The Bronx River has had many lives. The pristine feature north of the Big Apple lent its name to the entire burrough. But for the better part of the 19th and 20th century that jewel of the burrough became polluted by industrial waste, appliances and approximatley 30,000 tires. For the last 40 years concerned Bronxities like Ruth Andergerg in the 1970s and Majora Carter in the 2000s have been trying to restore the River to its former grandeur. And in 2010 the water lovers of the Bronx have just begun to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
But recently the fun and water games turned tragic. Two teenagers drowned this weekend swimming in an off-limits part of the river just outside the Bronx Zoo, near 180th St. Check out the story and the histroy of the river in the NYTimes. And check back with Planet Harmony on the swimming proficiency gap between black and white kids.
Photo April from 1984, Bronx, New York, New York, USA — An abandoned, wrecked car sits partly submerged in the Bronx River below a bridge in New York. — Image by © Bob Krist/CORBIS