Vincent Pastore, Peter Sohn, Arlene Alda and Eduardo Vilaro to be Inducted Into Bronx Walk of Fame

Today, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. officially launched Bronx Week 2016, hosting a celebration of the “Best of The Bronx” with over 150 people in attendance at Mike’s Deli in the famous Arthur Avenue Retail Market.

“This is a time when we celebrate everything that is fantastic about The Bronx. From new developments to the diversity in our borough and from delicious restaurants to great drinks, there is so much happening and so much to do,” said Borough President Diaz. “We kicked things off yesterday acknowledging the “Best of The Bronx”, this week and next we are holding 10 days’ worth of amazing and fun events for the whole family throughout the borough, all culminating with the Walk of Fame inductions and parade.”

A full calendar of events is available at

“Bronx Week is one of my favorite times of the year, because the entire borough celebrates together as it showcases the best of the borough,” said Bronx Tourism Council Executive Director Olga Luz Tirado. “We invite visitors to join in the fun!”

“Bronx Week is a time to celebrate our businesses, big and small, that provide much needed jobs to our community as well as a time to honor veterans, seniors, youth, volunteers and our hometown greats.  This year we have even more to celebrate as more than 100,000 jobs were created in our borough,” said Marlene Cintron, President of The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation.

This year’s 2016 Bronx Walk of Fame inductees includes: actor Vincent Pastore, best known for his role in HBO’s hit series The Sopranos; award-winning animator and director of Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur,” Peter Sohn; award-winning photographer and author, Arlene Alda, and Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of Ballet Hispanico, the nation’s first and oldest Latino dance organization.

Bronx Week 2016 is made possible thanks to the support of the Montefiore Medical Center, the principal sponsors of this year’s events.

“We feel privileged to continue to be the principal supporter of Bronx Week,” said Steven M. Safyer, M.D., President and CEO of Montefiore Health System. “This is a time where we can celebrate the collaborative efforts of Bronx providers, elected officials and community based organizations who work together with the single goal of creating a healthier community. In the past year, we have seen improvements such as the reduction in sexually-transmitted infections and teen pregnancy rates. We are also sparking demand for and have increased access to healthier foods, as well as partnered together to create more park space and safer walkways to help Bronx residents live richer, fuller lives. We look forward to building on this legacy of collaboration and continuing to improve the health and wellness of our borough.”

Participants in the press conference included Mike’s Deli, The Bronx Beer Hall, UpTown Roasters, Lloyd’s Carrot Cake, The Bronx Brewery, Delicioso Coco Helado and The Bronx Hot Sauce.

Other Bronx Week 2016 sponsors include: Care Connect, United HealthCare, Healthfirst, BlueCross BlueShield, conEdison, Lehman College, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College, Goya Foods, Cablevision, CenterLight Healthcare, WellCare Health Plans, Affinity Health Plan, Lincoln Hospital, MetroPlus Health Plan,WellCare Health Plan, News 12, Domino’s, Bronxnet, Coco Delicioso Helado, Bronx Design Group, AposTherapy, Bliss Specialty Pharmacy, Cary Leeds Tennis & Learning Center, Sussman Sales, Citadel Rehabilitation & Nursing Center at Kingsbridge, Jewish Home LifeCare, Millennium Medical Staffing, AMP Radio, Telemundo 47, New York State of Health and Xtreme Care.