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Johnson Avenue, once sporting several festivals, has hit something of a snag in recent years. The cancellation of the Johnson Avenue Block Festival in late 2018 — which ended in part due to a lack of funds — didn’t devastate the economic prosperity of the area. But it certainly left a bitter taste in the mouths of business owners and prospective customers alike. more
Music is as omnipresent as the greenery, especially in this section of the Bronx. Chamber musicians in Spuyten Duyvil. Jazz composers by the Henry Hudson Parkway. Folk singers at An Beal Bocht Cafe. more
The Bronx knows how to celebrate its artists. With the number of cafes, art bars, museums and galleries across the borough, creatives within its confines can find an audience, a patron, or even a collaborator. more
As more restaurants and stores pull up their shutters and open to a community that’s desperately missed them, there’s one establishment neighbors are still getting to know. That is, the ones who haven’t already discovered it in grocery stores like Union Market. more
Every year, and every holiday, the New York Public Library releases a top 10 list of books patrons have checked out the most. Now, however, days may feel like weeks, and holidays may seem far-off and imaginary. Books are gathering dust in the Riverdale Library. more
They said the Bronx was burning in cop movies, on the news, in history books. To them, it was only ruins and fire, violence and risk, and evidence of urban collapse. To an outsider, the Bronx could simply seem hopeless. But for those who called the borough home through that time, there is a different story to tell. more
There may be 525,600 minutes in a year, but for many who have had to stay home through the coronavirus pandemic, it might feel more like 525,600 years. Few have probably felt that deeper than the young actors of the Riverdale Rising Stars program who, up until the beginning of spring, were in the final stretch to bring their version of the rock musical “Rent” to stage. more
Unlike some other parts of New York City, Riverdale and its surrounding neighborhoods offer a number of outdoor spaces and trails for those looking for some fresh air and exercise can take advantage of. And one of those regular stops — at least before the coronavirus pandemic world — was Wave Hill, overlooking the Hudson River from its Palisade Avenue home. more
Mom and pop shops are the lifeblood of tight-knit communities. Riverdale Avenue, Broadway, West 231st Street and Johnson Avenue are among the many centers of social interaction in the area, and a place where one can always find a familiar face. more
No one ever said artists have to stop making work simply because of a pandemic. Why would a pandemic stop a filmmaker, after all, let alone an entire film festival visited by thousands of New Yorkers for the past five years? more
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