Hey, Gang! The 2018-2019 season is in full-swing, and while we are all familiar with the raucous confines of The Sweater Centre; many Flyer Fanatics will cheer on UD on the road. Whether you plan on checking out the mid-major action in Olean, Philadelphia or St. Louis, we’ve got you covered! The 2019 Blackburn Review Travel Companion is your guide to the best and worst destinations for this year’s road slate.
Named after the first European settler in the on the land north of Manhattan, The Bronx could just as easily be called The Bronck’s. Not much is known of Jonas Bronck, but his bastardized name has become synonymous with the birth of hip hop, the New York Yankees, Jennifer Lopez, and UD Flyer Legend & owner of balls of steel, Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith.
Fordham University is located in a diverse area of the Bronx and directly north of “New York’s Real Little Italy”. While the Belmont neighborhood and Arthur Avenue haven’t been immune to the New York Tri-State scourge of Albanian restaurateurs posing as Italians, it is still home to more authentic Italian shops and restaurants than not. Feel free to takea stroll on 187th Street and purchase some freshly baked bread at Terranova Bakery, the best fresh mozzarella in the world from Casa della Mozzarella or a hash pipe from one of the Middle Eastern shops that have recently cropped up. The Arthur Avenue Retail Market is one of the last remaining indoor markets in NYC. You can purchase everything from hand rolled cigars to cuts of meat. It is a Fordham tradition to throw pig’s feet on the court during a stoppage in play, and visitors are welcome to join in.
Parking is at a premium on Arthur Avenue, but there is one city lot located near the middle of the block which doesn’t require you to feed the meter, but to give cash to one of the two bums who hang out (live?) in the parking lot. They will see Beret Man coming from a mile away and will likely gouge him.
There are still some legit Italian restaurants on Arthur Avenue, the best of which is Dominick’s. They have a menu but won’t bring you one and it is cash only. They don’t take reservations and the seating is communal. Order any pasta, the chicken scarpariello and thank me below.
A few years ago, the owner was followed home and robbed of an untold amount of cash in a home invasion. I refuse to believe that any of the large Italian gentlemen in Adidas jumpsuits who frequent the area had anything to do with it, but they likely helped solve the crime.
If you are looking to make a day of it in The Bronx (I assume you will be staying in Manhattan or Westchester), visit The Bronx Zoo. The sprawling grounds are home to many wildlife exhibits and if he’s lucky, UD Santa will be able to see a brown bear scratching its junk or a monkey flinging its shit.
The home crowd at Fordham is rather pathetic and I have personally witnessed pizza giveaways to lure students to games. One year, I even saw a trombonist in the Fordham band playing his instrument while holding a slice of Domino’s (!!!!!!!) in his slide hand. It will be interesting to see if Scoochie’s Army is at Saturday’s game. Yes, dear reader, yours truly will be in attendance. I will not be sticking around after the game but will be retreating to one of the Bronx’s more under-the-radar Italian enclaves to toast a Flyers victory.
Rose Hill Gymnasium
- Home of the Fordham University Rams
- Capacity: 3,200
- Opened in 1925
- Hosted Lew Alcindor’s final high school game.
- Most recent Men’s basketball banner is 26 years old.
Best Bar: The Bronx Beer Hall
Best Restaurant: Dominick’s Restaurant
Best Tourist Attraction: The Bronx Zoo
Most Famous Alumnus: Denzel Washington
Hottest Alumnae (Did Not Graduate): Amanda Seyfried
Local Delicacy: Chopped Cheese