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.

“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!

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7 thoughts on “Politicians Fume Over Bronx ‘Ghetto’ Bus Tours

  1. It should have been, but in business there are so few owners with any kind of integrity these days. It’s dictated by the almighty $$. So…anything goes. And so many are doing….anything.


  2. Reblogged this on United States Hypocrisy and commented: is reporting about a new “tourist attraction” for white Europeans wishing to come and see what a “real ghetto” looks like. At $45 a pop, these whites can come and view New York’s most impoverished area while they sit comfortably and amuse themselves at the expense of those who weren’t born with a silver spoon. Once again, we have an “exhibition” of sorts (only these are people struggling every day to make ends meet!) that makes a butt-load of money by exploiting the lives of poor people, especially poor Black and Hispanic people, who by the way aren’t making a dime for being in a sense put on display. This is right out of 19th century Europe, although at times such as this we must wonder if there is much difference between 19th century Europe and 21st century United States!

  3. This shit makes me want to VOMIT!! A tour that makes a butt-load of money exploiting the lives of poor people, especially poor Black people. This is right out of 19th century Europe, although at times such as this we must wonder if there is much difference between 19th century Europe and 21st century United States!!

    • A agree. I’m stunned, I almost don’t know what to say. I mean, I live here and it is very diverse with lots of history. I’m just stunned. Like wow. I went to this ‘Real Bus Tour’ website, and the text reads like it wants to acknowledge what the Bronx is all about, but then there are these places where you wonder why say ‘The REAL BRONX?’

      I suspect this tour guide isn’t doing anything out of the ordinary that the management doesn’t know about, otherwise they would have responded to the journalist. They don’t have a prepared statement yet.

      Some people have no cooth or respect. Incidentally the Post took the article down (the company probably took legal action).

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