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With its rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and world-class cultural and educational institutions, the Bronx is a great place to live, work and visit. In recent years, New York City's northern-most borough has been enjoying an unprecedented era of urban renewal and community pride. A WALK THROUGH THE BRONX WITH DAVID HARTMAN AND HISTORIAN BARRY LEWIS head uptown crisscrossing the borough's neighborhoods and parks, streets and the boulevards, alleyways and expressways to take viewers on a fascinating tour -- not just through place, but through time. Hartman and Lewis tell this very different Bronx tale with the help of locals and others who have a special connection to the borough. They talk with actor/comedian Robert Klein at his alma mater, DeWitt-Clinton High School, and with New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in "the house that Ruth built," Yankee Stadium. Other visits include those with Todd A. Forrest of the New York Botanical Garden; Father Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University; Dr. Steve Sanderson, president of the Wildlife Conservation Society; Tom Nye, City Island historian; and the owner of Borgatti's Ravioli & Egg Noodles in the Italian community of Belmont. Other stops include the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden; the Bronx Zoo, the nation's largest urban zoo; the Bartow-Pell Mansion, the Van Cortlandt House, Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, the newly-renovated Loews Paradise Theater on the Grand Concourse, and Orchard Beach. There's even a stop at Woodlawn Cemetery. As the final resting place of such Bronx luminaries as Herman Melville, Duke Ellington, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Joseph Pulitzer, Fiorello LaGuardia, and Robert Moses, the cemetery is a testament in stone to the impressive contributions and enduring legacies of the borough and its people.
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