I recently read a not-too-positive article about the Bronx. It focused on a lack of jobs, poor population growth, and little commercial development.
I couldn’t help but get defensive. I mean, it’s like with the kids I work with. They can say that their mom is a crazy bitch. When their friend says, “Yeah, I didn’t agree with her locking you out of the house at 2 am,” it’s on. Not unlike Donkey Kong.
So yes, we have more than our fair share of unemployment, violence, and poverty. But the Bronx also has a lot to offer (besides that baseball team that just won’t go away, even when their stadium has been torn down.) It is interesting, historic, quirky, and beautiful, with a strong sense of community despite everything.
Most people have images like this come to mind when asked to think of the Bronx.
Rundown infrastructure, graffiti…
Tall, ugly buildings, a little more graffiti…
Empty lots…good thing they sprung for that “No Trespassing” sign. I don’t think I’m the only one just dying to scale that fence, tangle with the barbed wire, and have a good old-fashioned picnic.
We’ve all felt the need for a pedicure spring up suddenly while waiting for the subway. Am I right, ladies?
But the Bronx has a lot more to offer. Some that people expect…
This place is awesome. Free on Wednesdays, and right in the middle of the borough. It’s always fun to walk by, and imagine that at any second, some rhinos are going to come charging through the fence.
We’ve got more community gardens than you can shake a stick at, if shaking sticks is your thing.
The beach is nice, but there is no better way to cool off on a 100 degree day. We’re nothing if not resourceful.
In the mood to relive “Toy Story?” Or just feel like wasting some quarters while trying to grab a stuffed pink unicorn? These things are all over the sidewalks, in front of corner stores. I think it really adds something to the neighborhood.
We’ve also got some of the best signs and advertisements I’ve found anywhere.
Boost that butt!
Speaking of butts, Beyonce is apparently hard up enough to lend her image to an independent hair salon.
I’m glad that they included the photo of the crayons. It helps.
Thank goodness. I’m so tired of those filthy, adults only laudromats.
We’ve also got some great architecture.
Just ignore the satellite dishes.
If you have to deal with the Department of Education, it might as well be in a building that looks like a wedding cake.
We’ve got nature.
Yes, Bronx River, we see you hiding behind that fence.
And someone is always watching over you.
My Size Barbies in the window. Redefining creepy since 1995.
Our Little Italy can kick your Little Italy’s ass.
And if this social work thing doesn’t work out, there are always plenty of career opportunities.