by Dan Cohen
The Bronx isn’t just one thing. New York’s northernmost borough, The Bronx was, for parents and grandparents of a certain age, a wonderful place to raise a family before that Son of Satan Robert Moses bisected the borough with the Cross Bronx Expressway, crushing the hopes and dreams of a generation with that sad alternative known as Co-op City. Not that I’m bitter, but the Bronx gets no respect. For people from Westchester, it’s a ghetto, something to be gotten through on the way to Manhattan or points south. For New Jerseyans, it’s the place where the Yankees play and not much else. For Long Islanders (ie Mets fans), it’s the place where the Yankees play– may it rot in hell!!! But the Bronx today is all this and more. Quite a lot more, in fact, and I got an up close and personal look at much of it during the Tour de Bronx, an organized bike event I rode in on the last Sunday of October.