1921 Birds-eye View of Spuyten Duyvil & Kingsbridge

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    • #2396
      ndembowski
      Keymaster

      100 years ago, in 1921, the Ewen estate in Spuyten Duyvil was sold in lots.  The auction brochure contained this colorful birds-eye view of the neighborhood.  Click on the image to see a larger version.

      I am most intrigued by the building in the middle of this block–west of Broadway between W. 231st and W 232nd Streets.  Surely there must be photos of this house somewhere.

      The real estate brochure also had a nice photo of the Ewen house, which stood where Ewen Park is today.

       

       

       

    • #2397
      Peter Ostrander
      Participant

      Ewen Park provides one with an expansive view of  Kingsbridge and Kingsbridge Heights.  The park unfortunately is almost vertical  which makes for great sleigh riding in winter and rolling down in summer. The  only real flat section of the park, which was once the best location for picnics and such, was selected as the prime  location for a city parks dog run. Go figure.

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      Peter Ostrander
      Participant

      Forgot to mention that the location of the dog run was the original location of the Ewen mansion show above. There is a black stump like rock nearer to the path that is a relic of the Ewen estate. It is actually a petrified tree remnant that was once used as a garden ornament on the Ewen estate.
       

       

    • #2399
      ndembowski
      Keymaster

      And before anyone says that it is a shame that the city tore down Ms. Ewen’s house for a dog run, it is worth noting that she directed the proceeds from her estate to “be devoted to homeless and suffering dogs, cats, and other animals in this city.”

       

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