Monday, March 18, 2013

The South Bronx

In 1981 a movie starring Paul Newman entitled Fort Apache, The Bronx portrayed an area of the Manhattan borough, now called the South Bronx, as a corrupt and crime infested neighborhood. The movie created quite a stir at the time, and the area's residents protested about the stereotype it portrayed. I visited the Bronx Documentary Center a few times over the past several weeks to view photojournalism exhibits, and had the opportunity to walk across 149th Street and do some street work. This neighborhood is a far cry from the Manhattan and Brooklyn neighborhoods I've walked in over the past couple of years. It certainly has its share of characters, but I had to be a bit more cautious than usual. No tourists, no fine ladies in mink, no gents in shearling coats shopping at Bergdorf or the Apple Store. Just the local residents recovering from a hard night or getting set up for the day to come, out to pick up daily supplies at the corner bodega - just life ....