New York Shitty Slide Show Du Jour: Memorial Day In The Bronx Part 2

May 27, 2009 by
Filed under: Bronx 

mary-and-friendsnys

As I have mentioned previously after checking out my old digs in Morris Park the Mister and I headed to Little Italy. Initially we attempted to do so on foot and ended up at the Bronx Zoo. We backpedaled and decided to let the BX 12 bus do the walking for us. If anyone from Not For Tourists is reading this could you please publish a Bronx guide? I am making this recommendation because although I enjoyed our (not so) little detour tremendously the fact of the matter is my feet most decidedly did not. I learned this the following day. But I digress.

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For the previous reason today’s slide show will be a mixed bag. It includes not only photographs of Little Italy, but also Pelham Parkway, Boston Road and several other thoroughfares we happened to find ourselves. Before we proceed I am going to share some highlights from our journey.

call-box

I found this lovely old call box on Pelham Parkway outside one of the many Art Deco apartment buildings to be found there. They simply do not make them like this anymore. What’s more, this piece of public property sports one of the most cryptic missives I have ever had the pleasure of reading.

camara

You took a pic of me with a diture camara to wash me and love 1 ones.

Uh-huh. Methinks somewhere in 10462 walks a budding e. e. cummings. Armed with a felt tip marker and unencumbered spellchecker.

The first thing that struck me about “Little Italy” was the presence of a rather sizable Albanian community. This first came to my attention when I spied one of the following piece of religious kitsch.

mother-theresa-clocknys

A clock featuring Mother Theresa praying over a solitary Albanian rose. Not having enough weird crap cluttering up our home I went inside to inquire about this item. I suspect my enthusiasm made me suspect in the shopkeeper’s eyes. He stated it was sun damaged and refused to sell it to me. However, I think he was impressed that I was able to identify a portrait of King Zog. Why would I— not being Albanian— even know who King Zog is, you ask? Well, for starters:

  1. I read a lot.
  2. Any country which brought us Enver Hoxha and his manifold contributions to the field of architecture is of particular interest to yours truly. As far as I’m concerned Karl Fischer wouldn’t have a pot to piss in if it were not for this man.
  3. Anyone named “Zog” is most assuredly someone I will make it a point to know about.

It was also on Arthur Avenue where I found what is easily the most stunning urban gravestone I have beheld to this day.

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This bad boy needs to be seen to be believed folks. Simply amazing.

pinatasnys

In addition to Albanians this neighborhood also sports a rather sizable Latino community. It was in one bodega on Hughes Avenue that I found the above assortment of pinatas…

sweetsnys

and this fragrant assortment of sweets. Before you get the urge to make cruller run I feel compelled to share with you one of the most effective advertising campaigns for weight loss ever concocted.

unisex-salon

It hails from this unisex salon on Crescent Avenue…

hombres

and is anything but sexy.

I could go on and on about the many interesting things I saw on Arthur Avenue and beyond but I have written far too much already. Instead I’ll leave you with this slide show. Enjoy!

This concludes our virtual tour of the Bronx. Now if you don’t mind I am off to explore the wilderness of north Brooklyn!

Miss Heather

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2 Comments on New York Shitty Slide Show Du Jour: Memorial Day In The Bronx Part 2

  1. rutila on Wed, 27th May 2009 2:41 pm
  2. I just forwarded this post to Rob at Not For Tourists. That fine company is where I got my start in publishing, and I hope he takes your request under consideration — though I suggested we draw the line at Staten Island.

  3. d on Thu, 28th May 2009 10:58 am
  4. Great photos!

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