Sunday, September 21, 2008

Read This Article.

If you live in the Bronx, used to live in the Bronx, are thinking of living in the Bronx, love the Yankees, or love to hate the Yankees, you must read this enlightening and obviously lovingly crafted article on the history of the Yankee Stadium area of the South Bronx by The New York Times' David Gonzalez.

Even as a relative newcomer to the Bronx, this strikes me as one hell of a great article.

Here are two powerful excerpts which sum up the theme of the piece:

"To love the Bronx is to love it when it is down, and yes, it was battered and staggering 20 years ago. But the beauty — yes, beauty — of that era was that people decided to stay and make it work. A generation of grass-roots leaders had stepped forward to spur the borough’s turnaround." [NY Times, David Gonzalez]

"If there is greatness here, it is not only in a baseball dynasty. It is found in the stubborn refusal of residents to give up on their neighborhood. The Yankees’ neighborhood. The South Bronx." [NY Times, David Gonzalez]

BoogieDowner is grateful to all those Bronxites who have been part of the resurgence of this beautiful borough.


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