Kickin’ It at the Andrew Freedman Home

August 16, 2008 at 9:07 pm 4 comments

A couple of Fridays ago, I was lolling on the lawn at the Andrew Freedman Home on the Grand Concourse. The sun was up, the heat was feeling good on my skin. It was a perfect summer Friday in the city. And I was listening to DJ Chris Annibell of Afrokinetic spin tunes at The Bronx Museum of the Arts First Fridays! event.

Couple enjoying First Fridays! at the Andrew Freedman Home

Couple enjoying First Fridays! at the Andrew Freedman Home

Folks arrived with blankets, fold-up seats and snacks (the more prepared ones) and others found places on benches by the flower beds.

Musicians from Michael Markus & Magbana Drum and Dance NYC

Musicians from Michael Markus & Magbana Drum and Dance NYC

Then Michael Markus and Magbana Drum and Dance brought the sounds and rhythms of the djembe, the kalimba and the shakere.

Dancer with Michael Markus and Magbana Drum and Dance NYC

Dancer with Michael Markus and Magbana Drum and Dance NYC

Their featured dancer was a principal with a troupe in Guinea and she was kicking high until the sun set.

Outdoor Film Screening at Bronx Museum First Fridays!

Outdoor Film Screening at Bronx Museum First Fridays!

Against the back of the Andrew Freedman Home, we watched the films “The Little Girl Who Sold the Sun” and “Mambety” presented by the The African Film Festival. I have not sat outdoors at night to watch a film in a very long time. And it was great. That night The Andrew Freedman Home was glowing. I stayed on the lawn for as long as I could bear the mosquitos nibbling all around my bare ankles.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Daielle Gay  |  June 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    It’s more a question than a comment. I wanted to if the Andrew Freedom home was available for weddins and or receptions if so can u give some feed back thanks A real bronx gem that’s all I can say it really is a lovery place!

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    • 2. Bronx Bohemian  |  June 12, 2009 at 10:23 pm

      Hi,
      Not sure who exactly to contact regarding weddings/receptions.
      You could try the Mid-Bronx Council which bought the Home in the mid 1980’s.
      BB

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    • 3. Katherine  |  August 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm

      I just visited the house and it is available for weddings and receptions.

      The event coordinator is Princess and the contact numbers are 717-588-8200 x 1226 or 718-293-8100.

      Reply
  • 4. The Andrew Freedman Home: Palazzo di Bronx « Bronx Bohemian  |  February 20, 2009 at 11:34 am

    […] have been curious about the Andrew Freedman Home since I first saw it last summer. Its quirky history as a “poorhouse for old rich folk” and its elegant […]

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