A South Bronx warehouse will be the location of The Bronx’s first food hall and market, similar to the Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District and the Chelsea Market. The ‘Bruckner Market’ is being built by developer Keith Rubenstein, who is also developing a residential complex across the street from the new market. Plans are still being finalized, but, according to The Real Deal, Rubenstein says he “envisions a fresh food market, food kiosks, sit-down restaurants and possibly a beer garden”. Rubenstein posted a “Piano District” billboard in the area months ago, which people interpreted as an offensive’rebranding’ of SoBro. They’d expressed their opinions about it using the social media hashtag #WhatPianoDistrict. [The Real Deal]

Chef Mossimo Bottura plans to open a new dining hall in The Bronx. According to an Instagram picture of the chef and actor Robert De Niro captioned, “Planning the new Refettorio in the Bronx!!! 2017 with Bob,” De Niro is involved. The news also says Bottura is collaborating with the Italian consul of New York on the new dining hall. No other details are available. [Eater]

Swale, a “food forest” of edible and medicinal perennial plants was built on a floating barge in The Bronx.  It will dock at select locations in New York City until October. During the open hours, people will be allowed to go onto the barge and pick food and plants for free. You are not allowed to forage on public land in NYC, but land laws are different from water laws, so the floating food barge allows foraging within city laws. “Part of our thinking is how can we be more self-sufficient in the city,” said artist Mary Mattingly and founder of the idea for the food forest in a video interview by the WSJ. [WSJ]

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC) announced that The Bronx Greenmarkt Hot Sauce will be sold in Puerto Rico. The Bronx Hot Sauce, made from serrano peppers grown at dozens of community gardens in The Bronx, can now be purchased at the Taste New York store in San Juan, PR and five La Hacienda stores on the island. It will also be used as a condiment at the Buns and Burgers restaurant. [Press Release]


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