Posts Tagged ‘Bronx’

Stained glass beauty in Bronx subway stations

August 19, 2009

Every borough has at least a few subway stations that feature stained glass. But the Bronx seems to have more than any other, especially in the little stations at local stops for the 2 and 5 trains.

From “Latin American Stories” by George Crespo at the Jackson Avenue station:


One of several panels from the Prospect Street’s “Bronx, Four Seasons,” by Marina Tsesarskaya:









Part of Daniel Hauben’s The El, at the Freeman Street stop:


Art Deco on the Grand Concourse

September 10, 2008

Okay, so the Grand Concourse—aka, the Park Avenue of the Bronx, opened in 1909 and modeled after the Champs-Elysees in Paris—doesn’t start out in the Mott Haven section of the borough all that grandly.

Pick it up around 161st Street, however, and it becomes a massive thoroughfare divided into three separate roads and flanked by some impressive Art Deco apartment buildings.

Number 888 has this neat circular entryway. Too bad the for rent notice and malpractice lawyer signs give it a low-rent vibe.

The Grand Concourse . . . or a South Beach hotel? Okay, okay, but this apartment tower does have a vaguely Miami feel.

And finally, the Art Deco angel fish building:

A bit of Elizabethan England in the Bronx

June 13, 2008

When you think of the South Bronx, Shakespeare’s sonnets aren’t exactly what come to mind. So how did the Highbridge neighborhood end up with a steep, pretty little street called Shakespeare Avenue?

According to McNamara’s Old Bronx, the land there was owned by the Marcher family. Their estate featured a beautiful “Shakespeare garden,” which was decorated with statues of the Bard himself as well as Romeo, Juliet, Puck, Hamlet, and his other best-known characters. It was also filled with flowers and plants mentioned in his plays. 

When the estate went kaput and the land parceled out in the early 1900s, borough planners created a new street but gave it the garden’s name. 

Row houses built in the 1920s, like these, line both sides of the street, which winds several blocks between Jerome Avenue and the Cross Bronx Expressway.

A view across the High Bridge

June 3, 2008

Closed to all traffic since the 1960s, the majestic High Bridge is slated to be renovated and then reopened to pedestrians in 2011. It’s one of the city’s small treasures, connecting Washington Heights’ Highbridge Park across the Harlem River to tiny Highbridge Park in the Bronx. Built in 1848, it’s also the oldest bridge linking two boroughs.

If you peered through the iron bars that block off the walkway on the Bronx side, this is what you’d see. The grass growing through it gives it a High Line kind of feel.

In the distance is the High Bridge Water Tower, constructed in 1872. Like the bridge itself, the tower was part of the Old Croton Aqueduct, an engineering marvel that brought fresh water from Westchester to New York City from 1842 until 1958. Think it would be cool to explore? You’re in luck; the Parks Department is opening the tower to the public on June 22.

Here’s the bridge circa 1890. The original stone arches were largely replaced by a steel arch in the 1920s.

Old school, Bronx style

April 27, 2008

A class of fifth-grade boys at PS 83 in Riverdale. It’s tough to date this photo, but I’m guessing the 1920s. I wonder what become of them.