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    Posted: May 21 2013 at 2:17am

Politicians Fume Over Bronx ‘Ghetto’ Bus Tours

By Ruth Manuel-Logan

SORRY SIGHT: Lynn Battaglia, a guide for Real Bronx Tours, points out sights on East 148th Street.
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SORRY SIGHT: Lynn Battaglia, a guide for Real Bronx Tours, points out sights on East 148th Street.

Foreigners, who are looking to witness from a safe distance, what a “real ghetto” looks like are paying $45 a pop to take a bus tour through the Bronx, and borough politicos are up in arms, according to the New York Post.

Real Bronx Tours are taking mainly White Europeans and Australians on a tour of the Bronx with stops at for photo ops at a food-pantry line, “pickpocket” park, and housing projects.

According to an unnamed patron on the tour, one of the guides, Lynn Battaglia (pictured), from Pittsburgh, poked fun at impoverished areas, describing the South Bronx, in particular, as a crime-ridden borough infested with poverty and violence, which has plagued the area since the 1970s.

At one point during the tour, Battaglia allegedly told the tourists in front of pantry line, “I don’t know what that line’s about, but every Wednesday we see it,” Battaglia told the tourists. “We see them go in with empty carts, and we see them come out with carts full.”

The bus then reportedly stopped in front of St. Mary’s Park, where she reportedly told the foreigners, “If it were 1980, and you said to me, ‘Lynn, I want to die.’ My answer would be, ‘You’re in the right neighborhood,’” suggesting that the park is unsafe.

As the tour continued, Battaglia allegedly also blamed the borough for coming up with the term “pig” to describe police, “The policeman, his name is Patty, and he would walk up and down that street, and if he ran into an alcoholic, he’d beat them mercilessly. So they’d call him ‘Patty the Pig,’” she said.Ermm

“Pig” actually originated in London in 1811!

Borough President Ruben Diaz is incensed about the tour and referred to its guide as “the biggest fool on the planet.” Diaz added, “They should tell people about the Bronx that we all know, and that’s the Bronx that’s had the lowest crime rate since 1963 last year.”  Diaz contends, “To have foreigners come and gawk at a long line of people who are less fortunate than they are and to make money off of that and to view them as though they are some sort of entertainment is pretty disgusting.”

Meanwhile, Real Bronx Tours failed to provide a comment to the New York Post when contacted.

As an added note, I am from the Bronx and not only has crime gone down, but the borough has been significantly redeveloped since the ’80s. The Bronx is the birthplace of hip-hop, one of the centers of African-American culture, home to the legendary baseball team the Yankees, and has one of the world’s largest metropolitan zoos. 

The borough’s yesteryear image of being a lunar wasteland was perpetuated by those who are myopic and pessimistic. And today, the Bronx stands as a shining renaissance!

http://newsone.com/2465709/real-bronx-tours/

I wonder if they throw peanuts at the Bronx residents?Sleepy



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they should leave her fat ash there for an hour.Sleepy
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^Girl! I need a tour bus to go tour her home and point out what good old fashioned american racism looks like in the doughy pink flesh. Ol bish.Ermm


I'm dying at the Black man's side eye in the background though.
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Worldwide, white people view people of color as spectacles to be wondered at or delights to be used and or consumed.

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they have "The Wire" tour in Baltimore

pretty much the same thing

and I have been in that area during the day and night

I would never want to pay to go there
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White people paying to go to the Ghetto? SMH, if this isn't something to wake up and realize your potential, than what can wake you up. Black people should have never given white people an education.

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what they say about the wire tour on wiki

Respect

This part is crucial. The hand-wringing associated with the terribly distasteful and offensive term "ghetto tourism" is a bit overwrought and contrived, but there are pitfalls to be aware of. This tour will take you through examples of some of the more impoverished and alienated urban communities in the United States, and if your purpose is to "gawk at poverty," you are here for the wrong reasons. These are real neighborhoods with a vibrant culture that the locals are proud of in spite of the obvious social problems, and as a sophisticated traveler you should accept them on their own terms. You should be here to reconnect with your favorite scenes from the TV series and to better appreciate that which is Baltimore.

Note that it is highly inappropriate to photograph people without their express permission.

[edit] Stay safe

Yes, you are touring some high crime areas, be smart about it. Do not leave possessions within sight of any passers by. Car jackings happen everyday. And always make sure you have an exit route, so you are not boxed in. As noted above, walking on foot around the East and West Baltimore sections of the tour could be more risky. Yes, they are high violent crime areas, and a nighttime stroll would be ill-advised, but no one is likely to bother you beyond asking you what you're doing there, or possibly advising that it's not safe for you to visit. People here are used to minding their own business.

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Smh, I'm gonna need someone to shoot up that bus
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Why are white ppl so fascinated by us? This is crazy. Next you'll hear about blacks and Puerto Ricans selling themselves to german ladies for gifts. And i would not be mad
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I wanna go on a Wire tourDisapprove






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