Small Bronx Prob but Needs Fix ASAP

3 Aug

8/3 Photo – Hydrant on Bailey Ave. and Albany Crescent in Kingsbridge near Gulf station. Needs fix. 

  

Bronx 238th St. 1-Train Station Needs an Elevator

29 Jul

The people you see here are not disabled. 

Yet they were having a very difficult time walking up what is essentially two flights of stairs this morning. There’s no elevator at this 238th St. station. The 231st Street station, which does have one, is 7 blocks away. The 238th St. station needs an elevator. What can people with any kind of walking difficulty do if they need to get downtown in a timely manner? If you have other thoughts/ideas, please share. 

Artist & Craftsman Opens on White Plains Road! Bronx Art MATTERS!

17 Jun
Artist & Craftsman Supply has opened in the Bronx on White Plains Road. Photo of  Cassie Brehmer (regional manager) and Shak (store assistant manager) in front of the new store.

Artist & Craftsman Supply just opened in the Bronx on White Plains Road. Photo of Cassie Brehmer (regional manager) and Shak (store assistant manager) in front of the new store.

I can’t think of better news than the following for Bronx artists and Bronx lovers in general. There are many types of businesses our borough of 1.4 million people lack. But even though my parents are artists, and I’ve been spending time lately with fellow Bronxite artists, it never occurred to me to hope for an art store in the borough. Maybe it’s because  — unlike deceased movie theaters and bookstores that continue to make me moan as I pass their former locations — I’ve only been in the Bronx since 1992 and never remember seeing an art store here, so I never expected those to show up again (they did exist, right?).

I rarely, if ever, reprint an entire letter to the public, but it’s worth it, as the following is detailed, helpful, and … exciting. And, how cool is it that Artist & Craftsman is an employee-owned company that makes sure artists are part of the team? OK, enough from me. Here’s the letter …

Dear Artists,

Hello! I’m Cassie, a Regional Manager for Artist & Craftsman Supply. I asked Danny Hauben to forward this message to all of you- thank you Danny!

I am excited to announce the opening of Artist & Craftsman Supply in the Bronx!  Yes- A real art store in the Bronx! We are big, and we carry a lot of supplies. Located at 3961 White Plains Road (off the 225th St. stop on the 2/5 trains), our upstairs is full of crafting supplies, yarn, kids art supplies, toys, games and books. Our (giant) basement holds Spray Paint, Hardware, Paper, Frames, Stone and Stone Carving Tools, Printmaking supplies, Etching supplies, Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, all their mediums, Colored Pencils, Pastels, Drawing Supplies, Portfolios, Foam and Chip Board, Brushes, Markers, Pens, and much much more. We’re not kidding around.

We are really excited to be a part of the community, and we look forward to participating in any community events we can. We offer discounts to educators and students- 10% off our everyday pricing with a valid Student/Faculty I.D. card- and bulk discounts to everyone. And we’re hoping to open a classroom space in our basement some time soon. We have a lot to look forward to!

A little bit about us- Artist & Craftsman Supply is an employee owned company that originated in Portland, Maine in 1985. We were started by artists, and we continue the tradition by staffing artists. We currently have 5 stores in New York City- the Bronx,Williamsburg, Park Slope, Harlem, and Long Island City-  with a sixth location opening in Bushwick in a couple of months. We have come to the Bronx, because the Bronx needs an art store. We know many artists are here and  you deserve to have a store you can trust to provide access to the tools you need to do your craft, without having to travel to Manhattan.

I Invite you to check out our website, www.artistcraftsman.com – there’s much more in our brick and mortar stores than on that site, but it will hopefully give you a feel for who we are. And please stop by – we would love to meet you and show you what we have. If we don’t carry something- chances are very good that we can get it quickly.

If you have any questions/comments/concerns- you’re welcome to e-mail Leo and Shak (store managers) at the store- BWP@artistcraftsman.com- or give them a call- 718.231.0501

Additionally, if you’d like to be added to our e-mail list to be notified of sales and other happenings- please send us an e-mail to the address above with the subject ‘add to e-mail list’.

Thank you for your time, and I look forward to meeting you!

Cassie Brehmer, Regional Manager

Great Links to Bronx Artists and Growing Art Scene

3 Jun

There are so many Bronx artists and an emerging art scene. BX 200 has done a great job on its website promoting and linking to both. Check out this list of artists and this list of art scenes (organizations, galleries, etc.).

Still Waiting for Citywide Coverage of Staten Island Courthouse’s Disastrous Delay

2 Jun

There is still no certainty regarding when an architecturally impressive, yet incomplete, courthouse will open for business on Staten Island, after more than a decade of delay and more than $100 million over budget.

And there still hasn’t been any citywide coverage!

As I mentioned in Bronx Matters’ last post on this, this is an ongoing fiscal travesty following a similar construction, and civic, disaster in the Bronx. There has been zero citywide coverage in Big Apple newspapers as far as I can tell, even as the crisis continues. What’s up with that?!

Here are links to a more recent article and editorial from January on the Staten Island Advance’s silive.com website.

The Advance says Mayor de Blasio can’t predict the move-in date,  but Gov. Cuomo should be interviewed too, as it’s the state’s Dormitory Authority that is responsible for the construction. Heck, at this point, every city and state elected official should be called on it too as no one seems to be making any noise.

Bronx Matters’ ears are wide open.

New Bronx Community Board 8 District Manager

22 May

Community Board 8 has a brand new district manager, Patricia Manning. Yet she’s a 30-year veteran of the office. (I remember working with her briefly in the early 1990s, when I was working for the borough president and the Department of Sanitation in Community Boards 11 and 8 on education and helping communities adhere to the brand new recycling law. I also remember her daughter worked (works?) at the Botanical Garden in the Bronx. More news on her new gig in The Riverdale Press.

Next Steps to Revive Land Next to Bronx Step Street?

21 May

On Kingsbridge Terrace in the northwest Bronx neighborhood of Kingsbridge Heights there is a significantly high step street heading down to Heath Avenue and West 229th Street that is in terrible, dangerous condition. At the April meeting of Community Board 8’s Traffic and Transportation Committee, The city’s Department of Design and Construction announced the reconstruction of that step street, with work beginning next spring and ending 15 months later if all goes well. It’s a much needed project that includes something cool: a path to roll your bike  — instead of carrying it — up the steps.

On a related note, yesterday, when I went for a morning run, I saw a large, neighboring bit of land through a circular hole in the wooden fence.

What was this empty area neighboring the 229th Street step street in Kingsbridge Heights? Photo by Jordan Moss

What was this empty area neighboring the 229th Street step street in Kingsbridge Heights? Photo by Jordan Moss

The material on its grounds looks like former playground equipment. Anyone know what this was? Any plans to restore it? Thought I’d check it out with neighbors and other Bronx Matters readers before I checked in with DDC or other city agencies.

-Jordan Moss

Another New Bronx Restaurant Headed Our Way in Kingsbridge

12 May

The newest restaurant addition— there have been many in recent months — that is still under a bit of construction in Kingsbridge is the Tilila Bar and Grill (might be another name in there but not certain). It’s where the Bottom Line on Bailey Avenue (and 231st Street) was for a few years with apparently insufficient success. But the wooden construction-hiding boards covering the place were torn down like a week ago, uncovering a turquoise bar/restaurant that looks more like a cool house, maybe in New Orleans, like my friends the Aucoins, who know NOLA very well, told me.

Co-owner of new restaurant on Bailey Ave. in Kingsbridge, TK, says he hopes it opens at the end of the May. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

Co-owner of new restaurant on Bailey Ave. in Kingsbridge,  Jose Severino says he hopes it opens at the end of the May. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

Tilila already has feet in local nabes thanks to its co-owners. Jose Severino (in photo above) owns the Burrito Shop on Broadway near Manhattan College, and his partner Henry Gonzalez owns Tin Marin, another popular restaurant up the hill on the other side of Broadway on Riverdale Avenue.

Severino hopes the new joint will open at the end of the month and that looks likely. The furniture appears to have arrived and the walls are filled with art and photographs.

It may not be open yet but as you can see from this pic, Tilila is gettin' there. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

It may not be open yet but as you can see from this pic, Tilila is almost there. (Photo by Jordan Moss)

He told me Tilila is going to include the following: Flamenco once a month; karaoke once a week; a huge bar menu including tapas, chicken, steak and fish. And some time of day (I didn’t get it down precisely) there will be beer for a buck.

As locals know, Tilila adds to the opening of a couple new, and relatively new, restaurants on the same curved block: 100% (great fruit smoothy café open all day and much of the eve) and A Capella Pizza, which just opened last week.

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