Fodor’s, one of the go to guides for all things travel around the globe, has named Bronxite Alexandra Maruri’s ‘Bronx Historical Tours’ one of the ‘7 Best New York City Tours Outside of Manhattan‘. Not only is this a great honor for our wonderful borough to be featured as such but we couldn’t think of a better person than Alexandra Maruri and her company to receive such accolades.
Maruri has single-handedly worked hard to build her company and show to the world what a wonderful place The Bronx truly is. I have had the pleasure of taking one of her tours and it was simply a pleasure to be on it. Simply put, there is no other better tour operator out there to give folks a true taste of our borough’s varied cultures, scenery, attractions and history.
Here’s what Fodor’s had to say about Bronx Historical Tours:
“Impassioned proprietor and lead guide for Bronx Historical Tours, Bronx native Alexandra Maruri has made it her mission to dispel outdated “the Bronx is Burning,” ’70s-era perceptions about her hometown. On her 4.5-hour Bronx Little Italy, History & Pizza Bus Tour($65/person), guests are conveniently chauffeured by private minibus from Midtown Manhattan to take in some half-dozen Bronx neighborhoods, with stops for photo ops at Yankee Stadium and the wonderfully transporting Edgar Allan Poe Cottage (circa 1812). The tour rounds out with a lively walk through Bronx’s Little Italy, along Arthur Avenue (A Bronx Tale territory). Maruri maintains strong neighborhood ties here, and she introduces visitors to an array of personable neighborhood shopkeepers, with samplings of coffee, cheese, cannoli, and wine en route, before a sit-down pizza lunch.”
Not only is Maruri passionate about our borough’s history and image, she’s also an avid supporter of the arts. Earlier this year she coordinated an exhibition called ‘The Bronx Meets Vienna’, a photography exhibit held at Poe Cottage Reception Center by Austrian photographer Thomas Stubbings who through his photographs showed scenes of life both in Austria and in The Bronx. The show gave visitors to the exhibition a glimpse at how similar both geographic places are even though they are worlds apart. Stubbings met Maruri when he took a private tour of The Bronx with her which is when the idea was born.
More recently, Alexandra has been working with Bronx artist SinXero, founder of the Tag Public Arts Project — who’s vision is to, “enhance the visual landscape of urban communities with art.” On Sundays and Mondays, Alexandra take people on tours of some of the collective’s murals around The borough.
Congratulations on a job well done and keep up the great work representing the best of our borough.
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