January 2019 Photo Contest

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  • #817

    ndembowski
    Keymaster

    Can you name the location of the below photo (street and cross-street)?  If you are the first to correctly identify this location, you will win your choice of KHS t-shirt!

    Contest Rules:

    1) Your response must be posted on the forum here (you cannot email your response to us).

    2) Your response must name the street and cross-street depicted in the photo.

    3) Responses due by Friday, January 18th.

    4) You must be a member of the Kingsbridge Historical Society to participate.  Become a member here.

    #822

    ndembowski
    Keymaster

    This photo is difficult to identify but here’s a hint:

    The building on the left had to be torn down soon after the photo was taken.  However, the building behind the man in the foreground still stands at this historic intersection.

    #823

    Thomas Casey
    Participant

    Fordham road trian station bookstore and Fordha u. behind man

    #824

    ndembowski
    Keymaster

    I guess The Bronx had more bookstores back in the day.  Now it just has a few religious bookstores and small college bookstores.

    Unfortunately, your guess is not correct.  This place is further to the west.

    #831

    ndembowski
    Keymaster

    Looks like we really stumped the membership with this one.  I wonder if zooming in on one part of the photo would help any.  I believe all of the buildings shown in this shot are still standing with the exception of the closest one on the left with the “Christmas Cards” sign attached to it.  That building was torn down for a Major construction project that left a big mark on the neighborhood.

    #833

    Slam_Donck
    Participant

    Broadway and 230th?

    #835

    ndembowski
    Keymaster

    Well, now you are getting close.  This intersection is a short walk from 230th and Broadway.  I am extending the contest to the end of the month to get a few more guesses.  I’ll have another hint soon.

    #836

    spabob
    Participant

    Broadway and Ververleen. Could that be Robert’s Book Store?

    #837

    ndembowski
    Keymaster

    You’re on the right track with that guess.  You are so close that it would be difficult to provide any more hints without giving it away.  For those not familiar with spabob’s guess, Verveelen Place is this short street that meets Broadway between W 230th and W 231st Streets (next to the shopping center and the Carter’s clothing store).

    It is named after Johannes Verveleen.  Before the construction of the King’s Bridge in 1693, there were no bridges to Manhattan from The Bronx.  Johannes Verveleen operated a tavern and a ferry in this location to carry passengers across the Spuyten Duyvil Creek before the bridge was built.  His ferry and tavern were ordered by the provincial government of New York in 1669.  The orders dictated that Verveleen “provide a sufficient dwelling house with three or four bed for ye entertainment of travelers, and that he be furnished always with provisions for them, their horse, and Cattle and stabling and stalls accordingly.”  Also “That he have a sufficient boat for transportation of passengers, horses, and cattle.”

    The governor set the rates for Verveleen’s tavern.  “That in case he lodges any person one night he is to have 6 pence per night in case they have a bed with sheets and without sheets two pence in Silver.”  Rates were set for the ferry as well: “For transportation of a man and horse 7 pence in silver.  For a single horse 6 pence . . . For Droves of Cattle to be driven over and opening ye Gates 2 pence apiece.”

    Excuse the digression, but I always thought it was funny that this 17th century ferryman is honored today by the name of an obscure alley with no addresses.

    But to get back to the point, the photo does not depict Broadway and Verveleen Place.  Very close though.

     

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