Bronx

Bronx, Transportation

Will Streetcars Make a Comeback in the Bronx?

By Stephanie Hoina, Tue, January 6, 2015

Brooklyn Historical Railway Association's Proposed map of a new Bronx streetcar system

Once upon a time in a city now known for its web of transportation options, the world’s very first streetcar made its debut in 1852 on the roads New York. At the height of their popularity, streetcars could be seen running on just about every major thoroughfare; but pressure from New York City’s Board of Transportation for a unified bus transportation system across the city soon led to their demise. By 1948, the streetcar lines in the Bronx and Manhattan were gone, seemingly lost forever to the nostalgia of simpler times.

Today, a perfect storm of factors may pave the way for the resurgence of this once-popular mode of transportation that promises to yield a bevy of benefits for Bronxites and beyond.

Streetcars back in the Bronx?

Bronx, real estate trends

Image © Thomas X. Casey, BronxNYC

Brooklyn may hold the title for most unaffordable place to buy a home in America, but when it comes to affordability for renters, the Bronx is the worst. According to the Daily News, a new report shows that tenants in the borough spend 68% of their earnings on rent, which roughly equates to $2,000 per month for a three-bedroom apartment.

The Bronx has one of the lowest median incomes in the country at $34,388. It also has a 9.5% unemployment rate, and 30% of the borough’s population lives below the poverty line. However, state controller Tom DiNapoli released a report earlier this year that said approximately 60% of renters in the Bronx spend more than one-third of their income on rent.

[Via NYDN]

Bronx, Cool Listings, Interiors

5000 Goodridge Avenue, English Country Style house, renovated home, skylit stairs

New York City is known for its diversity, yet it never ceases to amaze us that a suburban-esque neighborhood like Riverdale is a mere 20 minutes away from Lincoln Center or the Met. The affluent Bronx district is coveted for its tree-lined streets and abundance of parks. And in this neighborhood, a renovated seven-bedroom, English Country-style home on a corner lot at 5000 Goodridge Avenue offers the suburban life in proximity to the city, all for $2.7 million.

Take a look inside here

Featured Story

Bronx, Features, holidays, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

karen daubman of new york botanical garden, karen daubman, new york botanical garden

Every year, the New York Botanical Garden‘s Holiday Train Show gives visitors the chance to marvel at iconic New York landmarks and model trains. Now in its 23rd year, the show features more than 20 locomotives traveling on almost a quarter mile of tracks, which are laid out amongst the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Radio City Music Hall, and more than 150 other replicas made from bark, pine cones, pistachio shells, and other plant materials.

Like any train, the Holiday Train Show requires a team of conductors to guide it, and Karen Daubmann is on board as the Associate Vice President of Exhibitions and Public Engagement, responsible for overseeing a wide range of current and future exhibitions. For this show, Karen works closely with Applied Imagination, the visionaries and builders behind these structures, to ensure the show runs smoothly and on time. We recently visited the show and spoke with Karen–standing near the Brooklyn Bridge and Yankee Stadium–to learn more about this annual production.

Read our full interview here

Bronx, Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Interiors

This massive house, located at 4547 Livingston Avenue in the Bronx’s beautiful historic Fieldston neighborhood, is 17 rooms deep, boasts 10,450 square feet, and is now available for $7,950,000 (h/t Curbed). Built in 1911 with fieldstone quarried from the property, the home was last sold in 1984 for $451,000 to philanthropists Harvey and Jayne Beker. Over the past 30 years they meticulously renovated and expanded the property with no detail left behind. The mansion now boasts an indoor lap pool with Jacuzzi, a heated driveway, a paved terrace that can accommodate a 100-person dinner party, and an “au pair suite.”

Tour the massive Bronx home here

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Bronx, Features, Interviews, New Yorker Spotlight, People

Coco Peru Drag Queen

Dating back to 1685, the quaint nautical community of City Island has fought hard to retain much of the charm that makes it an anomaly in the heart of the bustling Bronx. So perhaps it is fitting that one of the island’s most colorful natives—and once a bit of an anomaly herself—shares her memories of growing up in New York City’s sleepy little fishing village.

Larger-than-life personality and drag queen extraordinaire Coco Peru’s life today couldn’t be much further from her years spent as a child on the quiet streets of City Island. Based in LA and traveling the world to bring her often irreverent but hysterically funny brand of storytelling to the masses, Coco’s tales from her youth often steal the show.

But it’s probably safe to say the majority of Coco Puffs (her beloved fans) have never even heard of this small island in the Bronx—and that most New Yorkers haven’t made the trip over the 113-year old soon-to-be-replaced bridge that represents the only point of access by car or foot. Which is why we are quite excited to bring you this exclusive peek into two of the city’s most unique treasures: City Island and Miss Coco Peru.

Read the interview with Miss Coco here

Bronx, New Developments, People

Maksym Rokhmaniiko, Hunts Point Revival, AutoDesk, Spofford Juvenile Center, Majora Carter

Tribeca has adaptively reused its former manufacturing lofts; Gowanus its factories; and Long Island City its bakeries. Now, Hunts Point might be added to the adaptive reuse list for its conversion of a former jail.

Urban revitalization strategist and public radio host Majora Carter is aiming to transform the Spofford Juvenile Center into a combination of mixed-income housing, open space, and economic development, a formula she feels would appeal to the neighborhood.

More on Carter’s vision and the transformative project

Architecture, Art, Bronx, Major Developments

Ben Shahn Mural, Interior Bronx General Post Office

The firm that once hoped to bring a Bronx market to the Kingsbridge Armory site may get their chance with another historic building in the borough. Last week it was announced that developer YoungWoo & Associates purchased the landmarked Bronx General Post Office building on the Grand Concourse and East 149th Street for an undisclosed sum.

What’s in store for the building and its treasures?

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Bronx, Features, NYC Guides

7 Cool Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Bronx

By Stephanie Hoina, Thu, July 17, 2014

Photo by Leonard J. DeFrancisci / Wikimedia Commons

The NY Yankees, Julia the Gorilla, and the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden all call the Bronx home, but as the borough named for Jonas Bronck (and affectionately called the Boogie Down) commemorates a centennial anniversary in 2014, there is much more to celebrate than Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Botanical Garden.

We’ve hunted down seven cool things about the Bronx that we bet you didn’t know. Read them all ahead, then venture northward to see them up close and personal.

Seven cool things about the Bronx

Architecture, Bronx, Green Design

Resolution 4 Architecture, Bronx Box, infill housing, prefab, modular housing, bronx architecture

Waterfront views and innovative architecture: San Francisco? Manhattan? Miami? How about the Bronx?

Residents of many Throgs Neck neighborhoods have happily traded off expansive living spaces and large backyards for the spectacular views of the Eastchester Bay and the bridge whose name the community bears. Though spaces can be a bit compact along the water, a challenging lot size didn’t stop Resolution: 4 Architecture from creating a home whose beauty rivals that of its view.

Among the modest homes tucked neatly into small parcels along the waterfront, the Bronx Box stands out as a proud example of how infill housing is an innovative way to make the most of narrow lots in urban areas.

Learn more about this beautiful home

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