Halloween 2017 is on a Monday, but the South Bronx is hosting some bashes this weekend. Here are the top parties you should attend!

The Mott Haven Bar & Grill 

When: Thursday, October 26th 7:30 pm. Sip wine and paint while in costume, win a grand prize!

How to get there: 1 Bruckner Blvd. Take the 6 train to 138th Street Third Ave, 4 or 5 trains to 138th Street Grand Concourse.

The Bronx Brewery

When: Friday October 27th, 8:00pm-12:00am. The Bronx Brewery is hosting their first ever costume party. Treats not tricks will be served by Sol Cacao and Carlito's Trailer Tacos. Music by DJ Yoo Q.

How to get there: 856 136th Street. 6 train to Cypress Ave.

Port Morris Distillery

When: Saturday, October 28th, 10:00 pm till whenever! Port Morris Distillery has some fantastic decorations in the works, don't forget your costumes!

How to get there: 780 E. 133rd Street. 6 train to Cypress Ave.

SouthBox Gym

When: Saturday, October 28th, 4:00pm-10:00 pm The Bronx's hottest boxing gym is hosting its first Halloween party with a DJ, raffles, food, and drinks. The best costume wins a 1-year membership!

How to get there: 2407-13 Third Ave. Take the 6 train to 138th Street and Third Ave, 4 or 5 trains to 138th Street and Grand Concourse.

The Bronx Draft House

When: Saturday, October 28th, 8:00 pm till closing. The BX Draft House will give out prizes for best costume, scariest costume, and best couple costume, plus raffles and prizes!

How to get there: 884 Gerard Ave. B, or D train to River Ave, 4 trains to 161st Street Yankee Stadium.

Charlie's Bar & Kitchen

When: Saturday, October 28th 8:00 pm till late. Charlie's is throwing a Halloween bash with a costume contest, DJ, and drink specials. Music by DJ Menyu.

How to get there: 112 Lincoln Ave. Take the 6 train to 138th Street Third Ave. 4 or 5 trains to 138th Street and Grand Concourse.

Bronx Borough President's Office 3rd Annual Halloween Costume Bash

When: Monday, October 30th. 7:00pm-9:00pm. RSVP at 718-731-2009 or Costumes are preferred but not required.

How to get there: Pier 132 at 789 E. 132nd Street. 6 train to Cypress Ave.

Use #BXHalloween17


Though I’m a native of the South Bronx, I have never felt as though I fit into the Bronx, leading to a love-hate relationship. There are days where I love the Bronx; the culture, style, history, and easy commute into the city and then, as quick a light switch; I hate the Bronx. It’s dirty streets, regular trash on the sidewalks, strange smells which come out of nowhere but the Bronx is changing. New buildings, restaurants, art galleries are opening. According to the latest NYU Furman Center report, a center which researches city’s housing and urban policy listed Mott Haven, the neighborhood I live in among the city’s top gentrifying neighborhoods. With rents going up 28% since the 1990’s. The Bronx is finally transforming, but I know that the changes aren’t meant for me.

I grew up living in the shadow of Yankee Stadium, the world’s most famous sports arena. My mom is a teacher, and my dad is a photojournalist, both of whom are old school community activists, who started a nonprofit: Dred Scott Bird Sanctuary, which focus on educating city’s youth on environmental sustainability. I was never a child of the Bronx, with the high crime rates, unemployment, and low education attainment but that doesn’t mean I didn't know it. I was classmates and friends with kids who were, that if my life circumstances were different, I could have been them. But the kids, who were like “me,” we all knew each other. We didn’t fit into the stereotypes on both ends, always trapped.

After I completed my undergraduate degree, I moved from my parents’ neighborhood to Mott Haven neighborhoods or “Piano District.” The name has never bothered me; any causal Historian would tell you New York City's neighborhood have always been rebranded. The Upper West Side was once Bloomingdale, Wingate in Central Brooklyn used to be Pingate and Yellowhook is now Bayridge. Everything changes cause everything for sale. I think about this every morning as I walk on my street, littered with newly refurbish historic brownstones and construction of nearby condominiums. Condominiums, which down payments are several times the net income of residents in the government housing nearby.

As reported by 2012, census record, about 27 percent of the population in the Bronx live below the poverty line versus 20 percent in Brooklyn. When gentrification hits here, most of us won’t be able to afford it, and those of us who survive the first wave of gentrification will eventually be pushed out by the second and third waves. That’s the pattern of it, some survive, but mostly everyone is priced out. That’s what happened to my friends who lived in Harlem, Kipps Bay, Washington Heights, Inwood, Bed-Stuy, Williamsburg, and Bushwick. It’s like being a dinosaur seeing the asteroid racing across the sky.

Now, all of us children from the Bronx both the “good” and “bad” kids see it coming and understand it. You become suspicious of the smallest changes to, “our block,” a street being fixed, a new coffee shop, new restaurants, etc. There’s becomes no more separation amongst us, but then there’s a sense of pride that finally our moment has arrived to be acknowledged and treated like human beings. We just question if it really for us. Love and hate indeed.


artsIt’s not often you see people taking pictures of a public school, but when you walk by the murals at Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education which shares its building with Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists, then it all makes sense. I visited the 83-year-old community arts organization, located on the 6th floor, to learn more about the murals and their upcoming exhibit Arte de La Borinqueña.

Along the entrance of the school at 928 Simpson St. you’ll see three murals, each with its own story and meaning. The murals were created by Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez and his team at Somos Arte and painted by TATS CRU, a Bronx based professional muralists group. The project took about a week to complete. The first mural is of Las Tres Hermanas, a trio of sisters who became activists for the arts. The second mural is a Puerto Rican superhero named La Borinqueña which I’ll get to later, and finally on the entrance doors of the school is a mural of students making art, playing music, sports, reading, and engaging in positive extracurricular activities.

artsLa Borinqueña’s mural was based off a snapshot from writer and creator Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez’s best-selling and critically acclaimed graphic novel. He designed the mural, and three members of TATS CRU, each with their specialty did the paint job. Accompanying La Borinqueña are Puerto Rican icons Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Josê “Dr. Drum” Ortiz and Melinda Gonzalez, who are shown celebrating a graduation with students. The staff at the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education hope this mural will inspire all students who walk through these doors to accomplish their goals. Casita Maria’s Associate Director of Creative Arts Programs Gail Heidel tells me, “La Borinqueña whose powers come from her Puerto Rican heritage and culture is also a metaphor for all people to look to their history and culture for strength.”


October 4th is opening night for the Arte de La Borinqueña exhibit. 35 different professional artists have created their prints of La Borinqueña, all of which will be on display until January 6, 2018. The prints were donated by London-based gallery: Art You Grew Up With International. Limited prints will be on sale for $200 with the proceeds going to hurricane relief efforts for Puerto Rico. “We want to raise as much money as possible for Puerto Rico.” says Marketing and Media Manager for Casita Maria Luis Pagan. The exhibit opens on the eve of New York Comic Con. There are hopes that avid collectors will attend the exhibition as a pre-game for the biggest comic book convention in New York City. The opening reception is from 6-8pm. Edgardo Miranda Rodriguez will be in attendance.


    Cardi B VMAs post interview August 27, 2017

Bronx Instagram sensation/rapper Cardi B has the year 2017 in the palm of her hands. The relevance of the artist appears online daily. News of receiving a gold plaque from Billboard from her summer hit "Bodak Yellow," purchasing a 250k orange Bentley and sparking a high profile relationship with Migos artist member Offset; it's safe to say that she is on cloud nine. Another success mark, the 24-year-old rapper performed her jamming hit- Bodak Yellow at the 2017 VMAs, along with going public, supporting of NFL player Colin Kaepernick for his National Anthem movement. “Colin Kaepernick, as long as you kneel for us, we 'gon be standing for you, baby.”

Latest News: Cardi B debut album release October 2017

Cardi B announces debut album release at Made in America (MIA) fest September 3, 2017

During the labor day weekend, Bronx rapper Cardi B performed at the yearly Made in America fest in Philly. After delivering her usual hype performance, she announces her debut album will release this October. The question: Will the debut album release date be on October 11, 2017? This date is the birthday of the megastar- birth name Belcalis Almanzar along with turning the big 25- the quarter century mark. It would be a great time to celebrate her year-long success. We will just have to wait in see, but for now- take a look at Cardi B's highlights- forever! 

Cardi B 2017 Highlights timeline

Bodak Yellow 2017- Cardi B

Cardi B purchases orange Bentley after Bodak yellow success 

With Offset in "Lick" video 2017

     CBodak Yellow performance at the VMAs August 27, 2017

     CBillboard interview 2017

        Hope you enjoy until next time

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Before you roll your eyes... I'm, like, the OG (original glutard). Ten years ago, after a semester in Ireland where I sustained on bread, breaded fish and Guinness, i.e., liquid bread, I experienced a string of health problems; weight gain, acne, chronic cold and lethargy, leading to a few more serious visits to the ER because my immune system was shot. This was well before the time when everyone decided to go g-free as an excuse to eat nothing, or everything processed as long as it had the trusty GF stamp making it "healthier." But I happened to land myself a roommate who had been diagnosed with Celiacs, which back then was a word that was 'Huh?' inducing.   After many a slip-up inviting him to pizza or offering him a beer, I slowly gained a better understanding of what exactly gluten was and how it could reek havoc on a body that doesn't process it properly. As karma would have it, a few months later my digestive system was so defenseless against a stomach virus that I faced a life-threatening case of dehydration, followed by two months of not being able to digest solid food. I lost thirty pounds, and not in a good way.

So when my naturopath suggested I may be gluten intolerant, I was willing to do anything not to continue eating like a baby or a person with no teeth. I embarked on an elimination diet to determine the culprits, and the results were loud and clear; it was time to say 'Bye Felicia' to that stubborn little protein found in wheat (wheatberries, durum, emmer, semolina, spelt, farina, farro, Graham, KAMUT® Khorasan wheat and einkorn), rye, barley and triticale (a cross between wheat and rye).


Gluten Free Baking Epic Fail

Easier said than done. Remember, this was before folks were going gluten free as a lifestyle choice, and it wasn't common practice for doctors to test people with early onset arthritis, severe eczema or depression for a food allergy. Going gluten-free required a lot of research, a lot of label-reading, a lot of feeling like an outcast in social settings and a lot of crying over failed baking experiments. The only gluten-free flour blend I could find in the health food store was bean-based, which didn't make for very tasty sweets. Luckily, I like to cook, and I'm stubborn. I started buying different varieties of grain and nut flours in bulk, and my kitchen turned into a chemistry experiment that I was determined to crack.

I look back on that time now and chuckle. Like anything, with time my way of eating became second nature. Also, as gluten-freedom entered the mainstream conversation, the options became better and more accessible. But because I couldn't rely on dummy-proof packaging or labels, I became an expert on how to look for gluten in disguise and, more importantly, how to embrace all of the foods I can eat and create f#@%ing awesome alternatives to fill in the gaps... even after moving to the food desert that is the Bronx.



Here are my top 5 hacks for feeding your hangry gluten-free a$$, while avoiding being told to go back to Whole Foods in Manhattan where you came from! *Disclaimer, these will not be sufficient for people like my friend Maria who breaks out in a rash if she smells gluten.

1: Comida Mexicana Ere Tu Mejor Amiga

glutenOne word: Maiz. If you don't know what that is, I'll be the first to tell you, 'Go back to Whole Foods in Manhattan where you came from!' or start using Google translate stat. Masa, tamales, elotes are all corn-based, delicious and easy to come by in the Bronx. If I'm not making tamales at home from ingredients purchased at my local Pioneer, I get them from the cart right in the middle of 138th between Willis and Alexander.

If you want to experience the tacos dreams are made of, pay the extra $0.75 for the handmade tortillas at Mexicosina. And, if you're like me and you prefer a heaping side of social activism with your gorditas, patron the family-run La Morada.

Tips for g-free newbies and super-gringas: tortillas de harina are the ones to avoid, mole- while super delicious- is almost always thickened with wheat, and "sin pan por favor" means without bread, please.


2: Extra Lettuce, Hold the Bun!

Or, in the case of Mott Haven Bar and Grill, the English muffin. I like my burger medium rare with ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions, jalapeños... Or if I'm really on a protein bender, the El Barrio from Milkburger or the 454 from Charlie's Bar and Kitchen. However or wherever you like it, the only mistake you can make is missing out on the meat juice running down your hands like a normal person with an undeniable craving. So grab an extra piece of lettuce pick that $h!t up and commit. You won't regret it, and that's what napkins are for. And showers, maybe.... just saying, sometimes you have to do what it takes.



3: B.Y.O.T (Bring Your Own Tamari) 

One of the most annoying things that contain wheat for no reason whatsoever, except that it serves as a cheap filler is soy sauce. But if you're like me, you love sushi, and it's just not the same if you can't swirl your wasabi around in a salty puddle. Exactly why I've been known to carry a bottle of tamari in my purse. Ta-whaty? Tamari is fermented soy, aka, more expensive, wheat free soy sauce. Also available in individual packets from Amazon, if you want to be more discrete. So drop by Ceetay, order some gluten-free sake and get your sushi on. They even have spicy mayo if you're feeling extra saucy.


4: Mofongo, Tostones, Maduros... Oh, My!

Did you ever know there were so many delicious ways to eat fried plantains? Your Puerto Rican, Dominican and Cuban neighbors did and, while they'll probably all fight over who does it better, there's only one way to find out... Try them all.  Whether you're gluten-free or not, tostones- twice fried green plantains- dipped in a runny egg yolk are the absolute best cure for a hangover you can find.

And SNL Big Papi jokes aside, get your mofongo con bistec or anything really because in this case, the side is the star. If you're less weary of cross-contamination on the gluten-intolerant spectrum, take a cue from the Hungry Dominican and hit up 188 Bakery Cuchifritos for authenticity, or for a brilliant g-free innovation try the To' Chimi Sliders at Travesias, prepared on a tostones "bun."


5: The Italian Job

Boy or Girl? Pizza!Italy is usually one of the scarier regions to suggest to a glutard because our minds immediately think pizza, pasta, gluten baby (it's a real thing).But if you trust them to be careful about cross-contamination, most Italian restaurants have more to offer than everybody's go-to gluten bombs. La Grata, for instance, has chicken, fish and steak entree's that are delicious and gluten-free friendly, as well as stellar salads - they don't even put croutons in their Caesar. Winning!

Basically Hangry at La Grata


But if you do want pizza pizza and you don't want to settle for a sad piece of cardboard smothered in a disguise of toppings, the answer is a short journey over the river.  After ten years of searching and nearly resigning myself to the fact that I would always be longing for something that could truly be called pizza, I found Sottocasa in Harlem. It is run by an Italian couple who treats patrons with the care of guests coming to their own home. They serve regular pizza as well, but clean all surfaces and tools between preparations and they import a special gluten-free flour from Italy, which they use to make a crust that is chewy, bubbly and, well.... normal. It's so good, it's brought gluten-freaks to tears and my half-Italian fiancee to share a pizza with me. So if you don't trust me, ask him.


South Bronx Farmers Market

Obviously, it goes without saying that hitting up your local grocer or Farmer's Market and eating-in is the safest and arguably healthiest and cheapest way to go gluten-free in the Bronx. Edible Bronx magazine includes some fantastic recipes if you like to keep it local, and I also highly recommend the Gluten Free Gourmet cookbook and Gluten Free Goddess blog. And if options or scarce or you just have a junk food craving, watch my bodega run while snacking on Cheetos (they may also be food-free, but we all have our weaknesses).





Disclaimer: I do not condone being in a situation that requires you to follow the advice of this blurb. And I hope that you will always do the right thing in the case, god forbid, you find yourself in this scenario.


NYC, the Big Apple, is known for many things, compassion isn’t one of them. Mind your damn business is big on that list. Some of Gotham’s Do’s & Don'ts: avoiding eye contact on the subway and streets, continuing to walk no matter what’s going on around you, and never engaging with people doing crazy shit in public, i.e., urinating, soliciting Jesus, talking to themselves or worse, multiple selves.


But compassion is one thing, and hiding a dead body is another; while researching the subject, I found that the primary and obvious qualification for this shady list is that the location should be very isolated or extremely public.


So, while not perfect, here are my top places I’d hide a body if I had too:


  • Lincoln Plaza Cinema - Mostly known for its golden age, mostly Jewish patrons, and the only place in town serving homemade carrot cake and bagels with lox and cream cheese in its concession stand. The theatre also employs the oldest ushers and security guards in the business. You can 'Weekend at Bernie's' it, and no one will notice for a good few days, giving you a chance to get that plastic surgery, buy speedos and permanently move to Aruba.



  • Chinatown - Let's be honest you can pretty much dump anything there- especially your dignity- and it will go unnoticed for weeks. But, since you're down there, going full incognito with brand new Guchi sunglasses, Sefora makeup, Nu Era hat, a Roll-x watch, Supreem box logo tee, and Djordan sneakers that won't break the bank. And, you're just a few minutes away from the Drunken Dumpling- because nothing makes "I fucked up, and I will carry that guilt for the rest of my adult life" feel better than soup dumplings.



  • The L train - Ok, so this is a no brainer. I know. Even before mentioning the inevitable 15 months planned shutdown we are all aware of, two ultimate facts make the L a perfect body-hiding haven: 1. It never runs on schedule - especially on weekends and 2. it's filled with people whose uninterested disposition is notorious for not giving a literal fuck about anything but whatever they care about this week. (unless it's a small thing in some remote area, that no one else knows or cares about and involves making their own butter).



  • A vegan restaurant in the Bronx - The Bronx is number 62 out of 62 counties in NYS with regard to health concerns; a distinct representation of its socio-economical status reflected via food choices and health education. Fried plantains and refried beans don't constitute as veggies, and iceberg lettuce is closer to toilet tissue then greens. There are approximately ten vegan places for a population of 1.5 million, serving tourists and gentrifiers while being yelled at by local bloggers. So leave that pale, rigid corpse seated, no one is gonna know the difference.



  • Staten Island body- We are talking about the entire Borough of Staten Island as a 'shit, what do I do with this body - I think I am gonna dump it in Staten Island' situation. As far as we know, there is no better place to hide a body than right under the nose of a community of cops and gangster wannabes?!  But, if I had to choose one spot it would be a tough choice between these morbid God-forsaken shitholes: the New York City Farm Colony, The Tugboat Graveyard or The West Brighton Houses. Yikes.


So, there, this are my top 5 places (for now)  What other places can you think of? Let me know. Use #hideabodynyc

More in the series: The Knicks Trophy Cabinet, Every Council Member's Office, A bank in East NY



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 



The Bronx Brewery is a good neighbor. The kind you can ask for an egg or a cup of milk when you’ve been working late nights and didn’t hit the local bodega. Yes, Bodega. 

Their beer is enjoyed all across The Bronx, NYC, the US, and the world. But to us, Bronxites, there's an obvious advantage. We get to drink their crafty selections while mixing, mingling, and partying within the Brewery’s premises. Whether in the low key, local-bar-feel Taproom, the famous backyard where they host their summer music series, or the indoor beer-tastic space.

For us it's a no brainer; we live/work on the ‘Strip,’ i.e. the lower part of the Bruckner, so we get to walk to the Brewery often. And following the success of the #SummerDoneRight event series, we've realized that people will commute when there's value, when they feel genuinely welcomed, and when the hosts make an effort.

BXB makes an effort! As evidence of creativity, innovation, and diversity of their event line up. Oh, and did I mention... THEY HAVE BEER?!

Percocet fun teaser #5 from Round Seven on Vimeo.

So what can you look forward in the next few weeks? Well first and foremost - Great Beer is served in The Taproom, open seven days a week from 3 pm to at least 7 pm.



Bembe In The Bronx 8/31 Every last-Thursday of the Month. This is a night of salsa beats, dance, and beer in The Bronx. Featuring a live performance from DJ Andy, El Mas Bailable, and some yummy empanadas. Can we say Yumpanadas??  $10 will cover your entry fee and a beer.




90’s R&B Night 9/14 Every 2nd Thursday of Every Month, as DJ's JULESDJ and GOODREVERENDDR spin your favorite R&B jams from 6pm-10pm. Food provided by Abeetz Wood Fired Pizza!




Brew You Yoga - 9/23  Yoga and Beer are kindred spirits; both ancient traditions steeped in ritual, balance, and community. Brew You Yoga brings the brewing process to the yoga practice by transforming the body through its brewing process - One-hour Vinyasa Flow class followed by tasting flight of 4 Bronx Brews!




beerBronxtoberfest - 9/30 If you don’t know what this is - you should be drinking beer, or leave home throughout October. The Brewery will have an exclusive release to their OKTOBERFEST Lager.  





beerANNOUNCED - BEER & DINNER - 10/6  A collaboration with our friends from Edible Bronx - #Staytuned for more deets.






So, mark your calendars, make sure you brush-up on your beer lingo HERE and tell them BLOX NYC sent you. Matter of fact, we’ll see you there.


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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Orchard Beachbeach was once considered "The Riviera of New York City." Over the last few decades,  it's been known more for its trash, unpleasant smell, and dirty water than it is the only beach in The Bronx. Over the last few years, that perspective is changing again, however. That can be credited to  J. Lo's famous return to the Bronx in 2014, where she performed on the beach and brought out Fat Joe & Ja Rule and to the Borough President's office hard work of producing more family-friendly events, such as the Summer Music 2017 event and the Bronx Concert Summer Series.


BeachBut is it enough to change the minds of people who vowed they would never step foot there? No, that's what heroes are for. That's why we called our favorite hero, Richard Washington (aka HQ)  to throw his suit back on and take his unknown powers down to the beach and speed up the clean-up process. We were all surprised when he found the new special power of... SALSA!








How many times have you heard that The Bronx is the least healthy county in NY? Number 62 out of 62? TOO MANY DAMN TIMES!!!!
And yes, it has everything to do with being the poorest congressional district in the country. Most of the conversation has been about poor food choices, and with the Borough President, Mr. Ruben Diaz Jr. running and initiative #NOT62, there has been a lot more attention to healthy, fresh food options in the Bronx. Enter The Bronx Salad.


But, nutrition is only part of it. What about physical activity? You know, the kind that will burn those healthier choice calories you’ve been eating, raise your heart rate, build muscles, help you focus and sleep better, and possibly help you belong to a new family. Some say, religion.

I am talking about Workout people!
Running, Cycling, Crossfit, Boxing, Kickboxing, Body building, Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Kettlebell, Skating, Swimming, Yoga, Football, Chasing buses. Ok, not chasing buses - don’t do that!

We are in a new era, here in The Bronx, and I am not talking about gentrification; a new era where we get more options to move our fries and beer filled bodies en-route to feelbetterville.

Let’s talk: what, where, and who.

Crossfit SobroCROSSFIT SOBRO - the first place to bring CrossFit to The Bronx community. Established in 2013 and located in 229 Bruckner Blvd, Port Morris. They are passionate about improving health and fitness in this community, where it’s still more common to see a fried chicken joint than a vegetable stand. They follow a traditional CrossFit model, no treadmills, no machines, no TVs or mirrors just barbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, pull-up rigs and jump ropes; and we run around the block.




Bronx SoleBRONXSOLE - is a free running and walking group founded by Justin Mashia and Pedro Rivera. The duo was upset to learn that the Bronx is the unhealthiest county in New York state, and decided that something must be done to get Bronxites to be more healthy. What is unique about Bronx Sole is they do two historical stops during the run where they introduce Bronxites to a little history about the borough. They currently have a running group, a walk/run group, and a walking group, ages seven to 60 years old. Meet the group every Tuesday at 6 pm by the entrance of Franz Sigel Park on 153rd & Grand Concourse, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.



South BoxSOUTH BOX BOXING GYM - SouthBoX is a boxing gym located in Mott Haven, The South Bronx. They combine real boxing workouts, with real boxing trainers, to get our client's actual results. The trainers lead clients through a fitness experience using "blue collar" boxing training regimens. The Gym was founded by Eric Kelly – 4 times National Amateur Boxing Champion, two times Daily News Golden Glove Champion, Celebrity Trainer, Viral Video Star, and Correspondent for Vice Sports and FanSided. Kelly inspires fighters to become better than yesterday. We teach them that “Hard Work Work…”




Concrete Jungle CROSSFIT CONCRETE JUNGLE is 2,500 square feet of pure fun. "We have invested in the best functional fitness equipment the industry has to offer. Our facility is fully-equipped for our constantly varied whole-body, strength and conditioning workouts. You will be tested mentally and physically every day!" said Chris Provost the General Manager and Head Coach






ILOVEKICKBOXING.COM the national brand incorporates the workouts of professional fighters while making them accessible and fun for all fitness levels. Members perform conditioning drills and kickboxing techniques on heavy bags while passionate instructors motivate them to results based on their personal goals. Owners Dr. Sheetal Deo and husband Sanmeet Deo: “We are proud to be the first pure kickboxing concept in the borough, and look to tackle the current health initiative, by focusing on preventative health measures.”




Bronx Yoga HubBRONX YOGA HUB offers Yoga classes for the South Bronx community. Their Yoga classes are open to all. Yoga can help you get fit, healthy, strong, flexible and help you de-stress after a long day at work in the hustle and bustle of the city. They offer drop in classes and Beginners Yoga Courses, and Pregnancy Yoga in a friendly and supportive environment, whether it be advanced or just beginning you will feel at home!




So there; No excuses. Get your gym outfit, grab a bottle of water and head over one of these spots. You’ll be great. Like really great. Let’s build a new and #FitBronx


And yes. We know the cover isn't from The Bronx.'s a getting stronger visual people!!



Habanero Mexican Cuisine is the newest restaurant to join the booming culinary scene in Mott Haven. The family owned business began serving customers earlier this summer. They chose the South Bronx because of its new vibe and a love for the neighborhood. They also own another business nearby. When the opportunity presented itself they took advantage. "We dealt with the landlord directly. Let's just say it was destiny," said Victor Calixto, one of the owners.


Photos courtesy of @habanero_nyc

The menu was created by Chef Daniel who added a modern twist to original Mexican dishes. Their extensive menu also includes options for the health conscious such as salads, fajitas, and more elaborate dishes that have vegetables.


Photo courtesy of @habanero_nyc

It's almost hard to believe the sudden but positive transformation of Mott Haven. What used to be a neighborhood littered with rinky-dink small businesses, bullet proofed fast food joints, countless 24-hour delis and bodegas now has a range of more respectable options where residents and visitors can eat and drink. Habanero now joins Mott Haven Bar & GrillCeetay, and The Bronx Baking Company as some of the more exciting and popular businesses in Mott Haven. These establishments have brought positive attention to the South Bronx. The New York Times listed The South Bronx in its 52 places to visit and Anthony Bourdain recently stopped by for an art and booze crawl.

Victor Calixto is excited about the family's new business and he has a message for the South Bronx. "We invite you to come taste our food. It truly is a fusion of tradition with modern twists. Making sure our customers have a great experience coming to our restaurant is our most important priority. There are no short cuts here, we take pride in all of our dishes and are excited for you to come try a new culinary experience."

Habanero Mexican Cuisine is located at 141 Lincoln Ave. If you're not from the neighborhood take the 4 or 5 trains to 138th Street Grand Concourse or the 6 train to 138th Third Ave. They are open from 8:00 am to 10:30 pm Monday-Saturday and 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on Sunday. Follow them on Instagram @habanero_nyc.


Bronx Post Place


Since the Lower Concourse was rezoned in 2009 it has been under going dramatic change. The most exciting of the planned and current projects in the area is the revitalization and reuse of the Bronx General Post Office at 558 Grand Concourse. Sometime in 2017 Young Woo and Associates along with the Bristol group will reopen the land marked building as Bronx Post Place, an innovative hub for retail, office, and market space while continuing its original function as a post office.

postBronx Post Place will bring much needed economic activity to the transit rich neighborhood, take the 2, 4, or 5 trains to 149th Street Grand Concourse.  It will also be a nice addition to the new housing and hotel space currently in the works. Its close proximity to Hostos Community College will certainly make it a favorite spot for students.

Young Woo and Associates purchased the building in 2014. In a press release Young Woo says, "Our plan perhaps best represents the firm's most thoughtful and creative approach to adaptive reuse to date."

When Bronx Post Place opens its doors to the community the South Bronx will have another flagship destination outside of Yankee Stadium, only this one will have year round accessibility, create jobs, and attract exciting retail and food options. But most importantly it will give residents another reason to embrace The New Bronx.


postPhotos courtesy of Young Woo and Associates




Written by Jeannie Smith.

I was seven and extremely overweight, an easy target for other second graders. I was reading a text about Benjamin Franklin. There was a drawing of him holding a kite with a key tied to the end of it, storm clouds above him. I don’t know why this specific image, but I laid a piece of print paper over the page and began to trace him.


A few quick strokes in, two of the girls who picked on me nonstop came over. I prepared myself for the worse.

“Did you draw that?”, one of them said, pointing to the piece of paper beside the book.

From her expression, I noticed she was impressed. REALLY impressed. She had never said anything nice to me before. The other girl bent down beside me and examined the drawing closely. Saved for a few shaky lines and eraser marks, one couldn’t actually tell that I traced it.  

“Yeah, I did,” I said, not all too proud of my cheating ways, but eager to finally have the class’s biggest bullies leave me alone for once. Of course, eventually, I actually would have to learn how to draw for real at some point!

ArtartartArtists tap into their skills and abilities during unique times of their lives, sometimes not even aware that what they are producing is art. For Bronx Art Space summer resident Cheyenne Julien, art began with juvenile theft from mom’s printer:

“I used to steal paper from my mother’s printer and draw on it. But when I found the space too small, I moved to the walls.”

Cheyenne discovered early on the scale of her imagination. A recent graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Cheyenne’s work is dependent on keeping her imagination free, her personal bank of memories influential in her work:

“[My work] is about memories and experiences, [exploring how] that experience resonates with me, and why this memory is important to me. [This process] often begins with me drawing and redrawing to communicate this [to the viewer].”

For painter and graphic artist, Alexis White, it was a game of numbers:

Prior to being a BAS resident, Alexis, originally from upstate, interned at various companies in the city during her summers while in college. Shortly after graduating from SUNY Paltz in 2013, she moved to the Bronx and found permanent work at an apparel company and eventually doing art administration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.                                                                                                                                                                                         

 “I’ve never really liked the business aspect of any industry,” begins Alexis. “Even working in a museum, money moves.”

Neither Bronx-based residents are ignorant to the challenges as developing artists: “With commissioned work,” Alexis begins, “it’s easier because someone is asking for something specific. But if I’m making something for [a] show, or when I am in the residency working, I think it’s the same problem all artists run into which is, ‘Is this done yet?’”


For Cheyenne, one of the biggest challenges is gauging if one’s work is creating an honest impact:

“For me and my work, I am most concerned about being able to do anything, make any sort of impact. It’s hard to reconcile the fact that I am just making paintings, and it feels like, “Could I be doing more in the world?’ But then what makes me feel like this is okay to do is the fact that I am broadening the possibility for other black artists after me, that it is possible to be an artist, to be a black woman and just paint.”

On top of this personal undertaking, Cheyenne identifies the struggle of being an artist as a recent graduate and rediscovering herself. With the absence of a class cohort, for example, though production is steady, it creates the challenge of determining whether or not a piece is really impressionable, trusting herself to state when a piece of work is finished. A dedicated painter, Cheyenne can spend over 12 hours a day sometimes in her studio just producing work, but the loneliness is present. This is a common circumstance for some artists. In fact, one may assume that this is standard, that isolation breeds work. But it’s important to note that art is social and that as an artist, one must remind themselves that partaking in the community, and not just observing it, is just as important.

For Alexis, a self-proclaimed “lover of people”, the community is everything:

“I love people. That’s what I love more than anything. All the art that I make, I’m thinking about the communities I live in, my friends and family. I really don’t have any real interest in money, but how am I going to live otherwise?”

Applying for the residency program was a risk for Alexis, who made a conscious decision to walk away from what she knew to be secure and comfortable, from a steady paycheck and depending on her savings in order to do what makes her happy: to produce art. For most artists, such sacrifices are beyond negotiable. It’s not even an option. Beyond the residency at the moment, Alexis doesn’t have any major plans laid out but remains curious and open to see what becomes of this 6-week opportunity. For now, she charges herself, and other artists, with the following:


“Anyone who is just breathing today has a huge amount of responsibility in terms of figuring out where the world is going and what our role is going to be. I’m definitely learning what that is. But I feel that my biggest responsibility is building awareness for me and the people around me, about what’s happening around the world, within and outside of the Bronx.

For artists like Cheyenne and Alexis, the most challenging struggle and risk one could possibly take as an artist is simply choosing to be one.





Do you want to know how fucked up things are nowadays in the South Bronx? I give you - The Third Ave Bridge.

The bridge is a pedestrian route, connecting The Bronx to Manhattan. It is plagued with- right in front of our frickin’ faces- prostitution, homelessness, and hardcore drug use that litters the walkway, the nearby playground, and both underpasses: used condoms, human feces, and needles.



You heard me: the bridge is littered with condoms, human feces, and needles.


bridgeBut this is the dilemma; The Bronx government doesn’t have the budget to clean this mess up. The police ignore broad daylight pimping. The housing authority doesn't give a damn about the homeless invading the underpasses. The Mayor's office is passing it around like an unwanted adopted child. The DOT defers concerned parents to the purgatory that is a 311 hotline. The South Bronx community is too busy making minimum wage and alternately fighting Freshdirect. And the wealthy developers that are building around embrace the attitude of 'once bitten twice shy' with gentrification being called out following every move they make.

What about us? Those who cross the bridge to go to work/school/practice every day? It seems like everyone else knows what we want better than us, and they will fight tooth and nail over that, without asking us, of course.

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So, Fuck that noise. Take things in your hands and be loud till someone picks up the trash. Literally.

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