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The Rat That Got AwayA Bronx Memoir$
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Allen Jones

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231027

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.001.0001

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The South Bronx by Day and Night

The South Bronx by Day and Night

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(p.19) 5 The South Bronx by Day and Night
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The Rat That Got Away
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ALLEN JONES

Mark Naison

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231027.003.0005

To understand how those streets claimed him, one has to understand the neighborhood Allen Jones grew up in. The South Bronx, as it is known today, was not always called the South Bronx. That name, along with the stigma it carried, came after the riots of the mid-1960s and the burning of Bronx buildings in the early and mid-1970s. However, during the 1950s and early 1960s, the neighborhood was a thriving and happening place. This was especially true at night, when the Patterson Houses were alive with activity and sound, much of which he could hear through their open windows. Music was everywhere, coming out of apartments and played on outdoor benches. However, the one constant, every night without fail, was the sound of Puerto Ricans playing their hand drums in the local parks and playgrounds. The steady beat of those drums became the background music to their living reality.

Keywords:   Allen Jones, South Bronx, Patterson Houses, music, Puerto Ricans, hand drums

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