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BRONX:AFRICA on view Feb 3 - May 4, 2016

the Bronx Trolley: first wednesday
arts & culture tour Fact sheet

(previously known as the Bronx Culture Trolley)

The Bronx Trolley: First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour is a project of the South Bronx Cultural Corridor. The trolley was initiated in December 2002 (as the Bronx Culture Trolley) to encourage, create and maintain a higher level of arts participation and business development along the Bronx's lower Grand Concourse while promoting the “Cultural Corridor” of the South Bronx as a tourism destination.

Making a cultural loop through the lower Grand Concourse and in other sections of the Bronx, it provides an innovative way to travel free while giving Bronxites and tourists alike the opportunity to sample several of the area’s hottest cultural attractions, dining establishments and entertainment venues on the first Wednesday evening of the month except January and September  (and on select Saturdays). Riders travel via a replica of an early 20th-century trolley car, and passengers have the freedom to hop on and off at different stops along the route.

Regular attractions include art exhibits, poetry readings, film screenings, and live theatrical, musical, comedy, and dance performances at such venues as Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos, Hostos Center for Arts & Culture, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Andrew Freedman Home, Pregones Theater, BronxArtSpace, Bronx Documentary Center and WallWorks Gallery

Special trolley nights have included unique bronxArtworks creations – novelty items, arts & crafts, art cards, ceramics, jewelry, and more – all hand-crafted by Bronx artists. Trolley nights have also included tours of local artists' studios, and visits to Gordon Parks Gallery & Cultural Arts Center, Lincoln Hospital Exhibition Space, Bronx Music Heritage Center and Casita Maria Center for Arts & Recreation.

Trolley riders are occasionally treated to a “Works-in-Motion” performance on board the trolley. Past performances featured dancers, music, Shakespeare sonnets, a pirate high-jacking, puppets and theatrical readings.


The Bronx Trolley: First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour
runs on the first Wednesday evening of every month, (except in the months of January and September).

2015 First Wednesdays: Feb 4, Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, Jun 3, Jul 1, Aug 5, Oct 7, Nov 4 and Dec 2. The trolley does not run during the months of Sept and Jan..



First Wednesdays Trolley
begins at 5:00pm with a meet and greet reception with wine, soft drinks and hors d’oeurves at the Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos which is located at Hostos Community College, 450 Grand Concourse & 149th Street (easily accessible by the 2, 4 & 5 trains and the BX1 & BX19 buses). The trolley departs from Hostos at 5:30pm, 6:30pm and 7:30pm, making a cultural loop through the lower Grand Concourse, dropping off riders at their selected stops and picking them up at the next go-around.


The trolley vehicle and many venues are wheelchair accessible.

The trolley ride and admission to participating venues along its route are free. Optional cost to passengers is for food, beverages and souvenirs they may choose to purchase along the way.


Over 9,500 people have take The Bronx Trolley: First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour since its initial run. Over 14,000 people have enjoyed free art exhibits, poetry readings, film screenings, and live theatrical, musical, comedy, and dance performances at more than 30 participating cultural venues.

venues include:

Andrew Freedman Home

1125 Grand Concourse
(btwn 166 & McClellan Sts.)
Bronx, NY 10456

Hostos Community College Lobby
450 Grand Concourse

(near 149th Street)

Bronx, NY 10451

305 East 140th Street

Bronx NY 10454

Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance
2474 Westchester Avenue

Bronx, NY 10461


Bronx Documentary Center
614 Courtlandt Avenue
Bronx, NY 10451

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse

(at 165 Street)

Bronx, NY 10456

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
Hostos Community College
450 Grand Concourse at 149 Street

Bronx, NY 10451

LDR Studio Gallery
137 Alexander Avenue, Suite 10 (4th floor), Bronx, NY 10454

Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos
Hostos Community College
450 Gran
d Concourse

(near 149th Street)

Bronx, NY 10451

940 Garrison Avenue

(at Manida Avenue)

Bronx, NY 10474

Pregones Theater
571 Walton Avenue
(between 149th & 150th Streets)

Bronx, NY 10451

WallWorks Gallery

39 Bruckner Blvd.

Bronx, NY 10454



For supplying give-aways on our trolley night, the Bronx Council on the Arts thanks

  • Bronx Tourism Council
  • Barefoot Wines & Bubbly
  • Capital One Bank
  • Crown Trophy of the Bronx
  • En Foco
  • Fox Networks
  • MAS Marketing & Advertising Solutions
  • Montefiore Medical Center
  • Throgg's Neck Merchants Association
  • Wellcare


The Bronx Trolley First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour is a program of:

  • Bronx Council on the Arts
  • Bronx Cultural Card
  • Bronx Tourism Council

A Special Thanks to our Funders and Supporters

  • NYC Department of Cultural Affair,
  • NYS Council on the Arts
  • Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation
  • Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.
  • Hostos Community College
  • NYC Council Member James Vacca
  • Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
  • Bronx Delegation of the City Council.


For additional information

about The Bronx Trolley: First Wednesday Arts & Culture Tour, email



The Little Trolley That Did...
includes a brief history of the trolley's first 50 rides.


The First Wednesday Trolley

in the news

04/13/10 Daily News:

"Take a Ticket To Pride: Culture Trolley Offers Boro's Best"



“The Bronx Culture Trolley is widely considered the most successful of the city’s trolley routes”

Center for an Urban Future

August 2007

After research on all of the cultural trolleys in the city’s boroughs, our First Wednesdays Bronx Culture Trolley received a very impressive review.

view the Bronx Culture Trolley

excerpt from full report.

view the full 22-page report.


The Bronx Trolley: First Wednesdays Arts & Culture Tour receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, NYS Council on the Arts, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Lily Achincloss Foundation, Inc.,  Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, NYC Council Members Fernando Cabrera, Andrew Cohen, Melissa Mark-Viverito, James Vacca, the Bronx Delegation, and BCA members.

Special thanks to Hostos Community College and the Center for the Arts & Culture for their generous support of the exhibition program.



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