Poet Ogden Nash, who many years later apologized for his “The Bronx? No Thonx” squib, is welcome to float his ghost down to the borough this holiday season to eat his words and see the crowds flocking to some of its famous annual holiday attractions.
Though his ghostly orb might be hard put to actually sample the wonderful offerings from all the world-class Italian restaurants, food shops and specialty stores in the Belmont section's famous Arthur Avenue neighborhood—the city's real Little Italy—he might certainly enjoy the abbondanza of holiday spirit and offerings throughout the community. Info: Little Italy in The Bronx
He'd especially enjoy floating the walking distance over to the famous holiday shows at the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.
The zoo comes alive and alight after dark with its famous Holiday Light Show, an extravaganza of light displays, custom-designed animal lanterns and animated light shows, costumed characters and a holiday train. Info: Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo
Meanwhile, over at the Botanic Garden, the holiday train show is back for its 30th year inside the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, with the G-scale trains and trolleys chugging and zipping past 175 famous New York landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center and the Statue of Liberty, all made from pinecones, acorns, seeds and other natural materials.
Info: Holiday Train Show® at New York Botanical Garden
And by the way, poet Nash later made amends to his Bronx diss composing:
I wrote those lines, “The Bronx?
I shudder to confess them.
Now I’m an older, wiser man
I cry; “The Bronx? God bless them!”