Presidents Day Weekend Things to do in the Bronx NYC
Things To Do in the Bronx over the Presidents Day Weekend
February 17, 2023 / Things To Do Bronx NYC / Bronx Buzz NYC.
NYC Weather. The temperature highs Friday, Saturday and Sunday will range from the high 40's to the low 50's, before rising on Monday into the high 50's. The temperature lows will fall to 30 on Friday, rising to 35 on Saturday, to 45 on Sunday, before descending into the high 30's on Monday. No precipitation is forecast. It's going to be a fairly windy weekend, with the winds at 20 mph Friday, falling to 5 - 10 mph on Saturday and Sunday, and then rising again to about 10 mph on Monday. The humidity will be 50% - 60% on Friday, falling to 40% - 50% on Saturday, rising to 50% - 70% on Sunday, before falling back to about 50% on Monday. Click for Bronx Weather.
The image at right shows Wave Hill, where President Theodore Roosevelt spent a couple of summers. Wave Hill is a horticultural enclave and Teddy Roosevelt was an American Conservationist. I imagine if alive today, Roosevelt would certainly being doing whatever he could to combat climate change.
Presidents Day is a federal holiday when all local, state and federal government offices are closed, which generally includes public schools - unless the district uses the holiday to make up a snow day, which is highly unlikely this year since there hasn't been any measureable snow.
Presidents Day is a time to reflect on the performance of our current presidents and legislators, to see how they stack up versus their historical peers. And in that reflection it's worth asking ourselves what we've done to contribute or detract from the national conversation.
Brief History of Presidents Day Holiday in NYC
A day commemorating Lincoln's birthday was first passed in Buffalo, New York in the early 1870's. Presidents Day originated as Washington's Birthday which was a holiday narrowly prescribed for federal government offices in Washington, D.C. in 1879. The holiday was dedicated to honoring the memory of the first American president, George Washington who was born on February 22, 1732.
In 1885 the holiday was expanded to include all federal government offices around the nation. In 1951 there was a push to create a Presidents Day holiday [vs a George Washington's birthday holiday] to include President Lincoln whose birthday is February 12, 1809 and was also celebrated by localities, but it didn't pass.
In 1971 the holiday was moved off of George Washington's birth date to being the third Monday in February. Thus while it never falls upon Washington's birthday 2/22, the official name of the holiday remains Washington's Birthday. But today, most folks refer to it as Presidents Day and to recognize the presidents who honored the U.S. Constitution and served the interests of the American people.
Presidents Day Weekend Things to do in the Bronx NYC
Things To Do in the Bronx over the Presidents Day Weekend
February 17, 2023 / Things To Do Bronx NYC / Bronx Buzz NYC. Continued.
Presidents Day Holiday Special Events in the Bronx NYC
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ADDITION OF SOME MORE 2023 EVENTS COMING THIS WEEKEND _ Add Hip Hop and Kids Museums. Hostos PAC?
Bronx Museums & Cultural Institutions - Things To Do over the Presidents Day Holiday Weekend
Bronx is home to two great institutions borne in pursuit of preservation and understanding the natural world around us - the New York Botanical Gardens and the Bronx Zoo.
TBD _ A segment of the Enid A. Haupt Observatory at the NY Botanical Gardens is shown in the photo at right.
The Bronx Zoo is located at at 2300 Southern Blvd near the Belmont, Fordham Manor, West Farms, Pelham Parkway and Allerton neighborhoods of the Bronx. Open daily from 10 am - 4.30 pm, including Presidents Day. For details see - www.bronxzoo.com/
The photo at right shows the Bronx Zoo in a prior year. The Bronx Zoo is open year round and has a wide range of naturalist exhibits, of which many are both indoors and outdoors.
The New York Botanical Gardens is located at at 2900 Southern Blvd near the Norwood, Fordham, Belmont and Allerton neighborhoods of the Bronx. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 am - 5 pm, but also open on Presidents Day. For details see - www.nybg.org/
Bronx Historical Sites / Bronx History - Things To Do over the Presidents Day Weekend
The Bronx have a number of historical sites which are open to the public on weekends, and sometimes weekdays. The Bronx Historical Society is located in the Valentine-Varian house at 3309 Bainbridge Avenue at 208th Street in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx. The Valentine-Varian house is the oldest remaining farmhouse inthe borough and second oldest house, dating back to 1758. The Bronx Historical Society hosts a number of exhibits as well as an array of programs throughout the year.
The photo at right shows the Valentine-Varian House, home to the Bronx Historical Society, in the Norwood neighborhood of the Bronx. They're open Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm. Not open Presidents Day. For details see - www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/
There's also the Van Cortlandt House in Van Cortland Park, which is a beautiful colonial home of one of the Dutch settlers. It was built in 1748 and is the oldest house in the Bronx borough. It is located at Broadway and West 246th Street in Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx at the end of the #1 subway line. Open Friday through Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm. Not open Presidents Day. For details - www.vchm.org/
The Bartow Pell Mansion is also worthy of a visit. It was erected in 1836 and is a Greek revival architecture style home - one of the last of that area / era. The Bartow Pell Mansion Museum is pretty active in its programming which includes cultural and historical. It is located at 895 Shore Road, across from the golf course in Pelham Bay Park. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon - 4 pm only. This weekend, on Friday 2/18/22 at 7.30 pm they're hosting an in-person play about the personal side of the historic women related to the mansion. For further details see - https://www.bartowpellmansionmuseum.org/
And there's Wave Hill in Riverdale. It's the site of beautiful gardens overlooking the Hudson River. They offer regular programming including concerts, garden walks in the better weather and talks. It is located at 649 West 249th Street in the Hudson Hill section of the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. Open 10 am - 4.30 pm from Wednesday through Sunday, but there's no shuttle to public transit due to the impact of CoVid. For details see - www.wavehill.org/
Art Exhibits in the Bronx NYC - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do
The Bronx Museum is located at 1040 Grand Concourse at 165th Street in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx just north and east of Yankee Stadium. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1 - 6 pm. To rsvp a time slot ticket online and for details see - www.bronxmuseum.org/
In the photo to your right is one of the art galleries in the Bronx Museum at 165th Street and the Grand Concourse in the Concourse neighborhood of the Bronx.
The Edgar Allen Poe Cottage is operated by the Bronx Historical Society which is located in the Valentine Varian House.
The Edgar Allen Poe Cottage is located on Kingsbridge Road and Grand Concourse in the Fordham neighborhood. While it's an historic venue, there are also frequently artistic events centered around writing. Normally the Poe Cottage is open Thursday & Friday from 10 am - 3 pm and Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm. For details see - www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/
The New York Botanical Gardens is hosting a Black History Month exhibit celebrating African Americans contributions to environmental science. The Botanical Gardens are located along Southern Blvd and Bronx Park Road. As mentioned above it is located at is located at 2900 Southern Blvd near the Norwood, Fordham, Belmont and Allerton neighborhoods of the Bronx.
Dance, Theater & Music in the Bronx NYC - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do
In addition to some of the public funded theaters at the CUNY colleges, there are a number of smaller, artsy independent theaters in the Bronx. Some have been operating in the Bronx for decade(s), while others are recently new.
Pregones Theater and ID Studio Theater - both are located in Mott Haven / Concourse neighborhoods and are examples of a organic local theater of the Bronx.
The Pregones Theater is located at 571 Walton Street in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. This weekend 2/18/22, there's still time to view the films from the 21 Islands Short Film Fest before it ends this weekend [free / online]. See www.pregonesprtt.org for details.
In the photo to your right is the Pregones Theater in the Mott Haven / Concourse neighborhoods of the Bronx.
ID Studio Theater is located at 311 East 140th Street in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. On February 9, 2022, they presented a live play of Shakespeare's A Mid Summer Nights Dream, so they're slowly moving past the pandemic. To stay abreast of their programming see - www.idstudiotheater.org or keep watching Bronx Buzz.
City Island also has a vibrant community theater, offering seasonal performances, so there's nothing doing over the Presidents Day Weekend. And there are also a couple of local theaters in the Wakefield neighborhood, which I'll inform you more about in the future.
Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park is closed. It's kind of a desolate place to visit on a cold winter day, which you can only get to by bicycle, foot or via car as the public buses only run during the summer season.
Lehman College for the Performing Arts is located along Goulden Avenue between Bedford Park Blvd West and 197th Street in the Bedford Park neighborhood. It's one of the Bronx top performance venues. While they aren't open for Presidents Day, likely because it's a national holiday, they are hosting a live performance of Ballet Folklorico de Mexico on Sunday at 4 pm [tickets $25 - $50]. For details see - https://www.lehmancenter.org/
Manhattan College, Hostos College, Bronx College and Fordham University all organize and sponsor events, but I suspect that like Lehman they don't do much over the Presidents Day Weekend.
Presidents Day Day Weekend - Dining in the Bronx NYC
Bronx Restaurants for Valentines Day. We recommend you check out our suggestions for dining on Valentines Day at restaurants in the Bronx. This has been updated to reflect individual Bronx restaurant changes due to the CoVid pandemic.
If you know where to look, the food in the Bronx has always been good. The variety of restaurant choices is difficult to match anywhere, and if you look carefully, you can find good food at reasonable prices too.
Italian food along Arthur Avenue in Belmont is just the beginning of a culinary journey through the Bronx.
City Island is known for its seafood restaurants. And there's plenty of cuisines from around the Caribbean and the world in most of the neighborhoods in the Bronx.
Click here to view the Bronx Restaurants NYC section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review. As of this writing, we've identified some of our old favorites, but haven't done the deep dive yet.
Presidents Day Day Weekend - Shopping in the Bronx & NYC
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping. The Bronx is a fun place to shop, as you can find interesting little shops selling unique items from the equatorial islands and southern hemisphere, or made locally. Click here to view our section about Bronx shopping.
In the photo at right is one of the unique stores located in the Bronx. This store is located on the main street of City Island in the southeastern section of the Bronx.
Presidents Day Day Weekend Events in the Bronx
You can watch theater, visit the Bronx theaters, performing arts & art museums, eat out at one of the Bronx restaurants, go shopping in the Bronx NYC, or visit a very limited number of local Bronx farmers markets.
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