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Re: One day back in the Bx: how would you spend it

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Posted by Phil Cioffari on Thursday, November 26th 2020:

In Reply to: One day back in the Bx: how would you spend it posted by Barbara on Wednesday, November 4th 2020:

As a novelist who writes about the Bronx, I go back there several times a month, to stoke old memories and find ideas to write about, and just because I like seeing it again, letting the memories run free. Though it can appear greyer and more tired than when we knew it (I lived there till 1965), the buildings and parks and playgrounds are much the same--the streets too, though the stores are different. Most important, the memories are still there. I can feel them, alive and mostly intact after all these years. That won't change, as long as we're here to remember them. I try not to be too judgmental about the things that have changed, the things we've lost. For myself, at least, I can say the Bronx affected me more than anything else--more than schools or religion or nationality. It was a special time and place and I'm thankful for what it gave me, thankful that I can hold onto its memories: Parkchester, Orchard Beach, Arthur Avenue, Mosholu Parkway, the Grand Concourse. And so much more.

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