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Firm halts ‘ghetto’ tours of Bronx

NEW YORK — A company that promised sightseeing tours to the Bronx that included a ‘‘ghetto’’ has stopped the bus rides after local protests.

Real Bronx Tours, which took mostly European tourists from Manhattan to see life in the South Bronx, said it would cease all tours there.

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Three times a week, the $45 ride took visitors past food-pantry lines and a housing project. Tourists were told they would get a look at the Bronx that reflects one of the dark chapters of the city’s history, the 1970s and ’80s, when the tour website said, ‘‘this borough was notorious for drugs, gangs, crime, and murders.’’

But residents say the tours misrepresent the area where former secretary of state Colin Powell and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor lived in as children.

Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. and City Councilor Melissa Mark-Viverito sent a letter to the owner saying they were ‘‘sickened by the despicable way’’ the borough was being portrayed.

The company did not reply to requests for comment.

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