*Jennifer Lopez returned to the Bronx yesterday to perform her first concert in 15 years before residents of her former neighborhood in Pelham Bay Park. She told the Orchard Beach crowd of about 25,000 she was “happy to be home,” but according to the New York Post, not everyone in the crowd was happy to see her.
Some Bronx natives pointed out that she hadn’t been back to perform since her debut album “On the 6” blew up in 1999. One told the New York Post, “She’s been making all this money… but she doesn’t even help out the neighborhood. Most of the people I know think she’s a sellout.”
Members of the City Island Civic Association urged authorities to cancel the event amid fears it would jam up City Island Road, the only way onto the island. But officials refused to bow to pressure and Lopez took the stage as planned in front of thousands of fans, performing tracks such as “If You Had My Love” and “Jenny From The Block.”
None of the traffic backups feared by officials came to pass. One fan said she took a cab from Brooklyn, and made it to the venue in about 30 minutes.
Among the fans in her corner during Wednesday’s State Farm-sponsored concert were members of the Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club, a children’s organization that J.Lo belonged to as a kid.
“It’s a wonderful feeling that Jennifer came from our club,” said Harold Maldonado with the Boys and Girls Club.
During the concert, Lopez gave a nod to the notorious green Versace dress she wore to the 2000 Grammy awards by wearing a swimsuit-style costume in a similar print.
After the gig , she tweeted: “Had so much fun tonight! Thank you #JLovers #JLoComingHome.”