The Bronx River Alliance honored two special Bronxites at its annual Upstream Soirée on September 24th.
Bernard “Buddy” Stein, editor of the Hunts Point Express and the Mott Haven Herald, and former editor and co-publisher of the Riverdale Press, received the Community Preservation Award for his work in community journalism.
Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, interdisciplinary Bronx artist and creator of “Chuleta” and “Wepa Woman,” received the Cultural Preservation Award for her unique contributions to the Bronx cultural scene. In keeping with the Alliance’s dedication to the Bronx River, each honoree was presented with a specially inscribed canoe paddle.
Set at the award-winning Hunts Point Riverside Park, the event benefited the Bronx River Alliance’s mission to restore the Bronx River and complete the Bronx River Greenway, a 10-mile chain of parklands linked by a recreational pathway along the river’s New York City length. The Soirée drew over 175 guests from businesses, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and the local community, who enjoyed a festive evening by the banks of the Bronx River, entertained by the music of the noted Bronx artist Ibrahim Gonzalez and his group. The Bronx River Alliance hosts a number of public events and volunteer opportunities throughout the year: additional information can be found here, or by calling 718-430-4665.