For Lifelong Residents, The Bronx Is More Than Someplace To Pass Through

People, even functioning communities, were in the Bronx long after most Whites fled and well before they apprehensively ventured back. I can personally attest to life here in 90’s, when the latest wave of corporate financed gentrification was starting, and no one envisioned a gourmet coffee shop here but I did live only blocks away from a small book store (can hardly find those around my borough anymore). Crime, poverty, asthma, hunger, and yes even obesity of course existed. But people lived, worked, played, and otherwise socialized regardless. We were hardly waiting with bated breath for the first White college graduate to disembark their suburban vessel and grace our neighborhoods before we chose to uniquely flourish….

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Houses in Park Versailles.

I took this picture from a No. 6 train between the Elder Avenue and Whitlock Avenue Stations.  I couldn’t figure out what neighborhood this was - there’s very little specific information on most maps - I asked around and went through Google and Wikipedia and found this old, historic name in Wikipedia’s entry for Parkchester.  Parkchester’s name came from a combination of Park Versailles and Westchester Heights, apparently the original name of the next neighborhood over.  Anyone have any other information?

#NYPDCensored: Mom Arrested After Asking Police to Talk to Young Son About Stealing: Suit

“You black bitches don’t know how to take care of your kids,” is what an NYPD officer said to Bronxite Tyeesha Mobley, 29, according to a lawsuit she’s filing against the City.

Mobley claims she was handcuffed and roughed up near a Morissania gas station after calling the police to talk to her 9 year old about consequences after he stole $10 from her purse.

Allegedly while 2 of the officers responding to the 911 call were mostly courteous and entertained discussing stealing with the young child, and a third officer remained in her cruiser, the fourth officer was pretty infuriated with the whole episode.

You black bitches don’t know how to take care of your kids … you need to call the kids’ father, not us … we can’t raise your kids … why are you wasting our time, we aren’t here to raise your kid … why don’t you take your fucking kid and leave?” the officer said, according to the lawsuit.

When Mobley did try to leave, the NYPD officer allegedly arrested her and threatened to seriously injure her if she continued questioning him. His aggression even prompted the female officer in the cruiser to roll down her window and say, “We are not supposed to act like this“ according to the suit.

“Black bitches like that … this is how I treat them,” responded the officer, according to the suit.

via DNAInfo