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MITCHEL, J. P. HOUSES
Consolidated With:
Betances II
255 Alexander Avenue
Bronx, NY 10454
(718) 993-0630 Fax (718) 993-4075


Street Boundaries
135th Street/138th Street
Lincoln Ave./Willis Ave.
Subway Lines
6 to 3rd Avenue and 138th Street – exit station on right
Bus Lines
BX15 to 138th Street and Alexander Avenue
BX21, B32, B41 to 138th Street and Morris Avenue
BX33 to cross-town bus (north bound) to 138th Street and Alexander Avenue and Willis Avenue


NAMED AFTER: JOHN PURROY MITCHEL (1879-1918) – At 35, he was the youngest person ever to be elected Mayor of New York City. He became the city's 95th Mayor carrying the nickname of "Boy Mayor." Mitchel's waste cutting measures and accounting practices earned the city national acclaim. His investigation of a Police Department protection racket forced the ouster of two Borough Presidents and caused a third to flee the continent. In 1918, during World War I, he enlisted in the Army Air Service and was killed when his plane crashed on his final day of training. Mitchel Houses is in the Bronx.
SITE STATISTICS AND DESCRIPTION:
Mayor John Purroy Mitchel Houses in the Bronx has ten buildings, 17,19, and 20-stories tall. There are 1,729 apartments housing some 3,827 residents. The 16.06-acre site was completed February 28, 1966 and is between East 135th and East 138th Streets, Lincoln and Willis Avenues.