Real Bronx Tours Takes White Tourists on Bronx Ghetto Tours, Includes ‘PickPocket Park’

BRONX GHETTO TOURS:  New York City politicians are fuming over a Bronx bus tour that promises “a ride through a real New York City GHETTO,” the New York Post reports. The Real Bronx Tours takes riders, mostly white Europeans and Australians, on a trip that includes “stops at food-pantry lines” and a “pickpocket park” three times a week, the newspaper reports.

Last week, on the first stop of the $45 tour, guide Lynn Battaglia, from Pittsburgh, pointed out a housing project. She then mocked the Grand Concourse, modeled after a Parisian boulevard. “Do you feel like we’re on the Champs-Elysées?” she teased a couple from Paris.

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The bus stopped in front of St. Mary’s Park, where she credited Mayor Rudy Giuliani for curbing crime.

“If it were 1980 and you said to me, ‘Lynn, I want to die.’ My answer would be, ‘You’re in the right neighborhood,’ ” she said.

She suggested the park is still dangerous.

“I might encourage you to walk with a New Yorker, not because you’re going to get shot, just because sometimes people take advantage if they know you’re a tourist, either charge you too much or maybe someone would pick your pocket,” she said. Source

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.