This is a memoir of my experiences and recollections of the Bronx, with background information that complements the content and provides an appropriate historical setting and perspective for this snapshot in time. What follows is a non-fiction work divided into twelve chapters in addition to this Introduction.
To many, the Bronx seemed to be at the epicenter of it all during the immediate Post-World War II period, especially during the decades of the 1950s and 1960s. Presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower made a presidential campaign visit to the Bronx during the fall of 1952, and eight years later, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy did the same. Pride about being a Bronxite was widely pervasive, especially around these visits. Diversity and multiculturism, as well as other extolling precedent-setting accomplishments, especially in sports, unique Art Deco and Architecture, a vibrant music scene, Latino American and African American ethnic food, and more, are just part of what the Bronx represents for many.
Memories that Bronxites have shared about their experiences in the Bronx are numerous, but most revolve around some of the following attributes, which are expanded upon elsewhere in Chapters One through Twelve, the essence of which include: the sense of neighborhood—the close-knit Barrios (neighborhoods) in the Bronx, where everyone knew each other and possessed a keen sense of community and cohesiveness; enjoying the many exceptional, iconic parks and recreational facilities, such as the Bronx Zoo with its ornate, sculpted Elephant House, the New York Botanical Garden, and Van Cortlandt Park.
The Author currently resides in Southwest Florida, enjoying travel and photography.