Ah, Crown Diner. This is one of two diners that compete for lunch patrons from the courthouse just up the block, the Crown and the Court. They sell homemade crullers for breakfast takeout that are the size of shillelaghs and you can get six of them for less than $5.00. They come in a bunch of flavors and when I bring them into my office, I am a hero.
This is the seemy underbelly of the #4 train that stops right outside the Stadium. If you catch the sun just right, you can see the sky through the tracks and you get this terrific pattern when nobody's on the street. It's not deserted - the police block this street during home games.
Yankee Stadium is on River Avenue with the train tracks just next door. I am not a baseball fan and have never been to a home game in this new stadium but there's something pretty magical about hearing the National Anthem or the roar of the crowd on a summer night. You can sit outside just off to the left and watch the games on a JumboTron screen. I'm sure it's better inside, but you can't beat free. And you can walk into Manhattan from here. It's just over the bridge.
This park is across the street from the old courthouse. It runs for a half dozen blocks and in the summer, folks have birthday parties for their kids here. You walk up some stairs and you are in this wonderful garden with trees and flowers and glimpses of sky overhead.
At the top of the park, you can sit and watch birds and read or just stare at the trees. There are a couple of nice evergreens in this section. They look like someone planted Christmas trees.
One of the really great things about living in this part of the Bronx is the transportation. Any New Yorker will tell you, the closer you are to the train, the better it gets, and because the Yankees need to get people out of the Stadium quickly, you pretty much have your pick of trains.
If you go up north a bit, just two buses away, you find the Bronx Botanical Garden. This is Central Park on steroids. They have beautiful walks, they do flower shows with themes, and the orchid show is one of the hottest tickets in town. If you go in the evening, you can get a drink, listen to some cool jazz, and photograph flowers to your heart's content.
So, spare me the icky face! And take the Macombs Dam Bridge. It's the fastest, unless there's a game.