I Think I Love the Bronx

Every time I go there I love the feel of the Bronx. It’s like half city/half country, although it’s not really very country-like I guess. But it feels that way. Walking back to subway I saw a house for sale. It needs a lot of work, and it’s on a busy street, but it was surrounded by abandoned gardens. The Secret Garden in the middle of the city. This shot was the garden to the right, but there was also greenery in the front and the other side.

I want it. I want to take my computer and coffee out into this garden every morning to work. I’d leave the essential wild feel of it, and maybe just add to it. So, ah, rich people out there handing out money to buy houses, and I know there are a lot of you, please buy this house for me. Thank you in advance.

Secret Garden in the Bronx

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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6 thoughts on “I Think I Love the Bronx

  1. I’m in the Bronx, and while there are MANY advantages, (first and foremost financial), to moving uptown, I have to tell you, you’ll experience a sense of isolation like nobody’s business. You don’t realize (actually I’m sure you do) what a great thing it is to be able to walk out your door and see a world that is bursting with life and energy and interest like you have right now. Just not that way in the Bronx.
    The Bronx has many nice neighborhoods, but isolation is not good for mental health.
    Just my 2 cents worth.

  2. And take it from someone who has a garden (albeit, teeny tiny garden), it can become the hugest time suck you’ve ever experienced.

    When you find that rich person who is handing out free houses, be sure to have him hand out a free gardener while he is at it.

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