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  • in reply to: September 2019 Photo Contest #1161
    Thomas Casey
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    Since the Buck postcard is from cir 1910, I also looked at the 1888 – 1914 map.

    I do like that image and the way the lower house is in the appx angle from the main house.  Take a look.   Thank you, TomBronx, V. 13, Plate No. 5 Map bounded by W. 232nd  Kappock St., Hudson Riv 1888 1914

    in reply to: September 2019 Photo Contest #1160
    Thomas Casey
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    Yes, the small yellow house below Highpoint does look like a match.

    Great detective work, now to find out who was the owner and if a photo can be found.  Many Thanks

    in reply to: September 2019 Photo Contest #1156
    Thomas Casey
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    This is one of my Charles H. Buck titled “Private Residence, Spuyten Duyvil on the Hudson NYC”.  I have scanned the area using google views and I do not believe the house is still standing.  I have not found any image to identify it either.  I am posting the image in hopes that one of our members may have a good lead and or know the address or former owner.  Thank youPrivate Residence, Spuyten Duyvil on the Hudson NYC

    in reply to: New York Yankees develop site in Marble Hill #1155
    Thomas Casey
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    The writing on the postcard indicates it was either sent by Mrs Ervin of Kingsbridge or that the road in front of the gate leads to Mrs. Ervin’s house.

    in reply to: New York Yankees develop site in Marble Hill #1154
    Thomas Casey
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    After searching where I put the Dash’s Lane postcard, I thought it was time to reorganize the Buck section of my 6,736 postcards.  There are 37 Buck postcards that have a Bronx connection and an additional 7 that are strictly in Manhattan.  The 4 that I am missing are

    Spuyten Duyvil swing Bridge     (need)

    Fordham Club House, Morris Ave and High Bridge Road  (need)

    Views of Dyckman Homestead on Harlem Ship Canal. Built 1810 (need)

    Floating Old Ship Canal Draw Bridge from 221st Street and Broadway to 207th Street ( need)

    I added a mystery postcard of a scene in Spuyten Duyvil that I do not know the specific  mansion owners name or

    specific address.

    Posted below is    “Scene in Dashe’s Lane, Van Cortlandt, NYC”

    Scene in Dashe's Lane, Van Cortlandt, NYC

    in reply to: New York Yankees develop site in Marble Hill #1147
    Thomas Casey
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    I have attached below, a listing of postcards published by Charles H. Buck of Kingsbidge, in the Bronx, with my earliest postmarked 1906:

    1           Bailey Avenue, Looking South from West 230 St

    2           Broadway and 230th Street as it looked in 1890

    3           Bronx Catholic Orphan Asylum (for Girls), Sedwick Avenue & Kingsbridge Road

    4           Church of the Mediator, Kings Bridge Ave, Kings Bridge, NY

    5           Convent of Jesus Mary, Church St, Kings Bridge, NY

    6           Dutch Garden at Van Cortlandt Park

    7           Elmhurst Residence of Mr. G.P. Morosini, Riverdale-on-Hudson, NY

    8           Engine Co. 52, N.Y. Fire Department, Kings Bridge

    9           Engine Company, 81, N.Y.F.D., Kings Bridger, NY

    10        Hadley’s or Farmers’ Bridge, Harlem River & Kings Bridge Road

    11        Hagman’s Tree, Spuyten Duyvil on the Hudson, New York City

    12        Historic Kings Bridge of Revolutionary Days

    13        Kings Bridge Police Station, 40 Precinct, Boston Avenue

    14        Lake & Boat House, Van Cortlandt Park

    15        Looking West from Webb Academy, towards the Palisades, Kings Bridge, NY

    16        New York Public Library, Kings Bridge Branch

    17        Old Godwin Mansion, 228 St Broadway

    18        Old Kings Bridge Hotel.  A Popular Road House of Former Days

    19        Old Station of the NY Central RR at KingsBridge

    20        Old Van Cortlandt Mansion, Van Cortlandt Park

    21        Power House, Looking South from 225 St & Broadway

    22        Presbyterian Chapel at Spuyten Duyvil, NY

    23        Prison Window from the Old Sugar House, in Van Cortlandt Park

    24        Private Residence, Spuyten Duyvil on Hudson

    25        PS No.  7 – Kings Bridge, N.Y.

    26        Roman Catholic Orphan Asylum. ( for Girls) Sedwick Ave and Kingsbridge Road NYC

    27        Scene at Van Cortlandt Park – The Old Mill Waterway

    28        Scene in Dashe’s Lane, Van Cortlandt, NYC

    29        Seton Hospital, Riverdale Ave, Spuyten Duyvil, NY

    30        St Stephen’s ME Church, Marble Hill, Kings Bridge

    31        Spuyten Duyvil Swing Bridge

    32        Temporary Terminus of Subway at 230 St, Kingsbridge, NYC

     

    in reply to: 231st & BWay 1916 #1141
    Thomas Casey
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    Very nice selection of images…Thank you – Tom Casey

    in reply to: September 2019 Photo Contest #1125
    Thomas Casey
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    Nice find……The Ladies and all the buildings are all in Manhattan.

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    Now if you can help me locate where the old station was, I would be very appreciative.Postcard image Kingsbridge station

    in reply to: Police Blotter – May 14, 1868 #1046
    Thomas Casey
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    John Zuricher was a gravestone carver of the mid-to-late eighteenth century. He lived with his wife, Elizabeth Ensler, and their ten children in New York City, but produced gravestones that can be found across the Hudson Valley, Long Island, and New Jersey, and even in Pennsylvania and South Carolina. As a stone mason, he worked on New York City Hall and made milestones for the Albany Post Road.

    The stone in the photos above and below was created by Zuricher out of red sandstone for James Wright, who died in 1776. The decoration at the top is a round-faced cherub head with a crown of spiraling curls and quite distinctive wings, in which the feathers are laid out in a grid. There is also some sort of decorative flourish at the very top.

    Anyone who has read James Deetz’s masterpiece In Small Things Forgotten can tell you that there are three major phases of gravestone iconography in early New England and New York: death’s head, cherub, and urn and willow. The cherub was a direct descendant of the death’s head, and retained some of its features in a vestigial or reinterpreted state. For instance, that little nub of a chin at the bottom of the cherub’s face evolved out of the jaw of the death’s head – shown in this example. Furthermore, this stone represents the “missing link” between the death’s head and the cherub.

    It seems that Zuricher dealt exclusively in cherubs, which would make sense for the time period in which he worked (about 1749 to 1778).   10 and 15 mile marker info10 mile and 15 mile marker

    in reply to: May 2019 Photo Contest #960
    Thomas Casey
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    Thank you….but not the answer ?

    in reply to: May 2019 Photo Contest #957
    Thomas Casey
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    exterior street by Targets

    in reply to: May 2019 Photo Contest #956
    Thomas Casey
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    Best guess Exterior St  where Tibbets brook empties into Harlem River

    in reply to: UHaul building #942
    Thomas Casey
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    Kingsbridge yard 1927Otto and Dieter –

    Kingsbridge Yard was commonly known as FH Yard, for FH Tower that controlled the yard lead at the east end of Spuyten Duyvil Rock Cut. I believe that FH came from a name for Fox Hollow, but I can’t document that. The freight station was known officially in tariffs as Kingsbridge, but it was in the time-table as FH freight station.

    FH yard was actually on the original alignment of the NYC main tracks from when they passed north of Kingsbridge. After the Harlem River Ship Canal was cut through, the RR was realigned along the canal to avoid some perilous curves. That also accounts for the little piece of New York County and the Borough of Manhattan on the mainland adjacent to The Bronx. The river was moved south, but the borough boundary remained where it was.

    I don’t know when FH Yard closed down, but it was running full blast when I worked there in 1960-61. There were several traveling switchers based there, which later moved to Yonkers. The primary business was an automobile warehouse run by Kenosha Auto Transport for distribution of American Motors Ramblers, etc.; a freight house, and a team track. There are some others around who were there when FH shut down, and they probably have a better handle on the date. I think it happened in the middle of the 1960’s, just before Penn Central. There was a new yard office at Yonkers in 1963 or 1965, and I think that was on account of moving the crew headquarters up there.

    In 1960, the Ramblers were moving from Kenosha, WI to FH in double-door box cars known as “auto racks” from the internal arrangement of hoists and ramps in the cars. In 1961, they were moving in bi-level cars, also called “auto racks.” The Hudson Division didn’t have sufficient clearances to run tri-levels.

    Bronx Terminal Market was served by the NYC up to Penn Central days, when most of the perishable traffic went to Hunt’s Point (after PC got the New Haven) or just to trucks. BTM was owned by the City of New York, and everyone there rented their space from the City, even the NYC for the yard office. It was right next to another space leased by Hans Holterbusch, the Lowenbrau distributer for the area. I always avoided the opportunity to violate Rule G when I worked at BTM, even though I was 18 years old, and that was drinking age in New York State. I enjoyed my RR job too much, and in that part of the world I really needed to keep my wits about me all the time. I had an excellent relationship with the NYPD from the 44th Precinct, on the hill near High Bridge. They often stopped by for a cup of coffee around quitting time, and they were usually good for a ride over to catch a train at High Bridge.

    in reply to: January 2019 Photo Contest #823
    Thomas Casey
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    Fordham road trian station bookstore and Fordha u. behind man

    in reply to: The Area Around the Van Cortlandt House in the 18th Century #497
    Thomas Casey
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    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="851"]Gen Washington Bedroom Van Cortlandt Mansion Place where Captain Rowe Died in his bride to be arms. ( Elizabeth Fowler )[/caption]

     

    in reply to: The Area Around the Van Cortlandt House in the 18th Century #496
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    I was asked by students of PS 81, Robert J Christen School in Woodlawn about ghosts at the Van Cortlandt Mansion.  The students recently visited the Morris-Jumel Mansion in Manhattan and wanted information before they visited the Van Cortlandt Mansion.   Except for the strange and scary  gargoyles that adorned the VC Mansion,  I had never heard of a VC Ghost story.   Until I went home that night and started my research.   Sure enough….I found out that the ghost of Captain Rowe, of the British Pruicsbank Jaegers roams the house during the night of his death.  He was shot while on his last patrol by men of Captain Pray’s company.  He resigned his commission, in order to get married to Elizabeth Fowler  of Harlem.  His wounded body was laid to care in the Washington Bedroom at VC.  When his bride arrived with her mother, Captain Rowe died in her arms.   Part of the story can be found at https://books.google.com/books?id=E1A2AQAAMAAJ&pg=PA214&lpg=PA214&dq=Pruicsbank+Jaegers&source=bl&ots=ZYRHrsVMSx&sig=eAWV05VXhfl9Y2vqyIsM_ClL8AM&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjMhPKMrsXcAhVLVd8KHXJzAxEQ6AEwAXoECAMQAQ#v=onepage&q=Pruicsbank%20Jaegers&f=false

    in reply to: View of Van Cortlandt Park from Harpers #467
    Thomas Casey
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    Van Cortlandt mansion and out buildings Van Cortlandt mansion and out buildings

    Zoom in Vancortlandt Mansion grounds

    in reply to: View of Van Cortlandt Park from Harpers #466
    Thomas Casey
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    Every time I see a photo or  drawing of a Bronx scene,  I try to confirm with maps or other  sources.   For the parade grounds and Burial grounds I am now searching for maps and photos.  Hope I get lucky.

    [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="811"]1873 Topo map Van cortlandt mansion 1873 Topo map Van cortlandt mansion to the south[/caption]

    Tom Casey

     

    in reply to: Family Histories and Living in 19th Century Spuyten Duyvil #437
    Thomas Casey
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    DAN,

    At the White Plains  County Clerk,  Real Estate Office,  you can search on computers,  based on names

    You will quickly find  deeds or mortages, I am sure for Van Tassel etc  The deed may say what and when the house was built…..    Not sure if they have records from the building dept available ?    Do you live close bu in Yonkers ?

    Then you can move on to family members

    Thomas Casey
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    Thomas Casey
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    The photo was from 2004 but I have brushed the leaves around the area recently and found the same stones.  See article attached

    Thomas Casey
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    This is very shocking….I was not aware of the mis-management of these headstones.  I wonder if our local leaders are aware ?

    Burial grounds  showing two headstones

    I have posted a picture of the burial plot before the recent removal of the headstones

    Thomas Casey
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    Maybe the view to the right os more like Columbia FieldsColumbia fields

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