Let’s take a taste of the great New York City melting pot at Van Cortlandt Park, where on a typical weekend people from all around the world come together to play. A crown jewel of The Bronx park system covering 1,146 acres at the end of the 1 train, the park is home to the country’s first public golf course, the oldest house in The Bronx, and the borough’s largest freshwater lake. Immigrants drawn to the world’s beacon of freedom play soccer and cricket on the Parade Ground where troops trained from The Revolution to World War 1.
‘Tis the season to close your deals or push them into next year. Between that and supporting our local retailers, try to leave time to celebrate the season with some classic Bronx holiday traditions. Most of the local BIDs have already lit their displays so take a stroll to see your favorite neighborhood aglow in holiday splendor. Santa is making regular visits to the major shopping areas with other special family activities. Menorah lightings and Kwanza celebrations will close out the month. Among so much local merriment, The Bronx also enjoys these enduring holiday traditions.
This is not a post about Mayor Adams’ anti-crime initiatives. On Sunday 50,000 athletes of all backgrounds and abilities from around the world will compete in the 51st annual New York City Marathon. It will run at full capacity again after last year’s half sized roster and 2020’s cancelation. Mile 20 of the 26.2 mile course will bring them through the South Bronx, which is more mileage than Staten Island gets. Long time contestants have surely noticed the changes in the local landscape.