April 2021

10 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day in The Bronx

Looking for ideas for Mother’s Day weekend in the Bronx? We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for an event to purchase tickets to, dinner with a view, or some ideas on creating your own fun- we’re sharing a little bit of everything below: Salsa Saturdays on Alexander Ave If she’s a salsa lover, head over to the Third Avenue Bid’s Salsa Saturdays from 5-8 pm. On Alexander Avenue between

The Best Outdoor Dining for Mother's Day on Arthur Avenue + MichaelAngelo's Giftcard Giveaway!

If a surprise trip to Italy would be a dream for the mother figure in your life, then a a day spent in The Bronx’s Little Italy is the next best thing. Check out some special 2021 Mother’s Day offerings from local Arthur Avenue restaurants and then enter to win a $75 gift card to MichaelAngelo’s for one lucky Bronxmama reader! Spend the day perusing some of New York City’s

Boogie Down Books Launches Outdoor Storytime on Saturdays In and Around the Bronx

  For the 2021 outdoor season, Boogie Down Books is partnering with six different community sites in and around the Bronx. Boogie Down Storytime takes place at 10am EDT every Saturday and will rotate to a different site each week, with audiences able to join in person starting April 24 at Willis Playground, May 1 at the Urban Farm at Randall’s Island, and May 29 on the rooftop at Mottley

City Parks Foundation (CPF) Returns to In-Person Sports Instruction Programming this Spring for Youth

  From April through June, City Parks Foundation will once again offer in-person golf and track and field instruction for kids. They will continue with virtual programming for yoga instruction for adults 60+. Summer sports programs including tennis, golf, and fitness instruction for kids are also scheduled to resume later this July in parks, adhering to all safety protocols. CityParks Golf, presented with The First Tee NYC and Lacoste, offers youth ages

Apply to Become a Lifeguard this Summer in the Bronx

  It’s that time of year again! NYC Parks will be hiring lifeguards for the 2021 summer season. Become a lifeguard at a local pool or beach in the Bronx or another location in NYC. Those interested should make an appointment for the lifeguard qualifying test before it is too late! There are only two testing dates left. To qualify, you must: Be at least 16 years of age by

Highlights of New York City's Planned Tourism Comeback

  By: Khaleel Williams As one of the world’s greatest tourism landmarks, New York City’s tourism market was devastated by the pandemic. We remained overly cautious throughout the months of the pandemic and it was definitely for the better as New York appears to be close to putting it in the rear view mirror. With the spread slowing and the implementation of vaccines, New York City’s tourism economy can finally

Considering getting back to the gym but still unsure if it’s safe?  Our writer Khaleel shares his experience at nearby LA Fitness Eastchester Road location here in the Bronx….

By: Khaleel Williams

During this pandemic, it is understandable if you want to wait before you start going back to the gym. We should still do everything in our power to mitigate the potential spread of the virus. However, we should take notice of those who are operating effectively despite hindrance from the pandemic. LA Fitness located at 1776 Eastchester Road in the Bronx is a perfect example of how possible it is to run a business, let alone a gym despite the challenging times we are living in.

Personally speaking, having space is something I value normally and even more so during the pandemic. LA Fitness has maximized their space and has created the perfect environment for its members during the pandemic. The weight machines follow the six feet social distancing rule to a tee and the cardio machines are placed in a way to ensure that no one works out close to each other. This is achieved by placing not in service signs on every other machine. Using the gym’s space to their advantage certainly succeeded in making their members more comfortable.

In addition to the ideal spacing situation, they follow procedures similar to many medical institutions, which include doing a temperature check before letting you go any further and mandating mask wearing at all times. This prevents the possibility of a member having the virus and spreading it the other members. To prevent the spread of germs, they have several cleaning stations to spray and wipe down the machines before and after you use it. They have hand sanitizing machines at every corner. LA Fitness has done an admirable job of creating comfort for each and everyone of their visitors.

LA Fitness in the Bronx has provided people a safe escape during these difficult times. They have successfully created a clean and spacious gym environment during the pandemic and for that they deserve serious praise.

For more information and to sign up for membership, visit www.lafitness.com.

 

Noggin Launches "Big Heart World" Initiative Promoting Social and Emotional Development for Kids

  Noggin, Nickelodeon’s interactive learning service for preschoolers, has launched its brand-new initiative “Big Heart World,” a multiplatform campaign rolling out throughout the year which aims to promote children’s healthy social and emotional development. Available now, Noggin’s “Big Heart World” includes an array of content and resources featuring Nickelodeon’s fan-favorite preschool characters, as well as all-new animated characters, designed to help kids build confidence, develop an appreciation for others, navigate relationships

Arthur Avenue Brings Back “Piazza di Belmont” to Bronx Little Italy for Weekend Evening Al Fresco Dining

  As warmer weather approaches, “Piazza di Belmont” returns to Arthur Avenue, the piazza-style al fresco dining plan which originally launched during the summer of 2020. Starting Friday night, April 30, 2021 throughout the spring to the fall, Piazza di Belmont will welcome visitors back to their outdoor dining weekend plan on Arthur Avenue which will be closed to vehicular traffic from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue from 6 pm

KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature Opens at the New York Botanical Garden + Ticket Giveaway!

The time has finally come! After a delay due to the pandemic, KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature is on view at the New York Botanical Garden from Saturday April 10th to Sunday, October 31st. To celebrate, we are giving away a family 4-pack of tickets to one lucky Bronxmama reader. See more below… About KUSAMA: Cosmic Nature Contemporary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most popular artists in the world,

Bronx River Alliance Releases Hundreds of Herring into the Bronx River

In their annual fish release, the Bronx River Alliance released hundreds of Alewife Herring into the Bronx River this afternoon. Along with the Wildlife Conservation Society and Department of Environmental Conservation, the Bronx River Alliance went live on Facebook so that folks could still witness the event due to the pandemic. See the video below or watch over on Facebook.     Alewife herring are commonly referred to as river