

One of the most iconic buildings in the Bronx is for sale again. The Bronx General Post Office at 558 Grand Concourse is looking for a buyer five years after a deal to buy the landmark fell through. Developer Young Woo & Associates purchased the property from the United States Postal Service in 2014 with plans to revitalize the 90-year-old building and transform it into a mixed-use development with a food market. After a sale failed in 2019, the property has returned to the market, advertised as having the potential to become residential or a hotel with retail space.
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May 2, 2024

135 middle-income apartments available in Mott Haven, from $3,088/month

A housing lottery has launched for 135 middle-income apartments at a new luxury residential project in Mott Haven. Located at 138 Bruckner Boulevard in the South Bronx, the 12-story mixed-use building offers spacious units, luxurious amenities, and proximity to the Bronx waterfront. New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income, or between $105,875/month for a single person and $218,010 for a household of five, can apply for the apartments, which range from $3,088/month studios to $3,939/month two bedrooms.
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April 29, 2024

New ‘Legendary Yankees’ mural honors living Black baseball icons

The Bronx Children's Museum last week unveiled "Exhibiting Possibilities: Legendary Yankees," an outdoor mural featuring six living Black baseball legends and former Yankees, including Willie Randolph, Reggie Jackson, Dave Winfield, Derek Jeter, C.C. Sabathia, and Aaron Judge. Created by Bronx native André Trenier, the artwork is part of a larger project from the museum to inspire children in the neighborhood to dream big.
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April 10, 2024

NYC to redevelop Grand Concourse library with 100% affordable housing

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development and the New York Public Library announced plans to transform the Grand Concourse branch into a state-of-the-art library with affordable housing on top. This week the city kicked off the community engagement process for the project, which falls under Mayor Eric Adams' "24 in 24" plan to advance 24 affordable housing projects in 2024.
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March 14, 2024

Ride a vintage NYC subway car to the home opener at Yankee Stadium

Baseball lovers can travel to Yankee Stadium in retro style aboard vintage NYC subway trains. The New York Transit Museum is running its beloved 1917 IRT Lo-V train and Train of Many Colors on Friday, April 5, offering baseball fans a special way to arrive at the Yankees home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. The event is free with subway fare and departs from Grand Central Terminal at 11 a.m., giving Yankee fans more than enough time to catch the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.
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March 5, 2024

120-year-old Carnegie library in the Bronx is now a city landmark

A Bronx public library that has served as a vital community space for more than a century is New York City's newest landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Tuesday voted to designate the New York Public Library's Tremont Branch as an individual landmark. Constructed in 1905, the library at 1866 Washington Avenue was financed by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and designed by acclaimed firm Carrère and Hastings, the architects behind the library's iconic main branch at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue. The library is regarded for its significance as a critical space for the neighborhood, in addition to its architectural importance, according to the LPC.
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February 20, 2024

All-electric affordable housing project planned for Mott Haven parking lot

A project that will bring an all-electric affordable housing development and a new community theater to Mott Haven is moving forward. The city's Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) last week selected the team that will convert a city-owned parking lot at 351 Powers Avenue into a 90-unit, fully-electric affordable housing development dubbed the Powerhouse Apartments. The South Bronx development is part of Mayor Eric Adams' "24 in 24" plan, which calls for two dozen affordable housing developments on public land to advance this year.
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February 16, 2024

21 middle-income luxury apartments available in the South Bronx, from $1,800/month

Applications are now being accepted for 21 middle-income apartments at a new rental development in the South Bronx. Located at 2976 Third Avenue in Melrose, the 15-story building offers residents newly constructed luxury units with spacious open layouts. New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income, or between $61,715 for a single person and $198,250 for a household of five, can apply for the apartments, priced at $1,800/month for studios, $2,250/month for one-bedrooms, and $2,600/month two-bedrooms.
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February 15, 2024

Walk the runway at the New York Botanical Garden’s fashion-forward orchid show

The New York Botanical Garden's beloved orchid show returns this weekend, bringing the catwalk with it. Designed by artists Hillary Taymour, Olivia Cheng, and FLWR PSTL (a.k.a. Kristen Alpaugh), "The Orchid Show: Florals in Fashion" is transforming the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory into a picture-perfect fashion show with stylish creations made with thousands of orchids and accessory plantings. Tickets are now on sale for the show, which opens on Saturday, February 17, and runs through April 21.
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February 6, 2024

Bronx Night Market will return to Fordham Plaza this April

The Bronx Night Market is returning to Fordham Plaza this spring after announcing its permanent closure last October. MASC Hospitality Group (MHG) on Monday announced the beloved market will reopen on April 6 with a new holistic approach designed to address previous issues and make Fordham Plaza a center for "community, culture, and commerce." The revamped market will feature a variety of new programming, including cooking demonstrations and nutrition education, an artisanal cafe, a curated bookstore, live performances, and more.
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January 25, 2024

Four new skateparks opening in Brooklyn and the Bronx

New York City is working with legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk to develop four new skateparks in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Mayor Eric Adams during his State of the City address on Wednesday announced a partnership with The Skatepark Project, a nonprofit founded by Hawk, to bring four skateparks in communities lacking access to public recreation spaces. The project is being fast-tracked for completion in just three years. The plan involves renovating two existing skateparks, at Brower Park and Bronx Park, and constructing two new ones, at Mount Prospect Park and Soundview Park.
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January 17, 2024

This $5M Riverdale home is like a house in the Hamptons without the crowded commute

The shingle-style home at 5031 Grosvenor Avenue in the sought-after Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale was designed in the 1890s style often associated with the architects McKim, Mead & White. Atop a stone bluff overlooking Riverdale and neighboring Fieldston, the five-bedroom house, asking $4,900,000, has family-sized charm, an elevator, a pool, and outdoor living spaces, adding up to the subtle grandeur of homes much further afield, without the hassle of a traffic-filled commute.
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January 9, 2024

NYC seeks feedback on rezoning plan around new Bronx Metro-North stations

City officials want New Yorkers to weigh in on a rezoning plan that proposes 6,000 new homes for the area surrounding four new Metro-North Stations in the East Bronx. The Department of City Planning (DCP) on Wednesday will host an online informational session for the Bronx Metro-North Station Area Plan, a rezoning effort proposed for Morris Park, Parkchester/Van Nest, Hunts Point, and Co-Op City. During the meeting, DCP officials will hear feedback and answer questions given by the community about the proposed land use changes ahead of the start of the official public review process.
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January 2, 2024

7 historic places in NYC recommended for state and national designation

Gov. Kathy Hochul last week announced the 36 properties and places in New York nominated for potential placement on the State and National Register of Historic Places. The seven New York City recommendations include Bushwick's historic William Ulmer Brewery, the city's first cast-iron office building, and a new historic district in Central Harlem that illustrates the neighborhood's development as a Black working-class residential neighborhood.
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December 28, 2023

Nearly 200 mixed-income apartments available near Yankee Stadium, from $465/month

A housing lottery opened this week for 198 mixed-income units at a new residential development in the South Bronx. Located as part of a two-building project at River Avenue and McClellan Street, the McClellan Apartments is a 17-story building with 250 apartments. New Yorkers earning 30, 50, 70, and 100 of the area median income, or between $18,515 for a single person and $175,100 for a household of seven people, can apply for the apartments, which range from $465/month studios to $2,639/month three bedrooms.
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December 12, 2023

Long-forgotten Bronx burial site of enslaved people designated as a landmark

A Bronx park with unique New York City history is now a landmark. The Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) on Tuesday voted to designate Joseph Rodman Drake Park and Enslaved People's Burial Ground, a colonial-era burial ground in Hunts Point that contains the long-forgotten site of a cemetery for enslaved people, as an individual landmark.
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November 30, 2023

Second phase begins on affordable housing complex at former Bronx juvenile jail

The five-acre mixed-use development at a former juvenile jail site in the Bronx is moving forward. New York City officials on Wednesday broke ground on the second phase of the Peninsula, which will bring over 700 affordable homes and a manufacturing building to Hunts Point. The project's second phase includes two buildings with 359 apartments, a public plaza, a parking garage, and community space. The mixed-use complex is rising on the site of the former Spofford Juvenile Detention Center, which closed in 2011 and was notorious for its mistreatment of children.
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November 15, 2023

NYC launches first-ever Hart Island public walking tours

Hart Island, the nation's largest public cemetery, will open to the public for the first time this month. The city's Parks Department on Wednesday announced that free walking tours of the Bronx island will be offered twice per month starting November 21. Hart Island, which has served as the final resting place of more than one million people since the Civil War, has long been inaccessible to visitors, with extremely stringent security and once-a-month visitation days. Now, with NYC Parks managing the site, the public can get an up-close look at the island's history, helping undo historical stigmas. The tours will last roughly 2.5 hours, with ferry transportation provided to and from the island.
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November 9, 2023

Fire up your outdoor kitchen while looking out on the Hudson River in this $6M Bronx home

In the Bronx neighborhood of Spuyten Duyvil overlooking the Hudson River, this unusual mini-mansion at 3061 Scenic Place offers a chance to live the manor life without leaving New York City. Asking $5,990,000, this 5,872-square-foot recently-renovated Georgian Colonial home is a different kind of townhouse, breathtaking river views included. A full outdoor kitchen takes full advantage of the views, while a home movie theater keeps everyone entertained when the weather says, "stay indoors."
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October 24, 2023

RXR opens 27-story South Bronx rental with 200 apartments

Another residential development has opened in Mott Haven. RXR last week opened Maven, a new 27-story rental tower located on the South Bronx waterfront. Located at 2413 Third Avenue, the 145,643-square-foot building is the developer's first project in the Bronx. Designed by CetraRuddy, the tower contains a total of 200 rental units, 60 of which are affordable for middle-income households.
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October 20, 2023

Bronx Point phase one opens with 542 new homes and a waterfront park

The first phase of a major mixed-use development in the South Bronx has officially opened. Officials on Thursday unveiled 542 new units of affordable housing and a 2.8-acre waterfront public park now complete as part of the $349 million Bronx Point project. The development will also be home to the Universal Hip Hop Museum, which will open in 2025 as the first museum of its kind in the country.
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October 18, 2023

City considers landmark status for NYPL branch in the Bronx

The Landmarks Preservation Commission is considering designating a Bronx public library as a New York City landmark. The commission on Tuesday voted to calendar the New York Public Library's Tremont Branch at 1866 Washington Avenue. Constructed in 1905, the library was funded by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and designed by the renowned firm Carrère and Hastings, the architects behind the library's iconic main branch at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue. Made of red brick and limestone, the library is highly regarded for its historical significance as a critical community space over the last 100+ years, in addition to its architectural importance, according to the LPC.
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October 16, 2023

Bronx Night Market at Fordham Plaza to close after seven-year run

October 28 will be the last day you'll be able to sample the food, crafts, and other local wares at the Bronx Night Market at Fordham Plaza. The borough's beloved foodie fest is closing down for good after a farewell fling. After seven years, the team behind the ground-breaking seasonal event has made the tough decision to close after safety concerns rose and sponsorships fell short.
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October 9, 2023

30 middle-income luxury apartments available in Morris Heights, from $2,980/month

A housing lottery opened this week for 30 brand-new apartments at a residential building in the Bronx. Located at 1739 Grand Avenue in Morris Heights, the seven-story building offers residents brand-new luxury units with spacious layouts. New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income, or between $99,086 for a single person and $198,250 for a household of five, can apply for the apartments, priced at $2,890/month studios, $3,059/month one-bedrooms, and $3,599/month two-bedrooms.
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September 29, 2023

This $8.75M mansion designed by Robert A.M. Stern is the most expensive listing in the Bronx

This 11,135-square-foot four-story home at 421 West 250th Street in the Riverdale section of the Bronx has the distinction of being the borough's record-holding big-ticket residential listing, according to Mansion Global. Designed by prolific New York City firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects in 2005, the gingerbread-esque mansion sits on just over a half-acre in the private Villanova Heights subdivision. A pitched roof with a trio of whimsical dormers and delphinium blue window shutters provide a rustic air to its architectural simplicity. Within, an elevator makes travel between living, sleeping, and recreation floors convenient to all residents. Previously, the borough's highest-price listing was a $7 million neo-Georgian brick home in Fieldston.
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September 19, 2023

Major South Bronx development Bankside opens lottery for 132 apartments, from $2,525/month

The sprawling South Bronx mixed-use development Bankside released another housing lottery this week. Applications are now being accepted for 132 middle-income apartments at Lincoln at Bankside, a four-tower development with 921 apartments and a new public waterfront park. New Yorkers earning 130 percent of the area median income, or between $86,572 for a single person annually and $198,250 for a household of five, can apply for the units, priced from $2,525/month studios to $3,400/month two bedrooms.
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