Episode 38: The Bronxer, Alex Rivera

We meet one of the rising stars in the city, Alex Rivera, aka The Bronxer. He’s part of the driving creative energy coming out of The Bronx as a visual artist and creative, with his photographs gaining wide appeal, his projects at El Fogón and borough hotspots, to his brand Section 8 Entrepreneur. Alex has a lot of plates spinning the air, and it’s a pleasure to meet someone so focused. He’s got new books Continue Reading →

Launch Party at The Lit. Bar Brings Out Bronx Best

We had a fantastic launch party on June 20 for 111 Places in The Bronx That You Must Not Miss. It was held at the brand-new spot, The Lit. Bar, 131 Alexander Avenue. Photographer Joe Conzo and I signed a lot of copies and gave a short slide show of 11 places that are in the book. I want to personally thank the proprietor, Noëlle Santos, and her wonderful team, for hosting us. It was Continue Reading →

On CBS New York Talking the Best of the Bronx, New Book

I was lucky to be invited with photographer Joe Conzo, Jr, to CBS New York Sunday Morning on June 23 to talk about our new book 111 Places in The Bronx That You Must Not Miss. We had a really nice chat with anchors Andrea Grymes and Cindy Hsu, who obviously read the book in advance and new what to ask. Andrea formerly worked in The Bronx, so she was an expert. Among the places Continue Reading →

Episode 33: Photographer Joe Conzo, Jr.

On our second episode recorded at Bronx Native, we sit down with photographer Joe Conzo, Jr. He shot the photos for 111 Places In The Bronx That You Must Not Miss, which came out this month. Joe is a lifelong Bronxite, and talks about growing up in the shadow of famous parents, and navigating the world of The Bronx. Today his images are recognized around the world as being at the moment when Hip Hop Continue Reading →

Episode 32: Bronx Native entrepreneur Amaurys Grullon

The show moves to The Bronx for a special episode tied to the launch of 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss. We recorded the show in Bronx Native, the store run by Amaurys Grullon and his sister, Roselyn, that is wildly popular in the borough. Amaurys tells how they launched the brand just a few years ago because there was a dearth in any merchandise that promoted the Bronx, or spoke Continue Reading →

111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss

Here’s the press release for my new book. I am very proud to work with Joe Conzo on it, and I hope you’ll pick it up. It’s available for pre-order now on all the online stores. Or you can go to any bookstore and tell them the title and they’ll order it for you. Thank you. 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss By Kevin C. Fitzpatrick Photographs by Joe Conzo Jr. Continue Reading →

Cover Reveal Day 111 Places in the Bronx You Must Not Miss

Today is the Cover Reveal Day for my new book. 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss (Emons). It comes out May 18 with photos by the amazing Joe Conzo. Today we can show the full cover, front and back. The book is available now for pre-order at all bookstores, and online. A few months ago Joe and I were on Gary Axelbank’s show Bronx Buzz on Bronxnet TV to announce the Continue Reading →

111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss, On TV

I joined Joe Conzo on host Gary Axelbank’s show Bronx Buzz on Bronxnet TV to announce the publication of our forthcoming book, 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss (Emons). The book publication date was moved up to mid-May and we made our first TV appearance to talk about the book. It is part of the international hit series 111 Places. I’ve been talking a little about it on our podcast, Joanna Continue Reading →

John Purroy Mitchel in Same League as Washington & Hamilton

July 6 is the centennial of the tragic death of John Purroy Mitchel, Mayor of New York City and U.S. Army officer in World War I. His life is well documented but there is one fact I’m still working on. I believe that only George Washington and Alexander Hamilton have more monuments and memorials in New York City than Mitchel. If this is in fact true, then Mitchel is the No. 3 most-remembered man in Continue Reading →

8 More Unmarked Graves of Woodlawn Cemetery

I am really happy my friend Michael Cumella has pushed Woodlawn Cemetery to finally put a gravestone on the final resting place of singer Nora Bayes. The unveiling is Saturday, April 21, at noon at the landmark cemetery in the Bronx. A nice New York Times story explains the whole rigmarole about why the famous singer never got a stone when she died 90 years ago. But this is just the first of a number Continue Reading →