"Da Bronx"

Trip Start Jul 27, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I liked the walk through the bit of Bronx. Like my small excursions through Harlem and Brooklyn, I had a different picture of the place in mind. Maybe I'm just not seeing the "real" parts. For Bronx, this thought has little weight though. This time I went in a group in a tour. The man in charge was born here,lived here and is thoroughly knowledged about the place. Another ace, just like the Prof B* who guided us in the tour of central park.

We start at the place probably most known in Bronx. Yankee Stadium. We see the place of where the old stadium used to be. The new one stands proud and high. I have never watched a  game of baseball nor know much about the sport, but being exposed to American TV, I know that this is the place of the Yankees. Things in the team shop we visit don't come cheap, least by my standards. What of $800 for a ball signed by the team? Good money. I pass with no guilt.

Taking the walk further from here, we pass the absolutely fake (in fact I was told it is plastic) version of the statue of liberty. Man in charge (Prof C*) tells some history of the place, pertaining to the migrants from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic (the people from the former being natural Americans in  this day). We walk past administrative houses, a childrens playground, displays of flags from both the above countries alongside the American one, graffiti walls, a place where you can hand in a gun/guns questionsfree in exchange for a couple of hundred $s (good idea, i think), a building which was once framed to be one of safe houses in case of nuclear warfare (forget which country was provoking) and the area which is said to be the poorest in Bronx (being from Africa, not so poor, I judge). Prof C* tells of a few famous names who come from Bronx, including, with some good humour, himself. Theres lots but one who sticks out for me is Collin Powell. I think we all know who that is.

Overall, I felt I would do a second date with Bronx. Not the crazy place I thought it would be. Past noon it now is and I now need to make may way to Queens, my departure point to the west coast. So much more to see in NYC. I hope for a next-time visit to the place.
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