New York City Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to the Five Boroughs of the Metropolis: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Richmond

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West Bronx

MOTT HAVEN -- UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS --
JEROME PARK NEIGHBORHOOD -- RIVERDALE

Area: Bronx Kills on south to city line on north; from Harlem and Hudson rivers east to Willis Ave., Melrose Ave., Webster Ave. (to E. 211th St.), and Woodlawn Cemetery.

Principal highways: Grand Concourse, University Ave., and Broadway.

Transportalion: IRT Jerome Ave. subway, 149th St. to Woodlawn stations; IRT Broadway-7th Ave. subway, W. 225th St. to 242d St. (Van Cortlandt Park) stations; 9th Ave. el, Sedgwick Ave. to Woodlawn stations; Eighth Ave, (Independent) Grand Concourse subway, 161st St.-River Ave. to 205th St. stations.

THIS section, more densely populated than the eastern part of the borough, is characterized mostly by tall, new apartment houses tenanted on the whole by the families of salaried workers and moderately well-to-do people. The Riverdale section in the north has the smart suburban air of adjoining Westchester County.

The Grand Boulevard and Concourse (commonly called the Grand Concourse) runs about four and a half miles through the center ' of the West Bronx from Mott Avenue and 138th Street north to Mosholu Parkway near Van Cortlandt Park. The Grand Concourse is the Park Avenue of middle-class Bronx residents, and a lease to an apartment in one of its many large buildings is considered evidence of at least moderate business success. The thoroughfare, 180 feet wide, is the principal parade street of the borough,

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New York City Guide: A Comprehensive Guide to the Five Boroughs of the Metropolis: Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, and Richmond
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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Editorial Staff of the New York City Guide vi
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations and Maps xi
  • Plan of the Guide xix
  • General Information 3
  • Annual Events 42
  • Manhattan 47
  • Manhattan 49
  • Lower Manhattan 57
  • Middle West Side 144
  • Middle and Upper East Side 182
  • The Harlems 253
  • Upper West Side and Northern Manhattan 271
  • Major Points of Interest 307
  • The Harbor, the Rivers, and Their Islands 408
  • The Harbor and Its Islands 409
  • The Rivers and the River Islands 418
  • Brooklyn 429
  • Brooklyn 431
  • Downtown Brooklyn 440
  • North Brooklyn 455
  • West Brooklyn 463
  • Middle Brooklyn 476
  • East Brooklyn 496
  • The Bronx 507
  • The Bronx 509
  • West Bronx 517
  • Middle Bronx 529
  • East Bronx 542
  • Queens 553
  • Queens 555
  • North Queens 562
  • Middle Queens 574
  • South Queens 587
  • Richmond 595
  • Richmond 597
  • East and South Richmond 603
  • North and West Richmond 617
  • New York World's Fair 1939 625
  • New York World's Fair 1939 627
  • Books About New York 649
  • Index 661
  • Index to New York World's Fair 1939 705
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