Company Stops Ghetto Bus Tours Around New York
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.
Via ABC News reports:
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
On the door to his shack on the grounds is a sign that reads: “Don’t dump on the Bronx.”
Such a dumb culture. Fascinated with suffering–we need only look within to see it. Good riddance to disgustingly bad rubbish!