Bus Company Cancels 'Ghetto' Tours

A bus company has cancelled tours that promised tourists a glimpse into the seedier side of New York "from a safe distance."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the company, Real Bronx Tours, cancelled the tours amid outrage from local residents.

Three times a week, the $45 tour gave foreign visitors a glimpse at food lines, drug dealers chilling outside corner bodegas, seedy housing projects, and a park described as a pickpocket hangout.

The tour website described the Bronx as a borough that was "notorious for drugs, gangs, crime and murders."

Residents say the tour was racist and misrepresented the "area where former Secretary of State Colin Powell and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor lived in as children," according to the AJC.

"Those days are over, the Bronx is being rebuilt, it's rising again," said Bronx resident and Grammy-nominated musician Bobby Sanabria.

Most of the tenement slums in the Bronx before the 1980s were burned down intentionally by landlords looking for quick insurance payouts.

"We strongly urge you to stop profiting off of a tour that misrepresents the Bronx as a haven for poverty and crime, while mocking everything from our landmarks to the less fortunate members of our community who are availing themselves of food assistance programs," wrote Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito in an open letter to the company owner, Michael Myers.

"We've had enough of the gawkers who come to ghettoize us," said Al Quinones, caretaker of a community park. "Their timing was bad. The Bronx is not burning, not now! Now, it's resurgence."

The bus company did not return reporters' requests for comments.

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    • luVn_liFe…

      :mad:
      WHAT DA FuGG kinda shyte is this CRAP any COT DAYUM WAY.
      who wants to go on a "ghetto tour" whilst on VaCay

      daFugg
      riding by foLks looking at em like there . .
      NVM

    • MetroAtlMrs

      Wow...just wow

    • Bombshell Esq

      I read about this chit this morning... :facepalm:

    • A.J.

      :no: unfortunate.

    • libra80sbaby

      I quit! :ghost:

    • Cubarican

      That is so stupid. That shyt is real life- not some "safari" to be gawked at.

    • A.J.

      who come to ghettoize us
      _____________
      :dead:

    • luVn_liFe…

      *clutches anal beads* <- :bounce:

      they should GO Egg the companies office,ERRYDAY!
      MuthaFawKers!!

      GOT ME CURSSING AND Losing my religion this good DAMN DAY!

    • libra80sbaby

      and who the fugg paying $45 whole U.S Dollars for this chit??!! :wtf:

    • Smonae

      I was reading this earlier chit is crazy :facepalm:

    • luVn_liFe…

      A.J.

      :hug:

      Hello!!

    • dancerbee93

      Im surprised Al sharpton wasnt all over this :coffee:

    • Cubarican

      $45 whole U.S Dollars for this chit

      _________________________________

      They should put the money they pocketed back into the community.

    • Miapluck

      See.........Hold my mule cause this right here absolutely proves that the United States Incorporation is a cesspool of hatred/bigotry which is often displayed by certain individuals time and time again...I certainly wonder who purchased tickets (not really)...

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=temAjb9d-5s 69

      Cubanrican

      I swear we are >.< on this issue.

      Who the fcuk wants to do an Ghetto Safari in Bankhead or Vine City.

      Muffugin tourist a see some chit that will change their foreign ass life on the Westside. :nono:

    • A.J.

      luvn :kiss: sup kiddo

    • libra80sbaby

      dancerbee93 says:

      Im surprised Al sharpton wasnt all over this
      ---------------------------
      he under the hair dryer right now...wait till that rollerset get dry tho...he gone be on it :coffee:

    • libra80sbaby

      Cubarican says:

      $45 whole U.S Dollars for this chit
      _________________________________
      They should put the money they pocketed back into the community.
      ------------------------
      :yes:

    • GellySammich

      Cubarican says:

      That is so stupid. That shyt is real life- not some “safari” to be gawked at.
      ___________
      Right. "To the left you will see the monkeys... no wait... that's the niggras."

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=temAjb9d-5s 69

      libra80sbaby says:

      dancerbee93 says:
      Im surprised Al sharpton wasnt all over this
      —————————
      he under the hair dryer right now…wait till that rollerset get dry tho…he gone be on it :coffee:
      _________
      On this chit like his slick azz hair stuck to his scalp? :ghost:

    • Miany

      I'm surprised they actually closed the company down.
      Probably cuz a politician would have trouble getting re-elected when your 'borough' is so hood that tourists plan their vacations around your hood tours....yeah...that can't be good for re-election :tea:
      I just hate when sprites who get PAID to care don't really care until a scene is made. They shoulda BEEN tryna clean up that shii.. but NOOOO what do they do?? Wait until someone decides to exploit their fuggery and put it on full blast. They appease the residents by stopping the tours but you still living in the same conditions :( ...ok. I'm done..

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=temAjb9d-5s 69

      LuvN Libra and all other roses :kiss:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      I got 2 opinions on this :lol:

    • Cubarican

      he under the hair dryer right now…wait till that rollerset get dry tho…he gone be on it
      _____________________________
      :hahaha:

    • NaijaGal

      you can't make this chit up...real life trumps fiction every time...if those europeans don't take their asses to their own slums...just ugh

    • Ty

      The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the company, Real Bronx Tours, cancelled the tours amid outrage from local residents.
      _________
      They shouldnt have even started the shyt in the first place.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      I can see gravi's :woot: Cuba and LuvLife, I like! :D

      Hey :dance: Dancer! :hug:

    • Ms. Everything

      Man what the fvck... I hate the way this world works sometimes. You'd think people would have more to do with themselves than to spend money watching people poorer than them like they're on display at the zoo. How fvcked up in the head do you have to be for that shit?

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Ty, I will be in your neck of the woods :danban:

      :cell:

    • Cubarican

      Thanks DTTS! :hug:

    • libra80sbaby

      69 :kiss:

    • luVn_liFe…

      69 :hug: DTTS :hi:

      @SandraROSE did you do a post on the teen in Fl that set of an explosive in school for a science project,THEN WAS arrested??

      IF U did here's a small update:
      The explosion struck a chord with 18-year NASA veteran Homer Hickam, a former lead astronaut training manager for Spacelab, and later for the International Space Station.
      n the late 1950s, Hickam had a brush with law enforcement for allegedly starting a forest fire. State police came to his high school and led him and his friends away in handcuffs, but his high school physics professor and school principal came to the rescue, clearing him of wrongdoing..

      "I couldn't let this go without doing something," Hickam said. "I'm not a lawyer, but I could give her something that would encourage her. I've worked closely with the U.S. Space Academy, and so I purchased a scholarship for her."

      Learning of her twin sister, Hickam raised enough money so Kiera and Kayla could attend space camp together. Hickam runs several scholarships for kids with potential, and hopes to create an ongoing Space Academy scholarship. The twins will attend in July.

    • Betamax82

      This some bullshyt

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Ty says:

      The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the company, Real Bronx Tours, cancelled the tours amid outrage from local residents.
      _________
      They shouldnt have even started the shyt in the first place.

      This is America, Capitalism :shrug: If the company fails over this, then so be it :yes: #ididntreadthewriteupbutididhearaboutit

    • NaijaGal

      :newpost: is up

    • Ty

      libra80sbaby says:

      dancerbee93 says:

      Im surprised Al sharpton wasnt all over this
      —————————
      he under the hair dryer right now…wait till that rollerset get dry tho…he gone be on it
      __________
      :crying:

    • MsLolo

      Where? When? Why? The picture on top? :mad:
      Born and raised in the Bronx. Proud of it.

    • luVn_liFe…

      :newpost:
      THROW BACK PICK OF GABBY :shrug:

    • Ty

      <--Doesn't Talk To Strangers says:

      Ty, I will be in your neck of the woods
      ___________
      *looks at phone* :waiting:

    • Cubarican

      How fvcked up in the head do you have to be for that
      _________________________________________________

      I feel like it probably gives them some false sense of "entitlement" being able to look down on others to build their boring life up.

    • MsLolo

      Graduated from the same HS as Sotomayor btw.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      :eek: There was another (yt) expereiment gone wrong, I'm waiting to see what happens with him :huh: #ialreadyknow

    • dancerbee93

      @DTTA heyyyy :buttshake:

      @libra you gave me life this here afternoon!! :rofl:

    • libra80sbaby

      @Luvn ... :thinking: so what chew sayin is I need to let my kids set off an explosive in their school so we can get that good scholarship money too. Ok, I'm wit it

    • Ms. Everything

      @Luv :claps: good for them, this should have never gone so far and the school should have stood behind her on this instead of showing their asses. You don't punish curiosity. Yes sometimes you need to direct it to more appropriate places/studies/whatever but to expel and prosecute? Hell no

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      You don’t punish curiosity.

      :applause: That's how things are invented!

    • http://www.caboki.com/index.html Man, I just don’t care™

      :eek: <<<<me on the tour

    • http://facebook.com/kimecca Kimberly99

      Ms LoLO my son goes to cardinal Spellman !! Great school. We live in the bronx and like everywhere else it has its nice areas and awful areas. But they don't need to pay $45 to come all the way up to the bronx all they gotta do is go to the JEWISH slums downtown off the Houston exit off FDR and then mosey on down to canal street where the Chinese people live in real life slums. Looks like India down there. The GHETTO is right there in downtown manhattan

    • Audacious2

      If they can shut this bus service down, let's see how fast they can shut down the major attraction. The loitering in the parks and drug dealers will still exist, I find this council to be a group of hypocrites who have been exposed of their shortcomings of making Bronx safe and desireable neighborhood. How can you misrepresent something that really exists? :think:

    • jaqyfine

      @audacious2: Cosign!

      Everyone is all up in arms, but this is my sentiment exactly! PS: I am from the BX