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Savor The Bronx on BronxNet

This is a special week to enjoy the flavors of the Bronx and some of the finest cuisine the Bronx has to offer, as the Bronx Tourism Council and Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) team up with local restaurants to continue the 7thAnnual “Savor the Bronx” Restaurant Week. A BronxNet ‘Savor the Bronx’ special program is bringing it all to you on your BronxNet channels. The Savor the Bronx special, along with segments on our OPEN program feature highlights from the launch event, as well as fun, in-depth profiles of great Bronx restaurants.

“’Savor The Bronx’ is one my favorite events because it gives us the chance to show off all the amazing food culture that exists in our great borough,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I could not think of a better partner to help promote ‘Savor The Bronx’ than our very own BronxNet, who does an excellent job of keeping our residents informed about what’s going on in our borough. I hope our Bronx foodies keep an eye out for BronxNet’s special programming throughout the 12-days of ‘Savor The Bronx,’ which highlights the epicurean delights out great borough has to offer.”

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Borough President Diaz Hosts Annual
Bronx Pumpkinfest & Halloween Spooktacular

On Tuesday October 31, 2017, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. in collaboration with New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein, Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj, the Throggs Neck Resident Council and the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, hosted the borough’s annual PumpkinFest & Halloween Spooktacular. 

The event, which took place at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club, featured hundreds of costumed children enjoying an evening of fun, music, candy, pumpkin designing and other haunted festivities.

“Seeing our kids laugh and enjoy the candy, music and fun warms my heart,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “We want to make sure that kids enjoy a safe, happy and spooky Halloween, one that they can enjoy with their parents as a family. Events like this are all about giving our children great memories.”

“The annual Bronx Pumpkinfest and Halloween Spooktacular is a wonderful event for our borough that provides a fun, festive and safe environment for our children. I’m glad to be a part of this year's attraction, and I want to thank Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. for continuing this popular Halloween tradition,” said New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein

“It is truly special when you see the kids of our community come together to enjoy Halloween. I am glad to be a part of this tradition that provides festive and safe environment for the children of our borough,” said New York State Assembly Member Mark Gjonaj.

Statement from Borough President Diaz
RE: Terror Attack in Lower Manhattan

"Today's terror attack in lower Manhattan was the act of a craven coward. The people of The Bronx stand with our neighbors in all five boroughs united against terror and hatred. Thank you to those first responders whose quick actions undoubtedly saved lives. We offer our condolences to the victims of this attack, and pray that their families and friends can find peace during this difficult time," said Borough President Diaz.

Borough President Diaz Hosts Preview of
7th Annual 'Savor The Bronx' Restaurant Week

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted a preview of the 7th Annual “Savor the Bronx” Restaurant Week at Porto Salvo Bronx, a newly-opened Nautical Italian Cookery & Wine Bar in the South Bronx.

“Savor the Bronx” Restaurant Week, produced by the Bronx Tourism Council and co-hosted by the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC), showcases the borough’s best eateries by offering special values and discounts.

For more information about “Savor the Bronx” Restaurant Week, as well as a list of participating restaurants, visit www.savorthebronx.com or follow @SavorTheBronx on Twitter.

“We have some of the best eateries and food producers in the world, right here in The Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Our annual ‘Savor The Bronx’ Restaurant Week event is a great opportunity for foodies from all over the region to sample the epicurean delights our borough has to offer. If you love great food you’ll love The Bronx, and there’s no better time to enjoy our many flavors.”

“There are over 200 eateries in this great borough. Savor The Bronx Restaurant Week offers just a small sampling to help Bronxites and visitors discover their new favorites,” says Olga Luz Tirado, executive director of The Bronx Tourism Council.

This 12-day event, which runs from November 6th through November 17th, will feature over 30 participants, and is the perfect opportunity to explore your taste buds at a various restaurants around The Bronx. 

The preview event featured samples from some of the borough’s top eateries and food producers, including Porto Salvo Bronx, the Chelsea Craft Brewing Company and Delicioso Coco Helado.

In addition to hosting the preview, Borough President Diaz and The Bronx Tourism Council also unveiled the two latest installments in the “Savor the Bronx” video series, produced by Bronxnet, which highlights Bronx restaurants and other borough culinary businesses.

The video showcasing Porto Salvo Bronx can be viewed at https://youtu.be/8soAZLC9iHE. The video showcasing the Mott Haven Bar & Grill can be viewed at https://youtu.be/rJ-OHhC_iW8.

Mayor de Blasio Announces Opening of
New City Island Bridge in The Bronx

After years of planning over the new bridge’s design, a state-of-the-art structure will serve as the island’s only connector to the Bronx mainland

The BronxMayor Bill de Blasio today announced the opening of the new City Island Bridge.   At a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new bridge, an inaugural walk and ride was led by Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., State Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein, Assembly Member Michael Benedetto, and City Council Member James Vacca.  The replacement of the previous permanent bridge, built in 1901, had been the subject of decade-long controversy that included a lawsuit over a proposed replacement bridge’s cable-stayed design.  The dispute was resolved in 2014, when the de Blasio Administration chose to pursue a more restrained causeway design with far wider community support.

“Improving infrastructure is key to strengthening a city and its economy, which is why I have always placed a high priority on investing in projects like rebuilding the City Island Bridge,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “City Island is one of the jewel neighborhoods of The Bronx, one of the hidden gems of our great city. While we can be nostalgic about the bridge that it replaced, the new bridge represents the ongoing vitality of this island. This new bridge further opens up this great nautical village for tourists and local residents alike, giving them the opportunity to sit down and enjoy great seafood, breathe in that fresh sea air, admire the waterfront view. I want to thank Mayor de Blasio, Commissioner Trottenberg and the Department of Transportation, the Parks Department, the NYPD and FDNY, Community Board #10 and everyone else who worked on this important project.”

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BP Diaz Hosts African Soccer Awards Event

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted a ceremony to honor the winner of the 2017 African Advisory Council Bronx Week Soccer Tournament, Team Gambia, on Wednesday, October 24, 2017 at The Bronx County Building, Veterans’ Memorial Hall.

Teams representing 16 African countries played one another throughout the month of May at Macombs Dam Park to determine a champion. This year’s tournament culminated with Team Gambia defeating Team Senegal by a score of 1-0 to win the title.

“Immigrants from all over the world bring their passion for ‘the beautiful game’ when they make roots in The Bronx and in New York City, and this tournament showcases that love of soccer as a binding force among our ever-growing Bronx African community,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I want to thank everyone who participated in this wonderful tournament, all the great nations that represented their home country with immense pride, and especially our champions Team Gambia, for a hard-fought championship campaign.”

Both the soccer tournament and the Borough President’s African Advisory Council were created in 2010 in order to make African immigrants in the borough become more engaged in local government and civics as well as to create common ground within the borough’s diverse African diaspora.

The tournament was sponsored this year by Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Royal Air Maroc, Coca-Cola and Western Beef.

City Council Approves Bronx Point, a Mixed-Use
Project on the Lower Concourse North Site

Bronx Point will deliver up to 1,000 units of housing, including hundreds of units of deeply affordable housing, world-class open space on the Harlem River Waterfront, cultural destinations and will create over 150 permanent jobs and over 1,200 construction jobs
Bronx Point is a critical component of the $194M Lower Concourse capital investment strategy

New York, NY – The New York City Council today approved Bronx Point, a dynamic mixed-used development that will feature over two acres of world-class public open spaces with a waterfront esplanade, up to 1,000 units of housing, a home for the Universal Hip-Hop Museum, a state-of-the-art multiplex theater, community space, educational programming, a neighborhood food hall and incubator and more. Today’s vote marks the final step in the City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure process.
Bronx Point is a key component of a $194 million capital investment strategy for the Lower Concourse neighborhood, announced by the de Blasio Administration in 2015 and led by NYCEDC. The unprecedented capital investment into the South Bronx neighborhood’s assets was developed through a two-year community process led by NYCEDC that included interactive workshops and visioning sessions to engage the local community in prioritizing the area’s needs.
Major components of the strategy include the acquisition of private properties to develop a new 2.3-acre waterfront park at East 144th Street, a few blocks south of Bronx Point; new sewer infrastructure and a full reconstruction of Exterior Street including three large Vision Zero intersections; and installation of commercial-grade broadband access. All improvements are anticipated to be completed by 2022.

“Bronx Point represents an excellent opportunity to bring new housing units of all types, waterfront access and expanded park space, a new school and other much anticipated cultural and recreational amenities to our borough’s waterfront. I congratulate the City Council for moving this project forward, and I look forward to working with the NYCEDC, HPD, the Parks Department, L+M Development Partners and Type A Projects on this proposal’s forthcoming implementation,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

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BP Diaz Hosts the 15th Annual DiVA Spa

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted the 15th annual DiVA Spa at the Bronx Museum of Arts. The event was designed to bring domestic violence awareness information to Bronx residents.

“While October is Domestic Violence awareness month, we are working year-round, across agencies to put an end to this epidemic. Domestic violence impacts all of us, and I am committed to providing survivors with the power and the resources to survive and thrive,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “It is my hope that our guests will leave feeling better about themselves and armed with the info and resources to prevent domestic violence or help a victim of domestic violence.”

This year’s event included a morning brunch and discussions on topics including domestic violence, financial literacy and career development. The brunch was followed by a yoga and meditation workshop, as well as free spa services for victims of domestic violence.

This year, DiVA Spa was sponsored by the New York Hispanic Cosmetology Chamber of Commerce, HBO and MetroPlus.

Read all of Borough President Diaz's press releases and statements.