April 25, 1959: Though Fidel Castro’s 1959 visit to New York City included a rally in Central Park at which a bomb-carrying assassin was thwarted, and though the Cuban leader’s program included seeding socialist revolution across the Americas, it didn’t preclude a break for ice cream, nor a trip to the Bronx Zoo. The Times reported Mr. Castro as saying, after he fed some elephants, that the zoo was “the best thing New York City has.” Photo: Meyer Liebowitz/The New York Times
GUEST: Hello. Have you ever heard of a Bronx Zoo. CONCIERGE: Yes. I am familiar. GUEST: How are the dinosaurs there? CONCIERGE: How are they? GUEST: Yes. We are considering the dinosaurs there. CONCIERGE: I’m not familiar with dinosaurs at that zoo. GUEST: Their website says they offer a dinosaur safari. (Concierge confirms that the Bronx Zoo offers some sort of dinosaur safari.) CONCIERGE: As far as I can tell, it is a brief ride that takes you around to see animatronic dinosaurs. GUEST: Very impressive, stuff, right? CONCIERGE: I haven’t done the dinosaur safari, but the Bronx Zoo is wonderful. Most of it will be outside though. GUEST: Oh, never mind. We want an indoor dinosaur safari.