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1. Fordham, Bronx – Fordham is a group of neighborhoods located in the western Bronx, New York City. These neighborhoods are part of Bronx Community Board 5, Fordham is roughly bordered by Fordham Road to the north, Southern Boulevard to the east, East 183rd Street to the south, and Jerome Avenue to the west. The neighborhoods primary thoroughfare is Fordham Road, its main line is the IND Concourse Line, operating under the Grand Concourse. ZIP codes include 10453,10457,10458 and 10468, Fordham has a population of around 43,394 people. It is now predominately Latin American and African American, there is a significant historic Italian and Albanian population as well. The name Fordham was given by John Archer, (a Dutch settler who had anglicized his name, Archer owned 2000 acres of land which the English approved for settelment. This was called a Patent, making Archer - Lord of the Manor, sixteen families established farms in area. Old Fordham Village is a section of Fordham that dates back to the English colonial era and it is centered on the intersection of the Grand Concourse and Fordham Road. Fordham Village extends north to about 196th Street, south to about 187th Street, east to Southern Boulevard, the sections origins date back to about 1751, when Fordham Manor was built, on what was called Rose Hill. Most of the estate is part of the Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University, besides the main manor house and other side buildings on the campus, other historic buildings and noted homes still exist within Old Fordham Village. For example, American poet Edgar Allan Poe spent his years with his wife Virginia in a cottage in Fordham which is still standing. The nearby Fordham University Church bell is named old Edgar and may have been the inspiration for his poem The Bells. In the 18th century, the Kings Road went through Old Fordham Village and it was a minor rest stop for travelers and coaches, where many springs fed The Mill Brook that crossed this road. There were many American Patriots that lived in this area, after the revolution, the Kings Road was renamed the Boston Post Road, becoming an important thoroughfare for a growing new nation. In the 19th century, with the building of the White Plains Line, local farmers and dairymen were now able to use the railroad to send their products to a growing New York City. North of the village, part of the Mill Brook was dammed up, and it provided fresh ice for the community and the railroad. It was during this time that wealthy merchant Robert Watt gave most of The Rose Hill Estate, east of the village, to a Roman Catholic order and it became known as St. Johns College and Hospital and was the precursor of Fordham University. A small south-west portion of the former Rose Hill Estate is known today as Rose Hill Park, west of the village, on the other side of Fordham Hill, the Bathgate Estate was built, it was later acquired by wealthy stock speculator Leonard Jerome
2. Bronx Library Center – The library opened in January 2006, replacing the Fordham Branch Library, which had served the Bronx previously. This building cost an estimated $50 million and is characterized by the curve of its roof. The library serves a diverse and growing population, predominantly of Hispanic, the building was designed by the New York City-based architecture firm Dattner Architects, led by architect Richard Dattner. For more than 75 years, the Fordham Library Center at 2556 Bainbridge Avenue, the library was part of a public library system built in the United States, supported by donations from wealthy businessman Andrew Carnegie. As part of the Carnegie library system it followed the philosophy of being accessible and free to all people with an emphasis on access, the library opened in 1923 and saw multiple expansions and renovations over the decades to continue serving a rapidly growing community. As immigrants moved into the Bronx from Manhattan, they used the library to learn to read and write English and become acclimated to American culture. Compared to main branch libraries in the outer boroughs, the Bronx building was significantly smaller taking up only three floors at a total of roughly 27,500 square feet. A renovation in 1956 proved to be the last, it would take nearly 50 years before enough money was raised to build a new, bigger, the Fordham Library Center officially closed its doors to the public in November 2005. Two months later the Bronx Library Center opened right around the corner and it was the goal of the New York Public Library and the architects who designed the new library branch in the Bronx to continue the tradition of the accessible library model established by Carnegie. It would remain a place of learning for a new generation of immigrants primarily from the Caribbean. A bigger piece of land was needed to accommodate the new building, the library is in the Fordham Heights neighborhood of the Bronx, overlooking the shopping strip along Fordham Road and facing the old library on Bainbridge Avenue to the east. The massive new building is visible from East Kingsbridge Road, contrasting drastically with its neighboring buildings. The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, Fordham University, the New York Botanical Garden, and it is close to the New York City Subways B D trains at Kingsbridge Road and the 4 train at Kingsbridge Road. The Bx12, Bx12 SBS New York City Bus routes are also nearby, ground floor - Teen center and main circulation desk. Second floor - Childrens floor Third floor - Adult circulating materials Fourth floor - Reference materials with computer desks Partial fifth floor - Career services center and conference room. While the public areas are lit by the glazing on the front façade, to help keep the library floors open, circulation is pushed to the back of the building as well. The main stair wraps around the elevator and is framed by a translucent glass wall to provide daylight. Patrons are expected to move through the library from back to front, from the stairs, through the stacks, the library also offers classes to the community including financial and career services to help people manage their money and improve their resume-writing in the pursuit of jobs
3. Bronx Zoo – The Bronx Zoo is a zoo located in the Bronx, a borough of New York City, within Bronx Park. It is the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States and among the largest in the world, on average, the zoo has 2.15 million visitors each year and is world-renowned for its large and diverse animal collection, and its award-winning exhibitions. It comprises 265 acres of lands and naturalistic habitats, through which the Bronx River flows. The zoo is part of a system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society. Credit for this belonged chiefly to Club members Madison Grant and C. Grant LaFarge, the zoo opened its doors to the public on November 8,1899, featuring 843 animals in 22 exhibits. The first zoo director was William Temple Hornaday, who had 30 years of service at the zoo, Heins & LaFarge designed the original permanent buildings as a series of Beaux-Arts pavilions grouped around the large circular sea lion pool. In 1934, the Rainey Memorial Gates, designed by noted sculptor Paul Manship, were dedicated as a memorial to noted big game hunter Paul James Rainey, the gates were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The Rockefeller Fountain, that adorns the gardens just inside the Fordham Road Gate, was once a famous landmark in Como. Originally built by Biagio Catella in 1872, it stood in the square by the lakeside. It was bought by William Rockefeller in 1902 for 3,500 lire, in 1968, the fountain was designated an official New York City landmark, and is one of the few local monuments to be honored in this way. The New York Zoological Societys seal was designed by famed wildlife-artist Charles R. Knight, the seal depicted a rams head and an eagle to reflect the societys interest in preserving North American wildlife. While no longer in use, the seal can still be found on the lawn in the center of Astor Court. On December 17,1902, the zoo one of the seven zoos outside of Australia. The first animal was a male obtained from famous German animal dealer, the animal died on August 15,1908. The zoo received a male on January 26,1912, from the Beaumaris Zoo in Tasmania. The zoo received their final two animals from Sydney animal dealer, Ellis S. Joseph, the first was an unsexed individual who arrived on November 7,1916, in poor condition and died seven days later. The second and final animal was a female purchased from the Beaumaris Zoo by Joseph for £25 and then was resold to the zoo, arriving on July 14,1917. On a visit, the director of the Melbourne Zoo, Mr. Le Souef, said upon seeing the animal, I advise you to take excellent care of that specimen, for when it is gone, the species soon will be extinct
4. Fordham University – Fordham University is a private, independent research university in New York City, founded by the Catholic Diocese of New York in 1841. It is the oldest Catholic institution of education in the northeastern United States. The colleges first president, John McCloskey, was also the first Catholic cardinal in the United States, after merging with Thomas More College in 1974, Fordham became a coeducational institution. Fordhams Bronx campus features some of the earliest examples of gothic architecture in North America. In addition to masters and doctoral degrees, Fordham awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science. In addition to locations, the university maintains a study abroad center in the United Kingdom and field offices in Spain. Fordhams notable alumni and faculty include numerous U. S, vice Chief of Staff of the Army, a U. S. Postmaster General, a U. S. Attorney General, a U. S, vice Presidential candidate, and a President of the United States. Fordham University has produced at least 119 Fulbright Scholars since 2003, Fordham was founded as St. Johns College in 1841 by the Irish-born coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of New York, the Most Reverend John J. Hughes. The college was the first Catholic institution of education in the northeastern United States. Rose Hill was the originally given to the site in 1787 by its owner, Robert Watts. The seminary was paired with St. Johns College, which opened at Rose Hill with a student body of six on June 21,1841, the Reverend John McCloskey was the schools first president, and the faculty were secular priests and lay instructors. In 1845, the church, Our Lady of Mercy, was built. The same year, Bishop Hughes convinced several Jesuit priests from the St. Marys Colleges in Maryland, in 1846, the college received its charter from the New York State Legislature, and roughly three months later, the first Jesuits began to arrive. Bishop Hughes deeded the college over but retained title to the seminary property, in 1847, Fordhams first school in Manhattan opened. The school became the independently chartered College of St. Francis Xavier in 1861 and it was also in 1847 that the American poet Edgar Allan Poe arrived in the village of Fordham and began a friendship with the college Jesuits that would last throughout his life. In 1849, he published his famed work The Bells, some traditions credit the colleges church bells as the inspiration for this poem. Poe also spent considerable time in the Fordham Library, and even stayed overnight
5. New York Botanical Garden – The New York Botanical Garden is a botanical garden and National Historic Landmark located in the Bronx, New York City. The 250-acre sites verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections, the Garden is also a major educational institution. NYBG operates one of the worlds largest plant research and conservation programs, the Lorillard family owned most of the land that later became the New York Botanical Garden. That land and adjacent acreage was acquired by the City of New York and set aside for the creation of a zoo and botanical garden. The Garden was established on 28 April 1891 on part of the grounds of the Lorillard Estate and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1967. The Garden contains 50 different gardens and plant collections, there is a serene cascade waterfall, as well as wetlands and a 50-acre tract of original, never-logged, old-growth New York forest. The forest, which was never logged, contains oaks, American beeches, cherry, birch, tulip and white ash trees, some more than two centuries old. The forest itself is split by the Bronx River, the fresh water river in New York City. Along the shores sits the landmark Stone Mill, previously known as the Lorillard Snuff Mill built in 1840, sculptor Charles Tefft created the Fountain of Life on the grounds in 1905. It was conceived in the spirit of Italian baroque fountains, with the movement of galloping horses. The laboratory is a research institution, with projects more diverse than research in universities. The laboratorys research emphasis is on plant genomics, the study of how genes function in plant development, one question scientists hope to answer is Darwins abominable mystery, when, where, and why flowering plants emerged. The laboratorys research also furthers the discipline of molecular systematics, the study of DNA as evidence that can reveal the evolutionary history, a staff of 200 trains 42 doctoral students at a time, from all over the world. Since the 1890s, scientists from The New York Botanical Garden have mounted about 2,000 exploratory missions worldwide to collect plants in the wild. At the Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory, genomic DNA from many different species of plants is extracted to create a library of the DNA of the worlds plants. This collection is stored in a 768-square-foot DNA storage room with 20 freezers housing millions of specimens, including rare, to protect the collection during winter power outages, there is a backup 300-kilowatt electric generator. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted the NYBG $572,000 to begin a project called TreeBOL, the Tree Barcode of Life. Prominent civic leaders and financiers, including Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, founded in 1899, the LuEsther T. Mertz Library is the largest, most comprehensive botanical library in the Americas
6. Edgar Allan Poe Cottage – The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage is the former home of American writer Edgar Allan Poe. It is located on Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse in The Bronx, New York, a distance from its original location. The Poe family—which included Edgar, his wife Virginia Clemm, and her mother Maria—moved in around May 1846 after living for a time in Turtle Bay. At the time, Fordham was rural and was recently connected to the city by rail. On the front porch the family kept caged songbirds, the home sat on 2 acres of land and Poe paid either $5 rent per month or $100 per year. Its owner, John Valentine, had bought it from a man named Richard Corsa on March 28,1846, the family seemed to enjoy the home, despite its small size and minimal furnishings. The cottage is very humble, a visitor said, you wouldnt have thought decent people could have lived in it, a friend of Poes years later wrote, The cottage had an air of taste and gentility. So neat, so poor, so unfurnished, and yet so charming a dwelling I never saw, in a letter to a friend, Poe himself wrote, The place is a beautiful one. Maria wrote years later, It was the sweetest little cottage imaginable, oh, how supremely happy we were in our dear cottage home. Poes final short story, Landors Cottage, was inspired by the home. In this home, Poe wrote his poems Annabel Lee and Ulalume while the cat sat on his shoulder. As their publisher Louis Antoine Godey announced in his Ladys Book, the Poe family befriended their neighbors, including the family of John Valentine, and Poe even served as a sponsor for baptism for one of the local boys who was named Edgar Albert. Poe also became friendly with the faculty at what was then St. Johns College and he found the faculty to be highly cultivated gentleman and scholars smoked, drank, and played cards like gentleman, and never said a word about religion. During the Poe familys time in the cottage, Virginia struggled with tuberculosis, family friend Mary Gove Nicholls wrote, One felt that she was almost a disrobed spirit, and when she coughed it was made certain that she was rapidly passing away. Virginia died in the cottages first floor bedroom on January 30,1847 and she was buried in the vault of the Valentine family on February 2. Poe died a couple of later on October 7,1849. At Fordham, Maria did not hear of his death until October 9, shortly thereafter, she moved out of the cottage to live with a family in Brooklyn for a time. The cottages immediate use following the Poe family is uncertain, however, in 1874, an article by M. J. Lamb published in Appletons Journal described a pilgrimage to the site and noted the cottage was dreadfully out of repair
7. Fordham Plaza, Bronx – Fordham Plaza, originally known as Fordham Square, is a major commercial and transportation hub in the Fordham and Belmont sections of the Bronx in New York City. The plaza is located across from Fordham Universitys Rose Hill campus, the Fordham Plaza name refers specifically to two locations in the area, the office building One Fordham Plaza on the east side of Third Avenue, and the Fordham Plaza Bus Terminal on the west side. It along with the rest of the Fordham Road commercial district constitutes the largest shopping strip in the Bronx, the name Fordham Plaza refers to a two-block-long area on the south side of Fordham Road between Webster Avenue to the west and Washington Avenue to the east. The area is bounded to the south by East 189th Street, Third Avenue runs up the middle of the area to Fordham Road, Park Avenue avenue formerly ran north through the plaza as well, but currently ends at 189th Street. There are two structures on the site. On the southeast corner of Fordham Road and Webster Avenue is Fordham Place, existing since the 1910s, it is owned by Retail Properties of America, Inc. and consists of a 7-story building and an adjacent 14-story building with mixed retail and office use. Several stores occupy the complex including a Best Buy location and until 2014 a Sears location and it was previously known as the Rogers Building, for the Rogers and Sons Department Store that preceded Sears. The second building is One Fordham Plaza, a 14-story office complex occupies the entire eastern block on Fordham Road. It is constructed in a design with yellow stone, black marble. In between the two buildings is the Fordham Plaza Bus Terminal, encompassing Third Avenue and the former right-of-way of Park Avenue on a bridge-structure over the Metro-North Railroad tracks, from 1997 to early 2013, this was also the location of a cobblestone-paved outdoor market space. This included tents and stands for items such as fruit, at its north end were two concession stands built into the southern entrance stairs to the Metro-North station. Throughout the plaza were several obelisk-like pillars, some of which were combined with canopies, the market area, concession stands, and the remainder of Park Avenue in the Plaza were demolished as part of the Fordham Plaza Reconstruction Project from 2013 to 2016. The renovation, designed by Grimshaw Architects, constructed a bus loop on Third Avenue and it also replaced the concession stand with a cafe and canopy over the Metro-North stairs. A second canopy with food kiosks was constructed at the end of the plaza. Several PlaNYC wayfinding signs were also installed, located across from the plaza to the north is Fordham Universitys Rose Hill campus and its associated William D. Walsh Family Library and Fordham Preparatory School. Across Washington Avenue to the east is Theodore Roosevelt Educational Campus, the Bronx Library Center of the New York Public Library is located nearby at Kingsbridge Road. The plaza is located near several attractions of Bronx Park, including the New York Botanical Garden, Fordham Plaza is part of the Fordham Road Business Improvement District, which extends west to around Jerome Avenue past Grand Concourse and includes much of the Fordham Center commercial district. In the 1840s, what is now the intersection of Fordham Road and Webster Avenue was a junction in the town of West Farms, characterized by farmland
8. Fordham Road (IND Concourse Line) – Fordham Road is an express station on the IND Concourse Line of the New York City Subway. Fordham Road is the largest station on the Concourse Line in terms of space, as it contains numerous closed stairs, the southbound island platform widens at the north end of the station to facilitate a wall that splits it half, creating two side platforms. The northbound island platform is like others found throughout the system, between the north and south fare control areas is a small passageway on the eastern side of the station, half of which is outside the paid area and fenced off. The Fordham Road entrance is not accessible from the side of the southbound platform. There is a Rapid Transit Operations Field Office at the end of the full-time mezzanine. Both platforms have six stairs to mezzanine level, the northbound one also has two closed stairs while the southbound has four, two on both the local and express sides. The tile band is Concord Grape with Black Grape borders, on the walls of the southbound platform are mosaics reading FORDHAM RD. The tablets show a different shade of purple in the center, a closed tower sits on the south end at the southbound platform. The main fare control area, with the stations full-time token booth, is located at the middle of the station at East 188th Street and it has four street stairs, one for each corner of the intersection with Grand Concourse. Unusually, the two staircases go down several steps to a short landing area, before rising to street level. The smaller fare control at Fordham Road has only HEET turnstiles and it has two street stairs, both at the east side of Fordham and Concourse, a long ramping passageway leads to the northernmost of theses two staircases. This was formerly a part-time entrance, the token booth at this location had been closed temporarily in the 1970s, and was permanently closed in August 2003 and is no longer present. There were two additional street stairs and passageway at the west side of Fordham and Grand Concourse and they were nearest to the former location of Alexanders and Caldor. One exit led directly to the stores, today, the building houses a mix of smaller stores. The station lies within the Fordham Road Business Improvement District, the third largest shopping district in the city stretching from Third and Webster Avenues west to Jerome Avenue. The northwest corner of Fordham Road and Grand Concourse was the location of a large Alexanders department store from 1933 to 1992 and this is the closest station to Fordham Plaza, and the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University
9. Fordham Road (IRT Jerome Avenue Line) – Fordham Road is a local station on the IRT Jerome Avenue Line of the New York City Subway. Located at the intersection of Fordham Road and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx and this station opened with the first part of the Jerome Avenue Line on June 2,1917 as a shuttle service between Kingsbridge Road and 149th Street. Only the southbound platform was in use at Kingsbridge Road and this was in advance of through service to the IRT Lexington Avenue Line, which began on July 17,1918. This station was rehabilitated in 2004, the station has three tracks and two side platforms. The middle track is not used in revenue service. It has old style signs painted over and covered up with new style signs, the station has a wooden mezzanine under the tracks. Exit stairs go to all four corners of Jerome Avenue and Fordham Road, nycsubway. org – IRT Woodlawn Line, Fordham Road nycsubway
10. Bronx Park – Bronx Park, laid out on 718 acres along the Bronx River in the Bronx, New York City, is the home of the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo. Bicycle paths go northwest, north, and east, along Mosholu Parkway, Bronx River Parkway, the Bronx River Parkway runs north / south near the eastern edge. The park is operated by the New York City Department of Parks, the East Coast Greenway travels through Bronx Park. The park is bounded by Southern Boulevard, Webster Avenue, Burke Avenue, Bronx Park East, the land for Bronx Park was acquired with funds authorized by the 1884 New Parks Act. The original 640 acres were acquired in 1888-1889, the northernmost 250 acres were allocated in 1891 to the New York Botanical Society. Another 250 acres was allocated in 1898 to the New York Zoological Society, an additional 66 acres were acquired in 1906, at the southeast end of the park, this area is now known as Ranaqua, and is where the Parks headquarters is located. New York City web site Ranaqua web page
11. Fordham Preparatory School – Fordham Preparatory School is a private, Jesuit, all-male high school located in the Bronx, New York City, with an enrollment of approximately 1000 students. It is located on the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University, the Fordham Preparatory School, formerly known as St. Johns Preparatory School until St. Johns College was renamed Fordham University, was founded in 1841. Located on the northwest corner of the Rose Hill campus, Fordham Preps main building, the addition of Maloney Hall, including the Hall of Honor, intramural gym, fitness center, and Leonard Theater was completed in 1995. The theatre is the venue for the schools Drama Society and is used for school assemblies as well as by Fordham University on various occasions and it has twice hosted the MSNBC nightly news program, Hardball with Chris Matthews. Recently, Fordham Prep completed its renovation and fourth-floor expansion. Opened in September 2009, the fourth floors Boller Science Center features three new chemistry and three new laboratories, as well as a greenhouse. The third floor was renovated to include six new classrooms and three new physics laboratories, Fordham Prep has a liberal arts curriculum which focuses on English, history, mathematics, the sciences, ancient and modern languages, and religious studies. Students are given the option to take Honors or Advanced Placement classes depending on their individual performance, all freshmen take a classical language, Latin or Ancient Greek. Senior students have the choice of taking courses, and with prior approval. Seniors are also required to plan and implement a service project at an approved site. They then reflect on their service and journal their experiences for a senior service essay to be completed at the end of the year. Fordham Prep contains a generally academically gifted student body, by drawing from an amount of the tri-state area. Fordham Preps 1 to 1 program integrates personal computers with course materials, every student owns a tablet, on which they take notes, read handouts, and complete homework. Students can download assignments and course material for every class using Moodle, students must fulfill community service requirements of 15 hours in junior year and 70 hours in senior year. Each summer, Fordham Prep sponsors Service Immersion Trips, the destinations include Camden, New Jersey, and Habitat for Humanity in Robbins, Tennessee, and Quito, Ecuador. Fordham Prep has many activities for students. There are over fifty clubs, each pertaining to a specific interest, there are clubs for students who enjoy computers, marine biology, music, politics, etc. There are also the Asian, Irish, Italian and Spanish clubs, the Prep has a successful Speech and Debate Team