Events and Attractions


TONIGHT * FRIDAY, JULY 11 @ 6 pm Pelham Bay Park - Middletown Road and Stadium Ave.
AFRO-CUBAN AND LATIN JAZZ Master percussionist Bobby Sanabria and his band
First appearance at BAE SummerMusic Presented by Councilman James Vacca

Bobby Sanabria is a 7x Grammy nominated as a leader American drummer of Puerto Rican descent who is also a percussionist, composer, arranger producer, documentary film producer, educator and a writer.

Pelham Bay Park is located in the northeast corner of the Bronx and is serviced by the Bruckner Expressway/New England Thruway (I-95) combination. Pelham Parkway serves as a crosstown route to the park.

From the New England Thruway (I-95) South Take I-95 South to the Westchester Avenue exit. Go straight along the service road for approximately 4 lights and make a left onto Jarvis Place to go over the I-95/Bruckner Expressway. Make the next left and head north on the service road. At the first light, make a right onto Middletown Road. At the end of the street (Stadium Ave), make a left into the park and the first left into the parking lot.

From the Bruckner Expressway Take the Bruckner Expressway north and exit at the Lafayette Avenue exit. Stay on the northbound service road and make a right onto Middletown Road. At the end of the block (Stadium Ave), make a left into the park and another left turn into the parking lot.

From the I-95 North Take I-95 north and exit at the Country Club Road/Pelham Bay Park exit. Stay on the northbound service road and make a right onto Middletown Road. At the end of the block (Stadium Ave), make a left into the park and another left turn into the parking lot.

From Pelham Parkway, eastbound Take Pelham Parkway eastbound past Eastchester Road and get into the right lane. Go through the next light and make a right turn onto the Pelham Parkway service road. (Be careful not to get onto the Hutchinson River Parkway.) Follow the service road around to a stop sign and under the IRT No. 6 train and head south along the Bruckner Expressway service road. Go straight along the service road for approximately 4 lights and make a left onto Jarvis Place to go over the I-95/Bruckner Expressway. Make the next left and head north on the service road. At the first light, make a right onto Middletown Road. At the end of the street (Stadium Ave), make a left into the park and the first left into the parking lot.

Public Transportation Pelham Bay Park can be reached by the IRT No. 6 train to the last stop; the Bx5, Bx12, and Qbx1 buses to the train station; the Bx29 to the City Island Traffic Circle; or Westchester bus No. 45 to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. To get to the park take the pedestrian bridge from the train station down to the park side, walk toward the brick building/parkhouse, and go past the back heading straight toward the tennis courts. Once past the tennis courts, the track will be visible. Concert is on the opposite side of the track, next to the parking lot.

Colonial Days


Colonial Day, at National Historic Site in Westchester County, Sat., June 9

Colonial era crafts, music, games and toys, dancing, cooking and military demonstrations are featured in the Colonial Day event, at St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, in Mt. Vernon, NY, on Saturday afternoon June 9, from noon to 4 PM.



Spending a half million dollars for this? Check out City Island's BELDEN PARK, which cost NYC taxpayers around $420,000.

Was it worth waiting for? After a half dozen on again and off again announcements over the years, NYC Greenstreets has finally picked on City Island. The citywide program to convert paved, vacant traffic islands and medians into green spaces has nearly finished building on Belden Point.



The tradition of Black Friday may be morphing into Cyber Monday and including the entire weekend of buying online. Shoppers reportedly spent $1.15 billion online, a 13.6% increase over last year.

Online sales may hit $2 billion for the first time, a 15.6% year-over-year growth increase. A record $820 million is expected to come from mobile devices, with $449 million spent before the weekend.

Is Black Friday the best day to shop for the holidays? via @usatoday



The first presidential debate of 2012 was in my opinion a draw. Candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama went round for round with each other throwing jabs and hooks without any real knockout punches being landed. Although I thought both candidates were evenly matched; the moderator Jim Lehrer seemed to be out of his league when refereeing these two heavyweights.



It’s probably no surprise to you that Japan has some of the busiest train stations and the cleanest in the entire world. Below, you will see an amazing video showing Japanese ushers pushing people onto trains so that the doors can close.

According to statistics, Japan has 82 of the 100 busiest train stations in the whole world.
The main central station in Tokyo is spotless, which makes many NYC stations look bad in comparison.

This Week in Her and History


This Week in History, Oct 6 - Oct 12

Oct 06, 1866
First U.S. train robbery. On this day in 1866, the Reno gang carries out the first robbery of a moving train in the U.S., making off with over $10,000 from an Ohio & Mississippi train in Jackson County, Indiana. Prior to this innovation in crime, holdups had taken place only on trains sitting at stations or freight yards. This new method of sticking up moving trains in remote locations low on law enforcement soon became popular in the American West, where the recently constructed transcontinental and regional railroads made attractive targets. With the western economy booming, trains often carried large stashes of cash and precious minerals. The sparsely populated landscape provided bandits with numerous isolated areas perfect for stopping trains, as well as plenty of places to hide from the law. Some gangs, like Butch Cassidy's Wild Bunch, found robbing trains so easy and lucrative that, for a time, they made it their criminal specialty. Railroad owners eventually got wise and fought back, protecting their trains' valuables with large safes, armed guards and even specially fortified boxcars. Consequently, by the late 1800s, robbing trains had turned into an increasingly tough and dangerous job.

Oct 07, 2003
Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes California governor. On this day in 2003, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected governor of California, the most populous state in the nation with the world's fifth-largest economy. Despite his inexperience, Schwarzenegger came out on top in the 11-week campaign to replace Gray Davis, who had earlier become the first United States governor to be recalled by the people since 1921. Schwarzenegger was one of 135 candidates on the ballot, which included career politicians, other actors, and one adult-film star.

Oct 08, 1871
Great Chicago Fire begins. On this day in 1871, flames spark in the Chicago barn of Patrick and Catherine O'Leary, igniting a two-day blaze that kills between 200 and 300 people, destroys 17,450 buildings, leaves 100,000 homeless and causes an estimated $200 million (in 1871 dollars; $3 billion in 2007 dollars) in damages. Legend has it that a cow kicked over a lantern in the O'Leary barn and started the fire, but other theories hold that humans or even a comet may have been responsible for the event that left four square miles of the Windy City, including its business district, in ruins. Dry weather and an abundance of wooden buildings, streets and sidewalks made Chicago vulnerable to fire. The city averaged two fires per day in 1870; there were 20 fires throughout Chicago the week before the Great Fire of 1871.

Oct 09, 1967
Che Guevara is executed. On this day in 1967, socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, is killed by the Bolivian army. The U.S.-military-backed Bolivian forces captured Guevara on October 8 while battling his band of guerillas in Bolivia and assassinated him the following day. His hands were cut off as proof of death and his body was buried in an unmarked grave. In 1997, Guevara's remains were found and sent back to Cuba, where they were reburied in a ceremony attended by President Fidel Castro and thousands of Cubans. Ernesto Rafael Guevara de la Serna was born to a well-off family in Argentina in 1928. While studying medicine at the University of Buenos Aires, he took time off to travel around South America on a motorcycle; during this time, he witnessed the poverty and oppression of the lower classes. He received a medical degree in 1953 and continued his travels around Latin America, becoming involved with left-wing organizations. In the mid 1950s, Guevara met up with Fidel Castro and his group of exiled revolutionaries in Mexico. Guevara played a key role in Castro's seizure of power from Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959 and later served as Castro's right-hand man and minister of industry. Guevara strongly opposed U.S. domination in Latin America and advocated peasant-based revolutions to combat social injustice in Third World countries.

Oct 10, 1985
Achille Lauro hijacking ends. The hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro reaches a dramatic climax when U.S. Navy F-14 fighters intercept an Egyptian airliner attempting to fly the Palestinian hijackers to freedom and force the jet to land at a NATO base in Sigonella, Sicily. American and Italian troops surrounded the plane, and the terrorists were taken into Italian custody. On October 7, four heavily armed Palestinian terrorists hijacked the Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Alexandria, Egypt. Some 320 crewmembers and 80 passengers, were taken hostage. Hundreds of other passengers had disembarked the cruise ship earlier that day to visit Cairo and tour the Egyptian pyramids. Identifying themselves as members of the Palestine Liberation Front--a Palestinian splinter group--the gunmen demanded the release of 50 Palestinian militants imprisoned in Israel. If their demands were not met, they threatened to blow up the ship and kill the 11 Americans on board. The next morning, they also threatened to kill the British passenger

Oct 11, 2002
Jimmy Carter wins Nobel Prize. On this day in 2002, former President Jimmy Carter wins the Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development." Carter, a peanut farmer from Georgia, served one term as U.S. president between 1977 and 1981. One of his key achievements as president was mediating the peace talks between Israel and Egypt in 1978. The Nobel Committee had wanted to give Carter (1924- ) the prize that year for his efforts, along with Anwar Sadat and Menachim Begin, but was prevented from doing so by a technicality--he had not been nominated by the official deadline.

Oct 12, 1492
Columbus reaches the New World. After sailing across the Atlantic Ocean, Italian explorer Christopher Columbus sights a Bahamian island, believing he has reached East Asia. His expedition went ashore the same day and claimed the land for Isabella and Ferdinand of Spain, who sponsored his attempt to find a western ocean route to China, India, and the fabled gold and spice islands of Asia.

Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1451. Little is known of his early life, but he worked as a seaman and then a maritime entrepreneur. He became obsessed with the possibility of pioneering a western sea route to Cathay (China), India, and the gold and spice islands of Asia. At the time, Europeans knew no direct sea route to southern Asia, and the route via Egypt and the Red Sea was closed to Europeans by the Ottoman Empire, as were many land routes. Contrary to popular legend, educated Europeans of Columbus' day did believe that the world was round, as argued by St. Isidore in the seventh century. However, Columbus, and most others, underestimated the world's size, calculating that East Asia must lie approximately where North America sits on the globe (they did not yet know that the Pacific Ocean existed). With only the Atlantic Ocean, he thought, lying between Europe and the riches of the East Indies, Columbus met with King John II of Portugal and tried to persuade him to back his "Enterprise of the Indies," as he called his plan. He was rebuffed and went to Spain, where he was also rejected at least twice by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. However, after the Spanish conquest of the Moorish kingdom of Granada in January 1492, the Spanish monarchs, flush with victory, agreed to support his voyage. On August 3, 1492, Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, with three small ships, the Santa Maria, the Pinta, and the Nina. On October 12, the expedition reached land, probably Watling Island in the Bahamas. Later that month, Columbus sighted Cuba, which he thought was mainland China, and in December the expedition landed on Hispaniola, which Columbus thought might be Japan. He established a small colony there with 39 of his men. The explorer returned to Spain with gold, spices, and "Indian" captives in March 1493 and was received with the highest honors by the Spanish court. He was the first European to explore the Americas since the Vikings set up colonies in Greenland and Newfoundland in the 10th century.

Amazing Jukebox


Amazing Jukebox

This a Jukebox; but it is no ordinary jukebox. It will play all of
your favorite songs from 1950 through 1980. Each year has a scroll or drop down box that shows all the great songs for that year. Most years have over 40 songs. There is even a section at the bottom that allows you to listen to show tunes, TV show themes, Doo Wop and several others. This is pretty neat....and it is free. Read the rest of this and then click on the site at the bottom.



Nights in the Gardens of Spain - Enjoy the beautiful weather and a special opportunity to take in our celebrated summer exhibition, Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra. The sounds of live Spanish guitar fill the air as you sip a complimentary glass of wine or beer, sample Spanish delicacies, and stroll around the Conservatory Courtyard pools.

Bronx Family Day


Enjoy Family Day at Pelham Bay Split Rock Golf Course in New York City. The only 36 hole facility.
These courses are located in Pelham Bay Park, NYC's largest, which is located in The Bronx.

GM Monica Davis, tells City Island Images that the fireworks are at 9:00 PM tonight. Starting at 5:00 P, they have activities for kids and food and beverages being sold.

Make Your Own Movie!


Calling all aspiring filmmakers! They're looking forward to seeing you at next CENCOM on Tuesday's seminar with Lloyd Kaufman. Be sure to RSVP at You can also reach us at or 212.686.5005.