Tagged: the Bronx

Job Search Update: I’m A Tutor

So a friend suggested I apply at a “learning center” to be a tutor. I had the interveiw today and was offered the job. I accepted. It’s a part-time job which can be full-time, depending on how often I tutor and how many students I work with. I will attend a training session next Thursday. The job will last until the end of June. I will be tutoring students on a one-on-one basis in their homes, most of which probably will be right here in the Bronx.

The interview was a “group interview,” a format I’ve had mixed results with in the past. It consisted of things like deciding what to do in different tutoring scenarios and explaining how we’d teach a student to solve a particular math or logic problem. Then there was a written test which included reading comprehension, grammar and math. I totally blew the math part! The easiest math questions were algebra ones which I handled pretty well. The others were geometry and trig ones which I guessed at. I took algebra, geometry and trig in high school, but that was 30 years ago. I’m surprised that I remembered the algebra!  Guess who won’t be doing any math tutoring? They didn’t say, but I’m guessing I’ll be teaching things like reading, vocabulary and grammar.

So we’ll see how it goes.

I hope my students are Yankee fans. It’ll make things a lot more fun!

 

Grand Visions For The Grand Concourse

Ever take a walk along The Grand Concourse? Just a few blocks west of Yankee Stadium, it is the largest thoroughfare in the Bronx.

Life-long Bronx resident Sam Goodman gives a tour of the boulevard in this video: http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=3025467&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1
Sam Goodman on the Grand Concourse from Design Trust on Vimeo.

This year The Grand Concourse turns 100 years old, and to celebrate that, The Bronx Museum Of The Arts is holding a competition called Intersections: The Grand Concourse Beyond 100. The competition is open to architects, designers, photographers, artists, writers and just about any other creative person out there. Entrants are encouraged to present their visions for the future of the Concourse. Winners of the compettion will have their work featured in the museum’s exhibition, Grand Concourse at 100Future, opening in December. Click here for more information about the competition.

I haven’t been to the Bronx Museum in years. I think it’s time I paid a visit!

The Waiting Might Not Be The Hardest Part

I was over by 161st Street today and saw a huge line of people wrapped around the “old” Yankee Stadium. Take a look below. Can you see them? Look through the trees on the right:

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So, who were all these people and what were they waiting for? Well, they weren’t on line for tickets. In fact, they were there for the furthest thing from tickets. These people, ladies and gentlemen, were waiting on line to apply for jobs at restaurants and concession stands at the new Yankee Stadium. Waiting on line in order to wait on customers. Something tells me that the former will be easier than the latter.

Here’s the end of the line below, right up to the subway. The front was all the way around on THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BUILDING, where the team offices are.

 

Yankee Job Open House1.jpgThose who get hired will have Legends Hospitality to thank. That’s the company the Yankees and the Dallas Cowboys formed several months ago to offer fine dining and concessions, not only at Yankee Stadium, but at other, similar venues. Click here to see their ad on Craigslist.

There’ll be six more days like this one, where people will stand in line, hopipng to be hired to work at the new Stadium during the 2009 season. I’m unemployed right now. Don’t be surprised if you come back here in the near future and read that I, too, have stood on that line. 

All Aboard The Number 4 Train

I believe that most Yankee fans who make their way to the Stadium on the Number 4 train come from Manhattan, on the northbound train. Here’s a question for them:

Have you ever stayed on the Number 4 train past 161st Street? Do you know what the scenery is like at stops like 170th St, 183rd St and Moshulu Pkwy? Have a look:

I know, still photos don’t do it complete justice, but hey, the song is cool. (Btw, if anyone can tell me the name of it you’ll win a great big comment from me expressing my sincere thanks.)

Justice For Todd Drew

So like I mentioned, Pete Abraham is running his annual blogger pinch hitter series. During last year’s series, among the pinch hitters was blogger Todd Drew from Yankees For Justice. I’d never heard of Todd or his blog, but when I read his post I was totally blown away. Here was a genuine storyteller with a genuine love for the Bronx, bringing its residents to light. A very positive light. I was so excited that I immediately contacted Todd and asked to exchange links with him via my other blog, Lady At The Bat, to which he gladly agreed.

Last month, word spread that Todd had cancer. Yesterday he lost his battle with it, passing away at the age of 41. Todd was a terrfic writer. I’d settle for being able to write half as well as he did. While I didn’t know Todd personally, I’ve heard that he was a very kind, warm person. His friends and loved ones have suffered a great loss. My heartfelt condolences go out to them.

RIP, Todd Drew.