You Know You’re from The Bronx When…

I know someone already wrote a “You Know You’re From” post about NYC, but I’m from the Bronx, so I’ve got a bit of a different take on things than the last Sparkler. Here’s how I think you know you’re from New York: When you’re hungry, you walk to the nearest corner. You feel disgraced telling a […]

Secrets of the Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456

An address on the Grand Concourse in the Bronx was once as prestigious as any in New York City. It was where upwardly mobile Jewish, Irish and other immigrants flocked when they arrived here in the 1920s through the 1950s. The boulevard’s four-lane grandeur echoing Paris’ Champs d’Elysees, its architecturally stunning apartment buildings, public transit […]

Timeline of the Bronx – Fashion Moda

Fashion Moda was an art space in South Bronx, New York. As a museum of science, art, invention, technology and fantasy in its South Bronx location from 1978-1993 it combined aspects of a community arts centre and a worldwide progressive arts organization. History Fashion Moda was founded in 1978 by Stefan Eins. He was soon joined by artist Joe Lewis and […]

Why the Bronx burned in the 1970s

It was game two of the 1977 World Series, a chilly, blustery October night in the South Bronx. The Yanks were already down 2-0 in the bottom of the first inning when ABC’s aerial camera panned a few blocks over from Yankee Stadium to give the world its first live glimpse of a real Bronx […]

Bronx Borough Courthouse

The Bronx Borough Courthouse, commonly referred to as the Old Bronx Borough Courthouse, is a U.S. National Historic Place, New York City Landmark, and icon of the borough of the Bronx. The courthouse was built between 1905 and 1914 in Melrose near Boston Road, Third Avenue, St. Anns Avenue, and 161st Street. The 161st Street station of the IRT Third Avenue Elevated train was in […]

The History of Villa Charlotte Bronte, a Romantic Idyll in the Bronx

Perched atop a cliffside in the Bronx overlooking the Palisades sits one of the most charming residences within New York City: Villa Charlotte Bronte. It’s located in Spuyten Duyvil, which translated from Dutch means “spouting devil,” an appropriate moniker given the dangerous tidal currents created as a result of the confluence of the Hudson and […]

The Story of The Bronx Houses – The Bartow-Pell Mansion

The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a historic house museum located in the northern portion of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, New York City. A National Historic Landmark, it has one of the nation’s finest Greek Revival interiors, and is the last surviving major mid-19th century country estate house in the Pelham Bay area. Originally the Robert and Maria Lorillard Bartow House, the residence and estate date […]

The Bronx: Then & Now

West 242nd Street & Broadway looking south This early 1900’s postcard reveals the popularity of the Van Cortlandt Park recreation area. The terminus of the Broadway line close to the border of Yonkers attracted crowds of picnickers, nature lovers and sports-minded city folk who relished the open green spaces of the park (left) and the […]

Timeline of The Bronx – Bronx Zoo 1895

The Bronx Zoo is a zoo located within Bronx Park in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. It is one of the largest zoos in the United States by area, comprising 265 acres (107 ha) of park lands and naturalistic habitats separated by the Bronx River. On average, the zoo has 2.15 million visitors each year. The Bronx Zoo is world-renowned for its large and diverse animal […]

Timeline of The Bronx – City Island 1654

City Island is a small island and a neighborhood approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long[ by 0.5 miles (0.80 km) wide. At one time it was incorporated within the boundaries of Pelham, Westchester County, New York, but it is now part of the New York City borough of the Bronx. As of the 2010 census the island had a population of 4,362. Its land area is 1.023 km2 (0.395 sq mi, or […]