Future generations will no longer be “Toys 'R’ Us kids,” as the retail giant announces plans to shut down all of its U.S. stores after filing for bankruptcy. Now meet the woman who wrote the iconic jingle for the toy store. Linda Kaplan Thaler wrote the catchy tune with none other than best-selling crime writer James Patterson back in 1982. He was her boss at an ad agency. She showed Inside Edition the original sheet music.
A French photographer's work showing the similarities of Bronx residents and the people of Paris is on display at the Bronx Draft House.
Paris-based photographer Matteo Pellegrinuzzi took a tour of the Bronx in 2015 where he photographed residents.
But he didn't develop the film until six months later when he was back home in France.
Those prints caught the attention of the public library director in Paris who asked Pellegrinuzzi to recreate the portraits with the people of his own neighborhood in La Villette.
His collections were displayed at the Parisian public library in 2016, and now they are on display in the Bronx where it all began.
For two days in early September the photos covered the walls of the Concourse Village restaurant, bringing the artistic journey full-circle.
With big developments in the pipeline and celeb-filled parties, the South Bronx is finally hot.
The New York Times named the South Bronx one of the 52 hottest destinations travelers should plan to visit this year. But for decades, politicians have been promising to fix the South Bronx with fresh waves of development. And during his 1981 campaign, former mayor Ed Koch was no different.
“People think nothing good ever happens in the South Bronx,” Koch says in a 1981 campaign video. “But throughout the South Bronx, new homes are being built.”
After a few scripted-sounding interviews with locals, Koch promises that the “South Bronx is coming back.” Well, he wasn’t wrong.
The Bronx Immigrant Experience Museum
Building support to invest in our communities, promoting the hidden gems of The Bronx and preserving our history.
Highlighting the culture, landmarks and historic districts. Creating a collaboration and marketing opportunities.
Conducting tours for visitors from around the world. Example: Australia, UK, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Argentina, Brazil, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, France & New Zealand.
To create a historic museum and a layout of a living room quarters with separate sections/rooms highlighting the history of immigrants who lived in The Bronx. Example: English, German, Irish, Italian, Jewish, Latino, African American.
Each layout will be unique, each room will simulate life in The Bronx during various decades. This concept also serves as a way to create an interactive/virtual tour of each room.
Incorporating film footage and images (with copyright permission from MCNY Organization) by decade, including clothing, music and fad dances.
Museum Room: Opportunity to highlight Bronx People, example: Dion DiMucci, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Lauren Bacall, Kerry Washington, Carl Reiner.
To promote The Bronx through marketing, media, or interactive tours to preserve its history.
Giving back to the community in The Bronx, promoting a positive image for Bronxites, building a bridge of success to The Bronx from a locals perspective and to become a job creator within our own communities.
Visitors will support small businesses in the South Bronx. Example: Restaurants, Breweries, Distilleries, Bars, Markets, Small Businesses.
Opportunity to sell Bronx themed souvenirs, books, maps and merchandise.
Location: Mott Haven.
Forecast for 2016 59.7 million
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Testimonial from Germany:
"If you like to take a New York trip off the beaten track, I strongly recommend Alexandra's Bronx Historical Tour. It was great to see the love and passion with which she explains the rise, fall and comeback of her borough. On a cold February afternoon, we spend almost 4 hours walking through the neighborhood, beginning with 125th Street in Harlem and then taking the bridge to the South Bronx. It was tremendously intriguing to see what has changed for the better after the rough times in the 70s and 80s. Especially for me as a German, it was fascinating to see some of the footprints that my ancestors left when they came to the Bronx over a century ago. Alexandra explained very precisely what has changed since then, not concealing the problems of today's life. But she's never hiding her pride for the achievements to make the Bronx are more livable neighborhood, she's really a proud Bronxite! So do come and find out about the Bronx, and your own prejudices will be shattered after the tour, I promise.