East Bronx History Forum

East Bronx History Forum Welcome to the official East Bronx History Forum page! The East Bronx History Forum is 501(c)3 non-profit, chartered by the New York State Education Department which meets monthly to discuss Bronx history.
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Past topics that have been discussed included: Bronx Trolley Cars, The Morris Park Race Track , Hart Island The Lindbergh Kidnapping, City Island, Van Nest, Loreto Park, Bronx Hall of Fame, Catholic Protectory, Public Art and Freedomland.

Mission: Educate, Advocate and Preserve

Operating as usual

How the Memorial Day 2020 flyer was designed based on the Serpens monument in Arlington Cemetery.
05/27/2020

How the Memorial Day 2020 flyer was designed based on the Serpens monument in Arlington Cemetery.

Due to social distancing rules, today's Memorial Day service at the Van Nest Memorial, albeit small focused on the life ...
05/26/2020

Due to social distancing rules, today's Memorial Day service at the Van Nest Memorial, albeit small focused on the life of CMM USCGR, Eugene Ruggiero. He perished on the USS Serpens on January 29, 1945 and resided at 1823 Barnes Ave before his entry into World War II. Thank you to Earl Menard; Post #19, Ricardo Garcia; Post #1065, Tony Salimbene; Post #253, Joseph Ronda; Star of the Sea Cadet Corps Commander and Bernadette Ferrara; VNNA. Much of what we know of the Serpens is from Douglas E. Campbell's & Rogert G. Breen's book The Long Blue Line Disrupted

Rest in Peace Eugene and ALL who gave their all for our country, Thank You!

Sempre Paratus

How about a little Before and After pictures from the Bronx 2020 image on Castle Hill Ave at Bruckner with PS 36 looking...
03/27/2020

How about a little Before and After pictures from the Bronx 2020 image on Castle Hill Ave at Bruckner with PS 36 looking east to Westchester Ave. in the 1911 picture, PS 36 is in two triangles ....the others are a Mystery...

Visit the Huntington Free Library this Saturday Nov 16th  6-7pm  FREE
11/12/2019

Visit the Huntington Free Library this Saturday Nov 16th 6-7pm FREE

Dear East Bronx History Forum Members and Friends,The Forum is launching a Pelham Bay Park Challenge to all our members ...
10/28/2019

Dear East Bronx History Forum Members and Friends,

The Forum is launching a Pelham Bay Park Challenge to all our members and friends.

The East Bronx History Forum has over the years, identified many owners and mansions that sold
their property to New York City, when the City began to acquire land for Pelham Bay Park in 1888.

Many properties have not been identified or are mis-identified. The Forum is asking for your research help to
fill in the missing items. We may have a picture of a house but not the owners name or their biography or the opposite - We know the owner put do not have a picture. In some cases, we are unsure where the property was located.

Please email me at [email protected] or post your research on our page at East Bronx History Forum


Oct 28th 2019 #1 Challenge - Image - " Officers Clubhouse, Naval Training Camp, Pelham Bay Park"
appx 1918

Please join us for Veterans Day 2019 on Monday, November 11th at 12:15. We will meet at the intersection of Mead Street ...
10/21/2019

Please join us for Veterans Day 2019 on Monday, November 11th at 12:15. We will meet at the intersection of Mead Street and Unionport Road at the Van Nest Memorial Plaza as we honor veteran Earl Menard.

09/16/2019
Street Co-Naming Ceremony For Bronx Hero Lt. John Sekul

2Lt. John N. Sekul Street Co-Naming on Newbold Avenue

A street co-naming ceremony was held in the Castle Hill section in honor of 2nd Lt. John Sekul, a member of the World War 2 plane "Wham Bam Thank You Man" wh...

“Last Call” January 16th 1920
09/14/2019

“Last Call” January 16th 1920

09/14/2019

Photo – “Last Call” January 16th 1920
The picture dated January 16th 1920 tells the whole story; it’s the last day to buy alcohol in the U.S.A. In fact, on January 17, 1920 the Eighteenth Amendment to the US Constitution banned the sale and consumption of alcohol throughout the entire United States until 1933. Unless, Shhhhhh, I know a place in the Bronx.

The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 141st meeting on Wednesday September 18th at the Huntington Free Library at 7:30pm. Know the password and you are in, but remember, mum’s the word. While many people had to deal with the lack of a 5 cent beer, entrepreneurial Bronxites devised many ways to smuggle booze via the many coastal inlets. Westchester Square was no exception and had numerous road houses and speakeasies to assist with distribution.



The East Bronx History Forum is pleased to have two of the most renowned Bronx bootleggers, I mean urban archaeologist and investigators to lead a presentation “Bronx Bootleggers, Road Houses and Speakeasies.”



Robert Apuzzo has written a few books on local archaeological finds and guide books on early bottles. Bob also owns his “Bronx” tugboat which he pilots around the back waters of the Bronx. He researched the various ways by land and sea how the bootleggers got their booze and into the Bronx. He will be joined by East Bronx History Forum Vice President and retired NYPD officer Tom Vasti still tracking down the gangsters that ran the Bronx and the places that sold the illegal beer and liquor. It is estimated that over 100,000 speakeasies operated in NYC from 1920 to 1933, but the focus will be on the most prominent and luxurious joints in the East Bronx.

Please do not B.Y.O.B. because the Huntington Free Library is still a dry house, but join us at 7:30 pm, Wednesday September 18th, 2019 at 9 Westchester Square, Bronx NY. The Library is next to the Apple Bank and parking is free after 7 pm. All meetings are free and open to the public and please view the East Bronx History Forum web page at BronxNYC.com, or follow us on Facebook

Please join the East Bronx History Forum and American Legion Post 1065 along with street co-naming sponsor Councilmember...
08/01/2019

Please join the East Bronx History Forum and American Legion Post 1065 along with street co-naming sponsor Councilmember Ruben Diaz Sr. and Bronx Community Board #9 District Manager William Rivera and members as we honor 2nd Lt. John N. Sekul on Monday, August 26.

Thank you to the Farina family for allowing me to share Dominick's story on Memorial Day 2019 at the newly renovated Van...
05/28/2019

Thank you to the Farina family for allowing me to share Dominick's story on Memorial Day 2019 at the newly renovated Van Nest Memorial.

Please join us for Memorial Day 2019 at the renovated Van Nest Memorial Plaza. We will be gathering just south of White ...
05/04/2019

Please join us for Memorial Day 2019 at the renovated Van Nest Memorial Plaza. We will be gathering just south of White Plains Rd and Van Nest Ave for a procession, flag raising, ceremony and a flower drop. Our ceremony will start at 12:15.

Please join us on Sunday, November 11th at noon for a Veterans Day ceremony.
10/20/2018

Please join us on Sunday, November 11th at noon for a Veterans Day ceremony.

Please join author and East Bronx History Forum member Stephen P. Devillo for his Bronx River Ramble walking tour, Tucka...
09/30/2018

Please join author and East Bronx History Forum member Stephen P. Devillo for his Bronx River Ramble walking tour, Tuckahoe Marble. We will meet on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 11 am at the Metro-North Crestwood Station

09/16/2018
CBS New York

CBS New York

UPDATE: Residents of the Parkchester neighborhood in the Bronx are on high alert as statues disappear from their community. CBS2’s John Dias is on the story.

Many thanks to Al Farago for his assistance with this Memorial Day Service 2018.
05/28/2018

Many thanks to Al Farago for his assistance with this Memorial Day Service 2018.

Please join us in the Greenstreet south of the Van Nest Memorial on Monday, May 28th at noon for a Memorial Day cermony.
05/07/2018

Please join us in the Greenstreet south of the Van Nest Memorial on Monday, May 28th at noon for a Memorial Day cermony.

Signatures from the EBHF community.
03/04/2018

Signatures from the EBHF community.

Almost New Years...how about an old school Mystery Photo for those West of the Bronx River from 1890's  Yes...and still ...
12/31/2017

Almost New Years...how about an old school Mystery Photo for those West of the Bronx River from 1890's Yes...and still there !

Just in time before the New Year....a mystery photo.  Hint....east of the Bronx River about 1920.   ( we are the East Br...
12/31/2017

Just in time before the New Year....a mystery photo. Hint....east of the Bronx River about 1920. ( we are the East Bronx History Forum) See you all Jan 17th 2018 at 7:30pm

Time to add a mystery photo.  Will it be identified before the New Year ?  Hint.....East of the Bronx River  ( We are th...
12/31/2017

Time to add a mystery photo. Will it be identified before the New Year ? Hint.....East of the Bronx River ( We are the East Bronx History Forum) Come over and Join us Jan 17th 2018 @7:30pm

Time to enjoy a "Day at the Opera" at the Huntington Free Library.  Lets fill every seat at this very special and intima...
10/31/2017

Time to enjoy a "Day at the Opera" at the Huntington Free Library. Lets fill every seat at this very special and intimate venue. If you love opera or have always been curious why many are so passionate...Now is your opportunity. Advance price $10.

Please join us at noon on Saturday, November 11th at the Van Nest Memorial for our Veterans Day ceremony.
10/21/2017

Please join us at noon on Saturday, November 11th at the Van Nest Memorial for our Veterans Day ceremony.

Joins us this Memorial Day as we hear the story of Pvt. Angelo C. Raptis Jr.
05/29/2017

Joins us this Memorial Day as we hear the story of Pvt. Angelo C. Raptis Jr.

Please join us on Monday, May 29th at noon at the intersection of White Plains Road and Van Nest Avenue as we honor our ...
05/24/2017

Please join us on Monday, May 29th at noon at the intersection of White Plains Road and Van Nest Avenue as we honor our service men and women.

Please join us as we honor our service men and women this Memorial Day, May 29th.
05/07/2017

Please join us as we honor our service men and women this Memorial Day, May 29th.

Wednesday, April 19th. at 7:30 pm. The EBHF will hold its 120th free and open meeting with three Bronx authors.  Last ye...
04/18/2017

Wednesday, April 19th. at 7:30 pm. The EBHF will hold its 120th free and open meeting with three Bronx authors. Last year the Forum held the Bronx movie premiere of "Love in the Age of Dion" by Director and Author Philip Cioffari. At the forum’s next meeting, Mr. Cioffari will read sections from “Bronx Kill”, his new book where an obsessed NYPD detective seeks revenge upon three men for his brother’s drowning death. Mr. Cioffari starting writing during his years at St. Helena grade school and Mt. St. Michael High School. He graduated from St. John’s University and is an English professor at William Paterson University in New Jersey. His experiences inspired novels, “Catholic Boys”, “Jesusville”, “Dark Road, Dead End” and his story collection, “A History of Things Lost or Broken”. After reading “Catholic Boys”, with its numerous Bronx locations painting a clear picture of the scenes that the former detective traveled, made me greatly anticipating Mr. Cioffari’s recent novel, “The Bronx Kill”.

The title is clever because it points to both an apparent murder mystery in the Bronx and a specific waterway, Bronx Kill that separates the Bronx from Randall’s Island. Readers will clearly be treated to familiar locations and some possible characters we have all encountered growing up in the Bronx.

The Bronx connection continues with poetry selections from Gil Fagiani, a local essayist and short story writer.” With Mother Day and Father Day just around the corner, it is time to get yourself a signed gift of a book at the Huntington Free Library, directly from the author.

The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is located next to Apple Bank at 9 Westchester Square Bronx, NY. Parking is free after 7 pm. and for additional information, view BronxNYC.com or HuntingtonFreeLibrary.org.

Hope to see you there !
03/14/2017
Jazz Night at the Huntington

Hope to see you there !

Enjoy a night of music and dance commemorating the 1920s and 1930s Jazz Era. Prizes for those who bring this iconic Jazz Era to life the best. Guys and gals should come dressed to impress and don't forget your dancing shoes!

[NOTE, rescheduled to March 22nd!] President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Women's History Week for March 8, 1980 and...
03/11/2017

[NOTE, rescheduled to March 22nd!] President Jimmy Carter proclaimed National Women's History Week for March 8, 1980 and, President Trump has re-proclaimed March 2017 as Women’s History Month. The EBHF is pleased to announce the Forum’s 6th Annual “Women in Bronx History” presentation will be Wednesday March 22nd 2017 at 7:30 pm.

“Women in Bronx History” is a member or friend selection and presentation of the historic, popular or special women that has or are contributing to the Bronx community. Selections and presenters have included members of the Bronx Times Reporter “25 Influential Bronx Women”. Many will recall past selections such as, Bess Myerson, Lauren Bacall, Eydie Gorme and others not in the entertainment industry.

Members and guests are encouraged, but not required to bring a 2- 5 minute description of their choice
for inclusion in our member report during our 6th annual Bronx women program. The East Bronx History Forum expects that this year participation will exceed the large and varied contributions of our past Bronx Women in Bronx History reports. “Women in Bronx History” has included Actresses, Authors & Artists; Botanist & Business women; Settlers, Scientist & Sculptors; Environmentalists & Educators; and Poets & Politicians.

All meetings are FREE and open to the public at The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room, located at 9 Westchester Square, Bronx next to the Apple Bank. Parking is free after 7 pm

Please view the East Bronx History Forum web page at BronxNYC.com for details, or follow us on Facebook.
Please join us at 7:30 pm, Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 at the Huntington Free Library.

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9 Westchester Sq
The Bronx, NY
10461

General information

The East Bronx History Forum (EBHF) meets for free every third Wednesday of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 PM in the Huntington Free Library and Reading Room.

Opening Hours

Saturday 13:30 - 15:30

Telephone

(718) 829-7770

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September 16th - Zoom Meeting 8pm Jeffery S. Gurock - New Book -" Parkchester: A Bronx Tale of Race and Ethnicity" A zoom link and special code for free shipping and 30% discount will be emailed to members and friends
September 16th 2020 - 8:00 pm a Zoom Meeting. Jeffery S. Gurock will present his new book "Parkchester: A Bronx Tale of Race and Ethnicity" A link will be made available via email, and a free shipping & 30% discount code
Would anyone here know the original location of the Vincent-Halsey house where John Adams stayed for a couple of months in 1797?
A great group. If you like Bronx History, they are the best!!!
Tom Casey. Need to know best way to contact you. Bob Mayer
Here's a wonderful opportunity to recognize volunteers! Please take a moment to review as the nomination period ends on Monday, April 24.