Bronx Week 2019 ended with a bang, on May 19, 2019, with Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. having hosted the induction ceremony for this year’s Bronx Walk of Fame honorees as well as the 2019 Bronx Week Parade and Festival on Mosholu Parkway.
The Bronx Walk of Fame honorees — critically-acclaimed singer/songwriter Regina Spektor, boxing legend Iran Barkley and planetary scientist Carolyn Porco, met on Grand Concourse in front of The Bronx County Building, to unveil their ceremonial street sign installed on the Bronx Walk of Fame.
Prior to the event, Borough President Diaz hosted a volunteer breakfast to celebrate Bronx residents for their work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The day culminated with the 2019 Bronx Week Grand Finale Concert on Mosholu Parkway, that featured performances by hip-hop legends Fat Joe and Funk Flex, freestyle sensation George Lamond, and salsa artist Hector Tricoche along with Edgar Joel & Anthony Colon.
“Bronx Week is a chance for our borough to come together and celebrate what an incredible community we have here,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “The Bronx is recognized by the whole world as a rainbow of culture, talent, and spirit and today we host our annual homecoming for some of our best and brightest stars. This year’s honorees are role models for their achievements in their respective fields and they show that, if given a chance, a child from The Bronx can become a world-renowned pianist, a champion boxer or even a planetary scientist. I am proud to welcome them back to the Boogie Down.”
The 2019 Bronx Walk of Fame were also honored at the annual Bronx Ball, On Saturday, May 18, 2019, as well as The Bronx Zoo, who received The Bronx Tourism Council “Tourism Award,” presented annually by to an individual or organization that has worked to bring new visitors to Bronx.
“Bronx Week is one of the most, if not the most anticipated events of the year. This is the time where the entire borough celebrates the best of the best!” says Olga Luz Tirado, executive director of The Bronx Tourism Council.
The 2019 Bronx Walk of Fame Inductees:
REGINA SPEKTOR was born in the Soviet Union and began studying classical piano when she was six. Her family emigrated to New York City in 1989 and Spektor made her recorded debut in 2001 with the self-released 11:11, a collection of songs heavily influenced by jazz and blues. Spektor’s commercial breakthrough came in 2006 on her fourth LP, Begin to Hope. The gold-certified album included the singles “On the Radio,” “Better” and “Fidelity.” Spektor’s fifth album, Far, released in 2009, and sixth album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats released in 2012, both debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In September 2016 Spektor released her seventh album, Remember Us To Life. Spektor’s songs have appeared in TV shows and movies including Orange Is The New Black, Grey’s Anatomy, Weeds and How I Met Your Mother.
IRAN BARKLEY was born on May 6, 1960 in The Bronx, New York. He lived with his parents, and his seven siblings in the Patterson Houses. His older sister was a professional boxer and introduced Iran to boxing thirteen years old.
As an amateur boxer, Barkley won a Silver Medal at the New York Golden Gloves and a Gold Medal at the Empire State Games, in 1981, as well as a bronze medal at the 1982 World Championships.
Barkley held world championships in three different weight classes; including the World Boxing Council (WBC) middleweight title from 1988 to 1989, the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title from 1992 to 1993, and the World Boxing Association light heavyweight title in 1992. Barkley defeated International Boxing Hall of Famer, Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns, with a third round knockout that earned him the Ring Magazine’s 1988 “Upset of The Year” award, before losing the title to Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán, in what was Ring Magazine’s “Fight of The Year,” in 1989. Barkley would go on to defeat Darrin Van Horn to win the IBF super middleweight title, in January 1992, and took Hearns’ WBA light heavyweight title via a twelve-round split decision two months later.
CAROLYN PORCO is a planetary scientist who is responsible for many of the discoveries and stunning images from the Voyager and Cassini missions. While still a graduate student, Porco analyzed data on Saturn’s ring system sent by the Voyager 1 spacecraft, making several significant discoveries about the planet’s ringlets and its magnetic field.
Over her career Porco has participated in producing some of the most iconic photos of space, such as the Pale Blue Dotimage of Earth taken by Voyager 1. She has also served as a science consultant on such productions as the 1997 movie Contact and the 2009 movie Star Trek. In 2012, she was named one the 25 most influential people in space by Time magazine. Since 2015 Porco has been a visiting distinguished scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.
Headshots of this year’s Bronx Walk of Fame honorees can be found at https://bit.ly/2H2mZHt.
The Bronx Week 2019 Spotify Playlist can be found here: https://spoti.fi/2PJWadX.
Photos from the 2019 Bronx Ball can be viewed at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmym2UyS.
Photos from the 2019 Bronx Walk of Fame Induction can be downloaded at https://www.flickr.com/gp/bronxbp/512q4E.
Photos of the parade and festival can be downloaded at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmBpqbs8.
Photos from the concert can be downloaded at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmDFzSyJ.