Joe’s New Job at the Bronx River Alliance

February 3, 2013 § 3 Comments

Vintage Bronx River Restoration poster - currently on display at Bronx River Art Center exhibit

Vintage Bronx River Restoration poster – currently on display at Bronx River Art Center exhibit

Last week, I wrote about the Bronx River. This week, I began my full-time work as Greenway Director for the Bronx River Alliance.

The Bronx River Alliance (BxRA) is a non-profit working to foster a healthier Bronx River. Somewhat similar to Friends of the L.A. River, they do events, education, advocacy, and work closely with communities and governmental agencies to get stuff done on the river.

I’ve worked there two days, and they’ve been great days! 

On my first day at work, Starlight Park opened. It’s a park project that I mentioned in my earlier post – something that the Alliance has been pushing for something like a dozen years. The City finally signed off to maintain the site, developed by the State Department of Transportation. After the agreement was signed, the construction fences came down. The actual ribbon-cutting grand opening will occur soon, but Starlight Park is open to the public right now. (Unfortunately, there’s a second phase of the park that’s been delayed – I’ll be working to make sure it gets built soon.)

These skaters were among the first people to enjoy the newly-opened Starlight Park, located at 174th Street.

These skaters were among the first people to enjoy the newly-opened Starlight Park, located at 174th Street.

On my second day, I attended an opening reception at the Bronx River Art Center. The show featured various art, maps, photos, paraphernalia, etc. about the history and current efforts to restore the Bronx River. It gave me a great introduction to a lot of the river work that’s gone on up until now. It’s up now through February 26th at BRAC.

This still doesn't quite do justice to the film. It's a boat trip down the Bronx River showing the surroundings reflected in the water. Go check out the actual film showing now at the Bronx River Art Center.

This still doesn’t quite do justice to the film. It’s a boat trip down the Bronx River showing the surroundings reflected in the water. Go check out the actual film showing now at the Bronx River Art Center.

I am not sure how much I will be posting about the Bronx River at L.A. Creek Freak – as I expect that I will soon be contributing more of this sort of stuff to the BxRA website.

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