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In the shadow of stadium, a Yemen-born Yankee vendor waits out winter

By Alex Eriksen
Most of 161st and River Avenue is hibernating. The streets are deserted and the shops are all shuttered. Well, almost all of them.
On the corner of 162nd St. beneath huge portraits of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, and CC Sabathia, the lights are on in the Yankee Shop.
It’s the only link in a chain of stores on River Avenue to defy winter and remain open.
Abdulla Abdulla, a twenty-one year college sophomore, is behind the counter. “We thought we’d have a lot of customers like last season, it’s not like last season,” he says.
With the season not set to begin until March, and an average of only six customers a day, Abdulla says his father, who runs the store, is tempted to close until the Bronx Bombers return, and with them, the legions of fans and tourists. [more…]

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Local artist captures borough’s “hidden stories”

By April Warren

Growing up in the Kingsbridge and Fordham sections of the Bronx during the late 1960s wasn’t always easy for Carol Sun, the daughter of immigrants from Shanghai. Street fighting and name calling often reminded her that not too many of her neighbors shared her Asian-American ancestry.

“There was a lot of racism, a lot of people had a lot of hostility because of the Vietnam War,” said Sun, 52, an art teacher at the Bronx High School for the Visual Arts, explaining her Chinese background was sometimes mistaken for Vietnamese. “It was kind of intense, but I survived my childhood.”

Sun, an artist in her own right, uses images from her childhood in her art. [more..]

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Look, up in the Bronx!!

Look, up in the Bronx!!

Who is your favorite superhero: Batman, Superman, Wonderwoman, your older brother? Superheroes fight the good fight and encourage others to do the same. That motivation to inspire children is what prompted the superheroes theme at the latest exhibit on display until March 2 at Casita Maria in the South Bronx, said Sabrina Wirth. Wirth of Wirth Art Advisory, an art consulting firm, curated the show. She said Casita Maria’s location close to the Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists provided the right backdrop for the superheroes theme—schools and superheroes alike encourage students to reach their potential.

“[The superheroes theme is] empowering,’’ said Lyla Rose, visual, performing and literary arts manager at Casita Maria. “It’s accessible and fun and can be elevated to the level of fine art. It has resonance with everyone.” Rose added that students are always excited and surprised to discover what counts as art. [more..]

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[Video] Hot house!  A Caribbean ecosystem in the snow-covered Bronx

[Video] Hot house! A Caribbean ecosystem in the snow-covered Bronx

It looks like the Jamaican jungle, but it’s actually the Caribbean Garden in the Bronx. The exhibit is at the Botanical Garden until February 27th.

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[VIDEO] Bronx smokers fuming over ban

Bronx residents have mixed feelings about the city’s new smoking restrictions.

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