Bronx BP Diaz Jr On A Damage Control Tour After Calling Port Morris and Mott Haven ‘Dark…Morbid”

BP Diaz Jr tweets about his lunch at Bruckner Bar and Grill — one of the businesses who thought his remarks about the area were out of line.

Sources told Welcome2TheBronx that Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr and his staff made his way to Bruckner Bar and Grill today for a photo opportunity as part of damage control for his poor choice of words when describing Port Morris and Mott Haven.

On Monday during an interview on BronxTalk with Gary Axelbank, Diaz Jr said that FreshDirect would bring life into a community that was, “…dark, desolate, and very morbid.”

Immediately residents and business owners showed their displeasure with the BP’s words.


Here’s a chronology of events and stories:

Bronx BP Ruben Diaz Jr Insults Mott Haven/Port Morris; Says There’s Nothing there, It’s Morbid:

Tell BP Diaz He is Disrespectful and Out of Touch:

Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito Stands In Solidarity With Port Morris / Mott Haven After Bronx BP’s Disparaging Remarks:

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.’s FreshDirect comments anger Port Morris, Mott Haven residents:

South Bronx residents up in arms over perceived slight by Borough President

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Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.