Archive for January 16th, 2004

16th January
2004

First Published in The New York Sun, January 16, 2004

By Andrew Wolf

The state of the Bronx is, well, awful. This is nothing new, of course. Those of us who were born here, grew up here, and still live here are used to bad news.We’ve had it for the better part of the last half-century. And the bad news is likely to continue since there is a near total absence of creative leadership, the missing ingredient in what could otherwise be a successful renaissance.

The Bronx was once known as the Borough of Universities, a clever marketing ploy by the borough’s former, longtime president, James J. Lyons. A leather salesman by trade, Lyons made his mark in the private sector by coming up with the idea of wing-tipped shoes, selling damaged leather filled with pinholes that was glued to the shoe’s front.  (more…)