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. […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

North Brother Island,The Bronx, NEW YORK CITY

Home to the infamous “Typhoid Mary” and the worst loss of life in New York’s history until September 11, 2001. North Brother Island, located on the East River between the Bronx and Riker’s Island, is an island with a fascinating and tragic history. The island was uninhabited until 1885, when the city purchased the island in order […]

Abandoned station – Bartow Station, The BRONX, New York City

A former connection to City Island, it has been abandoned since the 1930s Bartow Station was designed by Cass Gilbert and built in 1908 as a replacement for an existing wooden station in a small village called Bartow-on-the-Sound. After getting off at the station you could connect to a trolley into City Island. For a […]

Historical Mansions Of The Bronx

Many of the old mansions of the Bronx are still extant and many of them have disappeared, but most of them have an interesting history either politically or socially and we give an account of some of the more important ones by a writer who was born and bred in the Bronx and has an […]

History of the Third Ave Elevated Train (El) In The Bronx, NY

The Third Ave El (or Third Avenue Elevated Line) train was an elevated railway that ran from Chatham Square in the City Hall area of Manhattan to Gun Hill and White Plains Roads in the Bronx from 1878 to 1955. The Bronx section of the Third Ave El ran from East 149th St. and Third […]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a Roman Catholicparish church under the authority of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, located three blocks south of Fordham University at the corner of Belmont Avenue and 627 East 187th Street, Fordham, the Bronx, New York City, New York. Parish history Another parish church for Italians existed in 1892, located at 447 E 115th Street, […]

Old Mansions Of The West Bronx

The Briggs Mansion The startling plan to fill up the Harlem River in order to make more space for the city’s expansion, was never fulfilled. It still ebbs and flows. Close to its shores, at 146th Street, rises the white and stately Briggs Mansion, so styled after Captain Briggs, whose family for thirty-five years made […]