“Para Roberto” by Melissa Calderon, which was installed in October 2019 at Roberto Clemente Plaza.
Photo via https://www.melissacalderon.com
BRONX TIMES REPORTER,20 NOVVEMBER 6-12, 2020 BTR
BY ALEX MITCHELL
Police are searching for a man who
pistol whipped and tried robbing a
delivery man on the job in the south
Bronx last month.
It was recently reported that the
31-year-old male delivery bike driver
was held up in front of an East 151
Street building at about 1:25 p.m. on
Friday, Oct. 16, when the perp threatened
to shoot the victim if he didn’t
leave his bike and food delivery behind,
according to the NYPD.
That man then struck the victim
with the fi rearm causing him to fall off
his bike and onto the ground, where the
delivery man fought back by grabbing
his anti-theft bike chain and swinging
it at the robber, causing the individual
to fl ee westbound on Courtland Avenue
without the bike or any food.
The driver was transported to Lincoln
Hospital where he was treated for
minor injuries and released, there was
no property taken.
Police describe the attempted robber
as approximately 28-year-old
with a medium complexion and a medium
build. He was last seen wearing
dark colored pants, a black hooded
jacket and a dark colored baseball
cap with the word “Bronx” written on
The NYPD released this footage
and images of the suspect.
Photos and video courtesy of the NYPD.
Anyone with information in regard
to this incident is asked to call
the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline
at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish,
1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can
also submit their tips by logging onto
the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.
Twitter @ NYPDTips.
All calls and messages are
strictly confi dential.
BY JASON COHEN
The NYC Department of Design
and Construction (DDC)
announced on Oct. 28 that a
project from the Bronx has
been selected by the Public
Design Commission (PDC) to
receive its annual award for
Excellence in Design.
The Bronx recipient was
“Para Roberto” by Melissa
Calderon, which was installed
in October 2019 at Roberto
“Para Roberto” is a Percent
for Art project that pays tribute
to the late Puerto Rican professional
baseball player Roberto
Clemente, who played 18 seasons
for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He tragically died in a plane
crash in 1972 while en route to
providing aid for earthquake
victims in Nicaragua.
Calderón, a Bronx native,
said the installation honored
Clemente’s “remarkable life,
his humanitarian legacy, perseverance
and dedication to
working with kids to help realize
their own dreams.”
Awards during the virtual
ceremony will be dedicated to
staff, designers and artists that
have helped to deliver sustainable
infrastructure and public
spaces throughout the city.
“We are tremendously appreciative
of the Public Design
Commission and their
recognition of the design that
goes into the sustainable infrastructure
DDC creates throughout the
City,” said DDC Commissioner
The project is created from
cast bronze and depicts an
empty abuelo (grandfather)
chair. According to the artist,
the one dozen 12-foot sugarcane
stalks surrounding the chair
signify the hard work Clemente’s
family did in the sugarcane
fi elds and also the player’s
12 Golden Glove Awards.
“Para Roberto’s” concrete
base features oyster and seashells,
which Calderón said
represents both a 70’s sidewalk
and the beaches in Clemente’s
home in Puerto Rico.
video shows the making of
the sculpture at the Polich
See more of the artist’s
work at www.melissacalderon.
Man gets pistol whipped
Public Design Commission
awards ‘Para Roberto’
creator from the Bronx