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People of all colors discussing evergreen ideas.

Tour De Bronx 2015


There are few things better than riding a bike on a pleasant fall afternoon. You can, however, add salsa. You can add a 1/2 dozen or so friends and create camaraderie. You can add bike club members to infuse a co-operative/competitive element. Or, as with the Tour De Bronx, you can add 6 thousand like-minded people who you can strike up a conversation with at any corner along the way. Cause rides are great. and purposeful, but the Tour De Bronx, the city’s largest FREE cycling event is a trek without burden through the Bronx, the borough of parks and colleges, that ends at the New York Botanical Gardens, one of the best botanical gardens in the country. Top that, if you can!

Black Girls Do Bike! They really do and I’ve got pictures to prove it. I met some of the wonderful members from the NY Chapter. There are 49 chapters across the country. Go directly to the BGDBnyc chapter or connect with the umbrella group at www.blackgirlsdobike.com30-DSC_0076-001

When I met this guy on a “monster truck” unicycle we immediately began to chat about the King Charles Unicycle Troup. I remember when they began teaching Bronx kids how to ride unicycles before they made their debut with the Ringling Brothers Barnum Bailey Circus.15-DSC_0040-001

I also got to chat with this fellow reppin’ the Major Taylor Cycle Club. “Major” Taylor was an African-American cyclist who won the world 1 mile track cycling championship in 1899 and went on to become world champion. But you new that, right.35-DSC_0088-001

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Bronx Parks Speak Up Fundraiser at Bronx Beer Hall 10/28/15

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21st Annual Tour De Bronx Sunday, October 25, 2015

Are you already registered for the
21st Annual Tour de Bronx
taking place this Sunday, October 25th?
If you are, and would like to do a
PRE- check in, bring your printed confirmation 
or show us on your mobile device
anytime between 4pm and 7:30pm
at the Veteran’s Memorial Hall
Thursday, October 22nd.
851 Grand Concourse
(between 161st and Walton)
Not registered yet? Click here to register

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Clason Point Community Meeting October 26, 2015

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Morris Park & Huntington Library Talks: The Bronx River

The Bronx River Ramble season may be over, but you can still take a vicarious trip through the history of the entire length of the River, thanks to the magic of Powerpoint. I’ll be giving a presentation on Saturday, November 7 at the Morris Park Public Library, 985 Morris Park Avenue, at 2:30; and also on Wednesday, November 18 at the East Bronx History Forum, 7:30 at the Huntington Library on Westchester Square. I’ll have copies of The Bronx River in History and Folklore available at both places. Hope you can join us!

Stephen DeVillo

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BRONX RIVER RAMBLE: The Astonishing Story of Starlight Park

Dear Ramblers — it’s been a wonderful season of Bronx River Rambles, and I thank everyone who was able to join us and make it happen. It’s hard to believe that our last Ramble of the year is coming up — hope you can come!

The Astonishing Story of Starlight Park
Saturday, October 10th 10:00 AM
West Farms Square
At Boston Road and East Tremont Avenue
(beneath the 2/5 West Farms subway station)

Starlight ParkStarlight ParkStarlight ParkThe Bronx was home to a number of legendary amusement parks – Clason Point, Kane’s Casino, and Freedomland – but perhaps the most fabulous one of all was Starlight Park in the 1920s.

We’ll wrap up our 2015 season of Bronx River Rambles with a walk down one of the newest links on the Bronx River Greenway and through the revitalized parklands that once hosted Starlight Park.

We’ll thrill with an imaginary ride on a long-vanished roller coaster, dream of a dip in the great salt-water pool, and enjoy some of Starlight Park’s wonders – including prize fighters, movie stars, human cannonballs, an historic submarine, and even grand opera. We’ll also explore the place’s even more curious pre-history, including a would-be World’s Fair on the banks of the Bronx River, and – preview of coming attractions! – a look at the Bronx River Alliance’s new headquarters and a glimpse of the upcoming Starlight Park II extension.

And just who was that mysterious young lady poised for a dive, and did she ever jump in? Come along and find out!

This free tour requires no reservations, and will start and end at West Farms Plaza, Boston Road and East Tremont Avenue underneath the 2/5 West Farms station. For information or directions call Stephen DeVillo at 646-271-8223.

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Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s October 2015 Enewsletter

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s October 2015 Enewsletter

Food Scrap Drop-Off
Tuesdays from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Garden Crew
Tuesdays from Sept. 22nd-Oct. 27th from 4-6pm

Youth Run Farm Stands
Wednesdays to October 28th from 2 pm to 6:30 pm at the Train Park at Gale Place & Orloff Avenue.
Thursdays to November 19th from 12 pm to 7 pm in front of Mosholu Montefiore Community at Gun Hill & Dekalb Ave.

Get Active Hiking Series in VCP
Saturday, October 10th at 10 am

It’s My Park Day: East & West Sides of the Park
Saturday, October 17th, meeting at 10 am

Seven Wonders of Van Cortlandt Park: Tibbetts Wetland
Saturday, October 24th from 12-4pm

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Help Maintain Pelham Bay Park’s Trails!

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Join the Friends of Pelham Bay and Pelham Bay Park’s Natural Areas Manager John Grayley as they maintain Pelham Bay Park’s wonderful trails!
If you’d like to volunteer, please wear appropriate footwear, a long sleeved shirt, and bring water or a beverage and lunch.
For further information, contact the Trail Committee chairperson, Clinton Robinson at or 347-512-5048
Please check beforehand in case locations/times change. Also, on occasion, projects can be cancelled due to poor weather conditions.
Sept 26
9:45am – 2:00pm
South Meadow Restoration.
Meet at the Middletown Road Parking Lot.
Oct 10
9:45am – 2:00pm
Orchard Beach Meadow Restoration.
Meet at the southeast corner of the Orchard Beach Parking Lot.
Nov 7
9:45am – 2:00pm
South Meadow Restoration.
Meet at the Middletown Road Parking Lot.

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BX Bike Swap Sunday, September 27

bx bike swap
Do you have a bike or parts that you’ve been wanting to sell? Maybe you’re in the market to purchase and rather see the item in person. Trading has been around before money and always works out for everyone. Or maybe you’re just like me and love beer. Either way come through!

Spread the word! More people mean more options.

BX Bike Swap

Sunday, September 27 at 1:00 pm

The Bronx Brewery in Bronx, New York

Ed Mundo

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VALERIE CAPERS ENSEMBLE Pelham Bay Park Friday 9/18/15


Valerie Capers

Pelham Bay Park • Middletown Road and Stadium Avenue

John Robinson, String Bass
Doug Richardson, Trap Drums
Pito Castillo, Latin Percussion
Mark Marino, Guitar
Alan Givens, Saxophone and Flute
Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Stevie Wonder and more!

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Community Green

It takes more than a mother, or a village, to raise a child and prepare him or her to live and do well in the world today. The world is more than flat or round or sun, moon and stars. It's also the village on the other side of the river. The objects in the sky are seen from different orientations. We all see the world uniquely. Community Green, griot-like, tells a story. I invite you to add to the tale.

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Community Green Cooks!

CG Cooks!
I have gone to bed fed but not nourished physically or spiritually. These days some folks call that being food insecure. Let's change that on a lot of levels. Lets start with healthy food that makes us happy.

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Morgan Powell Memorial

Bronx River Sankofa

Blacks In Green

There are more of us out there than you realize and we are coming together to express our perspective, concerns and ideas. This could be called a seat at the table, a plot in the garden or a home in this hood!

CG's BIG of the Month:

Ajamu Kitwana

Ajamu Kitwana

Bissel Gardens

Bisselsign Bissel Gardens is a community garden that serves many purposes — It brings people together, beautifies the neighborhood, creates safe outdoor space, offers community gardening, grows food for donation and provides environmental and educational programs.

Find Your Community Garden

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.

Tour de Yonkers

Get Your Bike Out!September 27th, 2015
The big day is here.

The Bronx River Alliance

An Upstream SoireeSeptember 29th, 2015
I haven't missed this in years. Neither should you!

NYC Century Bike Tour

September 13th, 2015
The big day is here.

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Did You Know. . .

Capacity Fund Grants fund projects to strengthen groups’ outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity. Grants range from $250 to $5,000. Three grant cycles a year, with deadlines on February 1, August 1, and November 1. Projects must take place on NYC Parks property. - See more:

Community Green Grows!

CG Grows!

Tomato Booster
When your tomatoes, eggplants and peppers begin to bloom, mix up a batch of this potion to encourage prolific, healthy fruiting.

2 tablespoons Epsom salts

1 gallon water

The magnesium and sulfur in the Epsom salts are micro-nutrients that foster fruiting.

Vegetables and Fruits

Plant warm-season veggies such as tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, and peppers.
Mulch sprawling veggies, such as melons and squash, to keep them clean and away from soggy soil.
Thin vegetable seedlings.
Keep your vegetable garden evenly and regularly watered.
Address insect and disease problems as soon as you spot them.
Keep weeds pulled – they compete for nutrients.
Remove fallen fruits or veggies to prevent insects and diseases from spreading.
Install fences or netting to protect your garden from rabbits, birds, and other hungry creatures.
Install trellises, stakes, or cages for vining veggies.
Plant summer herbs such as basil and cilantro. Pinch off flower buds to encourage more tasty leaves.
Harvest cool-season vegetables, such as broccoli, onions, cabbage, and asparagus.
Begin harvesting warm-season veggies as they mature.

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