This is a good article. It’s fair, and the point about the elites of the past not having built lots of beautiful homes that can now be gentrified is especially noteworthy. But an important point that is missed is that many of the institutions that could act as centers of gravity, like my employer the Botanical Garden, the Zoo, Wave Hill, the Bronx Museum, Fordham, Montefiore, etc, and etc do not have easy access to Manhattan like many of the chic areas of Brooklyn do. This means that you have to love the neighborhood you’re putting down roots in, and let me tell you, I would not put down roots in the ‘hood surrounding the Garden. Something else that the author doesn’t mention is the havoc wrought on the borough by Robert Moses. Having had plenty of opportunities recently to get lost in the Bronx in my car, I can say firsthand that he really screwed this place. That said, I do enjoy the time I spend here, but I’m always happy to get back to Manhattan at the end of the day. Sorry Bronxites.
The hive mind of a place-conflicted New Yorker