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A Bronx tale: unreported crime and the undocumented Irish

In the Life pages of The Irish Times today, Frieda Klotz writes from New York on unreported crime and the undocumented Irish in the Bronx.

Tue, Jan 8, 2013, 09:47

   

In the Life pages of The Irish Times today, Frieda Klotz writes from New York on unreported crime and the undocumented Irish in the Bronx.

Katonah Avenue

Woodlawn is a leafy enclave on the northern tip of the Bronx, a short train ride or a long trek on the subway from Manhattan. It’s one of the few places in the city where you can buy Leitrim boxty or genuine Irish sausages, or spot semi-familiar names, such as the 24-hour car and limousine service called Break to the Border. And it’s a haven for the Irish community, both legal and undocumented.

Recently, the almost rural calm of the area has been disrupted by a spate of attacks, with Irish immigrants often the targets. In 2010, Barry McCormack was left in a coma after an assault on Katonah Avenue, the area’s main street. In 2011, Paul Caldwell was badly beaten three blocks from his apartment.

Read the full article here.

Also, last week’s Generation Emigration feature about emigrants’ reflections of being home for Christmas is still hovering in the top ‘most read’ list on irishtimes.com for the fifth day today, with more than 150 comments on changing attitudes to Irish emigration. Read the thread and join the conversation here.