Bronx: This chateauesque rectory in the South Bronx neighborhood of Melrose is an important landmark for us as it marks our first post in the Borough! The Gothic arch windows, steep pyramidal roof with intersecting cross gables and prominent chimney are all great touches on this regal Victorian.
One of my photos from @theparkchesterproject this is one
of the famous sculptures iconic to the #parkchester area of the #bronx .
The man in the rain is perfect for today's weather in #nyc #☔️ #history
" the name "Parkchester" itself was derived from the two neighborhoods on each side of the site of the housing development — Park Versailles and Westchester Heights.
MetLife displayed an intricate scale model of the proposed development at the 1939 New York World's Fair. The model showed all of the buildings and facilities, and was accurate down to inclusion of each of the 66,000 windows in the complex. The 51 groups of buildings were planned to house 12,000 families.
The Parkchester residential development was originally designed and operated as a self-contained rental community for middle-class families new to home ownership. To that end, there is an abundance of worker- and family-oriented resources, including access to transportation, nearby schools and churches, retail shopping space, and proximity to a major medical center." #bronxhistory#thebx#bx
Learned a lot (as usual) @museumofcityny today. One big disappointment was their #NYonIce exhibit. My grandma used to tell me how she would ice skate @vancortlandtpark when she was younger. I haven't been able to find much info on it myself, but I figured a museum curator would have better luck than I. Seemingly not the case. Most rinks mentioned were Manhattan or Brooklyn based, with passing mention of the other boroughs. It would be nice if the #bronx got a little more mainstream attention outside of things related to the "burning" era. Hopefully that will change. #NYAtItsCore#bronxhistory#everydaybronx
Tuesday we ran to this series of traffic islands on Mount Eden Parkway. They honor #RachelEden , who purchased the sloping eastern part of #AndersonFarm in 1820. Sections of Mount Eden Parkway were once known as Wolf Street, Jane Street, and Walnut Street.
As is the case with many parklands in New York City, the #MountEdenMalls were not always known by their current name. A World War II (1939-1945) veteran became the namesake of this parkland with the passage of a 1980 local law, calling the malls #ChetHendersonSquare . Henderson was active in improving the Grand Concourse Malls and other parts of the Bronx. He founded and directed Operation Pride-Echo Park, and he started self-help programs for park-maintenance and worked with young community members. It got its current name in 1987.
“Malls” were first built in Italy and France, but soon spread to England. In their early form, malls served as playing fields for a game called #pallmall . The object of the game was to use a mallet to hit a wooden ball through an iron ring located at the other end of the green (see pics 5&6). The playing fields were long, narrow strips of grass, set off between streets and similar to bowling greens. Fences around the malls protected passersby from stray balls.
Parks received this land from the City on June 17, 1926. The malls run along #MountEdenParkway from Walton to Weeks Avenues, adjacent to Lebanon and Mount Eden Hospitals.
"An interesting map showing the land grants and patents across The Bronx, given when it was still part of New Netherland. The borough's name comes from Jonas Bronck, who purchased 500 acres of farmland in 1639. His house, which he named Emmaus, stood near 132nd St and Lincoln Ave. It overlooked the river he often frequented, known to the natives as Aquehung, 'mouth of the great river.' Soon, it was called Bronck's River, which became the #BronxRiver , and the entire area came to be called The Bronx. To the north was a tract that the natives called Keskeskeck, 'short, sharp sedge grass,' which the Dutch West India Company bought in 1639. Above this was Colen Donck, a patent belonging to Adriaen van der Donck, New Amsterdam's first lawyer and a Jonkheer ('young squire'), namesake of nearby #Yonkers ; his house stood just south of the Van Cortlandt Mansion. To the east was Vriedelandt, the 'land of peace,' settled by a group of 35 families, mostly from New England, in 1642; many of them, including #AnneHutchinson and John Throckmorton (the namesake of #ThroggsNeck ) were killed by the Siwanoy natives in 1643 in retaliation for Kieft's War. Oostdorp,' 'East Town,' was the easternmost Dutch town, but the encroaching English also lay claim to it. As it was the westernmost English settlement, it was dubbed #Westchester . Thomas Pell, who had a large grant to the north, also claimed ownership of Vriedelandt and Oostdorp (the natives often sold the same land numerous times, leading to ownership disputes). Pell named his land #Pelham after Pelham Burton, his tutor back in England. Cornell's Neck, known to the natives as Snakapins, 'land by the two waters,' was purchased by Thomas Cornell, a founder of nearby Oostdorp, in 1646. The land was later named after Isaac Classon, becoming #ClasonPoint . The #WestFarms , so named because they were west of Oostdorp, was comprised of 12 large farms. The whole tract west of the Bronx River was annexed by the City of New York in 1874, becoming the first part of the city outside of Manhattan. In 1895, the eastern section was annexed." IMAGE: @discovering_nyc
An interesting map showing the land grants and patents across the Bronx, given when it was still part of New Netherland. The borough's name comes from Jonas Bronck, who purchased 500 acres of farmland in 1639. His house, which he named Emmaus, stood near 132nd Street and Lincoln Avenue. It overlooked the river he often frequented, known to the natives as Aquehung, "mouth of the great river." Soon, it was called Bronck's River, which became the #BronxRiver , and the entire area came to be called the Bronx. To the north was a tract that the natives called Keskeskeck, "short, sharp sedge grass," which the Dutch West India Company bought in 1639. Above this was Colen Donck, a patent belonging to Adriaen van der Donck, New Amsterdam's first lawyer and a Jonkheer ("young squire"), namesake of nearby #Yonkers ; his house stood just south of the Van Cortlandt Mansion. To the east was Vriedelandt, the "land of peace," settled by a group of thirty five families, mostly from New England, in 1642; many of them, including #AnneHutchinson and John Throckmorton (the namesake of #ThroggsNeck ) were killed by the Siwanoy natives in 1643 in retaliation for Kieft's War. Oostdorp, "East Town," was the easternmost Dutch town, but the encroaching English also lay claim to it. As it was the westernmost English settlement, it was dubbed #Westchester . Thomas Pell, who had a large grant to the north, also claimed ownership of Vriedelandt and Oostdorp (the natives often sold the same land numerous times, leading to ownership disputes). Pell named his land #Pelham after Pelham Burton, his tutor back in England. Cornell's Neck, known to the natives as Snakapins, "land by the two waters," was purchased by Thomas Cornell, a founder of nearby Oostdorp, in 1646. The land was later named after Isaac Classon, becoming #ClasonPoint . The #WestFarms , so named because they were west of Oostdorp, was comprised of 12 large farms. The whole tract west of the Bronx River was annexed by the City of New York in 1874, becoming the first part of the city outside of Manhattan. In 1895, the eastern section was annexed #NYC#TheBronx#NewNetherland#map#history#BronxHistory#NYChistory#DiscoveringNYC
Morrisania Churches St. Paul's Episcopal Church (1893) on St. Paul's Place, is the only one of this group that has kept its original purpose and denomination. Salvation Baptist Church (1910) and Fulton Avenue Church of God (1920) were both originally private residences. Church of Christ (1931) was originally St. John's Lutheran Church. The latter three are all on Fulton Avenue. #bronxhistory#oldbronx#bronxneighborhoods#morrisania#bronxlife#bronxculture
Last night we ran to 948 #OgdenAve . There’s a bodega there now but up until a few months ago it was a hidden gem in #Highbridge , magical even. It was highly regarded Artisan #CaliRivera ’s shop, #JCRPercussion .
Jorge Calixto Rivera was born in Coamo, Puerto Rico into a musical family. His dad made and fixed guitars but Cali gravitated toward #timbales and #congas .
In 1958 he moved to the U.S. and started playing in bands and saw the need for quality #cowbells . Musicians at the time had to go to junk yards or to actual farms to find them. He started tinkering in his apartment much to the consternation of his neighbors. In 1974 Cali opened his shop, JCR Percussion.
Rivera became well known for the cowbells he made.
JCR cowbells are so coveted by musicians that it was not uncommon for musicians to spend hours striking bell after bell, looking for just the right pitch to personalize their sound. That’s also how the JCR workshop became known as a must-do "hang" among musicians in the know. Rivera's warm smile, easy-going manner and his gift of storytelling kept many, from the famous to the neighborhood #timbalero , lingering longer than they usually anticipated.
Rivera made instruments for #MarcAnthony , #BobbySanabria , #TitoPuente , #EddieMontalvo & #CeliaCruz to name a few.
Mr. Rivera sadly took ill last year and had to close his shop. He passed away July 30th this year from complications of a brain tumor at 79 years old.
We wanted to honor Mr. Rivera for his work and impeccable craftsmanship. There will never be another Cali Rivera. We are sad we missed meeting you. May you rest in love.
Our co-founder Pedro brought one of his father’s JCR cowbells to the run. BXS member Cas can be seen playing it if you swipe left 5x. 📷: @ae9941
Former Temple Adath Israel, now Baptist church, East 169th Street between Third and Fulton. It may have been built as early as the 1880s and some say it was the first "schul" as we used to call them built to be a Jewish house of worship in the Bronx. But who knows? #bronxhistory#oldbronx#bronxneighborhoods#morrisania
Found on the flyleaf of an FDNY assignment book from 1900 is this hand-drawn design indicating the book's origin of Engine Co. 52 in Riverdale, Bronx. Red, black and even gold ink was employed, and one can almost picture the fireman on housewatch duty painstakingly creating this during hours of downtime. Engine 52 was organized in 1884 as a combination company and still responds today from Riverdale Avenue. Collection of the Fire Bell Club of New York. #fdny#1900#engine52#riverdale#bronxhistory @fdny
I had the honor this morning to briefly speak at the Bill Finger street naming ceremony at E.192nd and the Grand Concourse, at Poe Park. Finger co-created The Batman with Bob Kane, but was left out of the legacy for many years. They both went to DeWitt Clinton High School on Mosholu Parkway and spent many afternoons at Poe Park, drawing on their sketch pads. Well, what other place in the world these two Bronx kids might have gained such an inspiration to create a detective superhero? Perhaps we want to thank Poe himself, whose macabre, dark, and mysterious writings may have spawned the idea of the Dark Knight. There will be more coming out of this Bronx fun fact. #thebronx#thebatman#batman#billfinger#thegrandconcourse#bronxhistory#dccomics#clintonhighschool#poe#edgarallanpoe#poepark#poecottage#thebronxdoesitbetter
#RailroadYMCA ’s were once staples in the United States, offering lounges, recreational amenities, restaurants and a safe and convenient place for rest for the myriad of railroad employees. The first photo is where one once stood at E 149th St & AnthonyJGriffinPlace and that’s one of the places we ran Tuesday night.
In 1892, #ThessaloniaBaptistChurch (TBC) originated with seven members from Flavannah County, Virginia. They relocated to New York and elected to start a Mission in the Fordham section of the Bronx, and called the Mission, TBC, with a membership of ten.
TBC moved to several locations in the BX, in 1919 the church moved to 921 Eagle Ave.
In 1934 the congregation moved into a new building located at 314 East 158th street. Within 5yrs they were without a pastor or a place to worship, but with the aid of Epworth M.E. church, TBC held services there beginning May 14, 1939.
On June 21, 1939, the congregation rented their former location at 921 Eagle Ave.. Minister James A. Polite (whom the street is currently named after) assisted as supply pastor with the help of Rev. B. Bonaparte, Sr.
On October 17, 1942 Polite led the congregation to the present building.
The red-brick house of worship, formerly a synagogue, seats about 2,000 people in the sanctuary. It still has the synagogue's original stained-glass windows.
"In 1639, settler Jonas Bronck purchased 500 acres of land from natives. The natives called the area Ranachqua, “the end place," and the river that would also bear Bronck's name was known as Aquahung, "river of high bluffs." Bronk called his estate Emmaus, after a place in the Bible, and constructed his house overlooking the Bronx Kill and Hell Gate, near what is now 132nd Street and Lincoln Avenue. Other settlers started calling the area Bronck's Land, which was later Anglicized to The Bronx. Bronck was successful in trading beaver pelts and had a grand plan to grow tobacco on his farm, but this was cut short by his premature death. His family’s motto was Ne Cede Malis, “do not yield to evil,” which was a quote from the Aeneid. In 1912, Bronx Borough President Cyrus C. Miller adopted it for the borough’s new flag. The flag, designed by August W. Schlemmer, contained much of the imagery of the Bronck family crest. The shield contains a sun, representing liberty, rising over the sea, representing commerce. An eagle on a hemisphere tops the shield, with it facing east, wings outstretched. This represents looking back towards the Old World, with one foot in the New World. The scene is surrounded by a laurel wreath, symbolizing triumph and victory. The background has three stripes, but they are oriented horizontally (the flag of #NewYorkCity and #Manhattan has the stripes oriented vertically). This flag is known as the Prinsenvlag, "Prince's flag," as it was used by William I, the Prince of Orange." IMAGE & HISTORY: @discovering_nyc
#orchardbeach 1 year after it opened in 1936!
It was billed as "the riviera of New York" and was quite posh in its day. This all was the vision of the great #robertmoses .
Via @nycparks website "Although the project was not fully complete until 1938, construction crews rushed to finish enough of the beach to open it to the public in 1936. On July 25, 1936, more than 18,000 people attended the opening-day festivities, at which Robert Moses and Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia (1882–1947) spoke and which featured fireworks, music from the Police Department Band, and a diving exhibition. A raging success, the so-called “Riviera of New York City” attracted over 50,000 visitors the first weekend it was open. In 1947, the beach was extended 1.1 miles by filling in the shallow water between Hunter and Twin islands, adding even more acreage to the beach." ****I can't imagine this early era at all!!!
as I walked, around on the weekend I realized how many "lives" this location has had. Right as you drive in to orchard beach there's a huge boulder off to the left hand side before you hit the round about, That boulder marks a revolutionary war.
Off to the early sections of the beach 1-3 is the nature preserve & many parts of that area were sacred land to the #nativeamericans who lived there for centuries before the white man settled the area. I finally found the second sacred stone "mishow " the sister rock to "the grey mare" she's just off the section 3 boardwalk and the fence is running over part of her. There's no marker and you would never realize she's over 8 feet tall because when Robert Moses envisioned his "riviera of the Bronx" filling in the land with sand to make orchard beach he covered most of "mishow" up.
I find that tragic to the history of the area.
Native American culture & their love of nature to me is what makes this nature preserve so special. It would be great if they would pay the boulder it's due with a plaque and uncover her. It would say we acknowledge the history of the area. Another believed sacred rock is "Indian rock" in Pelham bay park that one is just as you walk beyond the dog run.
Last night we ran to #BathgateAve . to celebrate the life of Bronxite #MelRosenthal who was a photographer, educator, activist and friend to many. He grew up on Bathgate. All that’s left of his neighborhood are the buildings on Claremont Pwy & #BathgateAvenue (pictured behind us). In the first pic we are holding photos of ppl he took on Bathgate in the 70s & 80s. We want you to remember them and in doing so you’ll be remembering Mel.
Instead of writing a tribute to him, we thought it best to tell some of his story through his own words taken from his book, #InTheSouthBronxOfAmerica .
“I was born & grew up in what is now called the South Bronx. We called it Morrisania then and thought of it as the East Bronx. On returning 20yrs later in 1975, I was shocked to see that my old neighborhood, a good working-class neighborhood when I left, was now in ruins.
The sturdy well-built buildings, which had once housed tens of thousands of ppl were gutted & burned out.
One of the few buildings left was a small family medical clinic that was part of the MLK Jr. Health Ctr. I worked at the South Bronx office until 1982 when the entire neighborhood was bulldozed to make way for an industrial park which was to be part of an “enterprise zone.”
One day Eddy Tufino, who lived on Bathgate Ave across from the clinic...said he needed a picture of himself to send to his father in Puerto Rico. So I took some pics & brought him the prints the next week. He was ecstatic...The next thing I knew everyone on the block, including people who worked in the health ctr, was asking me to take pictures of them.
This was important to me...this had once been my neighborhood. I hoped that we could work together to bring about change, perhaps even slow down the destruction.”
DJ Kool Herc 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲
"Clive Campbell (born April 16, 1955), better known by his stage name DJ Kool Herc, is a Jamaican American DJ who is credited with helping originate hip hop music in the early 1970s in The Bronx, New York City. His playing of hard funk records of the sort typified by James Brown was an alternative both to the violent gang culture of the Bronx and to the nascent popularity of disco in the 1970s. Campbell began to isolate the instrumental portion of the record, which emphasized the drum beat—the "break"—and switch from one break to another."
"The sun hadn't gone down yet, and kids were just hanging out, waiting for something to happen. Van pulls up, a bunch of guys come out with a table, crates of records. They unscrew the base of the light pole, take their equipment, attach it to that, get the electricity – Boom! We got a concert right here in the schoolyard and it's this guy Kool Herc. And he's just standing with the turntable, and the guys were studying his hands. There are people dancing, but there's as many people standing, just watching what he's doing. That was my first introduction to in-the-street, hip hop DJing." -Nelson George recalls a schoolyard party .