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Thomas, this is absolutely fascinating! Thank you for sharing the photos.
When I lived in New Orleans, I was trying to unearth an aluminum fence post in my back yard only to have it drop several feet into a hole. It was a brick lined “night soil” pit that was later bricked over with an arch. The soil was a good couple of feet higher. That the tunnel you saw represents several generations of use, repair, and amendments is easy to imagine.
This is a great area of research! Our poor Park has certainly been cut up.
For more recent history, I’d try folks at the Bronx Council on Environmental Quality (BCEQ)
The golf course question is interesting, too. A fad among the upper classes who had their country estates in the area? A revenue source as part of park planning and department consolidation?
Any photos? Any slope to the tunnel? Any tracks? My first guess is a coal chuteApril 8, 2021 at 3:40 pm in reply to: ‘The Secrets of Inwood, Prehistoric NYC Neighborhood’ Webinar #1925
Definitely planning to attend that now that my schedule has firmed up.March 26, 2021 at 3:19 pm in reply to: Developments in Kingsbridge – Corlear, Godwin, Broadway #1922
Close upMarch 26, 2021 at 3:17 pm in reply to: Developments in Kingsbridge – Corlear, Godwin, Broadway #1921
Wow. Great resources and yes, a relative strain on my eyes and language processing. Is it possible that the rickety looking building across from the Macomb’s Mansion partly on piles is said old diner or maybe a previous incarnation thereof?March 26, 2021 at 12:16 pm in reply to: Developments in Kingsbridge – Corlear, Godwin, Broadway #1917
Nick, I’m just processing the 231st photo looking toward Bailey Ave. Is it possible that the horizontal lines mid picture are the Putnam Line tracks. And the sewering was the start of raised roads/overpasses over the line?
Also, if you have any old photos of the line, I’d love to see those
Thanks!March 26, 2021 at 12:03 pm in reply to: Developments in Kingsbridge – Corlear, Godwin, Broadway #1916
Wow. That price tag is incredible. I wonder how much the city and state budgets were back then? Perhaps a prize of unification or was the area an earlier part of New York City?
Nick those photos are incredible, thank you.
It’s incredible to think that the Broadway sewering of Tibbetts Brook which to me is an environmental tragedy was seen maybe exclusively as an improvement (over unpaved roads and outhouses). I wonder when drinking water was provided and if that was simultaneous.March 25, 2021 at 3:33 pm in reply to: Developments in Kingsbridge – Corlear, Godwin, Broadway #1913
Thanks for the updates. I’ll have to go by both.
This image gives a good idea of the slope behind Corlear down to Tibbetts Brook (this was a holy grail image for me when I found it).March 17, 2021 at 1:33 pm in reply to: Was the Albany Post Road earlier known as a “Mill Path?” #1910
Oh that’s a great tool…very satisfying. Amazing to see how much of Bailey Road, Old Post Road and Broadway retain the former paths, whereas Van Cortlandt Park erased the history of trails.March 15, 2021 at 10:39 pm in reply to: Was the Albany Post Road earlier known as a “Mill Path?” #1907
What’s amazing is that it looks like a lot of the impassable area became the Jerome Reservoir, if I’m reading things rightMarch 15, 2021 at 10:36 pm in reply to: Was the Albany Post Road earlier known as a “Mill Path?” #1906
Nick that last map is amazing. Such high quality.
The image is from “Indian Paths in the Great Metropolis”
Page 90 and onwards
https://archive.org/details/indianpathsingre01bolt/page/90/mode/2upMarch 15, 2021 at 12:36 pm in reply to: Was the Albany Post Road earlier known as a “Mill Path?” #1899
Fascinating. Thank youMarch 15, 2021 at 12:20 pm in reply to: Was the Albany Post Road earlier known as a “Mill Path?” #1897
Incidentally, I recently happened upon a Post Road marker in Port Chester https://www.instagram.com/p/CMIRasTFZ1C/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_linkMarch 15, 2021 at 12:15 pm in reply to: Was the Albany Post Road earlier known as a “Mill Path?” #1896
So was this a mis-reconstruction of the path or did the path and post road veer back west to go along the future Broadway?
Wow, Thanks for such a fast turnaround and great resource. Taking the chimney in your photo with a view toward Broadway, I’d think the photo I have is looking East/South.
I attached a close-up of the house.
Unfortunately I labeled all my photos/organized them based on what they showed, rather than their provenance. Ooof! Everything’s from the NY Historical Society, NYPL Digital Collections, or maybe this one is from the Bronx Historical Society.February 26, 2021 at 3:44 pm in reply to: On this Date – February 26, 1676 – NY Council asks Westchester Lenape to Return #1885
Interesting find! Had the Council expelled them as part of the earlier “purchase?” Perhaps they thought the Lenape would be a good buffer against more hostile groups?
This is a better view of the tavern building (thank goodness for the mansard roof!) when the Kings Bridge road is still there but it’s not bridging any gap any more
That sure looks like the Tavern to me. And see below the buildings that were along the road got changed when the road was realigned.
I guess it didn’t last long. The photo above is from a 1924 fire.