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.

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Today we honored Construction Mechanic 3/C Anthony Tartaglia of the 107th CBs and member of the LSM-63 (Landing Ship Med...
05/31/2021

Today we honored Construction Mechanic 3/C Anthony Tartaglia of the 107th CBs and member of the LSM-63 (Landing Ship Medium). Anthony was stationed on a group of islands in the south Pacific before being detailed with his LSM. Based on the most current information it is believed Anthony perished on his LSM some time between June 10 and June 14, 1945, unfortunately, due to electrocution. He was temporarily buried in a USAF grave on Morotai on June 20, 1945 until his final interment in St. Raymond's Cemetery on July 3, 1948. Special thanks to Joseph Ronda and the Star of the Sea Cadet Corps, Ricardo Garcia of Unionport Post #1065 for providing colors, Earl Menard of the John Fraser Bryan Post #19 for their post's banner, Tony Salimbene, and Guy Richardson of Theodore Korony Post #253 for also providing color guard, Bernadette Ferrara of the Van Nest Neighborhood Alliance and Ruth Papazian for photographs. I would especially like to thank the Tartaglia family as well for being present to accept a plaque in Anthony's honor.

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

Construimus, Batuimus "We build, We Fight"; "Can Do"

Today we honored Construction Mechanic 3/C Anthony Tartaglia of the 107th CBs and member of the LSM-63 (Landing Ship Medium). Anthony was stationed on a group of islands in the south Pacific before being detailed with his LSM. Based on the most current information it is believed Anthony perished on his LSM some time between June 10 and June 14, 1945, unfortunately, due to electrocution. He was temporarily buried in a USAF grave on Morotai on June 20, 1945 until his final interment in St. Raymond's Cemetery on July 3, 1948. Special thanks to Joseph Ronda and the Star of the Sea Cadet Corps, Ricardo Garcia of Unionport Post #1065 for providing colors, Earl Menard of the John Fraser Bryan Post #19 for their post's banner, Tony Salimbene, and Guy Richardson of Theodore Korony Post #253 for also providing color guard, Bernadette Ferrara of the Van Nest Neighborhood Alliance and Ruth Papazian for photographs. I would especially like to thank the Tartaglia family as well for being present to accept a plaque in Anthony's honor.

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

Construimus, Batuimus "We build, We Fight"; "Can Do"

Please join us on Monday, May 31st @ 12:15 for our Memorial Day service. Masks and social distancing will be required.**...
05/29/2021

Please join us on Monday, May 31st @ 12:15 for our Memorial Day service. Masks and social distancing will be required.

**UPDATE** The 49th Pct. approved our permit so we will be gathering at Van Nest Ave and White Plains Rd for a procession to the monument.

Please join us on Monday, May 31st @ 12:15 for our Memorial Day service. Masks and social distancing will be required.

**UPDATE** The 49th Pct. approved our permit so we will be gathering at Van Nest Ave and White Plains Rd for a procession to the monument.

Please join us on Monday, May 31st @ 12:15 for our Memorial Day service. Masks and social distancing will be required.
05/16/2021

Please join us on Monday, May 31st @ 12:15 for our Memorial Day service. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Please join us on Monday, May 31st @ 12:15 for our Memorial Day service. Masks and social distancing will be required.

The East Bronx History Forum and the Huntington Free Library are pleased to announce the Forum will hold its 154th meeti...
04/07/2021

The East Bronx History Forum and the Huntington Free Library are pleased to announce the Forum will hold its 154th meeting on Wednesday, April 21th at 8:00 PM with a ZOOM presentation by Author and Tour Guide Kevin C. Fitzpatrick. Mr. Fitzpatrick’s presentation will cover his book “111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss”.

I have joked that Kevin Fitzpatrick’s book 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss should be titled 111 Places in the Bronx To See Before You Die, until I found out that there are many world-wide travel books that contain 111 color images of places of interest. There are books for all the boroughs except Staten Island, which has not yet made the cut.

The book is a fun and interesting read, and the photographs are inviting, but the best is to visit the many places from the guide. The book is perfect for residents, since it would take time to plan to see it all. The varied topics contain places and subjects that even life long Bronx residents would be surprised to have missed. Not missed, is the history forum favorite – The Battle of Westchester Creek and the Abandoned Railway lines. Personal favorites include Bronx breweries, watering spots, pastry and food shops. Historic houses and sites north, south east and west from Bartow Pell to St. Ann’s. All is covered from celebrities to crime to ghosts.

Kevin Fitzpatrick is an award-winning author and editor of eight books that are all tied to New York City history. His previous book was World War One New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War. Kevin is also the program director for the World War One Centennial Committee for New York City. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a licensed NYC sightseeing guide for 20 years, and a three-time winner of the Apple Award from the Guides Association for New York City. He is also a tour guide who leads history tours for the Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy. Kevin and his family live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Zoom in and find out what subjects made the book and a special discount for members. This Presentation is limited to the first 100 members and friends that log onto our Zoom meeting. The East Bronx History Forum posts the login details on our web page at BronxNYC.com. Remember, we will meet on-line, at 8:00 pm, Wednesday April 21st.

The East Bronx History Forum and the Huntington Free Library are pleased to announce the Forum will hold its 154th meeting on Wednesday, April 21th at 8:00 PM with a ZOOM presentation by Author and Tour Guide Kevin C. Fitzpatrick. Mr. Fitzpatrick’s presentation will cover his book “111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss”.

I have joked that Kevin Fitzpatrick’s book 111 Places in the Bronx That You Must Not Miss should be titled 111 Places in the Bronx To See Before You Die, until I found out that there are many world-wide travel books that contain 111 color images of places of interest. There are books for all the boroughs except Staten Island, which has not yet made the cut.

The book is a fun and interesting read, and the photographs are inviting, but the best is to visit the many places from the guide. The book is perfect for residents, since it would take time to plan to see it all. The varied topics contain places and subjects that even life long Bronx residents would be surprised to have missed. Not missed, is the history forum favorite – The Battle of Westchester Creek and the Abandoned Railway lines. Personal favorites include Bronx breweries, watering spots, pastry and food shops. Historic houses and sites north, south east and west from Bartow Pell to St. Ann’s. All is covered from celebrities to crime to ghosts.

Kevin Fitzpatrick is an award-winning author and editor of eight books that are all tied to New York City history. His previous book was World War One New York: A Guide to the City’s Enduring Ties to the Great War. Kevin is also the program director for the World War One Centennial Committee for New York City. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a licensed NYC sightseeing guide for 20 years, and a three-time winner of the Apple Award from the Guides Association for New York City. He is also a tour guide who leads history tours for the Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy. Kevin and his family live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Zoom in and find out what subjects made the book and a special discount for members. This Presentation is limited to the first 100 members and friends that log onto our Zoom meeting. The East Bronx History Forum posts the login details on our web page at BronxNYC.com. Remember, we will meet on-line, at 8:00 pm, Wednesday April 21st.

04/05/2021
I came across these images of a big building with a clock tower.  I know where it was located do you.   Hint...NOT the c...
03/26/2021

I came across these images of a big building with a clock tower. I know where it was located do you. Hint...NOT the clock tower at 112 Lincoln Ave & Bruckner Blvd

"Digging The Bronx"  Presentation with Professor Allan Gilbert, Fordham Universityhttps://zoom.us/rec/share/QTi7bPLcbC77...
03/18/2021
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The Rise & Fall of the Village of East Baychester, Bronx NY with Susan Vernon KehrThe East Bronx History Forum and the H...
02/06/2021

The Rise & Fall of the Village of East Baychester, Bronx NY with Susan Vernon Kehr

The East Bronx History Forum and the Huntington Free Library are pleased to announce the Forum will hold its 152th meeting on Wednesday, February 17th at 8:00 PM with a ZOOM presentation by Forum member Susan Vernon Kehr See BronxNYC.com for details

The Rise & Fall of the Village of East Baychester, Bronx NY with Susan Vernon Kehr

The East Bronx History Forum and the Huntington Free Library are pleased to announce the Forum will hold its 152th meeting on Wednesday, February 17th at 8:00 PM with a ZOOM presentation by Forum member Susan Vernon Kehr See BronxNYC.com for details

The East Bronx History Forum and the Huntington Free Library are pleased to announce The East Bronx History Forum will h...
01/08/2021

The East Bronx History Forum and the Huntington Free Library are pleased to announce The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 151th meeting on Wednesday, January20th at 8:00 PM with a ZOOM presentation by Forum member Mike Gupta, “The New York Westchester & Boston Railroad”.

Mike Gupta is a Forum member and past lecturer of the Third Ave El and has a passion for all things “on the rails”. Mike Gupta is an IT Professional and Forum Webmaster dedicated to keeping the amazing history of the Bronx alive, using any free time that his 3 year old daughter Savanna allows. He has researched the NY, Westchester & Boston Railroad, that was one of the most expensive rail lines and stations to be built in the country. The Italian villa style Administration Building is landmarked and was beautifully renovated in 2013. It is also an entrance to the 180th street station on the Dyre Avenue Line, that was purchased due to the NYW&B’s bankruptcy.

This Presentation will cover the “Lost Stations” that Mike has discovered and explored and is limited to the first 100 members and friends that log onto our Zoom meeting. The East Bronx History Forum posts the login details on our web page at BronxNYC.com. Remember, we will meet on-line, 8:00 pm, Wednesday January 20th.

Zoom info to come soon! Come back to our FB or BronxNYC.com for info.

The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is pleased to announce The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 150th mee...
12/14/2020

The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is pleased to announce The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 150th meeting on Wednesday, December 16th at 8:00 pm. With a ZOOM presentation by Jeff Reuben, “Tops in The Bronx: Tracing the Brough’s Tallest Buildings”.
The 1931 Empire State Building was the Tallest Building in the world for 40 years until the World Trade Center. What about The Bronx and which building held the Bronx record, long past 40 years? Many builders have claimed their “apartment” building was the tallest, such as the 1914 Bronx Flat Iron, but has it been surpassed? The Bronx has seen recent challenges to the Top with all the new construction since the 1960’s. Jeff Reuben’s presentation settles all the arguments up to 2020, but what is coming in 2021 and beyond?
Jeff Reuben is a city planner and works for a private consulting firm based in Manhattan. He is also an architecture columnist for “Untapped New York”, an online magazine, where he writes about planning, architecture, and urban history. He is the author of "Revisiting the Bronx’s Early Twentieth Century Charitable Residences" and “Tops in The Bronx” which appeared in the 2016 & 2018 editions respectfully of the Bronx County Historical Society Journal. He has a Bachelors in History from the University of Colorado and a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
This Presentation is not to be missed and is limited to the first 100 members and friends that log onto our Zoom meeting. The East Bronx History Forum will post the login details on our web page at BronxNYC.com. Remember, we will meet on-line, 8:00 pm, Wednesday December 16th.

11/24/2020

Nov 16th 2020 - South Bronx Latin Music Tour

The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is pleased to announce The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 149th mee...
11/07/2020

The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is pleased to announce The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 149th meeting on Wednesday, November 18th at 8:00 pm. With a ZOOM “ South Bronx Latin Music Tour”.
This special presentation will be a tour with folklorist Elena Martinez and musician Bobby Sanabria that will explore the Hunts Point/Longwood, Mott Haven and Melrose neighborhoods in the Bronx where many Latin music performers lived and worked. Back to the Grand Ballroom Dance by the Spanish American Benevolent Society at the Hunts Point Palace, to the dance clubs, theaters and social clubs where the music was performed and flourished to the 40’s to 60’s and beyond. The tour will end Casa Amadeo, the longest continually run Lantin music store in New York City and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.
Elena Martínez is the Co-Artistic Director of the Bronx Music Heritage Center and has been a Folklorist at City Lore since 1997. She co-produced the documentary, From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale, which aired on PBS and a producer for the documentary, We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo and also Eddie Palmieri: A Revolution on Harlem River Drive.
BOBBY SANABRIA is a seven-time Grammy nominated bandleader, drummer, percussionist, composer, arranger, educator, documentary film producer, multicultural warrior, activist, and Co-Artistic Director of the Bronx Music Heritage center. He has performed and recorded with legendary figures as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, Charles McPherson, Mongo Santamaría, Ray Barretto, Marco Rizo, Arturo Sandoval, Roswell Rudd to name a few. He is on the faculty of NYU and the New School Jazz & Contemporary Music where he directs both schools acclaimed Afro-Cuban jazz orchestras. His latest CD, West Side Story: Reimagined, garnered much acclaim and Bobby and his Multiverse Big Band performed it at the Kennedy Center.
This Presentation is not to be missed and is limited to the first 100 members and friends that log onto our Zoom meeting. The East Bronx History Forum will post the login details on our web page at BronxNYC.com. Remember, we will meet on-line, 8:00 pm, Wednesday November 18th.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 11th @ 12:15 for our Veterans' Day service. Masks and social distancing will be re...
10/25/2020

Please join us on Wednesday, November 11th @ 12:15 for our Veterans' Day service. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Great fall day for a walking tour of the Van Nest neighborhood! Here we are exploring stories of the old neighborhood an...
10/24/2020

Great fall day for a walking tour of the Van Nest neighborhood! Here we are exploring stories of the old neighborhood and finding new surprises! (l to r) Tom Vasti, Mike Gupta, Rich Vitacco

10/24/2020

If you can't make the tour today enjoy a small sample here.
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We will be having a walk and talk of Van Nest Avenue on Saturday, October 24 at 11 am. We will meet on the southeast cor...
10/11/2020

We will be having a walk and talk of Van Nest Avenue on Saturday, October 24 at 11 am. We will meet on the southeast corner of Bronxdale and Van Nest Avenues. We will be taking temperatures and contact information. Additionally, please have a mask and practice social distancing whenever possible. Arrive on time, participation will be limited.

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...

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Hello. I am researching locations from the The Wanderers movie (1979) and was hoping someone could identify if this shot was taken in Bronx Park? Any help much appreciated.
The Bronx Times Reporter was founded in 1981 and is the #1 newspaper in the Bronx. The newspaper has always supported all local not for profit organizations, especially The Huntington Free Library and Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, which I have been a long time Trustee. They hit it out of the park with coverage of my Bartow-PEZ Tree ! Thank you Thank you Thank you.
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!!!
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Here's a wonderful opportunity to recognize volunteers! Please take a moment to review as the nomination period ends on Monday, April 24.