Dive In To Summer

Moon Lighting, Oil and Acrylic on Wood Panel, 40×60. Carol Bennett

Dive In opened at Elisa Contemporary May 23.  The exhibit features underwater swimmers, poolside scenes, and beach-inspired artwork. It’s the perfect summer experience.  Featured artists are: Carol Bennett, Martha Hughes, Jeffrey Palladini, Matt Story and Mark Van Wagner. 

The gallery is open Thursdays 12-5pm or by appointment. Dive In will run through October 6.

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An Illustrated Riverdale 

The Bell Tower is arguably the most recognizable landmark in Riverdale. Designed by architect Dwight James Baum and completed in 1930, the tower is a hub of daily activity for Riverdale residents.  People wait at bus stops, families cross the street on their way to school and work and cars circle around the tower towards Kingsbridge, Riverdale, Spuyten Duyvil or onto the Henry Hudson and beyond.


A view of the Hudson River, New Jersey Palisades and Northwest Riverdale from Solaria.

Menchie’s is a favorite froyo spot on Johnson Avenue just a short walk from Solaria.

Named after European explorer Henry Hudson, the bridge spans the Spuyten Duyvil Creek connecting the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan with Spuyten Duyvil in the Bronx.

Wave Hill is a hidden gem that Riverdalians are blessed to have in their own backyard.  The public garden and cultural center is on the site of an historic mansion.  The center offers educational programming, hiking trails, gardens and greenhouses and panoramic views of the Palisades and Hudson River.

The Moss Cafe on Johnson Avenue is a welcome addition to the Riverdale community.  The eatery features organic slow food in a neighborhood that is reinventing itself with an influx of new residents seeking more affordable living outside of Manhattan.  Stop by for a morning coffee and pastry,  a healthy lunch or dinner or Sunday Brunch.  The menu is dictated by the season and the availability of local foods.

As you drive over the Henry Hudson Bridge, you can’t miss the patina bronze monument of Henry Hudson looking confidently into the offing like a true explorer.  The monument overlooks Spuyten Duyvil where he docked during his discovery and voyage up the river that bear his name.

Shoshi’s Market brings the delicacies of Israel and the Mediteranean to Riverdale. Located on Riverdale Avenue, the market offers an array of kosher products and fresh foods. 

A family-run business since 1953, Liebman’s is the quintessential Jewish deli.  It’s longevity and defiance of trend makes it a classic staple in the community. 

There are a lot of pizza joints in New York, but Salvatore’s of Soho doesn’t feel like one.  The restaurant offers an Italian menu that caters to pizza lovers as well as those seeking a more sophisticated dish.  With outdoor seating in the spring, summer and fall, its corner location is a nightlife hotspot for families and couples. 

Day Trip To Storm King 

Just an hour north of Riverdale, take a day trip to Storm King Arts Center to experience the grounds and sculpture through music, with six bands playing six different genres of music at six locations throughout the center. Musicians will perform country, swing, jazz, world, oldies, and rock.  A teaching band will lead educational workshops throughout the day at the festival’s main ‘marquee’ tent.

To purchase discounted admission in advance visit http://sixbands.eventbrite.com. Rain date, 6/12.

Richard McBee: Relative Narratives at The Derfner Museum

Richard McBee, Leah and Rachel Pregnant, from The Story of Asenath, 2014, oil on canvas

Photo: Derfner Museum

Artist and writer Richard McBee has been using Jewish biblical subject matter in his work for decades.  He has written about Jewish art for such publications as  The Jewish Press, The Forward and The Jewish Week.  McBee founded the American Guild of Judaic Art and continue to work within the Jewish art community.  

He learned to paint at the Art Students League of New York and his work reflects a commitment to traditional oil painting and representational Jewish subject matter.  The traditional medium and his choice of subject matter is not just about documenting a pictorial history, but also about using Jewish history to meditate on contemporary life.

His exhibition Relative Narratives at the Derfner Judaica Museum features two of McBee’s narrative painting series, Sotah Series, 2009, and The Story of Asenath, 2014.  The exhibition opened in April and is on view through August 10, 2016.

The museum is open Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM.
 

Beer (Not Bear) At The Bronx Zoo

Attention beer aficionados!  On the evenings of Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, over 35 breweries will be at the Bronz Zoo for the Brew at the Zoo event.  It’s a unique nightlife experience in a beautiful setting.  Food will be available as well as a live DJ, games and a photo booth.  There are 3 ticket packages to choose from and a portion of proceeds benefit wildlife conservation efforts.  

A Summer Evening With The New York Philharmonic 

  
The New York Philharmonic comes to Van Cortlandt Park for a summer evening concert on June 21st outside the Van Cortlandt House Museum.  Join The Van Cortlandt Committee of The National Society of Colonial Dames and The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park as they celebrate Franklin Vagnone, former Executive Director of the Historic House Trust, The Morris & Alma Shapiro Foundation and Bronx Councilman Andrew Cohen.  

Click here to purchase tickets or to become a sponsor.

All Aboard The Bronx Trolley 

  
Photo: Bronx Museum

The Bronx Museum will host Bronx Trolley Night Wednesday, April 6, 5:30 to 7:30pm.  The trolley departs from the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos Community College the first Wendesday of each month through September.  Departure times are 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30.  This month’s free tour will be hosted by artist Valeri Larko and photographer Martine Fougeron who both have upcoming exhibitions at the museum.  

Visitors can participate in CommuniTea Time with artist Michele Brody.  She invites participants for tea where they share stories that are then transcribed onto tea filters and displayed in her ongoing exhibition. 

Trolley Directions: Hostos Community College is located at 450 Grand Concourse near 149th Street in the Bronx. Take the 2, 4 & 5 trains or Bx1, Bx19 buses to Grand Concourse and 149 Street.  The Bronx Culture Trolley vehicle is wheelchair accessible.  Group Reservations: Call 718-931-9500 x33 or e-mail trolley@bronxarts.org.

Museum information: Free admission and cash bar

Location: North Wing Lobby & Galleries

Let’s Talk About Supper Club

 
The Moss Cafe on Johnson Avenue is now hosting a monthly farm-to-table  Supper Club.  Chef McCabe sources seasonal organic food to create healthy delicious meals.  There are options for vegans, vegetarians and people with gluten allergies.  The menu is kosher and supervised by the Riverdale Vaad.  Still, this food is for everybody looking an organic culinary experience.  

The Supper Club will offer a 5 course tasting menu with the option of a drink pairings.  You can purchase your tickets here.

You can also visit the cafe daily for breakfast, lunch or dinner to try the variety of food options and seasonal menus.