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Bronx Creativity Flowing

Tough Time for Creatives

USA Creativity. What is it? Is it a revolution? A movement? No it is doing what is right when it is right for creative communities all across the US. With the political upheavals, this is a tough time for creatives.

Creativity is Vital

As of this writing all creatives are on the edge of their chairs with anticipation. With creativity being the only thing they have, we of the USA Creativity family know that inclusion is key and Bronx Creativity is vital along with that of the US.

This is USA Creativity

When the winner is announced will it really be a win? Or just more of the usual? Fingers crossed. This could be the beginning of the beginning or the end of the end. This is not made possible through an election outcome but by a state of mind that can exist today, tomorrow and beyond. This is USA Creativity!

Taking a Look at Our Promoter

During g a web search recently, we discovered that there is a website that has frequently shown our posts in their own. Why did they do this? Well, Blog Coalition told us it was because they enjoyed the content. Very nice don’t you think?

Also, during our emails back and forth, Blog Coalition told us something interesting. They are now having Home Business Achievers do the daily blog entries they used to do, and they will only be writing monthly updates. The updates will focus on marketing such as this post about promotion:

You can either delegate the SEO or you can go with purchasing search engine ads. Going the ads route is likely to get you more targeted results, meaning sending you the EXACT person you need to find you. Okay. Sit down for what we are about to say. Please listen carefully. All right. Here goes. You need know to figure out the PRECISE phrase that will trigger your audience members to pick you.

In other words, again put yourself in their shoes. They are searching the phrase you have come up with, and land on your offer either through ads or SEO ready to buy now or at the very least sign up for your newsletter so that you can slowly build trust with them to eventually buy from you.

How do you come up with such a phrase? The answer here is that again, you can either come up with it yourself or hire a copywriter who does sales copy to do it for you. In fact, you can rely on a copywriter to not only come up with the phrase, you can even hire them to write the script for your video. The phrase needs to contain in it both the problem they suffer from and the solution you offer them.

A Brief Bronx Stay

I lived in the Bronx for less than 3 months, in transition from one Manhattan apartment to another. And although I had a bit of trepidation doing so, staying in the Bronx in a violent area, it turned out to be better than I expected. One of my stories, though, was very scary. I had a standout instance when I was on my way back to my temporary Bronx digs. Since it was late there were very few on the subway train.

Finally, it was just me and a broad shouldered man. This man kept looking at me, then away. Looking at me and then away. Looking. Not looking. And this kept going on. This had me a little bit freaked out. Who was this big burly guy and why did he keep glaring at me?

Finally, he stood up looking (as I perceived it) very angry . I tried comforting myself that he was probably getting off at the next stop. The next stop came and went. He began moving even closer to me.

When all of a sudden his frown turned to a smile. He said “I know you, you’re on that cable show. And he was right. At the time I had a cable show. Turns out he’s a fan an wanted to ask me questions about the program. I love the Bronx!

Multiple Big Foot Zombie Sightings in the Bronx

This bird, a resident of the Bronx Zoo, was very upset Big Foot Zombie was allowed in.

What Did the Zoo Have to Do with It?

It is a little known fact that there are more Big Foot Zombies in the Bronx than  any other area in the USA. The theory is that this is because of their parks and even the Bronx Zoo.

Getting into the Zoo

Several sightings of Big Foot Zombie’s have been seen at the zoo looking at certain animals salivating. How they managed to get into the zoo in the first place must have had on incredible disguises to be able to get past the ticket window area.

Recent Communication

We bring all this up because DIYdigi recently did an interview with BFZ that was transcribed for the fan site Big Foot Zombie .com.

Bronx Dreams

This magic castle resonates with some Bronx kids.

Bronx Day to Day

I have gone to the Bronx often as a day trip, doing things along the lines of visiting The Bronx Zoo. I have spent the night in the Bronx while staying at a friend’s place. I also have had the experience of doing a community project over a period of several months in one of the most challenged areas of the Bronx. Though, doing all this does not mean that much compared to what the day to day for a person living full time in the Bronx goes through.

Walt Disney’s Saying

Quotes from people like Walt Disney may not be of interest to some Bronx residents, though the message of it could be helpful. Thanks to DIYdigi we got this quote:

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” -Walt Disney

Anger is Justified

Some might find the Mr. Disney quote bringing up anger. And it is understandably so. Some Bronx residents have never received the tools and role models to assist them in taking a stab at “success,” whatever that word implies. Success means different things to different people. There are many success stories in the Bronx ranging from an abundance of celebrities who were born in the Bronx, to folks who live there helping each other out. Community activism is something that is very powerfully occurring in in this one of five boroughs. And to them, as well as all Bronx residents, we applaud you for your great work!

Bronx Business Owners NOT Taking it Easy

Owners Devastated

A lot of looting and protesting occurred in the Bronx day before yesterday on Monday. And Bronx Business Owners are unsure of the motivation of the protestors. The reality of the situation is that one of New York City’s most treasured Bronx shopping areas has left many owners devastated.

Bronx Community

Owners of Businesses understood the tension between cops and looters/protestors but what they are having a hard time wrapping their heads around is why target Bronx businesses who have worked hard to get where they are and are an important part of the Bronx community?

Destruction Ongoing?

The perspective of several owners and witnesses was that police officers stood back and let the looting happen. What worries peaceful residents is what is going to happen if the cops let the looters/protestors destroy the neighborhood again and again and again?

The Bronx from the Air


If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time then you’ve probably noticed that although it is called “Bronx News NYC,” there’s not a lot of news in it. It is more reflections on this part of New York City that is currently undergoing change.

What You Remember

I’ve flown over the Bronx before. Of course it was pre-COVID-19. It’s a very different experience of a town or city when you are viewing it from above. It is somehow very small in appearance yet at the same time, larger than you may have remembered.


The preceding is my impression of the Bronx. You see, we live in Manhattan very close to the Bronx. So, we very much have a Bronx consciousness. When we view it from way up high, and see all the neighborhoods, it makes us want to explore it more. Maybe someday.

If You Live in the City Go to the Zoo

Another World

If you live in the city and haven’t gone to the Bronx Zoo, you really should. It’s pretty incredible. There are many experiences to be had there. A while back my family was invited to a special breakfast that included dining in a special area that had giant windows revealing many a monkey. It was quite something eating breakfast and having a literal window into animals in their own world.

Gorgeous Flamingos

One of my favorites is the flamingos. So beautiful and pink. A group of them together is a visual sight that can take your breath away.

The Butterflies

And finally, yet another highly valued experience is to find the butterflies. Once you do, you will be immersed in an experience unlike anything else on this earth. So go to the Bronx Zoo today. Well actually, not literally today, but sometime after lockdown is lifted.

John Yianni Stamas Writes a Kind of Non Article for Bronx News NYC

John Yianni Stamas writes a kind of non article for Bronx News NY. You see, Stamas was supposed to meet with Big Foot Zombie at Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City at 2,765 acres in size. John and BFZ has a special place they usually meet at in the park where the big hairy one resides. John, against his judgement, left his quarantine location in Manhattan in the face of COVID-19 to meet with Mr. Zombie because BFZ was upset that Stamas had not updated his blog in six months.

John had been asked by Bronx News NYC to write a post for their blog and John Yianni Stamas thought that a chat with one of the Bronx’s most popular mythical creatures, would uplift BFZ’s sad mood. Unfortunately, Big Foot Zombie did not show up at their regular meeting spot. Therefore this post is a kind of non article and is more a piece about writing an entry about nothing except  getting stood up by the big guy.

Mr. Stamas returned to his social distancing location and continued work with his collaborators on a new website called USA How To. Big Foot Zombie later claimed that he had shown up, but to a different location which he mistakenly thought was the correct one. He had been under the impression that John wanted to get together in front of the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.

Who is Chazz Palminteri?

Another Bronx Star

We’ve been talking about Bronx folks lately who have gone on to be quite successful. This time we are going to discuss Chazz Palminteri. He is an actor, screenwriter, film producer and playwright. The years he has been active in the entertainment field is 1984–present. He has a website which is We also thank Wikipedia for their help in telling the Chazz Palminteri story at

Chazz is an Academy Award Nominee

He is perhaps best known for his Academy Award-nominated role for Best Supporting Actor in Bullets over Broadway as well as the 1993 film A Bronx Tale, based on his play of the same name, Special Agent Dave Kujan in The Usual Suspects, Primo Sidone in Analyze This and his recurring role as Shorty in Modern Family.

He is a Part of a Tradition

Bronx-born and raised Chazz Palminteri was a natural choice to continue the long line of prominent Italian actors in the film industry.  In the tradition set forth in the 1970s by such icons as director Martin Scorsese and actors Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, Palminteri has brought grit, muscle and an evocative realism to the sidewalks of his New York neighborhood, violent as they are and were.

His Early Days in the Bronx

Born in 1952, Palminteri grew up in a tough area of the Bronx and it gave young Calogero (Palminteri’s given first name) the life lessons that would later prove very useful to his career. He started out pursuing his craft in studying at the Actor’s Studio with Lee Straussberg. He appeared off-Broadway in the early 1980s while paying his dues as a singer in his own band.

He Stuck to His Guns

Well known for A BRONX TALE, Palminteri originally wrote the script for the stage and performed it as a one-man show in Los Angeles.  It became the hottest property in Hollywood since ROCKY.  Mr. Palminteri was offered over a million dollars to walk away from the project and with $200.00 left in the bank he refused.  He wanted to play Sonny and write the screenplay.

Enter Robert DeNiro

One night Robert DeNiro walked in to see the show and as they say ”the rest is history.”  He then moved the production to New York, where it played for four sold-out months and earned him nominations for the New York Outer Critics Circle for both acting and writing.

Starring with DeNiro

While in New York he completed the screenplay of A BRONX TALE and soon found himself starring opposite Robert DeNiro, who chose the script for his directorial debut.  Most recently A Bronx Tale was on Broadway at the Longacre Theater where is finished a successful run and Mr. Palminteri finished closing out the show in the role of Sonny.

A Man of Many Credits

Chazz has more than 50 movies to his credit including The Usual Suspects, Bullets Over Broadway (Academy Award nomination), Analyze This, Hurlyburly, Mulholland Falls, Faithful (screenplay also written by Chazz Palminteri), Poolhall Junkies, The Perez Family, Jade, Diabolique, Down to Earth and A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.

And Even More Credits

Recent films include Final Recourse, Mighty Fine starring Andie MacDowell, Yonkers Joe, Jolene and The Dukes.  He has also directed the HBO series “Oz” (episode, “Unnatural Disasters”), Showtime’s “Women vs.Men” and the feature film Noel, starring Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Robin Williams and Paul Walker. He appeared on the New York stage in the play The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui starring with Al Pacino, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Billy Crudup. Chazz is a member of the Actors Studio in NYC.

Chazz Has Been Recognized for his Achievements

Chazz received the 1996 Leadership in Entertainment Award from the Coalition of Italo-American Association, Inc. and was honored by President Clinton with a Special Achievement Award for the Performing Arts from the National Italian American Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Chazz Now Lives in Weschester County

Chazz currently resides in Weschester County, NY with his lovely wife, Gianna and their two children, Dante Gabriella.