SPOTLIGHT ON: THE BRONX
By Christine Bruzzese
Bronx is the northernmost borough of New York City and the only one located
on the mainland. First settled in 1639 by Jonas Bronck, the Bronx today
is home to a diverse population, culture and history. This article highlights
some resources in the City Hall Library collection about the Bronx.
History in Asphalt: the Origin of Bronx Street and Place Names by John
McNamara was published in three editions, the last one in 1991. This
book presents brief histories of individual streets and place with details
on origins of the name, date of naming, location and prior names, if
South Bronx Rising: the Rise, Fall and Resurrection of an American
City by Jill Jonnes chronicles the story of the South Bronx
neighborhood, its development, deterioration and resurgence. The author
history and development of the South Bronx, discusses economic issues
and the impact of immigration, moves on to the decline of the area in
the 1960s and 1970s then concludes with a study of the
rebuilding efforts. This is an updated edition of an earlier book that
Jonnes wrote about the South Bronx.
Memories of Fordham by Rocky D'Erasmo is a collection of
reminiscences about the Fordham neighborhood in the Bronx. The author,
family and friends
contribute anecdotes, letters and photos about growing up and living
in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1970s.
The Bronx: It was Only Yesterday, 1935-1965 by Lloyd J. Ultan
and Gary Hermalyn, is written in collaboration with the Bronx County
Society. This book is one of five, co-written by Professor Ultan, the
Bronx Borough Historian, on Bronx history. In this volume, the authors
discuss the impacts of the Depression, World War II, new technology,
construction and other factors on the borough and its people. Many photographs
from the Historical Society collections enhance the text and provide
detail for the researcher.
Also available in the collection are vertical files with clippings on
Bronx neighborhoods, biographical files and designation reports for landmarks
in the borough. These are a small part of the fascinating resources in
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