Tuesday, October 18, 2005

The Bronx

My big question is "Why is it called The Bronx?" Then I tried saying to myself that I live in Bronx, and it really sounds weird. You could say I live in Manhattan, but for some reason it doesn't correlate when it comes to the Bronx. So, the Bronx it is.

I'm becoming familiar with the area and have to say I love it. I find the architecture pretty and the people are friendly. Everyone is always smiling at me when I'm walking Louie and the neighbors are also friendly. So far, I've been welcomed home and wished good luck. Can't ask for more.

As soon as we get rid of the fourteen more boxes left (there were a total of 37), it will feel more like home. I'm also readjusting to having Dan around, which after three months of sleeping alone it's a nice welcomed change.

What's even a better change is being alone with Dan for the first time in years. No offense to my in-laws, but I love being alone. The first day I got the keys to the apartment, I was going to begin cleaning. I changed into sweatpants and a tank top. Now this tank top I've worn in public before, but if I'm not careful my boobs will make an appearance. After I put on the outfit, I looked at myself in the mirror and thought that I should cover up so that nobody sees me like this and put on the hoody. At that same moment I realized what I had thought and immediately took off the hoody. That is when I concluded how accustomed I've become to being around people. Now I walk around in my underwear all the time and love it (and so does Dan).

So now you know what I've been upto for the last two weeks. If I take long between my posts, please forgive me. I'm still trying to settle in.


Guy LeCharles Gonzalez said...

Welcome to the neighborhood. Now put some damn clothes on!

Dyanna said...

It's called The Bronx because the area was once owned by the Bronx family - so when people would go visit their estate, they'd be going to the Bronx's. Not to be confused with the Van Cortland's. :-) I suppose over the years they shortened it to just the Bronx.

Welcome back.

Xia Diaz said...

Very interesting information. Thank you very much Dyanna!!

Anonymous said...

I can definitely relate to the part of how nice it is to run around in underwear. Now we can do the same and also love it!! Not to mention having sex in parts of the house we could not, while you guys were here. So see, it worked out for everyone...:)
Your mother-in-law. Love ya!

Anonymous said...

A Short Bronx History Lesson

Way back in 1639, a man named JONAS BRONCK, arrived to this part of the world we now know as The Bronx. He was the first European to settle here. He settled right along the Harlem River, an area we now know as the Mott Haven section.

No one really knows for sure why the spelling changed from Bronck to Bronx, but the most logical idea was that when the outsiders wanted to come to visit, they would say something like, "let's go to the Bronck's Farm", meaning it belonged to someone named Bronck. I guess with time the spelling changed for simplicity and now we have "The Bronx".

This entire area belonged to Westchester County during those days when Jonas Bronck first arrived. A beautiful farmland! This was a very quiet area and the neighborhoods were like suburbs.

In 1841 this area began to industrialize when railroad services along the Harlem River began running regularly between The Bronx and Manhattan.

Around 1895, this area became part of the city of New York.

In the early 1900s, factories and urban neighborhoods began forming. In 1914, the area became known as Bronx County, which is the 62nd and also the last county of the state of New York.

Also around 1914, a "main street" was born. The GRAND CONCOURSE was introduced. A stretch of road that extends for 4 1/2 miles. This gave new meaning to the idea of road access. The Grand Concourse was inspired by the famous boulevard in Paris, France called THE CHAMP ELYSEES.

As The Bronx roared into the 1920s, so did elegance. Neighborhoods were enhanced with lots of art designs and decorations and began drawing a lot of attention.

The intersection we now know as FORDHAM ROAD and The GRAND CONCOURSE, was a beautiful area full of trees, fruit and vegetation, fancy new homes, and beautiful apartment buildings.

By the late 19th Century, landmarks assisted in the shaping and developing of The Bronx. Every corner of The Bronx has its own unique story. Every light pole and every pothole has a story to tell.

No wonder The Bronx is the only borough named with the word "the" in its name. We don't call Brooklyn, "The Brooklyn". We don't call Manhattan, "The Manhattan". We sure don't call Queens, "The Queens". Staten Island, "The Staten Island"? No way, forget it! Ah! But "The Bronx"! It really has a nice ring to it! I like to call it... THE AMAZING BRONX!

Xia Diaz said...

I love this history lesson. Thank you so much! I now have more of a reason to learn more about The Bronx!