History of the Bronx River

Dr. Lloyd Ultan, The Bronx Borough HistorianNotes by Maarten de Kadt, November 16, 2002Dr. Ultan was at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School on November 5, 2002 where he gave 2 1/2 half-hour talk about the history of the Bronx River. The following is a rough transcription of the notes I took during his talk. […]

The Clarke house is often described as the oldest surviving house in Chicago

The Henry B. Clarke House is a Greek Revival style house in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Henry Brown Clarke was a native of New York State who had come to Chicago in 1833 with his wife, Caroline Palmer Clarke, and his family. He entered into the hardware business with William Jones and Byram King, establishing King, Jones and Company, and provided […]

Fascinating Abandoned Mansion – Halcyon Hall, Bennett College, Millbrook, New York

Bennett College was a women’s college founded in 1890 and located in the Village of Millbrook in New York. The school closed in 1978. History Bennett College was founded in 1890 at Irvington, New York by May F. Bennett. In 1907 the college moved to its final home on 22 acres (89,000 m2) in Millbrook, Dutchess County, New York. In 1907 the school had […]


There’s a park trail in Van Cortlandt Park that was once a railroad. It can be reached by walking east through the park directly from the W 242nd Street stop on the #1 subway line, the last stop. Follow a line of telephone poles that boast extremely old lighting fixtures. When you reach an overpass, you […]


Prairie Avenue is a north–south street on the South Side of Chicago, which historically extended from 16th Street in the Near South Side community area of Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States, to the city’s southern limits and beyond. The street has a rich history from its origins as a major trail for horseback riders and carriages. During the last three […]

Historic Mansions on Long Island – Greentree

Greentree is a 400-acre (1.6 km2) estate in Manhasset, New York[ on Long Island. The estate was constructed for businessman Payne Whitney in 1904 and was owned by members of the Whitney family for much of the 20th century. It is currently owned by the Greentree Foundation, a philanthropic nonprofit organization. History Payne Whitney purchased the estate for his bride, Helen Julia Hay, in 1904.[ As with other Gold Coast […]

Forgotten Movie Theaters of the Bronx – Loew’s Paradise

The Bronx, which had over 100 theaters showing movies and live entertainment in the years before World War II, now has only two multiplexes. Both were built in recent years and are sorely lacking in the architectural character that typified the earlier venues. However, many of those older theaters are not gone, but instead are […]

Historical Mansions Of Chicago – Theurer-Wrigley House

Theurrer-Wrigley House, also known as the Wrigley Mansion, is a historic building located in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago, United States. The Italian Renaissance-style mansion was commissioned by Joseph Theurer, owner of the Schoenhofen Brewing Company, and purchased in 1911 by Chicago’s Wrigley family. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the house was built in 1896 by Richard Schmidt and, possibly, Hugh […]

Lost Mansions of Long Island’s Gold Coast – Lands End

These photos of Lands End on the tip of Sands Point, Long Island, New York, were taken by photographer Roberta Fineberg using an iPhone. Roberta submitted the shots through the Untapped Mailbag, writing, “The setting for The Great Gatsby, Lands End, has become a kind of poetic dead end or no man’s land; you be the judge.” The […]

Forgotten Bronx Els, Subways, Railroads and Trolley Lines

All of the Manhattan Els had extensions or connections in the Bronx. The first Subway still has its elevated structure running up Broadway to Van Cortlandt Park Terminal. However, some of the original Elevated extensions, connections and terminals in the Bronx have been gone longer than the number years they existed. Some Railroad Lines and terminals have […]