Tag Archives: Belmont

  • FORDHAM and BELMONT, Bronx, Part 2

    July 23, 2017

    Continued from Part 1 Fordham, a bustling shopping district in center-west Bronx, was named for a small settlement along the Harlem River begun in 1669 but later devastated by the Revolutionary War. Belmont takes its name from tobacco magnate Jacob Lorillard’s estate; the Lorillards owned nearly all of what would become The Bronx Zoo, the […]

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  • FORDHAM and BELMONT, Bronx, Part 1

    July 16, 2017

    Fordham, a bustling shopping district in center-west Bronx, was named for a small settlement along the Harlem River begun in 1669 but later devastated by the Revolutionary War. Belmont takes its name from tobacco magnate Jacob Lorillard’s estate; the Lorillards owned nearly all of what would become The Bronx Zoo, the NY Botanical Garden, and […]

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  • NOTHING COULD BE FINO, Part 2

    February 20, 2017

    I’ve discovered another painted ad for US Rep. Paul Fino, which is in rather better shape than the previous one I found in Morris Park a few years ago, on Crotona Avenue and East 183rd Street in Belmont. Fino (1913-2009) was elected to the State Senate from 1946-1950 and elected to Congress in 1952, where he served […]

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  • BELMONT, Bronx

    December 15, 2009

    A few years ago, in November 2006 to be precise, I found myself in the Fordham Plaza area in the Bronx, where East Fordham Road meets Webster Avenue in the shadow of Fordham University. After dusting myself off, removing the blindfold and waiting for the stars to stop spinning around my head, I set off to […]

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