16 Old Pictures of The Bronx

We just LOVE going through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections to see old pictures of The Bronx.

It’s truly fascinating to be able to take a look at The Bronx of yesteryear through the thousands of images available online.

Almost like stepping into a time machine.

Check out these great pics below and let us know what you think!

All images are from the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, The New York Public Library and copyright is held or managed by NYPL unless otherwise noted.

East 138th Street and 3rd Avenue/Mott Haven 1915
305 to 319 E 142nd Street between College and Third/ Mott Haven 1935
The old Yankee Stadium date unknown but notice how there is no development in the area.
Yankee Stadium today, well the new one.
W 188th Street aka Fr Zieser Pl and Webb Avenue as soon from Devoe Park / 1924
Allerton Avenue and White Plains Road in 1917…crickets literally! This is literally unrecognizable to folks today!

It’s almost hard to imagine Allerton as open farmland like this just over 100 years ago in 1917 but 13 years later, everything changed with the subway extended among White Plains Road.

Allerton Avenue and White Plains Road by 1930…just 13 years later from the above picture was undergoing a construction boom as the White Plains subway line was in full operation.
Burke Avenue at Cruger Ave/Williamsbridge 1917
A tent colony on City Island’s eastern shore in 1930

City Island was one of several bungalow communities

1460-1466 Grand Concourse at E 171st Street/1921
Intervale and Freeman/ Foxhurst 1915
Morris Park Avenue and Victor Street / Van Nest 1916
Soundview Avenue and Story Avenue/ Soundview 1915
Southern Boulevard and 149th Street/Mott Haven 1922
1190-1196 Washington Avenue / Morrisania 1935
Boynton and Westchester Avenues / Soundview 1915
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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.