Olga Tirado is on a mission.
A resident of the Bronx for the past 30 years, she’s out to educate Manhattan about the section of New York that she calls “the borough of parks.”
“A quarter of it is natural forest and parkland – it’s just gorgeous,” the executive director of the Bronx Tourism Council says. “It’s natural forest – it wasn’t designed. And Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City, nearly 3,000 acres.
One trolley at a time, she picks her charges up in Midtown and then cruises the Bronx with them.
“People appreciate the heritage and history here, like Woodlawn cemetery and the historic homes from the 18th century,” she says.
Among the cottages and mansions are:
The tour, says Tirado, is for anyone with a taste for history, including the Revolutionary War. “Poe wrote some of his best pieces in that cottage,” she says. “And for architecture, up on the Grand Concourse is the second largest Mecca of Art Deco outside of Miami Beach.”
The next tour’s on Wednesday, July 15. The trolley will be picking up passengers at 9:00 AM at the Lucerne Hotel, 79th and Broadway and also at the Opera House Hotel in the Bronx.
Admission: $40 for adults and $20 for children.