2007_04_gerbronx.jpgWhen we feel the need to get away from the city without actually leaving the city, we head up to the Bronx. Places like City Island, Wave Hill, The New York Botanical Garden, and The Bronx Zoo are some of our favorite places to visit in all of New York, and we realize that's only the tip of the iceberg when considering the Bronx's appealing features.

Unfortunately, the stereotype of the Bronx as a blighted cityscape is stubbornly persistent despite Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr.'s best efforts to serve as its goodwill ambassador. The negative image of the city's northernmost borough is also informed by the type of persistent racism that we just find depressing. The image above is a screencap from a video that was taken at a German Army training session and the voiceover describes an instructor telling a trainee to pretend he's in the Bronx: "“You’re in the Bronx, a black van pulls up in front of you and three African-Americans get out and start really insulting your mother… act!”" At this point, the recruit lets loose with a hail of bullets from his weapon while shouting obscenities in English.

City officials are outraged, especially Carrion, Jr., who was just in Germany a few weeks ago promoting Bronx tourism. And if you think the Germans would listen to anyone, it would be a guy named Adolfo. We love the Bronx Borough's official site, which is cheerfully named I Love The Bronx!