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Tour de Bronx 10/23/16


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The 22nd Annual Tour will take place on
Sunday, October 23rd.

For general participation register at

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An Upstream Soirée 2016


An Upstream Soirée is the premiere party to celebrate the protection, improvement and restoration of the Bronx River. Join 200+ supporters for a festive evening featuring live music, cocktails, a light buffet and silent auction.

Thursday September 29, 2016

6:30 pm to 9:00 pm

*Patron ticket holders are invited to a 6:00 pm reception to toast honorees with our signature cocktail.

For more information, contact Ms. Tahai Addae at (718) 430-4602 or

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Kale & Squash Soup on a Woolworth Spoon


I eat kale as often as I can so I am always looking for new recipes and experimenting with old ones. This Kale and Squash Soup came together since my GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box @ Uptown Grand Central included those items. The Patty Pan Squash added a wonderful flavor to the soup. Any squash will do. The taste will change slightly but the soup will still taste great. I also got a head of cauliflower. In food markets the greens are generally removed. In outdoor markets, the greens are usually still attached. I cut the tender greens from the stalks and used them as a substitute for the kale a couple days later with the remaining squash. Great switch! The poblano pepper came from my Milk Crate Garden.

I always eat soup with my Woolworth spoon. It reminds me that in January 1960 I couldn’t have eaten at a Woolworth Lunch Counter and by August I could because of the power of solidarity and non violent protest. There was a Woolworth’s on Bathgate Avenue in the Morrisania neighborhood I grew up in.

My grandmother would take me shopping with her and I’d watch her pick fruit and vegetables and haggle with vendors. We occasionally went to Woolworth’s to buy notions but I don’t ever remember eating there. My grandmother might have gotten service at the counter but I was probably “too colored”. My grandmother died in 1966. I am glad she lived long enough to see the world changing.

Kale & Squash Soup

1½ cups onion, diced
1½ tbsp. olive oil
½ tsp garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable stock or water (plus a bit more to adjust liquid to your personal taste)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 poblano pepper, diced
4 cups kale, chopped
4 cups squash, chopped
3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Sauté onions and pepper in oil for 5 minutes or until soft.
Add garlic and cook for an additional minute.
Add stock, salt and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add carrots and cook another 5 minutes.
Add kale and squash and cook about 12 minutes or until tender. Add more vegetable stock if your soup needs more liquid, and warm through.
Check seasoning, adjust as needed, and serve sprinkled with grated parmesan cheese.

Makes 8 servings


GrowNYC’s Fresh Food Box @ Uptown Grand Central

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Milk Crate Gardening

  • black_milk_crateUse a Plastic Milk Crate* as a planter
  • Line it with cardboard or a doubled black plastic bag
  • Poke drainage holes in the sides 2 inches up
  • Fill the crate with a 50/50 mix of compost and planting soil
  • Add a slow release fertilizer when the box is 1/2 full
  • Add more soil and put in the plants
  • Fill to within 3 inches of top
  • Add 2 inches of compost
  • Sprinkle slow release fertilizer on top of soil
  • Use black plastic tucked in the sides or shredded newspaper as mulch
  • Water around base of plant regularly and thoroughly
  • Enjoy the harvest

*You can buy Plastic Milk Crates at Home Depot, Target and on line.

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SB2 Lounge in Hunts Point

Sounds like a great place to be!


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Anyone can join a garden. With more than 600 gardens across the five boroughs, potential members and volunteers should choose carefully. To aid in your search, GreenThumb has provided a Garden Finder from GardenMaps.

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