Presidents Day Weekend Things to do in the Bronx NYC
UPDATED FOR COVID 2021 - Things To Do in the Bronx over the Presidents Day Weekend
Updated February 10, 2021 from 2/9/21 / Things To Do Bronx NYC / Bronx Buzz NYC.
Presidents Day Weekend Weather. The Temperature highs will be around 30 throughout the three day weekend beginning on Friday, dropping to the high teens nightly, except on Saturday when the low temperature will also be around 30. Precipitation - There's an 80% chance of about two inches of snow late Saturday / early Sunday morning as of this post. Winds will be relatively stable hovering around the 10 mph range throughout the long weekend. The Humidity will range between 60% - 75% throughout the weekend. 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 time to reflect on the performance of our current presidents and legislators, and how they stack up against their historical peers. And in that reflection it's worth asking ourselves what we've done to contribute or detract from the national conversation.
A Few Valentines Day / Presidents Day News Items - Indoor Dining Resumes, Folks with Co-Morbidities become Vaccine Eligible, Vaccine Production & 2nd Trump Impeachment Trial Begins Today
Governor Cuomo announced that indoor dining in NYC resumes on Friday, February 2, 2021 at 25% capacity. NYS positivity rate is about 4%, while the NYC positivity rate is about 8% - but both have been declining since the Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year surge began in late November / early December of 2020.
This past weekend, Governor Cuomo announced that folks with CoVid comorbidities will be eligible to receive vaccinations effective Monday, February 15, 2021. According to the Governor's website, the CoVid co-morbidities [say that fast five times] include the following:
"... Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Heart Conditions, Immunocompromised State, Severe Obesity, Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease or Thalassemia, Type 1 or 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Cerebrovascular Disease, Neurologic Conditions and Liver Disease Will Be Eligible ..."
Vaccine production for the U.S. is nearing the 1.5 million doses daily required to meet Biden's upwardly mobile 100 million vaccinations in the Biden Administration's first 100 days. As of this writing about 10% of all New Yorkers as well as 10% of all Americans have received at least one CoVid vaccination dose.
Trump's Failed Capitol Riot of 2021 Seems Not Unlike Hitler's Failed Beer Hall Putsch of 1923
The second Trump impeachment trial began today, Tuesday, February 9th, 2021. Generally I find the rushing of the trial to be an insult to the American people, and the U.S. Constitution philosophies of due process and rule of law. The government officials prosecuting and managing the trial should take all the time required to educate the American people about who Donald Trump really is - not who he says he is.
They need to use the Impeachment Trial to highlight how Trump has significantly battered our democratic processes, undermined Americans' faith in our democratic institutions, personalized the power of the presidency, breached the rule of law, and appears to have colluded with the Russians to undermine our government over the past five years. Oh, yeah, and it all culminated in that lame Capitol Riot Insurrection which was not unlike and had striking similarities to Hitlers' lame / failed Beer Hall Putsch in Germany in 1923.
Ten years later Hitler rose to power as the Nazi Party leader and proceeded, like Trump did during his presidency, to usurp and personalize the power of the state thanks in part to the Goebbels / Murdoch/propaganda machines which misled the citizenry in each nation about who these two leaders were, and also victimized minorities in both nations. In the Beer Hall Putsch, 16 Nazis and four policemen died. In the Capitol Riot four Trumpsters and one policeman died.
Hitler was found guilty of treason following the Beer Hall Putsch, but still rose to power. Will the Senate take the precaution of sanctioning the Donald, or continue to enable the dysfunctional democracy damager - possibly destroyer?
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 people.
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Presidents Day Weekend Things to do in the Bronx NYC
UPDATED FOR COVID 2021 - Things To Do in the Bronx over the Presidents Day Weekend
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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. 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.
COVID. Open daily from 10 am - 4.30 pm, including Presidents Day. You must rsvp a timed ticket. For details see - https://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.
COVID. Open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 am - 5 pm, including Presidents Day. You must rsvp a timed ticket. For details see - https://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 in the 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.
COVID. Closed pending abatement of the CoVid pandemic. Normally they're open Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm - 5 pm. For details see - http://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.
COVID. Open Friday through Sunday from 11 am - 4 pm. Not open Presidents Day. For details to get a timed ticket see - https://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.
COVID. Open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon - 4 pm only. They're first outdoor event begins March 6th with a nature walk, followed by another one on March 20th about the Lenape Indian tribe. 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.
COVID. Open 10 am - 4.30 pm from Wednesday through Sunday, but there's no shuttle to public transit and no on site parking - so wtf? For details see - https://www.wavehill.org/
Art Exhibits in the Bronx NYC - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do
The Edgar Allen Poe Cottage is also open but Thursdays and Fridays only. It is on Kingsbridge Road and Grand Concourse in the Fordham neighborhood. It's an historic venue, but there are frequently artistic events centered around writing.
COVID. Closed pending abatement of the CoVid pandemic. Normally they're 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 - http://bronxhistoricalsociety.org/
The New York Botanical Gardens is hosting the glass sculpture exhibit by Dale Chihuli in 2020. 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.
COVID. See CoVid guidance two sections above.
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.
COVID. Open from 1 - 6 pm Wednesday through Sunday. While tickets are free you must rsvp a time slot online. For details see - http://m.bronxmuseum.org/
Dance, Theater & Music in the Bronx NYC - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do
Click here to view the Theatre section of the Bronx Events Calendar to see what's doing this Presidents Day Day weekend theater in the Bronx NYC.
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 in Mott Haven are examples of a long established local theater, located near an emerging new theater - both in the same neighborhood. An example of an interesting venue is shown in the photo to your right, at the ID Studio Theater in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx in NYC.
Pregones Theater at 571 Walton Street in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. The photo at right shows the Pregones Theater in a prior year.
COVID. Temporarily closed due to the CoVid pandemic. They provide some online programming. For details see - https://pregonesprtt.org/
ID Studio Theater is located at 311 East 140th Street in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx.
COVID. Temporarily closed due to the CoVid pandemic. They provide some online programming. For details see - https://www.idstudiotheater.org/
City Island also has a vibrant community theater, offering seasonal performances, so there's nothing doing over the Martin Luther King holiday. And there are also a couple of local theaters in the Wakefield neighborhood, which I'll inform you more about next year.
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. Check their website for a Presidents Day Weekend performances, although it's likely closed owing to the national holiday.
COVID. Their events have either been postponed or moved online up to about the end of March. After that the events are TBD - to be determined. 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, except we've not yet updated the Governor's guidance for a Valentines Day reopening for indoor dining, to the revised guidance allowing Bronx restaurants to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity on Friday, February 12, 2021.
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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