Black People : Bronx 'ghetto' tours

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  1. MsInterpret

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    Bronx ‘ghetto’ tours stop amid residents’ outrage

    by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | May 23, 2013 at 10:03 AM
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    New Yorkers try to stay cool June 10, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City. Temperatures reached into the upper 90's again today during an early heat wave in the city. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    NEW YORK (AP) — A company that promised sightseer tours to the Bronx that included a New York City “ghetto” has stopped the bus rides under protest from an outraged neighborhood.
    Real Bronx Tours, which took mostly European tourists from Manhattan to see life in the South Bronx “from a safe distance,” issued a statement this week saying it would immediately cease all tours there.
    Three times a week, the $45 ride took visitors past food-pantry lines, a housing project and a park a guide described as a pickpocket hangout.
    Tourists were told they’d get a look at the Bronx that reflects one of the darkest chapters of the city’s history, the 1970s and ’80s, when the tour website said “this borough was notorious for drugs, gangs, crime and murders.”
    The Bronx lost hundreds of buildings to fires intentionally set by landlords to collect insurance money, hence the phrase, “the Bronx is burning.”
    But residents say the tours are a misrepresentation of the area where former Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor lived in as children.
    “Those days are over, the Bronx is being rebuilt, it’s rising again,” said Bronx resident and Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria.
    On Monday, Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito sent an open letter to the company owner, Michael Myers, saying they were “sickened by the despicable way” the borough was being portrayed to outsiders.
    “We strongly urge you to stop profiting off of a tour that misrepresents the Bronx as a haven for poverty and crime, while mocking everything from our landmarks to the less fortunate members of our community who are availing themselves of food assistance programs.”
    The tour company did not respond to calls and emails requesting comment. It was not clear whether they would resume any of their tours. And by Thursday, the website of the company was no longer accessible.
    Other companies in the city still offer regular guided trips to the Bronx.
    Three weeks ago, NYC & Company, the city’s tourism bureau, launched a promotion of the South Bronx as “one of our safest, most exciting boroughs,” with highlights including Art Deco architecture and the Yankees.
    Real Bronx Tours has been booted from the bureau’s membership list as a result of the language they’ve been using, NYC & Company spokeswoman Kimberly Spell said.
    Elena Martinez, an anthropologist and Bronx resident, offers visitors walks through the same neighborhood that was on Real Bronx Tours’ itinerary.
    The human struggles on these still gritty streets have produced urban styles and sounds copied around the world, from hip hop music and outdoor murals to clothing.
    “Many young Europeans come here as a pilgrimage,” Martinez said. “This was the incubator for hip-hop, salsa, jazz, Afro-Cuban music, R&B.”
    She points to theaters, lavish dance halls and clubs where salsa came alive, along with some of the biggest names in music. Sanabria, a famed drummer, says he comes from a borough “that has an incredible, majestic music culture.”
    And although many of the buildings now house stores and offices, or were demolished or burned down, new ones mingle with restored historic ones “and people are helping to bring the neighborhood back,” Martinez said.
    “We’ve had enough of the gawkers who come to ghettoize us,” says Al Quinones, caretaker of a community park that features a garden with fruit trees and a stone outdoor amphitheater. “Their timing was bad. The Bronx is not burning, not now! Now, it’s resurgence.”
    READ MORE: http://thegrio.com/2013/05/23/bronx-ghetto-tours-stop-amid-residents-outrage/
     
  2. MS234

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    Yea that was crazy when I heard it. I know those tours mostly start in midtown Manhattan and south Bronx is not to far over the 138th and 145th St bridges. They go up there circle around and back thru Manhattan. Tour buses (white people) do navigate Brooklyn at times too. They mostly stay in downtown Brooklyn because that's right over the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges. They don't venture to the Brooklyn hoods because they're too far like, hoods like East New York, Brownsville, Bushwick, Red Hook and parts of Bed-Stuy.

    They're trying to make money off the backs of our condition once again. What else is new? And the funny thing is they're playing off old NY.

    Yea there are still hot spots around the city but it's NOTHING like the 70's and 80's or 90's for that matter when there was at least one murder if not more daily or attempts at murder.


    Side note:
    Every so often you here of these out of town transplants that are not used to the speed of NY, getting hit by cars, trains or run over while riding a bike. NYer's get hit too, but my point is most people don't understand a NY minute is about 3 seconds. Yes you must pay attention at all times.
     
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    Don't know if it's still going on, but at least within the last 2 years, some bruthas in L.A. were running "tours" through South Central for whites to "see the ghetto" and REAL gang-bangers :eek: through the windows of their air conditioned buses. :news:
     
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    Wow.

    Hmm get that money huh?
     
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    That's what it's about. Strange thing is, the folks in South Central know/knew about it and don't care.
     
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    Actually the Bronx has changed quite a bit since "Jewish Lighting" struck many buildings in the South Bronx during the 70's and crime has dropped greatly since the crack epidemic of the 80's, so I'm not sure if there is a lot left to show.
     
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    Peace

    There have always been ghetto tours in the bx and other boroughs, but their usually done in squad cars and not buses.
     
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    Man you ain't lying lol You always come wit da real, I appreciate that. U rep Bx NY 1 hunnid


    Peace to the pham up in mckinley 161st & Tinton
     
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