According to an article in The Washington Post’s PostEverything section, by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, 7,000 French Jews have fled France in the past year and moved to Israel over growing concerns of antisemitic movements. Herzfeld writes that, “The U.S. should open its doors to imperiled European Jews,” and goes on to inform us that a Bronx rabbinical school, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, is already doing just that.
Watch this Bronxite (video below) getting down and funky with his harmonica as he plays ‘Bronx Christmas Country Blues’ in Van Cortlandt Park in Riverdale.
Just like the people of The Bronx is wide and diverse, so is its real estate. Many people not familiar with our borough are often shocked to find out that some of the most expensive real estate outside of Manhattan is not in Brooklyn but actually in the Northwest corner of the Bronx.
“A brave 92-year-old Bronx woman who helped rescue Jews from Germany-occupied Hungary during World War II was honored Thursday for her heroic past.
Berta Davidovitz Rubinsztejn was one of dozens of rescuers who helped Hungarian Jews escape the Nazis by disguising herself as a Gentile and working with the Zionist underground youth movement Dror Habonim.
She was reunited Thursday with one of the refugee orphans she saved from the streets of Budapest and took in as her own.
“I am standing here only because of you, Berta,” said Meir Brand, 79, as he thanked Rubinsztejn during an emotional ceremony at the Riverdale YM-YWHA.
From Martin Kleinman’s The Real New Yorkers:
“As I write this, the rain falls on a cold and dreary day and that, I suppose, is as it should be, for a Real New Yorker has fallen.
There is no great tragedy when a person dies at 85 — at least that is what some would have you believe. The common wisdom is that the death of a child, or young adult is, somehow, sadder, because of all the promise that lays ahead in life and because the pain of the parents resonates so fully. Children should not pre-decease their parents.
The New York Times writes about our friend and author, Martin Kleinman on his move back to The Bronx after being absent for so many decades.
Check out this wonderful story about coming back home.
There’s really no place quite like Wave Hill which is located in the Northwestern Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale. Even the surrounding neighborhood it sits in is different from the rest of the city. The list of notable residents that have lived on the estate is equally as impressive.
Here’s part 3 in a series of fun facts about the borough we love, The Bronx. This series is in celebration of our two major milestones: the 100th anniversary of the creation of Bronx County and the 375th anniversary of Jonas Bronck’s arrival to our borough.
This article in the Daily News clearly shows what a tale of two cities we are. Manhattan and Riverdale residents, along with elected officials are battling LG’s plan to build a 100+ foot tower in the Palisades that will tarnish the pristine views along the Hudson. Meanwhile in the South Bronx, residents are battling against the State of New York and FreshDirect, demanding that they deserve better than a 21 year old impact statement which the company is relying on to move into the neighborhood.
Tucked away in the Northwest Bronx along the Hudson River in Riverdale is one of the best kept secrets of the Bronx and perhaps New York City: Wave Hill.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this gorgeous, 28 acre public garden and important cultural is like no other in NYC with views of the majestic Jersey Palisades and Hudson River, and stately mansions and green house on the estate.
Here’s a little history lesson from the New York Times. Many of us assume that Marble Hill is part of the Bronx because it is physically connected to our borough but that wasn’t always the case — and it still is Manhattan. Legally, anyway. Read about when a former Bronx Borough President invaded Manhattan.