Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. officially kicks off Bronx Week 2013, a week-long celebration of everything that makes the Bronx a great place to live, work and raise a family. At the kick-off press conference, Borough President Diaz will also announce this year’s inductees to the Bronx Walk of Fame.
This year’s kickoff will feature live music, food and fun, as the press conference is transformed into a celebration of some of the best our borough has to offer. Numerous borough businesses, including Babalu, B Blossom Garden, Bronx Ale House, Bronx Brewery, The Clock Bar & Grill, Delicioso Coco Helado, DuFour Pastry Kitchen, Flantastic, Landin Macaroni & Cheese, Lloyd’s Carrot Cake, Tirado Distillery and United Pickle, among others, will be on hand to provide samples.
Bronx Week 2013 takes place from Thursday, May 9th through Sunday, May 19th, and will conclude with the induction of Latin music composer and businessman Miguel Angel Amadeo, political and civic leader Robert Abrams and award-winning actress Ellen Barkin to the Bronx Walk of Fame.
“Bronx Week is a great time for Bronxites and Bronxites at heart, to come rediscover all that this wonderful borough has to offer. Bronx Week is ten full days of celebration, and I invite everyone to come celebrate with us,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
This year’s kickoff event was held at the Bronx County Building’s Rotunda, and featured an appearance by 2013 Bronx Walk of Fame honoree Miguel Angel Amadeo, an award-winning Latin music composer and longtime Bronx resident and business owner.
The launch event also featured a “Best of the Bronx” festival, which included live music, food and fun. Numerous borough businesses, including Babalu, B Blossom Garden, Bronx Ale House, Bronx Brewery, Delicioso Coco Helado, DuFour Pastry Kitchen, Flantastic, Landin Macaroni & Cheese, Lloyd’s Carrot Cake, Tirado Distillery and United Pickle provided samples of their product to the nearly 200 individuals in attendance.
The event included a live performance from Latin jazz combo Yuka Seka and a showcase of merchandise by Mainland Media. Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch also provided beverages.
Bronx Week 2013 is made possible thanks to the support of Montefiore Medical Center, the main sponsor of all the events.
"Montefiore Medical Center is again proud to be a principal sponsor of Bronx Week," said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., president and CEO of Montefiore. "This year, Montefiore celebrates our 100th anniversary in the Bronx and we are here to stay, providing our community with the best that medicine has to offer for the next 100 years.”
Other sponsors include; Healthfirst, HealthPlus Amerigroup, Affinity Health Plan, United Healthcare, conEdison, Lehman College, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College, Cablevision, WellCare, RMM Group, Emblem Health, Mercy College, Jewish Home Lifecare, Centerlight Healthcare, News 12 and Domino’s Pizza.
Bronx Week will close with the annual Bronx Parade and Food & Arts Festival on Mosholu Parkway on Sunday, May 19, 2013. In addition to dozens of food and arts vendors, as well as the borough’s biggest parade showcasing “Bronx Pride,” the annual concert will feature performances by hip-hop legend Biz Markie, renowned salsero Lalo Rodriguez as well as reggae and reggaeton pioneer Notch.
This week of amazing Bronx events is organized jointly by the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation and The Bronx Tourism Council. For more information on Bronx Week 2013 and a full calendar of events, visit ilovethebronx.com.