ShareThis

Archive for June, 2017

Mutz’s Italian Restaurant Grand Opening

Mutz’s Italian Restaurant Grand Opening

See this story at BxTimes.com.

By Robert Wirsing

Bronx Times

Mutz’s Italian Restaurant celebrated its grand opening on Friday, May 19 at the Throggs Neck Shopping Center.

Source: Bronx Times Reporter

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Bronx Times - June 18, 2017 at 2:28 am

Categories: General Articles   Tags:

PB shop owner beautifies sidewalk tree

PB shop owner beautifies sidewalk tree
Pelham Bay:

Note: More media content is available for this story at BxTimes.com.

By Patrick Rocchio

Bronx Times

A local merchant took a street tree that was being neglected and transformed it into a community asset.

Pelham Bay shop owner John Scanlon was none-too-thrilled when the city planted a tree next to his business on St. Theresa Avenue recently.

He decided that the tree, rather than becoming a depository of trash, dog waste and cigarette butts as many are, was going to be something that made the community sparkle and he wants others to follow his example.

Scanlon added planters, decorative wooden fencing and a sign that reads ‘Beautify The Bronx Campaign’ as well as what he described as an ‘ashtray’ for cigarettes butts made out of PVC pipe.

“Just think about it: if every tree in Pelham Bay, Throggs Neck and City Island had flowers, art or something original near them, these street trees would look a lot better,” said Scanlon, Pelham Bay Home Center proprietor.

At a cost of $350 to $400 he and his team was able build a wooden structure around the tree.

Flowers and topsoil for the planters were purchased at a nearby supermarket.

The posts for the structure are buried two-feet deep to make them sturdy, said Scanlon, and a secondary wooden support was put in place closer to the curb to prevent someone in a vehicle from knocking into it.

Scanlon’s store, located at 3073 Westchester Avenue, has already beautified its exterior by painting a mural to Saint Teresa of Calcutta and additional planters.

Councilman James Vacca, upon hearing of Scanlon’s effort, was very much in favor it and hopes the idea will indeed take off with others.

“I think the beautification of tree pits lends an aura to the neighborhood for both the residents and those who visit us,” said Vacca, adding of beautified tree pits: “It looks great on commercial streets, but on residential streets I think it would catch on like wildfire.”

He said that Scanlon’s community service showed leadership.

The councilman added other similar sprucing up would improve the perception of the community, which is so important.

Community activist John Marano, who along with the Throggs Neck Merchants Association organized treepit cleanups in 2016 along East Tremont Avenue between Miles and LaSalle avenues, also lauded the effort.

He believes that such efforts like Scanlon’s work would serve as an example to others and improve conditions on main shopping corridors.

“If you are a merchant who keeps the outside of the property clean, the inside must be immaculate,” said Marano. “I think it is eye-catching to the person driving by; I think it would be a key component in getting more shoppers out walking the streets and frequenting the establishments.”

Scanlon, whose business sells appliances, water heaters and piping, as well as other types of hardware, only sees the upside.

“I’m just hoping that other homeowners and business owners do something similar,” said Scanlon. “If not, my corner looks nice.”

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260?4597. E-mail him at procchio@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

Source: Bronx Times Reporter

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Bronx Times - at 2:26 am

Categories: General Articles   Tags:

Mural celebrates the Square’s historical heritage

Mural celebrates the Square’s historical heritage

See this story at BxTimes.com.

By Patrick Rocchio

Bronx Times

Westchester Square is home to a new mural that celebrates the community’s heritage.

The Westchester Square Business Improvement District celebrated the completion of an 18 by 60 -foot mural by artist Damien Mitchell on the side of Sure-Fire Fuel Corporation at 2610 East Tremont Avenue.

The mural depicts an earlier time in Westchester Square, with a three-dimensional trolley like the ones that used travel there through the World War II era, and a row of historical houses on Silver Street.

Lisa Sorin, WSBID executive director, said that the mural, depicting the Square’s commercial hub of years gone by, is part of a larger marketing and branding effort to celebrate Westchester Square and attract new businesses by showcasing the Square as it used to be.

“If you are driving towards Westchester Square, the mural is going to be the first thing that you are going to run into other than the (WSBID) banners,” said Sorin.

She believes that the area’s historical heritage is another way to sell Westchester Square to small businesses looking for a home.

“Westchester Square has always been a central business hub, and we are trying to capture that history,” said Uriah Johnson, WSBID deputy director, who added the painting took about six workdays for the artist.

Mitchell, who said that he has received nothing but positive feedback from the community, painted another mural nearby depicting subway trains that’s located near St. Peter’s Church.

“A lot of the long-term residents were happy to sit and chat about what we were doing and seemed excited about the murals,” said Mitchell.

The artist said he used about five cans of primer and 50 cans of spray paint to cover the wall.

The mural is located in an active parking lot for fuel oil delivery trucks.

Stephen Hiller, Sure-Fire owner, said that he agreed to a mural because his wall has had some graffiti issues, and that the idea of what to put on the building went through several iterations.

At first, in keeping with the colonial history of the area, the BID and Hiller considered the idea of a scene from the Revolutionary War.

After further consultation, the streetcar and the historical homes seemed more appropriate for his location, said Hiller.

Joe Regina, WSBID Development, explained that the area was the scene of The Battle of Westchester Creek between General George Washington and British troops that allowed Washington’s retreat from New York at the onset of the war so that the American Revolutionary cause could continue.

“As far as the Wetschester Square BID is concerned, in terms of promoting the area and bringing the historical significance to the forefront, we are trying to blend all that to make it attractive to not only the immediate community but to visitors as well,” said Regina.

At the WSBID’s upcoming Fair @ The Square event on Saturday, June 18 from 10 am to 6 pm, the BID will be offering visitors a “Passport to the Past” that will contain information about the Square’s history, said Sorin.

For more information about the artist, visit damienmitchell.com or @damien__mitchell on Instagram.

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260?4597. E-mail him at procchio@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

Source: Bronx Times Reporter

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Bronx Times - at 2:23 am

Categories: General Articles   Tags: