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Brady new director of HUB / Third Avenue BID


A new executive director of the HUB / Third Avenue Business Improvement District was recently named.

Michael Brady recently took the helm of the business organization at a time of transition: an exciting period with several substantial new nearby residential and community developments in the works.

There’s a confluence of development activities within the BID boundaries and just to the south that are spurring a lot of excitement, he said.

“It is just a really exciting time for the south Bronx and the level of development that is happening is unlike anything else in New York City,” said Brady, adding projections show there will be an additional 8,000,000 square feet of new development added in a ten-block radius of the BID.

These new projects include residential, commercial and programmatic space, he said.

One of the largest new developments, which breaks ground shortly, is La Central.

It includes 996 housing units, ground-level retail and community facilities including a YMCA near Westchester and Bergen avenues.

It is just one of many new exciting projects.

This is particularly sensational time, said Brady, because Melrose, which includes the BID service area, saw up to 50 years of disinvestment in the past.

There was a time when the BID was without a single bank branch, said Brady. Today 200,000 people pass through in a day.

With so much new development and business activity comes investment in public works, he said, explaining that the BID and surrounding community are seeing sewer upgrades and new wifi broadband.

Visibly on the street is Roberto Clemente Plaza that’s currently under construction at Third and Willis avenues.

It will include performance space, a fountain, planters, bus shelters and seating.

Such investments, along with transportation studies and the like, simply were not undertaken for many years, he said.

“We are seeing right now this high level of community investment so we can catch up and remain competitive to our counterparts,” said Brady, adding that this includes the citywide business environment.

With so much new development happening nearby, one of Brady’s goals is to expand the boundaries of the BID to include much more of the Melrose community.

He said the BID would present a plan to the NYC City Council as part of a two-year strategy to expand its boundaries: going south to East 146th Street and north to near the 42nd Precinct around East 158th Street, as well as to Lincoln Medical Center and Brook Avenue.

“As a result of the expansion we will be the largest BID in the Bronx,” he said.

Brady, who started the job in December, most immediately succeeded Steven Fish as director, who in turn took the helm after the departure in 2015 of Vincent Valentino, the BID’s executive director for two decades.

“BIDs have evolving needs, and Vinny being a former NYPD detective really helped the BID grapple with public safety issues,” said Brady.

Mario De Giorgio of Youngland and past HUB / Third Avenue BID board of directors chairman, stated he was very pleased to have Brady “on board” when he was appointed.

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Only 3 Day to Go for The Throggs Neck ‘Summer 2016’ Restaurant Week

Only 3 Days Remaining!

The summer of 2016 is on it’s way out and so is the Throggs Neck ‘Summer 2016’ Restaurant Week.  So if you haven’t already visited these fine restaurants for restaurant week, this weekend is your last chance. At least until next year!

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10th Annual Bon Appetit at the Bronx YMCA fundraiser

The Bronx YMCA’s only fundraising event this year will include a tribute to a past executive director and former honorees.

The 10th Anniversary Bon Appetit at the Bronx YMCA, a food-tasting fundraising event on Thursday, September 8, features a re-dedication of a plaque to Ralph Jallouk, a former executive director of the Bronx Y and who worked there from 1940s to the 1980s.

The re-dedication of the lost plaque is just part of a larger outdoor shindig that will feature food from many of the borough’s best restaurants, said Geri Sciortino, Bronx YMCA board of managers chairwoman.

The funds are raised for a worthy cause, she said.

“It is our only fundraiser of the year, and all the money that we raise that night goes towards our scholarship fund for children and families who need the resources and services of the YMCA, but who cannot afford it,” said Sciortino, adding that organization never turns anyone who needs help away if they cannot pay.

Some of the services the scholarship funds are after-school, learn to swim and summer camp programming, she said.

The event is held at the Bronx YMCA’s picturesque waterfront campus, and includes unlimited food and wine for $100 per ticket.

Some of the participating restaurants include Havana Café, Good to Go Restaurant, Golden Glow Cookies, Gangsta Grannies, Levia Croskey, Coffee Distributors, Thai No. 1, Stephanie Culinary Studio, Sabrosura 2 Restaurant and Escape Latino, with many more to be announced.

The event usually includes food from 20 to 25 restaurants, said Sharlene Brown. It will feature a tribute to 29 honorees from previous Bon Appetit events, she said.

“We are inviting them back as honored guests (because of) their continued support, not just to Bon Appetit, but to the Bronx community,” she said. “We wanted to say ‘thank you.’”

The rededication of the plaque to Jallouk, first dedicated in 1997 at the facility’s outdoor pool house area, is important to remembering the past history of the organization, she said.

The plaque was removed during a renovation and then lost during Hurricane Sandy, said Brown, according to the best information available.

“If something was lost it needs to be put back. It is something that we want to do because we have to be grateful to the people who paved the way to where we are today,” she said.

Jallouk’s son Richard recalled that his father helped raise funds to purchase the YMCA’s facility at 2 Castle Hill Avenue.

“In the Bronx, so many people knew my dad,” said Jallouk. “He was a real asset.”

For more information about Bon Appetit, contact the Bronx YMCA at (212) 912-2490.


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Westhcester Square Arts Center hosts painting party in the Square


Bringing the arts to Westchester Square has been a goal of the area’s business improvement district, and its ‘artist in residence’ is certainly helping.

Lenward Snead of the non-profit Westchester Square Arts Center at 2616 E. Tremont Avenue is a welcome addition to the Westchester Square BID’s street fairs and outdoor events, said Lisa Sorin, WSBID executive director.

Snead has brought a high level of artistic expression – with paints, palates, easels and canvasses – items that are not regularly seen at outdoor community events in the area, she said.

“We love having him here in the district,” said Sorin, adding “He is bringing a new twist on art that is really something different to this part of the Bronx.”

Aside from the classes Snead holds in his studio, and those held at street fairs and movie nights, he recently held his first paint party on Friday, July 29.

Snead hosted a group of six women, a ‘birthday club’ who gather together to celebrate each other’s birthdays.

“There are one or two bars in the area that (have painting parties), but this was in an art studio,” said Sorin of the event.

The birthday group celebrated one of their own, Elizabeth Figueroa, and each member painted their own versions of a somewhat erotic abstract painting, said partygoers.

The artist had been looking forward to hosting a painting party at his studio for a couple of months, he said.

“Hosting in this particular instance means providing the space and directing the painting,” said Snead. “The paining was displayed and I painted along and gave instructions on how to approach it.”

The group followed along and each of the women painted their own version, said Snead, adding that there was a lot of laughter and critiquing of each other’s work.

The artist and center director said that the party was not all that different from the work he does at outdoor events, except for the wine.

Attendees said they enjoyed the paint party.

“It is a different kind of event, and it was a lot of fun,” said participant Geri Sciortino, who said that she found it very relaxing and ended up loving it.

She believes the studio promotes business in the area because it keeps people in the shopping district by providing another activity.

The painting party event was just another example of how the arts center is part of a new direction for the Westchester Square community, said Snead.

“What we did was to try to bring art into the neighborhood by putting ourselves right into the center of the community and build a following so that people could come to our exhibitions and appreciate the arts,” said Snead.

For more information on the Westchester Square Arts Center, call (718) 684-4589 or visit online at

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Summer 2016 Throggs Neck Restaurant Week

BRONX, N.Y. – Aug. 4, 2016  — The Throggs Neck Merchant Association is proud to announce the “Throggs Neck Summer 2016 Restaurant Week”.

The huge success of the first Throggs Neck Restaurant Week leads to a second restaurant week in less than a year.

summer 2016 restaurant week logoThe Throggs Neck Merchant Association will be coordinating the event which will take place August 19 through September 4, 2016. The event will take place for a period of 16 days, including 3 weekends, allowing you and your friends to experience the diverse food fare in Throggs Neck and neighboring communities.

Throggs Neck, located in the south eastern part of the Bronx and known for its share of Italian restaurants, has seen a change in the last few years. With an influx of new restaurants offering a wide selection of latin cuisine, from traditional Spanish, Mexican, and Puerto Rican to multi-cultural Latin Fusion, the dining possibilities in Throggs Neck have grown exponentially. With over thirty restaurants participating in the Throggs Neck Summer 2016 Restaurant Week event, you can chose from Italian, Latin, German, Irish, American and Japanese, prepared in traditional, nouveau or fusion techniques.

tnrw summer 2016 postcardAll restaurants participating in the Throggs Neck Summer 2016 Restaurant Week event will be offering a 3 course prix fixe dinner menu. Some restaurants will also be offering a 3 course prix fixe lunch menu, giving you a great excuse to plan your lunch meetings during this event. The cost for the prix fixe dinner at most restaurants will be $25, and some restaurants, with a higher price point, will be charging $35 for the dinner. The cost for the Prix fixe lunch will be $15. For information on participating restaurants, their prix fixe menus or to sign up for specials and future discounts, you can visit the website at

“Tasty Ladies”, a bronx based food critic and blogger will be covering some of the restaurants, so you can visit their site for pictures and to read about their experiences before and during restaurant week. The link to the “Tasty Ladies” website is

If you can’t decide which restaurant to dine in, you can visit the website or view the participants on google maps: With the majority of restaurants running along a 1.5 mile stretch on Tremont Ave, you can easily identify the participating restaurants. Just look for the yellow Restaurant Week Banners.

Participating restaurants are: Acri Cafe ( Italian), Alley Cat Smokehouse ( Smokehouse), Brewski’s Bar & Grill ( Bar & Grill), CABO Restaurant (Spanish), Casa Restaurant (Spanish), Crosstown Diner (American), DaFranco & Tony Ristorante (Italian), Escape Restaurant & Lounge (Spanish), Estrellita Poblana IV (Spanish), Fine Food Cuisine (American), Havana Cafe (Spanish), Honey’s Thai Pavillion (Thai), Ice House Cafe (American), Jenavies Cafe (Spanish), Jimmy’s Grand Cafe (American), Louis Seafood Restaurant (Italian), Lucca Fine Italian Cuisine (Italian), Made In Puerto Rico Latin Cuisine (Spanish), Mama Puebla Mexican Restaurant (Spanish), Mamajuana Cafe the Bronx (Spanish), Outback SteakHouse (Bar & Grill), Paddys On the Bay (American), Patricia’s of Tremont (Italian), Rino’s Italian Restaurant (Italian), Riverview Grill at Trump Ferry Point (American), Sapitos Sports Bar and Grill (Bar & Grill), The Wicked Wolf (Bar & Grill), Throggs Neck Clipper (Bar & Grill), Tosca Cafe (Italian), Uncle Al’s (Soul Food), Yamada Japanese Restaurant (Japanese).

So, if you’re planning a birthday, anniversary, night out with the family, or a simple date night, just call one of the participating restaurants for a great night out.

Bon Appetit!



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