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Salsa Sways & Swoons in the Bronx

August 8, 2017 / Pelham Bay Park & Orchard Beach Neighborhoods / Bronx Dance & Theater / Bronx Buzz NYC.

orchard beach pelham bay park bronx nycThe folks at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park have been hosting Sunday Salsa for over 50 years. The event takes place on Sunday afternoons on the cement pavilion that stands adjacent to the Orchard Beach facility - between the structure and the water. The concerts / dance parties run from 1 pm to 5 pm and are hosted by either a DJ or a live band playing salsa tunes so attendees and beach-goers can dance salsa.

The photo at right shows folks in the Pavilion at the Sunday Salsa party at Orchard Beach in the Bronx.

 

Salsa County Continues to Dance

According to Salsa New York, DJ Carlos Santiago is the organizer of the event. And Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz calls Bronx 'El Condado de la Salsa' or 'Salsa County' ... which it seems to be.

I made my way to Orchard Beach last Sunday, taking the #6 train northeast to the last stop of the line - Pelham Bay Park station. I then hopped aboard an Orchard Beach bus - which runs seasonally between the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends - and only during the operating hours of the park. There was quite a bit of traffic on the road between the subway station and Orchard Beach / City Island - in part because it was a beautiful day and in part because there's construction work being done on the bridge between City Island and the Mainland.


Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park Bronx

Salsa Sways & Swoons in the Bronx

August 8, 2017 / Pelham Bay Park & Orchard Beach Neighborhoods / Bronx Dance & Theater / Bronx Buzz NYC. Continued.

Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park is Recovering its Allure

orchard beach bronx photos orchard beack pelham bay park fotosOrchard Beach was once - and again is - a beautiful park and beach. The beach fell into neglect during the last decade(s) of the 20th century as did the water lapping up on its shores. The deterioration of the park was compounded by the pollution of its waters in a manner not unlike what happened to the water at nearby beaches in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. It's taken a bit longer for nature to clean the mess man left behind at Orchard Beach because the water doesn't renew itself as frequently due to the beach / City Island / Long Island Sound and East River geography. This is the observation of a neophyte - not an expert.

The photo at right shows the beautiful sun, sand and blue waters at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.

Nonetheless I saw people swimming in the water, and when I asked, the swimmers told me they shower after going in to be sure they're not coated with pollutants later. Some folks said they're still reluctant to go swimming, but enjoy spending the day soaking in the sand and the sun and the cool breeze off the beach.

After watching a end of the salsa party I made my way back amidst a loquacious and friendly crowd.


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