Out & About: Bronx Day, Poe Cottage Health & Fitness, NY Philharmic in Van Cortlandt Park & More!

Out & About: Bronx Day, Poe Cottage Health & Fitness, NY Philharmic in Van Cortlandt Park & More!

ATTENDEES ENJOY THE 52nd Annual Bronx Ball on Saturday, May 18, 2024 at the former Whitestone Multiplex Cinema, 2505 Bruckner Boulevard in the South Bronx. 
Photo by Síle Moloney

Editor’s Note: Check back for more updates as we add more events. Scroll down for subsections on Photography, Events, Art, Film, Dance, Music, Kids, Movement & More. For details of local civic, health, or other NON-arts & culture related events, check out our latest Neighborhood Notes listing. 

Bronx Talk show host Gary Axelbank hosts a new music podcast, The Bronx Music Podcast with Gary Axelbank, recorded in front of a live audience at The Artist performance venue on City Island. Click here to read our latest story. Episode 4 is available to listen to now. Check it out on the following platforms Apple Podcasts, Spotify and YouTube.


The podcast is recorded in front of a live audience on the first Sunday of each month at 1 p.m. at ‘The Artist’, 249 City Island Avenue, City Island, Bronx, NY. The Artist venue was recognized as the 2023 Best Concert Venue in The Bronx. On Sunday, June 2 at 1 p.m., the next guest to join Axelbank will be popular singer/songwriter Johnny Seven. All are welcome to attend.



The Bronx Historical Society presents the 2nd Annual Bronx Aerosol Arts & Street Jam on June 8. See attached flier for details.

2ND ANNUAL BRONX Aerosol Arts & Street Jam flier 
Flier courtesy of the Bronx Historical Society

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) hosts the “Attracting Pollinators with Native Plants Workshop” on Thursday, June 13, from 6 to 7.30 p.m. at the New Roots Community Farm, 670 Grand Concourse, Bronx. Learn about the importance of our local pollinators and how to create gardens that attract them. As part of the workshop, you’ll spend time identifying the native plants, observing and discussing design elements of the pollinator gardens and spending some time caring for the plants. The event is facilitated by Bronx Green-Up of the New York Botanical Garden, Butterfly Project NYC, and Dina Garcia of New Roots Community Farm.


The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) launched a new podcast, Plant People, on May 20 in partnership with nonprofit public media organization, PRX, and is available on all major podcast platforms. The host is NYBG’s CEO and president Jennifer Bernstein and, as the title indicates, the podcast is all about the many links between plants and people and how both need each other to thrive.


The first episode focused on the importance of research collections, particularly NYBG’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library and William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, in making plant information available to everyone, from researchers around the globe to Bronx school kids. The next episode, which drops on Monday, June 3, is all about how to make lawns more environmentally friendly. There will be new, 30-minute episodes every two weeks throughout the summer. For more information, and to listen to the podcast trailer and episodes, visit https://www.nybg.org/plantpeople/.


The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Farmers Market is open for the season on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Oct. 23. Located just inside the Mosholu entrance and across the street from the Botanical Garden station of the Metro-North commuter railroad, the NYBG Farmers Market offers a diverse array of fresh, locally grown and produced vegetables, fruits, baked goods, specialty foods, jewelry, and more.


The NYBG Farmers Market run coincides with the Wonderland: Curious Nature exhibition inspired by the beloved classics Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, And What Alice Found There, showing through Oct. 27, 2024, across the Garden grounds. Visitors can stop by the Unbirthday Truck at the Farmers Market to complement their Wonderland visit with snacks, sweets, tea-to-go packages, and more. Live music accompanies the diverse offerings, creating a delightful experience for weekly produce shopping.


Visitors may also register for an all-new Summer Veggie Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program from certified organic Fresh Meadow Farm in Middletown, New York, which offers a weekly box of eight to 12 freshly harvested, organic vegetables, greens, herbs, and edible flowers, curated to provide a delicious farm-to-table experience. Registration for CSA closes on June 15.


The Jerome Gun Hill Business Improvement District (BID), in conjunction with the Bronx Historical Society and partners, will host an inaugural “Norwood Pride” festival during Pride Month on June 23 in the Wiliamsbridge Oval park in Norwood. See attached flier for details.

Flier courtesy of MPC


Additional Bronx Pride 2024 Pop-Up events are taking place across three other Bronx locations on Saturday, June 15, hosted by various entities. See attached flier for details.

Flier courtesy of the event sponsors


The Office of the Bronx Borough President presents Bronx Pride 2024. See attached flier for details.

BRONX PRIDE 2024 flier  
Flier courtesy of the Office of the Bronx Borough President

Celebrate Pride Month with NYPL. The New York Public Library is celebrating Pride throughout June with free special events. Visit the libraries after hours for Pride-themed nights and behind-the-scenes access to the collections, and get involved in the Banned Book Club, check out Anti-Prom, and stop by a branch near you for crafts, movie screenings, and more! Click here for more details.


Celebrate Juneteenth at the New York Botanical Garden on Bronx Day, Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson. Visit the Garden on Bronx Day for a lively celebration of Juneteenth featuring music, dance performances, arts and crafts, food trucks, and so much more. Register for the symposium with author and historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris as NYBG celebrates the opening of its African American Garden in its newest form, and don’t miss the fantastical displays to explore throughout the Garden during the latest exhibition, Wonderland: Curious Nature. NYBG is offering complimentary tickets for Bronx residents to visit on June 15. Distribution of tickets is on a first-requested, first-served basis. Click here for more details.


Join Bronx Arts Ensemble and partners for a Juneteenth celebration in Van Cortlandt Park on June 19. See attached flier for details.

Flier courtesy of Bronx Arts Ensemble & partners

Bronx Commmunity Solutions presents “Juneteenth Jubilee: Educate & Celebrate the Arts,” a free event on June 12. See attached flier for details.

BRONX COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS presents “Juneteenth Jubilee: Educate & Celebrate the Arts,” a free event on June 12, 2024.  
Flier courtesy of the Bronx Community Solutions


The Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade Gala will take place on Thursday, Sept. 12, at Villa Barone Manor in Throggs Neck. See attached flier for details.

BRONX PUERTO RICAN Day Parade Gala flier 
Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

The world premiere of the first episode of a new TV series focusing on the immigrant experience called “#Stressed” will air on BronxNet on June 19. Drawing on themes such as the immigrant experience and body positivity, with an aspirational narrative, the series highlights the diversity and commonality of immigrant experiences, beauty standards, and desires for success and acceptance through the lens of director Kobina de Graft-Johnson and creator and screenwriter Jasmine Patrice White. The series stars actress Abena Mensah-Bonsu. Read our latest story on the new series here.


Elizabeth Quaranta of Future of Mosholu Parkland (FOMP) has shared details from Bideawee’s Feral Cat Initiative on social media on how to help decrease the number of kittens being born in “the wild” and improve the lives of feral and stray cats in the area. Residents can register for upcoming online Trap-Neuter-Return (#TNR) Certification Workshops from the Community Cats Podcast / Neighborhood Cats, coming on June 1 and July 14. Register here.

Flier courtesy of Neighborhood Cats / The Community Cats Podcast

Northwest Bronx Community & Clergy Coalition will mark its 50th Anniversary at a Gala at Manhattan College, 3900 Waldo Avenue, The Bronx, on Friday, Oct. 18, at 6 p.m.


In 2017, according to the Kingsbridge Historical Society, the neighborhood landmark Villa Rosa Bonheur was bought by investors. Two years later, the society said because of “as-of-right” real estate laws, it was reduced to a pile of rubble and carted away. A presentation will be given on June 6, outlining the community efforts to try to save it, and when they failed, the co-naming of the location where it once stood as “Villa Rosa Bonheur John J McKelvey Sr. Way.” See attached flier for details.

Flier courtesy of the Kingsbridge Historical Society

The Bronx Book Festival takes place on June 8, at Fordham Plaza. See attached flier for details.

THE BRONX BOOK Festival flier
Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

The Bronx Chamber of Commerce presents “An Evening of Scotch & Cigars on June 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Bronx Havana Room, 3604A East Tremont Avenue. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Guests are invited to join the Chamber for the sophisticated evening of scotch tasting, fine cigars, networking and industry updates. Act fast – space is limited and this event has sold out two years in a row! Click here for tickets.

See attached flier for details of The Bronx is Reading upcoming events in June.

THE BRONX IS Reading upcoming events in June 2024
Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

The St. Peter’s Greek Festival is back. Stay tuned to be a part of the journey into the heart of Greek culture, cuisine, and tradition. Save the date, June 16. More details to follow.

ST. PETER’S GREEK Festival flier
Flier courtesy of St. Peter’s Greek Festival organizers


Please see attached flier for the upcoming Poe Cottage Health & Fitness Spring / Summer 2024 event series.

POE COTTAGE HEALTH & Fitness Spring / Summer 2024 event series  
Flier courtesy of the event organisers


Attached below is the Programming Schedule for the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center.

PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE FOR the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center 
Flier courtesy of the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center


NYC Parks is hosting a Modeling 101 Classes from April to June. See attached flier for details.

Flier courtesy of NYC Parks


New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)’s Beer Garden at the Leon Levy Visitor Center, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458, continues to have craft beers to purchase, as well as grab-and-go meals, snacks, and drinks at the Pine Tree Café at the same NYBG location. NYBG is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126.


The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is a museum of plants, including 50 gardens and plant collections spread across a 250-acre National Historic Landmark site. Founded in 1891, The New York Botanical Garden is the most comprehensive botanical garden in the world and an integral part of the cultural fabric of New York City, anchored in the Bronx. Visitors come to the Garden to connect with nature for joy, beauty, and respite, and for renowned plant-based exhibitions and programming. Visit NYBG’s website to plan your visit: https://www.nybg.org/visit/. Check out the events listed below among others which are ongoing at the garden.


New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)’s Bronx Neighbors Program offers free Grounds-Only Admission to Bronx Residents Tuesday to Sunday and Monday federal holidays, offering the local community access to nature in their backyard, programs for the whole family, and more. Get your tickets online now, or learn more about other ways to receive your FREE Bronx Resident Grounds-Only admission ticket. Up to 6 tickets per transaction.


On Tuesday, and Thursday-Sunday; a grounds access pass to the New York Botanical Garden is available for purchase by NYC residents only. Proof of residency is required and may only be purchased onsite. On Wednesdays, grounds admission is free to NYC residents all day and to all other visitors between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Grounds admission includes access to outdoor gardens and collections, including the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

  • 250 acres to explore year-round
  • The largest surviving old-growth forest in New York City
  • Two family gardens for hands-on exploration
  • Free mobile guides with audio tours, videos, and special content!


Forest Bathing at NYBG is an ongoing, audio, self-guided tour of the Thain Family Forest. Click here for more information. Allow yourself to be fully present as you bathe your senses in the sights, smells, sounds, and sensations of the Thain Family Forest with forest bathing experiences, known as shinrin-yoku in Japan. In Japanese shinrin means forest, and yoku means bath. This audio guide focuses on slowing down and experiencing the sensory connections that help calm the mind and deepen reflection under a glorious forest canopy. This experience takes roughly one hour from beginning to end. You can also choose to do a shorter 20-minute session and conclude after
Track 2. (The tracks are accessible through your mobile device via the link above.)


Join the Floral Design, Gardening, Landscape Design, Botanical Art, educational program at NYBG, and explore hundreds of classes to educate, inspire, and guide you.


Free your creativity with Seasonal Workshops at NYBG. Whether you’re an aspiring photographer, a budding apartment gardener, or you’re looking to explore the healing benefits of plants, NYBG’s Continuing Education program offers hands-on, one-day courses that supply you with creative ways to work plants into your daily routine. Explore a wealth of diverse offerings and fall in love with a new skillset this season. Click here for more information.


Plant Studio starts April 2024 at NYBG. Click here for more details. Discover the perfect balance of flexible coursework and expert instruction with NYBG Plant Studio, the newest addition to The New York Botanical Garden’s Continuing Education program. NYBG’s bite-sized, online courses are tailormade for the plant curious, plant advocate, or busy plant lover. Students will dig into gardening, botany, floral design, landscape design, and more from the comfort of their own space, whenever it fits their schedule, and meet an array of seasoned plant professionals eager to expand their plant knowledge through pre-recorded course videos; virtual tours of gorgeous garden spaces, often off-limits to the general public; and personal feedback on hands-on projects. Students will become a part of a diverse community of fellow nature enthusiasts and gain new skills from NYBG plant professionals.


Edible Academy Fresh from the Garden Tastings takes place at the New York Botanical Garden on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Get hands-on with healthy cooking using new recipes featuring plants grown in the Edible Academy. NYBG staff create family-friendly recipes using seasonal vegetables, fruits, and herbs, and kids and adults alike can learn how garden-to-table cooking is not only nutritious, but fun, too. While you’re exploring the Edible Academy, get hands on with the crops in the vegetable garden during Dig! Plant! Grow! each month. For more information, click here.


A number of citywide events highlighting Black Excellence can be found on eventbrite.


Want to work with other writers? Commit to a writing schedule? Practice your craft through writing prompts? Receive and discuss information and tips on writing, reading, editing, and revising? Join the weekly meetings of the Kingsbridge Writing Circle, held online at the Kingsbridge Library every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon. Share your unpublished drafts in an intimate setting. Get and give feedback. Writers of all genres and styles are welcome to participate. The program is for those aged 18 and up. You must register to receive the Google Meet meeting code which will be emailed the day before. Register here.


Norwood Community Library, a mobile library, arranges pop-up library booths around The Bronx and also has a permanent library box located in front of the Keeper’s House at 3440 Reservoir Oval East, Bronx, NY 10467. For more details, check out our latest story on the library’s latest activities. The library also meets regularly as a book club.



Bronx Comedy has taken over the Arthur Avenue Retail Market since Jan. 29, 2024, every Monday at 7 p.m. Producer Walt Frasier is teaming up with Pauly DiSilvio of LCG Cigars to bring professional stand-up comedy, improv comedy, music and even murder mystery events to The Bronx’s Little Italy. Frasier has 20+ years of comedy performance and production experience and has been seen on HBO, MTV, NBC’S Blacklist, CBS’s Blue Bloods and Letterman, Showtime’s Billions and more.

Joining Frasier each week will be both favorite Bronx local comics and headliners from Manhattan clubs and more. Tickets from $20 at the door or at www.bronxcomedy.com. There is no additional purchase required but come early for coffees, drinks, and desserts from O’Ccaffe, and pizza, calzone and antipasti by Funici A’Pizza. Click here for more information.



The Mosholu branch of the New York Public Library is holding James Baldwin inspired art classes “My Hands are My Heart” with instructor Blanka Amezkua on Saturday, May 18, and Saturday, June 1, from 1 p.m. to 2.30 p.m., at 285 E 205th St, Bronx, NY 10467. Participants will engage in activities like embroidery, gluing, painting, printing, and cutting with all materials provided. For more information, call (718) 882-8239.


Mosholu Library is hosting “My Hands Are My Heart,” James Baldwin inspired art classes given by Blanka Amezkua on various dates ending June 1. See attached flier for details.

Mosholu Library is hosting “My Hands Are My Heart,” James Baldwin inspired art classes given by Blanka Amezkua on various dates ending June 1., 2024.   
Flier courtesy of NYPL

Click here to check out Free Museum Days in New York City during 2024.

Junior McLean from the 149th and Tinton Avenue area in The Bronx is a self-taught artist since 1996. For years, he studied art and learned by reading at public libraries or studying online tutorials from online art groups like Renderosity and Deviant art. From 2005-2011, he used to have small, public art exhibitions. Currently, he is a freelance artist and wants to encourage other artists to stay creative and use their talents in a way that is positive to the neighborhood and each other. His social media links are:

Junior’s Digital Designs ((IG))

Junior’s Digital Designs ((Twitter/X))

Junior’s Digital Designs ((Business Page FB))

Junior has a Redbubble Artwork Store for those seeking greeting cards, postcards and other custom products for sale at Junior’s Digital Designs Redbubble Artwork Store  . He says he plans to collaborate with Link NYC about having his artwork seen/featured on their “Art on Link” program in the Tristate area. His work was featured last August with Link NYC for 3 weeks.

Bronx River Art Center, 1087 East Tremont AvePO Box 5002Bronx, NY 10460, celebrating 37 years of bringing Arts & Cultural programs to The Bronx, presents “Never Wait! / ¡Nunca Esperes!” from April 13 to June 8, organized by Blanka Amezkua. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays, from noon to 6 p.m. For more information, click here.

NYC Parks presents the Free Free Art Festival on June 22 at the Williamsbridge Oval park in Norwood. See attached flier for details.

FEEL FREE ART Festival 2024 flier 
Flier courtesy of NYC Parks

Casita Maria Gallery presents “Leftovers” from March 21 to August 16. See attached flier below for detials.

FLIER FOR “LEFTOVERS” at Casita Maria Gallery 
Flier courtesy of Casita Maria Gallery

“Fro Your Information,” an art exhibit by Ella Santos, opened Jan. 26. See attached flier for more information on the ongoing exhibit.

FLIER FOR AN art exhibit by Ella Santos
Flier courtesy of Ella Santos


Local artist and photographer, Jordan Moss, a former editor of the Norwood News, runs the website, “Art All Around Us,” which can be accessed here. His photos and abstract/mixed media work can also be viewed on IG @jordanmossbx. Greeting cards with his photo prints are available on Etsy. Moss’s latest solo art/photography exhibit is showing at Poe Park Visitor Center, south of the corner of Grand Concourse and Kingsbridge Road.

MIXED MEDIA WORKS, part of an art exhibit by Jordan Moss 
Photo by Jordan Moss


The Bronx Night Market has returned to Fordham Plaza. The Bronx Night Market is not merely a culinary gathering; it is a powerful reflection of the community’s resilience, creativity, and collective pride, contributing to the borough’s cultural richness and economic vibrancy. This special event will occur on the first Saturday of the month from April to October. Click here for more information.



A summer film screening of Beat Street will be screened in Joyce Kilmer Park on Friday, June 14. See attached flier for details.

BEAT STREET FILM screening flier 
Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

Bronx Independent Cinema Center has launched a campaign to bring independent film to The Bronx. Click on the donation link here for details. Read our latest story on the topic here.


As part of the CUNY Dance Initiative, Bronx-born TweetBoogie will perform on Wednesday, June 5, at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture. Click here for more details and for tickets.


A Hip-Hop legend, having choreographed for top artists like ‪Jay-Z, ‪LL Cool J, Shakira, Nicki Minaj, and the iconic Miss Janet Jackson herself, TweetBoogie also keeps to her roots, always representing the South Bronx. With an ensemble of stellar dancers, TweetBoogie dives deep into her connection to Black music, dance, history, and true hip-hop culture. Witness her connection to hip-hop culture – from the Bronx streets to global stages.


Join Bronx Arts Ensemble for a Capoeira Performance and Dance on Saturday, June 15.  See attached flier for details.

Flier courtesy of Bronx Arts Ensemble and partners


NYC Parks hosts the Bronx All Stars Dance team classes at the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center from April to June. See attached flier for details.

BRONX ALL STAR Dance Team event flier 
Flier courtesy of NYC Parks


Registration is now open for Summer Classes at Mindbuilders in Olinville. See attached flier for more information.

REGISTRATION IS NOW open for summer classes at Mindbuilders in Olinville
Flier courtesy of Mindbuilders


REGISTRATION IS NOW open for summer classes at Mindbuilders in Olinville
Flier courtesy of Mindbuilders


The 21st Annual Bronx River Sounds Performing Arts Festival takes place every Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. from June 7 to June 29. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students, plus 10% discounts for BRAC members, registered students in BRAC’s education program, 10460 Zip Code residents, and SNAP recipients. Click here for more information.


The South Bronx Cultural Festival takes place on Saturday, June 1. See attached fliers for more information.

Flier courtesy of the event sponsors



Flier courtesy of the event sponsors



Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

The Cornelius Eady Group will give a free live concert on Friday, June 7, at the van Cortlandt House Museum. See attached flier for details.

Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

Bronx Summer Jam is back for its third annual music celebration brought to you by Bronx-based production brand, Sirens & Kings, and featuring an all-star cast of emerging artists and DJs, on Sunday, June 30 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m at Bronx Park East. This is a free, all-ages, music festival rich with music, culture and a positive space for the local community. With a diverse line-up of local talent, each with their own artistry and style, Sirens & Kings have creatively separated Bronx Summer Jam into two stages: the Kings Stage and the Sirens Stage.


The festival has also begun to secure its first series of sponsorships from Bronx small businesses and local vendors, securing longevity for the festival for years to come. A collaboration between two Bronx-based production companies, Sounds & Sirens and The Fox & King teamed up back in 2019 to combine both their media, events and artist development talents. They started Bronx Summer Jam in 2022 to provide the local Bronx community with a judgement-free and cultural space to help jump-start live music in The Bronx after the COVID-
19 pandemic. RSVP tickets will be available, for free, on eventbrite.com with all guests and attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, and secure their spots early, for the best views of the show.


Join Bronx Arts Ensemble and Jenn Jade 5! for Summer Sprinklers at Pelham Bay Park on Friday, June 14.  See attached flier for details.

Flier courtesy of Bronx Arts Ensemble & partners

Bronx Arts Ensemble (BAE) is inviting Bronx residents to help grow the gift of music in The Bronx. They said your support will enable the Bronx Arts Ensemble to bring FREE concerts to communities throughout the Bronx during its 2024-2025 Concert Season. By contributing to its Spring Fundraiser, BAE said residents can play a vital role in enriching the community with beautiful music. They said the following is where support can make a difference:

$10,000 – funds two chamber music concerts in two different Bronx communities;
$8,000 – commissions two new chamber music pieces by innovative composers;
$5,000 – underwrites one chamber music concert;
$2,500 – covers rehearsals for one chamber music concert;
$1,500 – provides a stipend to a BAE teaching artist for one summer concert;
$1,000 – enables BAE to hire a sound engineer for one summer concert;
$600 – offers stipends for two production crew interns at two summer concerts; and
$100 – supports a portion of a rehearsal for a BAE chamber music group.

Every dollar counts and directly contributes to enriching the Bronx community with high-quality music and arts.


The Riverdale Choral Society would like to invite residents to its Summer Sing performance. Conductor emeritus, John Lettieri, will lead an informal performance of Mozart’s Requiem. The Summer Sing will be held at Christ Church Riverdale, 5040 Henry Hudson Parkway East, Bronx, NY 10471, on Wednesday, June 12 from 7.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m.

Flier courtesy of Riverdale Choral Society

A “di.vi.sion concert” will take place on Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 3 p.m. at the historic Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 4765 Henry Hudson Parkway West, Bronx, NY 10471. The program features music by composers Douglas Anderson, Beethoven, Haydn and John Newell performed by di.vi.sion members, Kurt Briggs, Renée Cometa Briggs, Matt Goeke, Don Mokrynski and Shotaro Mori. Two new works will be premiered: On the Way for Piano Trio by John Newell and Three Meditations on ‘Hope’ for Solo Piano by Douglas Anderson. Also on the program are Beethoven’s Duet No. 3 for Clarinet and Bassoon, WoO 27; Haydn’s Piano Trio in d minor, Hob. XV:23; and Douglas Anderson’s Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano (1975). A suggested donation of $20/$15 for students and seniors. Parking is available at the church. “Di.vi.sion concerts” are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of NY Gov. Kathy Hochul, the New York State legislature and administered by the Bronx Council on the Arts.


Join Bronx Arts Ensemble and partners for a Goussy Celestin’s Ayiti Brass performance in Pelham Bay Park on Friday, June 21. See attached flier for details.

GOUSSY CELESTIN’S AYITI Brass concert flier 
Flier courtesy of Bronx Arts Ensemble and partners


Van Cortlandt Park Alliance (VCPA) announce that the NY Philharmonic will hold its Free, Annual Concert in Van Cortlandt Park on Tuesday, June 11, at 8 p.m. Pack a picnic, BYOB (bring your own blanket), and get ready for a lovely evening on the Parade Ground. Fireworks will follow the concert.

Flier courtesy of the event organizers


Enjoy Community Karaoke at KRVC, 505, West 236th Street, each Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. See attached flier for more details.

Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

You can often find different types of live music at An Béal Bocht Irish restaurant and pub, located at 445 West 238th Street in Riverdale.


Bronx Arts Ensemble and partners present Steven Oquendo’s Ocho Con Afinque in Pelham Bay Park on Friday, June 28. See attached flier for details.

STEVEN OQUENDO’S OCHO Con Afinque concert flier 
Flier courtesy of Bronx Arts Ensemble & partners


The Bronx Music Heritage Center Music and Dance Program listing is attached below.

FLIER FOR UPCOMING music and dance classes
Flier courtesy of The Bronx Music Heritage Center

The Revolution of Hip Hop exhibit at Bronx Terminal Market remains open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Visit the Universal Hip Hop Museum’s website at hhhm.org for more information. For more information on the development of the Universal Hip Hop museum building, check out our latest story.



NYC Parks presents “Movies Under the Stars” on Saturday, June 8, at 8 p.m. when “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” will be screened at the basketball court on Mosholu Parkway. Click here for directions to this location. Grab a blanket and come enjoy a movie in a neighborhood park or playground! This summer, NYC Parks and The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment will host family-friendly movie showings across the five boroughs.

Raphael Leonardo, Donatello, and Michelangelo are four turtle brothers with a unique set of skills and a penchant for mischief, which runs them afoul of New York City. Yet when a horde of sinister mutants begins to wreak havoc, the city must learn to rely on the turtles if they are to be saved. Movies begin at dusk. This event is FREE and open to the public. Glass bottles and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. In the event of heavy rain or extreme weather, the screening may be canceled. The decision to cancel the event will be made prior to the screening and will be prominently posted on our website. For more information visit nyc.gov/parks or call 311. Contact (212) 360-1430 or [email protected] for more information regarding accessibility.

Enjoy Everyday Play programs a at season at Pelham Bay Park throughout July and August for kids aged 6 to 17, with with City Parks Foundation. Everyday Play is a free, 5-day-per-week, multi-sport program for kids. Students enjoy a rotating schedule of activities which typically feature two different sports each day, including tennis, golf, track & field, soccer and general fitness. Throughout the six-week program, coaches introduce the basics of these sports while also providing fun games and contests to keep kids active and engaged. For more information, visit the City Parks Foundation website.


The organizers of the Puerto Rican Day Parade are looking for contestants for the Puerto Rican Day Parade Pageant / Talent Show. See attached flier for more details.

BRONX PUERTO RICAN Day Parade Pageant / Talent Show flier  
Flier courtesy of the event organizers

The Bronx Children’s Museum offers a range of activities for the borough’s children to enjoy. See our latest story on the museum’s opening here. When the museum welcomed its first children for a preview of the new facility with special guest, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and were asked how they enjoyed it, the children reportedly responded, “A-MAZ-ING!” The opening hours for the museum, located at 725 Exterior Street near Yankee Stadium along the Harlem River, can be found on the museum’s website here.


The Nest Music Conservatory is a non-profit organization providing music education to youths in the Bronx through out-of-school programs. The organization is dedicated to creating a nurturing environment that contributes to the social and emotional growth of students, their families, and communities through classes, events, and concert series. The center, located at 3636 Holland Ave, The Bronx, NY 10467, USA is open daily, Monday to Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call (718) 994-6378 for more information. 


The Bronx Historical Society and Photoville Festival 2024 displays “Los Inocentes” (The Innocents) photo exhibition in The Bronx from June 3-16. Click here for more details.

Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

The 7th Annual Latin American Foto Festival takes place on July 11 at the Bronx Documentary Center Annex, 364 East 151st Street, The Bronx, NY 10455. Click here for details.

A photo exhibition on “Jewish Identity/Jewish Diversity” is on display at Hostos Research Center, Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse, C-130, Bronx, 10451. The exhibition is part of the multi-year CUNY Anti-Hate Initiative, aiming to educate the CUNY community about diverse groups’ identities and experiences. This year focuses on Jewish and Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islanders. Next year, the initiative will spotlight Black/African American and Hispanic/Latinx demographics, followed by Muslims and the LGBTQIA+ groups in the third year. The exhibit is made possible through the generous support of Hostos Community College, the CUNY Anti-Hate Initiative, and The Covenant Foundation.

FLIER FOR JEWISH Identity / Jewish Diversity photo exhibition at Hostos Community College
Flier courtesy of Hostos Community College



Mosholu Library is hosting an Informal Creative Writing for Adults class on Mondays. See attached flier for details.

MOSHOLU PUBLIC LIBRARY is hosting an Informal Creative Writing Class for Adults on Mondays.
Flier courtesy of NYPL

Neighborhood Stories is a storytelling initiative by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) to gather and preserve the stories of NYC neighborhoods. Learn more about the project, and how to share memories of your neighborhood and community here.


The Bronx Historical Society is calling on all veterans to share their stories with the society to create an archive and pay tribute to the struggles, lives and sacrifices of veterans. Contact [email protected] or call (718) 881 8900 Ext. 105. Click here to view a recent story on this topic.


NYC Veterans’ Veteran Voices Project records the stories of NYC’s veterans and preserves their legacy. Learn more at nyc.gov/vetvoices.



Check out the following Bronx NYC Parks locations where you can swim, bike and run this summer.

The City Parks Foundation offers Free Tennis Lessons from April to June at different locations across the City. See attached flier for details.

Flier courtesy of the City Parks Foundation

The Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) is looking for soccer referees. Read our latest story here.


NYC Parks Recreation Center Membership is free for youth and young adults ages 24 and under. For more information visit nyc.gov/parks. Contact [email protected] or (212) 360-1430 for more information regarding accessibility.


NYC Parks Greenthumb invites New Yorkers to explore 100+ Greenthumb Community Gardens during the 7th Annual Open Garden Day NYC when 100+ community gardens will open their gates with free activities and programs for all ages! The event takes place on June 1 and June 2 at various times depending on the garden.

New Yorkers will have the opportunity to meet garden members and explore these neighborhood spaces. This day of action encourages New Yorkers to volunteer and be active in their local parks and gardens, empowering adults and children alike to stay engaged with their community greenspace through enriching volunteer work.

NYC Parks GreenThumb is the largest community gardening program in the country, with more than 550 community gardens across the city, totaling over 100 acres of public space. Established in 1978, this program has been providing programming, material support and technical assistant to gardens across New York City for over 45 years.


In partnership between GreenThumb and thousands of volunteers, the city’s gardens are stronger than ever and still at the forefront of community activism. They provide health and shade, venues for music and art, and cultivate a feeling of togetherness and shared mission. For more information on Open Garden NYC, and to find participating gardens near you, visit nyc.gov/parks and search Greenthumb. Beginners and experienced gardeners are all welcome!


The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126, invites residents to participate in its EcoQuest Challenge. EcoQuests, part of the NYC EcoFlora Project, challenge New Yorkers to become community scientists and observe, study, and conserve the native plants, fungi, and animals of the City via iNaturalist, an easy-to-use mobile app.


Each month, NYBG EcoFlora will announce a new Challenge where they need help documenting the wild flora and fauna of New York City by taking and sharing photos via iNaturalist. Download the iNaturalist App or register at iNaturalist.org. Take photos for the month’s EcoQuest Challenge. Post your findings on iNaturalist so they can be added to the NYC EcoFlora Project.


There are no wrong observations. Each observation contributes vital information to reveal traits and processes largely unknown before due to a lack of data and coordination between data sets. Millions of individual data points add up to big data that will enable new insights and opportunities for research, conservation, and engagement. Please do not disturb animal activity as you record your observations.


Walking History Tours of Hard Island with an NYC Parks Urban Park Ranger guide are now live. Click here for more information.


Community Fitness & Wellness Series 

Save the date for the Bronx Historical Society’s 23rd Annual Golf Tournament. See attached flier for details.

BRONX HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S 23rd Annual Golf Tournament flier 
Flier courtesy of the Bronx Historical Society


A Community Fitness & Wellness series is ongoing every Tuesday at Bridgefield Civic League in Williamsbridge. See attached flier for details.

A COMMUNITY FITNESS & Wellness event is being held every Wednesday at Bridgefield Civic League 
Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

There’s no need to head Upstate to experience the awe of New York’s natural wonders. Plan your next Hiking Trip right here in New York City! The city’s 300 miles of trails will take you through some of its oldest forests, and past 10,000 acres of wild and untouched natural areas, glacial potholes, and bedrock you can see and touch. As you explore these beautiful parks, you’ll come across all kinds of wildlife, from the majestic ospreys nesting high up on utility poles to turtles sunbathing on rocks in the ponds. Along the way, you can also visit historic places that give a glimpse of Old New York and tell the story of our city. Be sure to pack plenty of water, and wear sunscreen and layered clothing. Visit the Bronx River Park hiking plan here.


Gentle Yoga Flow classes with Shape Up NYC and NYC Parks have begun at the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center at 3225 Reservoir Oval East in Norwood since Nov. 9, 2023 and continue each Thursday at 6.30 p.m. Bring a mat. See attached flier.

SHAPE UP NYC holds Gentle Yoga Flow classes on Thursdays at the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center.
Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

For New Yorkers 60 years old and over, a Seniors Fitness program offers free twice weekly pickleball, tennis, yoga, and fitness walking classes across all five boroughs since April 2023. Participants of all levels are welcome to come out, have fun, and socialize. Visit https://cityparksfoundation.org/ or call (212) 360-1399 for more information.


The only operational Ice Rink in The Bronx has been renovated and reopened on Nov. 20 at Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in Castle Hill. As a part of the Frederic R. Coudert Sports Complex, the ice skating rink provides professionally trained staff and visiting coaches that feature individuals with over 15 years of professional experience of ice skating.


The ice skating rink is managed by ASAC Management and with over 30 years of ice skating management, ASAC has specialists from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds offering expert training techniques. The age range for the ice rink (during program hours) is 6-18. For more information, contact athletics director, Darril Almonte, on [email protected] or visit https://www.kipsbay.org/icerink. Read our recent story on the reopening here.


Shape Up NYC and NYC Parks hosts a Running Group at the Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. See attached flier below for more details.

Flier courtesy of the event sponsors

Learn to Become a Lifeguard. Make summer happen for NYC! Becoming a lifeguard is a rewarding experience. You’ll work outdoors in some of New York City’s most iconic locations, playing a critical role in helping New Yorkers of all ages and abilities have safe access to beaches and pools. Click here for more details or see attached flyer below. Read our latest story here.

FLIER FOR DETAILS on how to become an NYC lifeguard
Flyer courtesy of NYC Parks

Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center, Van Cortlandt Park, 246th Street and, Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471, is open every Saturday and Sunday. See attached flier below for more information.


VAN CORTLANDT PARK Nature Center is open every Saturday and Sunday.
Flier courtesy of NYC Parks

Exercise Classes in Cantonese 

Visiting Nurses Services NY is inviting the public to virtual, exercise classes in Cantonese on Tuesdays, from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. See attached flier below for more information.

FLIER FOR EXERCISE classes in Cantonese
Flier courtesy of Bronx Community Board 7 / VNSNY Choice

BronxWorks and Twin Parks West Older Adult Center, 355 East 183rd Street, Bronx, NY 10458, invites residents to come join some fun classes Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. See attached flier below for details.


TWIN PARKS WEST Older Adult Center invites residents to come join some fun classes Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Flier courtesy of BronxWorks courtesy of Bronx Community Board 7

Running group, Bronx Nomads, generally meet at the Bainbridge Avenue entrance to the Williamsbridge Oval in Norwood on Mondays at 6.30 p.m. to run together safely. Founded 5 years ago, the group caters to those with different levels of fitness. You can follow Bronx Nomads on Instagram and Facebook or email the group at [email protected]. Read our latest stories on two of the club’s runners who recently completed the 2023 TCS New York City marathon here and here.


Elected officials, City agency partners, and community-based organizations continue to host the Saturday Night Lights citywide program to work together to keep 100 gyms across the City open for free, high-quality sports programs for kids on Saturday nights, ensuring no indoor gyms are closed on these nights – the time when they are needed most by kids in city communities. Click on the following link to watch a video extract of the Saturday Night Lights Relaunch, where Mayor Eric Adams can be seen observing some of the kids in action.


Each Saturday evening, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., children and youth, aged 11 to 18, are able to enjoy an array of indoor sports, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, dance, martial arts and more. According to the organizers, a key component of the program is bringing cops and kids together. Teams of youth coordination officers from NYPD precincts are at each of the 100 gymnasiums every Saturday night, helping to coach, and joining members of various community based organizations to interact with young people and help make a lasting and positive impact in their lives.


Mosholu Montefiore Community Center, located at 3450 Dekalb Avenue, is the local venue for the program in Norwood, while the Fordham Heights program is run at 2255 Webster Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457. For a list of all venues, scan the QR code in the below flier. (If you cannot access the QR code from the attached flyer, click on this link.


As reported, an additional 25 city gyms and an additional $1.25 million investment in the Saturday Night Lights program was announced on July 9, 2022. To find a gym near you, click here.

FLIER FOR SATURDAY Night Lights program
Flyer courtesy of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office

Gotham City Panthers is an amateur basketball team founded by Eric King. Click on the link for more information.


Theory 9’s Rising Kings Basketball Club caters to different age groups in the Kingsbridge Heights neighborhood. Click here for more details.


Bronx Buccaneers football club meet on Saturdays in the Williamsbridge Oval, located at 3225 Reservoir Oval East, in Norwood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Monday to Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Understanding there is more to football, the Buccaneers strive to develop the students/athletes, and the hope is that the players will use the program not only as a stepping stone to advance to upper level sports in High School and college, but also as a means to engage in positive behavior and as a healthy distraction from idleness which the group says can lead to poor decisions. The Buccaneers accept kids from any community, boys or girls, ages 6 to 14. Contact Tasha Andrews at (917) 662-3632 for further information.

BRONX PANTHERS YOUTH Football & Cheer save lives through football. Call the numbers in the attached flier for more information.
Flier courtesy of Bronx Panthers

Bronx Panthers Youth Football & Cheer save lives through football, and are recruiting all age groups. Call the numbers in the attached flier, above, for more information.


NYC Parks Movement Events 

Hiking Trails

NYC has 300 miles of nature trails! Find a trail and go exploring


Signs of Spring Hikes

Find adaptations and signs of spring this weekend on hikes with the Urban Park Rangers


Download the NYC Bike Map

Our friends at NYC DOT have published their annual map of NYC‘s bike paths and trails.


Editor’s Note: We will update this feature article as more events become available.



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