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The Bronx is the only borough connected to the U.S. mainland along with a tiny piece of Manhattan.
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The Capitol Dome and the Lincoln Monument were made in the Bronx
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The Bronx Zoo first opened in 1899, consists of 265 acres, has 5000 animals and 700 species
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The Bronx covers 41 square miles and as of 1990 had a population of 1,203,789 people.

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Co-Op City is the largest housing complex in the country with 15,000 apartments
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The Bronx was founded by Jonas Bronck in 1636 as farmland
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The Bronx was the first industrial site started by Jordan L. Mott located at 3rd Avenue and the East River in 1896 and was named Mott Haven

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Stick Ball originated in the late 18th century from English games such as "Old Cat"....."Rounders"......and "Town Ball,"   and is played predominantly in New York City.
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One of the most famous roadways in the Bronx was begun in 1902 and completed in 1909 and ran from East 161St. up to Mosholu Parkway then later a lower section was added down to East 138th St, which was then Mott Avenue.  Then in 1927 the entire stretch became known as "The Grand Concourse."  It was known as "The Jewel In The Bronx."  Designed in the early 1890's by Louis S. Risse for carriage access to the Northern Bronx with fewer intersections than usual.  Buildings are of Art Deco design.
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This Road was originally an old Indian Path and only ran from Marion Avenue to 3rd Avenue.  The stretch from Jerome Avenue to Marion Avenue was known as Highbridge Road. Then in 1850 a railroad station was built near St. John's College (now Fordham University)   The station attracted much business to the area and it was named Fordham Road.
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This road began as a vision in 1870 to be a grandiose thoroughfare running from East 133rd St. & 3rd Avenue up to the Botanical Gardens.   It was to be the southernmost boulevard in the county and was subsequently named "Southern Boulevard."
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Before the telephone became a household item, the corner candy store served as a "Telephone Central" from which neighbors could make calls.
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The Belmont Area is known as "Little Italy."  The first enclosed retail market in the Bronx was built by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia to abolish peddling from pushcarts, and is located on Arthur Avenue & 187th St, better known as "The Italian Market"
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Hunts Point is a peninsula, and in the 1800's was a getaway for people in Manhattan.  It is now a meat & produce distribution center and employs over 20,000 New Yorkers.
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University Heights was known for  its difficult topography and was very hilly. Aqueduct Avenue East has its own entrance to Bronx Community College and 150 years ago, a 32 mile Aqueduct carried 90 million gallons of water per day where Aqueduct Avenue is today...thus the name Aqueduct Avenue.
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The Bronx is the only County named after a commoner.  Farmer Jonas Bronck.  Kings County, Richmond County, Queens County, etc. etc. were named after royalty.
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Fire Hydrants were called Johnny Pumps because in the old days of volunteer fire companies, they would fight over the hydrant to see who would get to put out the fire.  The rookie or the "Johnny" would be left at the hydrant, and he would have to hook up the hose while the hose wagon proceeded to the fire.  Many a fight ensued between Johnny's at those hydrants.  Thus the term "Johnny Pump"

Submitted by............. Mike Cronin
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The original Yankee Stadium was built in 1923 at a cost of $2.5 million.   Architect was  Osborn Engineering and White Construction Company was the builder.  The stadium was owned by the New York Yankees from 1923 thru 1971 and in 1971 was taken over by the City of New York.  The stadium was renovated in 1976 at a cost of $48 million.

Left Field........East 161St.
Third Base......Doughly St.
Home Plate....Major Degan Expressway
First Base.......East 157th St.
Right Field.....River Avenue

Field Surface.......Merion Bluegrass

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Macy's Parkchester was the second Macy's to open after Macy's at Herald Square.
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1. The Bronx was incorporated as a borough in 1898.

2.  From the Bronx, you can get to Manhattan by car from 10 bridges.

3.  The Bronx was part of Westchester County until the western part of the Bronx was annexed to New York City in 1874. Then in 1895, the rest of the Bronx was annexed.

4.  Frederick Philipse built the first toll bridge across the Harlem River.

5.  In 1776, during the American Revolution, the Bronx was the site of the Battle of Pell's Point.

6.  The elevated subway and trolly lines were extended to the Bronx in the 1890's.

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The following street and sidewalk games and other recreational activities were exclusive to urban areas  such as the Bronx due to lack of wide open spaces.  Slug, Stoop Ball, Knucks,
Ringoleavio, Dodge Ball, Indian Burn,
Card Flipping, Stick Ball, Moons Up,
Box Ball, Marbles, Pitching Pennies,
Johnny On The Pony, Hide & Seek,
Curb Ball, Hit The Stick, Hopscotch, Jump Rope, Popsickle Stick Rafts To Float Down The Gutter After Opening The Fire Hydrant, Double Dutch, Jacks, Clap & Rhyme, Off The Wall,  Points,  Skully (bottle caps), Spin The Top,
Red Rover, Flies Are Up, Freeze Tag, Red Light/Green Light, Giant Step or Mother May I, Simon Sez, Chase The White Horse, Chestnuts On A String,
Kick The Can and here's a new one that just made it by press time: "Down The River" (submitted by Eileen Carroll)

Anyone wishing to add to this list of games please e-mail me at  lenv123@earthlink.net
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The Bronx is made up of different localities:
Eastchester, Westchester Square, Belmont, Morrisania, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Riverdale, Williamsbridge, Kingsbridge, University Heights, The Hub,  Longwood, Castle Hill, Pelham Bay, Crotona Park East, West Farms, Van Cortlandt & Melrose.

Feel free to e-mail me and add to this list.
Jackie Ventola submits the following additions:
Parkchester, Throggsneck, Morris Park, Country Club