February 18, 2020 at 5:59 pm #1267ndembowskiKeymaster
This image appeared on the cover of the December 1935 Riverdale News with the subtitle “Merry Christmas.” No explanation was given of the photo. The buildings do not look familiar. Can someone explain what is depicted?
February 18, 2020 at 6:35 pm #1268Thomas CaseyParticipant
<p style=”text-align: right;”>I think it looks like the start of construction for an over pass for the Henry Hudson Parkway which would radically change and impact the Riverdale community during construction and years to come. I guess it was a response to Robert Moses gift to Riverdale, starting around the Christmas Season</p>
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February 18, 2020 at 7:08 pm #1269Peter OstranderModerator
I agree. It looks like photo is looking north from Kappock Street toward today’s Henry Hudson Parkway.
Believe its the bridge and ramp over Kappock St. coming off the Henry Hudson Bridge.
The bridge was opened 1936 so a 1935 date of photo would fit. In the bible Moses parted the Red Sea. Here Robert Moses parted Spuyten Duyvil & Riverdale forever.
February 18, 2020 at 7:36 pm #1270Alan LaskyParticipant
I’m pretty sure this is the construction of the Kappock St overpass/underpass.
Here’s a 1940 aerial, showing the Berrian Farmhouse at the far right. This is not a familiar angle on this well photographed house, but almost matches the mystery photo. Edgehill Church is near the center for reference. Villa Charlotte Bronte is at center top.
This 1940 aerial also shows reason to think it lines up with the mystery photo. All three buildings are in this photo, but the angle spreads them out quite a bit compared to the mystery photo.
Berrian Farmhouse at far left. Henry Hudson Monument at right.
February 18, 2020 at 7:44 pm #1271Thomas CaseyParticipant
Thank you for posting these wonderful images of Riverdale/Spuyten Duyvil. They really show what life was like just a short time ago in the NW Bronx.
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