The Bronx is a borough of New York City that has a long and fascinating history. From the early days of rail transportation to the modern era of urban planning, the Bronx has seen many changes over the years. In this article, we will explore some of the major events that have taken place in the Bronx's history and how they have shaped the borough into what it is today. The Bronx's history began with the opening of the Third Avenue El in the late 19th century.
This was the first subway line to connect Manhattan to the Bronx, and it allowed for easier movement of people and goods. This was followed by a number of large-scale public projects, such as the Bronx Central Post Office, the Bronx County Jail, and the Triborough and Bronx-Whitestone bridges. In 1930, with more than a million people living in the Bronx, the population was predominantly Eastern European Jewish (49% of the population). However, there were also many recent middle-class European immigrants of Irish or Italian descent.
This period also saw the opening of the famous Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, an area where Poe spent most of his formative years. In 1969, Fordham University became an independent institution when its Board of Trustees was reorganized to include a majority of non-clergy members. This was followed by a period of decline in crime and an increase in community mobilization to improve property values. There was even demand for land in the South Bronx.
William Temple Hornaday was appointed director of the Bronx Zoo in 1899, and he stayed for 30 years. The zoo was allocated 250 acres by New York City to develop a zoo, preserve native animals, and promote interest in zoology. The route for the first New York marathon also changed during this time and now covers all five boroughs. Legendary urban planner Robert Moses claimed large areas of the Bronx to build new projects designed for low-income residents and new highways designed to adapt to the era of the automobile.
The wide streets, easy access to public transportation, and 25 percent green spaces made it an emblem of the American dream. On Sunday, July 30th, I attended a SummerStage concert at St Mary's Park in Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. This event is just one example of how far this district has come since its early days. The Bronx has seen many changes over its long history, but it is clear that it is recovering and that is something worth celebrating.