Luis Chaluisan Salsa Magazine Un Verano En Nueva York-Orchard Beach Memories

Flashback Friday: Un Verano En Nueva York-Orchard Beach Memories
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Un Verano En Nueva York-Mambo eX
Double Track Sung by: El Extreme Luis Chaluisan
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Edited on Windows Movie Maker
Written by: Justi Barreto
roughrican productions (c) 2014
YOU CAN TAKE THE MAN OUT OF THE BRONX BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE THE BRONX OUT OF THE MAN. Every Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day in September for more than 50 years.
TIME Approximately 12:00 noon through 5:00 PM or maybe later.
Then there is an after party held indoors a few minutes away from 6:00 – 12:00 midnight by the same DJs with a free buffet from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Click Here For After Party Info.
LOCATION
Held in a huge open cement dancing area near the beach and trees (Sections 4 – 5, aka “Areas 4 – 5”), near the hockey / roller rink, at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park.
VIEW LOCATION MAP Click Here For Map. Travel instructions are below.
PRESENTED BY A long-running event put on by volunteer DJs who play classic salsa music for dancers. Originally created & run by DJ Ernie Ensley and now run by Bronx veterans DJ Carlos Santiago and DJ Cisco (Francisco Morales).
CONTACT INFO Organizer & main DJ Carlos Santiago – Email CSantiago2009@aol.com – Phone 917-553-4398.
The event happens every Sunday, except when there’s bad weather, as it has for more than 50 years. It’s a Bronx salsa tradition. El condado de la salsa – The salsa borough.
Orchard Beach is part of Pelham Bay NYC Park – Park office phone – 718-885-2275.
TYPE OF EVENT & VENUE A very casual outdoor event held in the summer in a huge cement dancing area next to the boardwalk and beach at Orchard Beach, Bronx. It has run for more than 50 years and attracts hundreds of salsa lovers & dancers every Sunday. Concessions nearby with food and beverages. See picture above. Click Here for newspaper article about this event. See our Summer Events Listing Policy
Then there is an after party held indoors a few minutes away from 6:00 – 12:00 midnight by the same DJs with a free buffet from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Click Here For After Party Info.
MUSIC Almost entirely pure classic salsa plus a little cha cha.
DANCE PERFORMANCES None.
DJ Organizer & main DJ Carlos Santiago, plus DJ Cisco (Francisco Morales), DJ Joe Mambo and occasional guest DJs.
BAND None
DANCE FLOOR A huge cement dancing area. Suede bottom Capezios not recommended.
PRICES Free.
BEVERAGES AND FOOD Food & beverages are available nearby at concessions, and there are grass and tree areas where people barbecue and hang out for the day. You can bring your own beverages and food.
DRESS CODE Casual, shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits, jeans & t-shirts, what ever you wear at the park or beach, etc.
DANCE TIMING
Most people are dancing on various salsa timings, such as On 1, On 2, side-to-side, or other timings. If you want to be assured of dancing On 2, bring a partner or group.
DESCRIPTION Free. Most Sundays (and an occasional other day if noted on our Calendar ), through the Labor Day weekend. Time: approximately 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM or maybe later. This is an Orchard Beach tradition known to most of the local salseros. Happening for more than 50 years, it was started by DJ Ernie Ensley who spun some excellent classic salsa and charanga, much of which had been personally recorded by him. He had been going to local concerts and clubs for years and making live recordings of most of the major salsa bands. After DJ Ernie passed away, other local DJs spontaneously took over playing at the event. Organizer & main DJ Carlos Santiago.
Held in a huge open cement dancing area near the beach and trees (Sections 4 – 5, aka “Area 4 – 5”), this event has a very friendly, casual, laid back atmosphere, with everyone dancing in jeans, shorts & bathing suits, in sneakers, sandals or barefoot. A few people dance On 2, while others dance On 1, side-to-side, ol’ Cuban style, and every other way salsa can be done. If you want to be assured of On 2 partners, you may wish to go with a partner or a group. The beach is nearby just on the other side of the Boardwalk, so you can alternate between beaching, swimming and dancing. There are also benches, tennis, handball & basketball courts, rollerblading, restrooms nearby. Food & beverages are also available nearby in Section 5, and there are grass and tree areas where people barbecue and hang out for the day. Consider bringing folding chairs, blanket, ice chest, radio, the works. Please note: This event is occasionally cancelled, such as for rain, so go there expecting “whatever….”. If it doesn’t happen, there’s always the beach, and City Island is right nearby with its seafood restaurants. But most of the time, it happens….and it’s happening. Click Here for newspaper article about this event. See our Summer Events Listing Policy.
Then there is an after party held indoors a few minutes away from 6:00 – 12:00 midnight by the same DJs with a free buffet from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Click Here For After Party Info.
HOW TO GET THERE
By Car: Take Hutchinson River Parkway, Bruckner Expressway or Bronx & Pelham Parkway. Get off at “City Island & Orchard Beach” exits. Continue by following signs to Orchard Beach, generally staying left through any unmarked intersections, until you come to the huge main Orchard Beach parking lot on your right. From the parking lot, walk toward the water and the Boardwalk. At the Boardwalk, turn left and walk a few hundred feet to “Section [Area] 4 – 5”. On your left will be a large outdoor pavement dancing area, and you’ll hear the music. Or, if you can walk from the left corner of the parking lot closest to the beach (when facing in the direction of the beach), the gravel path will take you directly to the dancing as you near the beach. The dancing area is near the hockey / roller rink. Click Here For Map . Orchard Beach is part of Pelham Bay NYC Park .
By Bus: Bx12, Bx29, Bx5, Bx52, and Westchester Line number 45 serve the park. Orchard Beach is served by the Bx5 and Bx12 buses during the summer only. During the winter, take the Bx29 to the City Island Circle and walk to the beach.
By Subway: Take the 6 line to its last stop, Pelham Bay Park. Connect to bus (see above).
Parking: There is a huge parking lot which costs a few dollars. Well worth the convenience.
For more information on public transportation, click on NYC Subway-Bus-Train Maps , or NY-NJ PATH Train Maps or Long Island Railroad Maps or MetroNorth Railroad Maps or HopStop.
OTHER INFORMATION
Please Note – Disclaimer: New York City area summer outdoor salsa events in general are subject to program changes and occasional cancellations for various reasons (band, DJ, weather, administrative mix-ups, etc.), so don’t be too surprised if this happens. And the music may not always be as “pure salsa” as we would like. Also, the dancing conditions may be less than ideal, for example concrete, grass, dirt, sand, etc., so bring footwear that prepares you for any surface. I will state the dancing surface if I know what it is. My information comes from the most reliable sources I can find. In most cases, the information turns out to be accurate, but occasionally it is not. “It’s the nature of the beast.”

— with El Extreme Luis Chaluisan and 3 others at Orchard Beach.

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