Last Tuesday night, we had a experience that will be forever added to the history books of THE BRONX and HIP-HOP.  The Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. & Windows of Hip Hop co-hosted The second annual Hip-Hop Element Awards in the Port Morris section of the South Bronx. The night honored pioneers of Hip-Hop for pushing the culture forward and using its influence to give back to the community.

The honorees for the night: Swizz Beatz, Big Daddy Kane, Mellie Mel, Doug E. Fresh, and “Street Soldiers” reporter, Lisa Evers. The legend, DJ Kool Red Alert received The Element Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

Seeing two spotlights shining as we pulled up in our Uber should have been the first indicator of how historic a night it would be. We pulled our equipment into Pier 123, a rustic lounge located in The Bronx Black House, filled with camera crews, local bloggers, and a DJ serenading the crowd with the sounds of 90's & early 00's Hip-hop. Bronx Brewery beers and a buffet including pasta dishes & pernil were complimentary (and delicious.) Then the night took off.

Melissa Libran, CEO of Windows of Hip Hop & Ruben Diaz, Jr. took the stage to share their hip-hop influences and iterate the role  Hip-Hop played in them standing on a stage. The honorees followed; three decades of pioneers took the stage, accepting awards and delivering speeches while the crowd took photos & shared the moments on social media feeds.


The night commenced in the announcement of a Bronx Hip -Hop Hall of Fame Tower, shaped like a microphone being constructed on top of The Black House. The tower will also house a Windows of Hip Hop School.


To learn more about Windows of Hip Hop, visit:


                                                                          James Franco-The Deuce

Fall is approaching- Looking for a new show to watch? Tune into HBO's new series, The Deuce. This show takes place in the 70s  New York City: The era of  Sex, Drugs, and Hustle which takes place in Times Square a known NYC night spot. Actor James Franco (Spiderman, Milk & Pineapple Express) plays two twin brothers - Frankie and Vincent Martino. The two Brooklyn brothers move to uptown New York City and discover the underworld of drugs, porn, and mob crime. Both brothers have distinctive lives. Frankie Martino, a former army sergeant, gambles his life away and Vincent Martino, a bartender manager, husband, and father of two attempts daily to make ends meet for his family while trying to control of his wife's Andrea Martino (Zoe Kazan) urges of sex addiction and excessive partying.

Eileen "Candy" Merrell played by Maggie Gyllenhaal- The Deuce

The drama show also focuses on the lives of prostitutes struggling with the street hustle and pimps thirsting for money, power, and respect. Among the prostitutes, Eileen "Candy" Merrell played by actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, a top-notch single working prostitute loves the lifestyle, but it keeps her away from being emotionally supportive for her kids- residing with her mother and her dream of becoming a famous pornstar.

Gary Carr, Method man  Gbenga Akinnagbe -The Deuce






The Deuce includes three top African-American pimps of New York City played by a phenomenal cast including C.C. (Gary Carr), Rodney (Method Man) and Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinnagbe).




Catch The Deuce-Sundays at 9 pm on HBO



In the Bronx, 30% of children live under the poverty line and our community is plagued by obesity, diabetes and undernourishment. In 2015, we were named the unhealthiest of 62 districts in NYC for the 6th year in a row, prompting Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. to establish the #Not62 hashtag and create a partnership with Montefiore and the Department of Health to combat the health disparities.

Lily Kesselman, a Mott Haven resident, mother and wedding photographer, was also tired of the lack of healthy options available near her home. After taking an Urban Farming class with Just Food's Farm School NYC, she and a few neighbors decided they would help play a role in the battle against the Bronx's health crises by offering the one thing the Bronx has been missing: options.

In 2014, The South Bronx Farmers Market was created, offering affordable, local produce to residents once a week. For the first time, farmers and community gardens from around the city were able to connect directly to the consumers of the South Bronx face-to-face.

Farmers market

Since it's opening, the market has grown as part of the community and has been able to expand; it's now open two days a week and offers tutorials and educational programming to local children and families.

The South Bronx Farmers Market is located on 138th Street, between Willis and Alexander Avenues on Wednesdays & Saturdays from 10am-4pm. The season ends on November 22nd.

Visit the website:

nuclear war



This year, North Korea has already fired 18 missiles tests, and responses from Trump have been filled with threats and aggression. So, ya know what that means? We're fucked! It's time to grab your water canteens, ponchos, and hatchets before impending nuclear war turns life, as we know it, into a Book Of Eli - Mad Max sequel

So how does one go about creating a nuclear survival kit? What are the priorities? Does one only pack survival tools or pack a batch of items that bring joy while on the dusted roads? What's more important: having a large bag of necessities or traveling light? We're not sure, so we created a list of 20 possible items and asked New Yorkers to choose the five they NEEDED to have with them.

Our list:

  • Condoms
    • Cause who wants to bring more children into this world.
  • Game of Thrones (Book series)
    • Cause when else are you going to have the time to read it?
  • Solar panel underwear
    •  Cause you need energy in all the right places.
  • Fidget spinners  
    • Just cause.
  • Noise canceling headphones 
    • Cause you’ll need something to help ignore your family in that closed off bunker.
  • Reusable toilet paper
    • Cause when the world goes to shit...
  • Nail Clipper 
    • Cause society is over, but you’re not an animal.
  • Porn Playing Cards
    • Cause sometimes you need to play while you play.
  • Permanent Markers.
    • Cause ya know.. They smell nice.
  • Spam
    • Cause what other foods will survive the apocalypse.
  • Astronaut/Space Food
    • Cause astronauts know how to survive.
  • ToothBrush + Toothpaste Kit -
    • Cause ya breath stinks.
  • Machete
    • Cause it’s the quintessential Apocalypse item.
  • Water Purifier
    • Cause clear water is the quintessential life item.
  • Rope 
    • Cause whether, for fun or hobby, you’ll need to tie something up.
  • Needle & Thread
    • Cause clothes, and skin.
  • Coffee
    • Cause even at the end of the world; you need Bustelo.
  • Butane Stove
    • Cause hot food bro!
  • Flares
    • Cause if there is any chance of being found, this is it.
  • Band-Aids
    • Cause I’m stuck on Band-aids and Band-aids stuck on me.

What's in your kit?


The Bronx isn't known for its flowers, but it should be. From the Botanical Garden to Pelham Bay Park to Crotona Park to Co-Op City, we got varieties of flora to fawn over. Verde Flowers is a staple in the flower industry and another Bronx gem that gets more than slept on. Located, at the foot of the Third Avenue Bridge on Bruckner Boulevard, the storefront has been servicing local communities and others around New York State for over ten years. flowers

Thousands of cars pass by the shop every day as they cross the bridge to enter Harlem or take the FDR to settle in Manhattan or Brooklyn but few experience it from the inside. The shop works as a part-prep station for employees and also as a boutique with flower styles offered, as well as a variety of handmade decor that combines the urban aesthetic with floral design.



Mike Gonzalez, is co-owner and creative director of the Mott Haven flower shop. He's a Bronx native with over 20 years of experience in floral design and event decor. The Blox crew sat down with Mike to hear stories about the origin of Verde Flowers, how the neighborhood has changed since the shop's opening and what he hopes for the future.

Follow Verde Flowers on Instagram and Facebook.


Picture a pair of Caribbean islands right off the coast of Venezuela. Fertile soil, tropical climate, lush rolling hills crowded with row after row of cacao trees. Trinidad and Tobago make up one of 15 countries around the world that produce high-quality cacao.

Dominic, Nicolas and Daniel Maloney, co-owners of Sol Cacao, grew up there—and even years after moving to New York City during their primary school years, they still have cacao pumping through their veins. Recognizing that the abundance of pure chocolate they had known in Trinidad wasn’t readily available here in the U.S., they created a chocolate company that combined their interest in nature, health and agriculture.

Walking into their production facility in Port Morris on a recent Saturday morning, it’s apparent that, while bare, it holds endless potential waiting to be unearthed. A makeshift roaster sits prominently in the large open space, and the smell of roasting cacao vaguely resembles the scent we all know to be chocolate.


Chocolate Bars
Chocolate Bars at Sol Cacao

“There aren’t as many machine options for chocolate making, especially compared to the coffee industry,” says Dominic Maloney, “We’re, like, 30 years behind them.” Dominic oversees the daily operations at Sol Cacao. He shows off their roaster, one that looks more like an invention from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids than a state-of-the-art machine. “There are a lot of people experimenting, creative people, trying out new things,” he continues, his love for the craft apparent as he proudly takes us through the creative process. “There’s no blueprint for chocolate yet.”


After the whole beans are roasted, they’re tossed into the makeshift machine and are agitated to remove the outer husk and shell, spouting out cocoa nibs. The nibs are then ground with raw cane sugar for 48 to 72 hours, tempered, molded into perfect bars, wrapped in gold foil and placed lovingly into a linen paper wrapper, all done by hand.

The health properties of chocolate also played a role in the creation of their family business, as they all maintain a vegetarian lifestyle. This aspect of the business has been particularly significant to Nicolas Maloney, a registered nurse and “visionary” at Sol Cacao. “Food plays an important part of your life, from when you’re young to very old,” he says. “It’s important to put healthy things in your body.” Cacao in its pure form contains heart-healthy anti-inflammatory properties and flavonoids.

But don’t think you can just pick up any bar at your local drug store and call it a “super food.” Most mass-produced chocolates are loaded with fillers, stabilizers, palm oil, preservatives and chocolate flavorings, rather than the real-deal beans.

Currently, Sol Cacao offers three single-origin bars, from Peru, Ecuador and Madagascar. The result is dark and smooth; it melts to a thick velvet coating in your mouth—decadent and complex, slightly bitter, sour and a touch sweet. Each bar has a different flavor profile—that’s the beauty of a single-origin product: the purity of the beans and the ability to taste the distinct notes of each strain of cacao, flavored by its native soil. All are vegan and full of said health benefits.

Sol Cacao chocolate bars
Sol Cacao chocolate bars, photo by Alex Rivera

Read more about Sol Cacao at Edible Bronx 



It’s not always good to be the first. But, when it comes to media, it usually is. The Blox team, 'AKA media mavericks with cheek', has been the first when it comes to being a creative force in modern digital media in The Bronx, New York. The first to introduce a barrage of videos on various topics and with local talent. The first to present motion graphics, green screen shenanigans, and run & gun style of filming. The first to go live on social media and the first to be live on FB for 24-hours. We were the first, and still the only, to push the envelope with disruptive content that represents the local demographics by, well, telling it like it is. We’re also the first to use conceptualized creative content to promote businesses, organizations, and events.

We see you following our steps, wink wink.

Do you think super creative videos, edgy graphic campaign, and ballsy activations, all created by local talent is going to be useful in promoting your interest? Well, first of all - YES! But, since you asked; Here’s a case study from our collaboration with The Bronx Brewery on the Summer Done Right event series in July-august 2017.

The conversation with the marketing team at the Brewery revealed the need to je ne sais quoi - more Bronxness and more revenue. So the way we approached that was by addressing the following:

  1. Increase pre-sale numbers
  2. Increase participation & engagement
  3. Be clear on the details by addressing issues such as commute and ticket price
  4. Enhance diversity and no pretentiousness
  5. Blast up the Dope level AF
  6. Introduce top level local talent
  7. Bring top local vendors

The good people at The Bronx Brewery are great partners, and once the ‘story’ was in line with their M.O, they had an entirely open mind on our unique ‘BLOX’ style of execution. And, so it begins. (the below is a mere selection - we've actually made more than 20 videos, created over 150 graphics, and took more than 3000 pictures.)

Tae Does it right from Round Seven on Vimeo.

Percocet from Round Seven on Vimeo.

Future BXB from Round Seven on Vimeo.

Basta does Summer Right from Round Seven on Vimeo.

Bxb Harlem from Round Seven on Vimeo.

Dj Menyu from Round Seven on Vimeo.

Lord finesse from Round Seven on Vimeo.

2nds from Round Seven on Vimeo.








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One of the hardest parts of being in a relationship is figuring out how to end it—cause let's be real, not all relationships are meant to last. If that were the case, I’d be married already {SPOILER} I’m single as fuck.

New Yorkers—we have no chill, but at the same time embody all that is cool—Jay-Z said it best “like Che Guevara with bling on” we’re complex. In cities densely populated like our beloved NYC, it’s hard to do anything in private, I mean, people groom themselves and eat seven-course meals while riding the subway, why should your relationship be any different. If you can make out on a park bench, you can break up in public.

So you’re ready to end it. Where do you break it off? Now, I don’t condone public dumping per say, but if I did, this is how (and where) I would do it.


Johnnys Reef Restaurant
Johnny's Reef

Johnny’s Reef

2 City Island Ave, Bronx, NY
It’s busy, like very very busy; you might be thinking this is not a public dumping attribute—it is, no one wants to cause a scene. No fuss, no muss. Plus, who can get mad while drinking cold beer and frozen daiquiris from a plastic cup, all while eating a basket full of fresh fried seafood, topped off with views of the Long Island Sound and the Throggs Neck Bridge? Nobody! It’s fucking perfect. Good for a first date, great for a last date. Only hiccup here is the lack of public transportation, either come separately or think ahead and get yourself an Uber at least 10 minutes before breaking it off, you don’t want to linger after this one.



Jake’s Steakhouse

6031 Broadway, Bronx, NY

This is a special one, it’s not super public and it’s sure as hell not cheap—but this is a good way to end a more significant relationship, a last hoorah if you will. Linen tablecloths and delicious steakhouse fare (try the Bacon Salad, yum!). Enjoy one final night together and reminisce about the good ol’days. Ask for the check, pay the bill (you owe your non-significant other that much) and run, don't walk, out the door.





Dancing Crane Cafeteria at The Bronx Zoo

2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 

I love everything about this breakup scenario; it’s riddled with delicious irony. Spend the day (okay, like an hour) walking around the beautiful zoo grounds. Take in views of the exotic animals held in captivity, all the while relishing in the fact that in a matter of hours, you’ll be free. Top of the day with a trip to the cafeteria—the magnificent symphony of children crying and throwing tantrums will mask the fit occurring opposite you. This is a breakup fit for the drama queen/king in your know who you are.




Pancakes with syrup

Royal Coach Diner

3260 Boston Rd, Bronx, NY

A diner? Yes, a diner. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Royal Coach has a booth waiting for you anytime the mood strikes. Food is way better than your average diner, like way, way better, so it’s not an insult to bring someone here, at all, regardless of your current relationship status. Plus, breakfast for dinner can ease even the heaviest of hearts. Give me a short stack STAT. 




Iced Mocha Latter

Mon Amour Coffee & Wine

234 W 238th St, Bronx, NY 

The morning after a breakup. The ultimate fucked up way to break up with someone. You wake up full of regret and just can’t go another day being tied down, so you walk together to your local coffee shop. This one is all about the execution; it must be done at a classy joint to take away a bit of the sleaze you're about to sling at your not-so-loved one. Mon Amour is perfect—it’s all about the ambiance; brick walls, Parisian flare, AMAZING pastries and great coffee. Though, I’d direct your other half towards one of their delicious iced beverages; it’ll hurt less. You also might want to change your number.



In an age when most relationships play out via social media, it’s come to a point where public breakups are almost expected. So, there you have it, five very different locations for all your dumping needs. I didn't do it, but if I did, these are by far my favorite places to break up with someone in the comfort of the public eye.


Have you ever dumped someone in public, or been dumped? Tell us where!



The MTA is making us lose our minds!Our own Unknown Bronx Superhero has had it with bad service, delayed service, no service, dirt, piss, and rats. He is getting ready to take on the MTA once and for all, and maybe help an old lady or two while at it.

While City Hall and Albany are fighting over who's paying what Mayor Bill de Blasio or Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who controls the authority the public feud over the subway continues, transport workers Union Local 100 releases campaign-style television advertisement and we the people are the last ones to be minded.

The NYC subway system is one of the staples of our lucrative tourism, mobilizing millions upon million every year, and IT SUCKS!

We can't wait for the raised price early next year....



Would you rather? HQ took a trip to the famous Central Park to play a game of "Would you rather...?" Would you rather have drinks with Bill Cosby or Aziz Ansari? Who would win in a fight, Chris Christie or President Obama? Wonder Woman or Oprah? Sean Connery or Clint Eastwood? The game gets even deeper from there...


"Would you rather" is a conversation or party game that poses a dilemma in the form of a question beginning with "would you rather". The dilemma can be between two supposedly good options, such as, "Would you rather have the power of flight or the power of invisibility?", or it can be between two supposedly bad options, as in, "Would you rather sleep with your best friend's lover or your lover's best friend?" The players, sometimes including the questioner, then must choose their answers. Answering "neither" or "both" is against the rules. This leads the players to debate their rationales. In EXTREME cases, the option "suicide" can be used and that player is then out of the game.

In December 2011, BBC America premiered a television show based on the game, titled Would You Rather...? with Graham Norton.[1]


Its Bodega run time again. $10. 90 Seconds. Go Snowflake!! Our resident co-founder & Snowflake, Gillian, played a round of our famous Run. We gave her $10 and 90 seconds to grab her favorite items. Her one disadvantage: she's a glutard. That means, she's allergic to gluten for all those not up on the game.


It's a Hispanic/Spanish/latin mini-mart, kind of like a 7-11, but usually smaller and more like a liquor store atmosphere. Commonly used term on the east coast, especially in the New York City region, where you will find many of these. The word came from the actual Spanish word for "grocery store" - la bodega.


Unemployed Spiderman Needs A Job

Unemployed Spiderman steps out into the hood to hand out job applications and offer his lifesaving talents for anyone who needs it. Didn't he hear Starbucks was hiring???


What's the story behind NYC's biggest feud - the Cuomo - de Blasio beef?

You see it everywhere, Hip Hop, Hollywood., politics, family dinners, you name it. The most trending beef at the moment is McGregor vs. Mayweather but there’s one that affects everything from the schools and education of NYC, to food consumption and solutions to homelessness and infrastructure. 

Recently, tensions settled as the two came together to secure DeBlasio’s mayoral control of city schools; something that looks good on both of their resumes. So while we’re in this resting period, let’s travel through the timeline of The Governor of New York and the Mayor of New York City’s feud for those less familiar.

Beef between mayors and governors has always been an issue, specifically in NY, but now at a time when all liberals should be standing up to Trump, these two are too busy squabbling. 2017 is DeBlasio’s election year while 2018 is Cuomo’s, though the two will be on their best behavior, for now, it’s only a matter of time




By Jonathan Marin

The South Bronx is getting new office space which will complement the new housing and eateries springing up across Mott Haven and Port Morris. 825 E. 141st street is being transformed into office space and will be named Union Crossing. The groups behind the renovation; MadisonRealty Capital, The Altmark Group, The Bluestone Group and Galil Management plan to attract a diverse group of tenants from the industrial, creative, and non-profit sectors. The building is 8 stories. Floors 2-7 will have office and studio space. The 1st floor and street level will have space for specialty uses such as retail or restaurants. The 6 train Cypress Ave stop is about 3 blocks away. Port Morris is growing nicely, the new Fresh Direct headquarters is almost complete and Silver Cup Studios just recently opened for business. With trendy places to eat and drink such as The Bronx Brewery, Port Morris Distillery and Gun Hill Tavern, a once lifeless neighborhood is quickly becoming a hip destination for young professionals from The Bronx and beyond.

Borough President, Mr. Ruben Diaz Jr. who has visited the location recently, was extremely pleased, and even went live on IG to showcase the new development.



Rendering courtesy of Madison Realty Capital



This summer local artist Ronny Quevedo is sharing his studio at BronxArtSpace with 8 teenagers from the Bronx who are redesigning the awning of nearby Oaxaca-Mexican restaurant, La Morada.

While owner Natalia Mendez and son Marco Saavedra review their drafts as they would any design firm’s, they have also agreed to host any programs the students develop that investigate alternatives to gentrification.

(Ronny Quevedo Siembro Una Rosa Blanca Pa’ Ti 2010. Part of a series of screenprints inspired by bodegas as

cultural sites to express identity and social concerns.)

In fact, that was among the reasons why artist Ronny Quevedo reached out to La Morada to participate in the third iteration of his project Higher Sails. Quevedo, who grew up in the Bronx, originally conceived this project while on residency at Project Row Houses in Houston, Texas. His aim was to amplify the resources already in the community by teaching local youth design skills they can use to raise their voice and contribute to their community–—a goal Quevedo knew La Morada would champion.

Thanks to A Blade of Grass, which is funding the 12-week project, Quevedo was able to bring the project back to his own community in the Bronx.

All are welcome to see the preliminary design for La Morada’s awning as well as other new works by Ronny Quevedo and his fellow residents, Erica Bailey, Melissa Calderón, Cheyenne Julien, Joiri Minaya, and Alexis White at Open Studios on August 26, 5-9pm at BronxArtSpace and the Bruckner Building.


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