Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Bronx: freedom from hipsters and gentrification

Which is just the way I like it. The Bronx is as intimidatingly raw as it is overwhelmingly friendly. I found people in Manhattan are too busy to be helpful and Staten Island residents are too paranoid to deal with. Only in the Bronx will someone toss you their keys so you can let yourself into a locked private condo building.
The neighborhoods range from dense projects to single family homes on quiet streets. Along the Hudson River the neighborhoods seem almost suburban and across the borough Co-op City is the worlds largest apartment complex. Many remind me of the set from Sesame Street. That is if Hooper's Store sold blunts, the front steps smelled of urine and Bert & Ernie enjoyed an occasional taste of snow.
The lack of gentrification keeps things authentic. Corner stores and local diners dominate the storefronts and for some reason Jerome Ave. manages to have at least one auto glass place per block for miles. It lacks the touristy feel that some parts of Manhattan have, I'm fairly sure the new Yankees Stadium is as far North as they dare to go.
Not the most glamorous area but not the worst place to be working. My one gripe is the widespread use of the Bumper De-Fender. The only thing worse than poor parking jobs are rewarding bad parkers for their lack of skill. From the looks of things it didn't do a whole lot of good.

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