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Bronx Week to Feature Hip-Hop Block Party, Art Exhibits and Cemetery Tour

By Eddie Small | May 8, 2014 11:36am
 Bronx Week 2014, which kicks off on Thursday, May 8, will feature 64 events.
Bronx Week 2014, which kicks off on Thursday, May 8, will feature 64 events.
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Bronx Borough President's Office

BRONX — Bronx Week starts on Thursday and attendees at this year's celebration will have dozens of activities to choose from, including a hip-hop block party and a range of art exhibits as the borough celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Those looking for a way to celebrate Mother's Day can head to the public garden and cultural center Wave Hill at West 249th Street and Independence Avenue on Saturday and Sunday to make jewelry and decorative bags from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission on Saturday is free until noon, and on Sunday, visitors will have to pay admission all day. Prices are $8 for adults, $2 for children and $4 for seniors and students. Children under six get in for free.

The fourth annual Bronx Food and Farm tour will take place on Saturday as well, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., where visitors will have a chance to see some of the borough's oldest community gardens. The tour leaves from and returns to the Metro-North 153rd Street/Yankee Stadium station. The tour costs $30.

The borough will also celebrate its musical legacy on Saturday with the annual Bronx Hip-Hop Block Party at Gauchos Gym on Gerard Avenue, from 12 to 6 p.m. The free event will include two celebrity basketball games. 

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. will play one game with other elected officials from the borough, while the other game will pit hip-hop radio stations Hot 97 and Power 105.1 against each other.

On Monday, May 12, a green roof tour will take place starting at the Bronx County Building on 851 Grand Concourse. It will visit several buildings with green roofs in the borough and start at 9 a.m. Space is limited, and the free tour is first come, first served.

The Fordham Road Business Improvement District will present a 9-foot, 1,000-pound wooden sculpture to the borough on Wednesday, May 14, called "Tomorrow." Sculptor Akihiro Ito will be at the free event, which will take place at the corner of East Fordham Road and Webster Avenue from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Another art show will take place on Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m., when artist and Bronxite Daniel Hauben will highlight his "Bronx Works" exhibit at the Bronx County Building. This will include a full-scale reproduction of his 17-foot painting "Bronx Vortex," a sweeping view of Fordham Road and Grand Concourse. Seating is limited, and an RSVP is required.

The borough's largest annual health fair will happen on Friday, May 16 at Hostos Community College at 450 Grand Concourse from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be screenings, counseling, education and gifts for attendees, and more than 80 community-based organizations will participate.

A "Building the Bronx" walking tour will take place on Friday as well, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Woodlawn Cemetery, where people can visit the graves of New York figures like master builder Robert Moses. The event is free.

One of the last events of the week will be the Bronx Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday, May 18 at the Bronx County Building, at 11 a.m. This year's inductees are hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz, actor David Zayas, actress Rachel Ticotin, New York Jets offensive lineman William Colon III and Tony-award winner Priscilla Lopez. All are Bronx natives and will have street signs bearing their names at the ceremony.

A full listing of events for the week can be found here.