With the New York Adventure Club:

Behind-the-Scenes @ Woodlawn Cemetery & Locked Gilded Age Family Mausoleums

Step inside some of the country’s most opulent family mausoleums that are rarely unlocked for the public, until now.

Join New York Adventure Club for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience at Woodlawn Cemetery, one of the largest cemeteries in New York City covering more than 400 acres and serving as the resting place for more than 300,000 people.

Sat. Oct. 21: 3pm-5pm

Woodlawn Conservancy

3800 Jerome Avenue

Bronx, NY 10467

Led by a cemetery docent, our unique experience will include:


  • The history and story of Woodlawn Cemetery, and how it became the favored cemetery of so many prominent NYC families from the late 1800s to early 1900s
  • An exploration of the cemetery’s grounds to see some of its most notable mausoleums, sculptures, and landscapes
  • Exclusive access inside some of its most impressive Gilded Age family mausoleums including Harkness, Harbeck, and Dunlop, which contain Tiffany glass, Italian marble, and even a dead parrot


Click here to see pictures from one of our last trips to Woodlawn Cemetery!

* Please bring a good pair of walking shoes since we’ll be on our feet for the entirety of the tour!




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From The New York Times:


The railroad station at Westchester Avenue was designed by Cass Gilbert and is considered endangered. Credit Left, Library of Congress; Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

Built in 1908 and designed by Cass Gilbert, those that have not been demolished are near collapse, like the Westchester Avenue station. It is a sublime glazed terra-cotta temple, its little tragedy now exposed on all four sides with the opening of the new Concrete Plant Park.

A dozen stations were projected in 1904, when the railroad began upgrading the Harlem River Branch from the southern Bronx up to New Rochelle. But not all were built and, in addition to Westchester Avenue, three survive today: Morris Park, Hunts Point Avenue and City Island, which is a ruined shell. (The historian Joseph Brennan has closely investigated the stations and has posted his research at columbia.edu/~brennan.)

Gilbert, newly minted as a starchitect with the 1899 commission for the United States Custom House at Bowling Green, got the job of designing the stations, and gave them widely different styles.

The Morris Park station was chunky and low, with arched windows framed by brightly colored terra-cotta bands that also ran under the eaves. Oddly shaped iron torchiers gave it something of the feel of the Secession style as practiced contemporaneously in Austria, although Gilbert was anything but adventurous.


The Morris Park station as it appeared in 1915 and today. Credit Top, Library of Congress; Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

That said, his Westchester Avenue and Hunts Point Avenue stations are particularly striking. At Westchester Avenue the station projects out over the tracks, and so floats on a frame of steel. At street level, high above the rails, the main tower is a little display case of glazed terra cotta, cream-colored panels set off by colored floral medallions, lozenges and crisscross bands in gold, azure and dark red.

It is hard to decipher from old photographs and present conditions, but the portion over the tracks looks as if the terra-cotta panels were framed in iron straps. These must have been painted, but are now pure rust, giving the building a strange, skeletal aspect.

The Hunts Point Avenue station, just visible from the northbound Bruckner Expressway, bridges the tracks from one side to the other, along the avenue. French Renaissance in style, it might have been the royal stable of a French king. The delicate copper roof cresting had spikes big enough to impale an ox, and below run lines of little scalloped dormers.

In 1909, The Real Estate Record and Guide noted the “marked architectural beauty” of the new stations. John A. Droege, in his 1916 book “Passenger Terminals and Trains” (McGraw-Hill) noted that “the ordinary wayside passenger station is not the proper field for the architect who wishes to rival the designer of the Paris opera house.” But he reviewed Gilbert’s stations in depth, apparently with approval.…

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Hosted by The Bronx County Historical Society 3313 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10467-2835

Join Bronx authors Robert Gumbs and Fordham University’s Professor Mark Naison as they present their book Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s, along with the research that was done during the process. The authors will have copies of their book for sale and signing and there is a maximum capacity for up to 40 people. First come, first served.

This lecture will be held at The Bronx County Archives located at 3313 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, New York 10467. For directions, call (718) 881-8900.…

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from The New York Times:

World-Class Photojournalism, at Home in the South Bronx


When Eugene Richards opens his next exhibit, it will not be at a Chelsea gallery or a major Midtown museum. It will be at a location that he much prefers: the Bronx Documentary Center.

It is a fitting location for an exhibition of images of poverty in America from the 1980s. If the show were in downtown Manhattan, he said, the audience “might not be that interested and see it as ‘urban archaeology’,” he said. But at the B.D.C., poverty is not an abstract concept, since it is in Melrose, a South Bronx neighborhood that has been among the country’s poorest urban communities.

“The audience in the Bronx will come in and have a different read to the pictures and many will have a closer relation to them,” Mr. Richards, 72, said.

His exhibit, “Below the Line: Living Poor in America by Eugene Richards,” (slides 1 – 4) on view Oct. 1st through Nov. 6th, marks the fifth anniversary of the B.D.C., an unlikely institution that combines exhibitions of famous and emerging photographers, film screenings, community-based educational programs and free photography workshops intended to create the next generation of documentarians from diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

Mr. Richards may be one of the best-known photographers, but he is a fairly solitary figure who is not a member of a collective, or a photo agency. He tends to keep to himself and his family when he is not exhibiting his long-term projects or teaching workshops.

But the B.D.C., where he often speaks with students, is where he finds a much-needed sense of community that reflects the city’s diversity.

“It’s the total opposite of the usual photographic experience,” he said. “It’s like getting into a room full of friends. It’s important to me because it’s the only place I can go in New York that is diverse and where we’re all there to talk about photography and issues. It feels like a homecoming.”

The B.D.C. was born out of long conversations between two close friends, Michael Kamber and Tim Hetherington, both of whom were experienced conflict photographers. They yearned to create a space that would feature the kind of serious, long-term, issue-oriented photography that was anathema to galleries in SoHo and Chelsea, while also educating new visual storytellers.

Mr. Kamber saved money from his many years of covering the Iraq war for The New York Times and purchased a renovated 19th century landmark brick building on 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue in the Bronx in 2010. Mr. Hetherington, who was also an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, was killed while photographing in Libya four months later.

Mr. Kamber was devastated, but continued to work on the B.D.C., maxing out five credit cards to buy supplies as he and a group of volunteers laid down floors, built walls and installed wiring. Danielle Jackson, who had been in charge of exhibitions at Magnum Photos in New York, helped found the B.D.C.

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Walk the garden where American Author and humorist Mark Twain, world-famous Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini, and President Theodore Roosevelt once lived.

Tour the oldest house in The Bronx, which served as the temporary headquarters of General George Washington.

Visit a fieldstone farmhouse that was the site of six skirmishes between American troops and British forces.

See where American writer Edgar Allan Poe penned some of his most memorable works.

Experience a 19th century estate located in the largest park in New York City.

Take a trolley tour of historic homes and gardens of The Bronx!

Trolley makes a quick “light lunch” stop at Arthur Avenue, the Real Little Italy!

Tickets $50 online through BigMaven

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Bronx, NY

 Walk the garden where American Author and humorist Mark Twain, world-famous Italian conductor Arturo Toscanini, and President Theodore Roosevelt once lived.

Tour the oldest house in The Bronx, which served as the temporary headquarters of General George Washington.

Visit a fieldstone farmhouse that was the site of six skirmishes between American troops and British forches.

See where American writer Edgar Allan Poe penned some of his most memorable works.

Experience a 19th century estate located in the largest park in New York City.

Take a trolley tour of historic homes and gardens of The Bronx!

Trolley makes a quick “light lunch” stop at Arthur Avenue, the Real Little Italy!

The Bronx Tourism Council – 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

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from  New York Adventure Club:

After a successful kick-off event last week, I’m excited to announce the first selection of the New York Adventure Club Book Club—ACBC for short! For April we will be reading Boulevard of Dreams: Heady Times, Heartbreak, and Hope along the Great Concourse in the Bronx by Constance Rosenblum. We will gather at the Andrew Freedman House to discuss (date: TBD) but aim to finish the book by Wednesday, 27 April. Feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions. Goodreads group link posted in the comment section. Happy Reading!…

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In Smells the Same, written for Lucky Peach, Joana Avillez narrates her experience having lived as a child near the Fulton Fish Market when it was operating as a fish market, and ordinary mortals could afford to live in the South Street Seaport area because it was overlooked and near an actual wholesale fish market.  She later asked some of the former Fulton Fish Market workers (now at Hunt’s Point) for their advice on the most recent stalled gentrification project to infect the area since the authorities forced the Fish market out in 2005.…

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The Andrew Freedman Home is pleased to announce its inaugural AFH Open House on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 from Noon to Midnight.

Join us for an amazing art and culture filled day with exhibitions, film screenings, open artist studios, special guests, live music, and performances that celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of The Andrew Freedman Home and its commitment to quality arts and culture events and programs in the Bronx.

Opening at Noon, The Andrew Freedman Home invites the public to view the various arts and culture programs that take place in this landmarked Grand Concourse mansion in the heart of the South Bronx.  During the day, The AFH Historical Tour lead by AFH staff and artists allows visitors to see the amazing architecture and grandeur of this 100,000 sq ft building that houses two exhibition spaces, 18 artist studios, including WAFH—our newly launched radio station—and a 100-seat theater and performance space.  Artists will be working on projects and works in progress throughout the day around the grounds of AFH and in their studios, all on view and all open to the public.


Evening brings a trio of film screenings Beginning at 4:30pm, The Great Gatsby (2013) directed by Baz Lurhmann will be screened in our Grand Ballroom followed by Nothing Happened & Middle Passage, two short films that address the perception of race and identity in the contemporary American consciousness.  Seating is limited and on a first come, first serve basis.

Beginning at 7pflyerfront air IIIm, AFH will host a reception for 4 exhibitions debuting that evening.

Apache Line:  III Annual Artists in Residence Exhibition curated by Walter Puryear features work that draws from the tradition of gang initiation during the 60’s and 70’s, to explore the economic hazing process of gentrification and how it impacts neighborhoods:  geographically, socially, financially and demographically.  Artists include Melissa Calderón, Xavier Figueroa, Gasa, Josué Guarionex, DJ Kool Herc, Valarie Irizarry, Aaron “SpazeCraft” Lazansky-Olivas, Jose “Dr. Drum” Ortiz, Andre Trenier, Natalie C. Wood and Meguru Yamaguchi.

The Bronx Speaks:  Our Home, an exhibition organized in conjunction with The Bronx Arts Alliance (BxAA) for NY Armory Week, is intended to function as a platform for artists to “speak,” amplifying multiple voices and perspectives.  It features the works of over 20 Bronx artists and is curated by Sarah Corona.

Undesign the Redline organized by designing the WE is a pop-up exhibition that exposes dtwimagethe history of Redlining, its lingering effect, and collective actions communities can take to build a new social and economic ecosystem that breaks its destructive bounds.  This exhibition will be on view throughout the 1st floor hallways of AFH.

Bronx Voyeurs, an exhibition featuring the work of artists projected from the windows of AFH, will focus on the work of Bronx artists addressing themes that are relevant to our borough.  13 artists will project their work from the 2nd and 3rd floor windows of AFH, presenting a collage of images and video to be viewed from the Lawn and Grand Concourse during the month of March.…

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 From New York Adventure Club:

November 15, 2015


Corey William Schneider

South Bronx neighborhood Mott Haven, named after iron works owner Jordan Mott, who purchased the land in 1849, has been home to a range of industries throughout the 19th and 20th centuries including metal works, stone yards, and even pianos. While these manufacturing buildings and facilities are no longer in operation, many historic buildings and infrastructure projects still exist if you know where to look:

#1 – The Mott Haven East Historic District

Located on East 139th and East 140th between Willis and Brooks Avenues, these sets of William O’Gorman & William rowhouses date back to 1877, making them one of the oldest rowhouse developments in the Bronx. Many of the houses have a range of architectural styles including Dutch/Flemish pediments.

#2 – 404–450 East 142nd Street

Located on the south side of East 142nd between Willis and Brooks Avenues, these 42 neo-Grec rowhouses designed by William O’Gorman date back to 1897. While they were originally built of brick with stone ornaments, many are now an array of bright and bold colors.

#3 – United Methodist Church

Located on the corner of 141st Street and Willis Avenue, United Methodist Church, originally called Willis Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, was built in 1900 by George W. Kramer. This 100+ year old Gothic Revial church still boasts impressive colored stained glass, so don’t forget to look up!

#4 – St. Ann’s Church

Located at 295 St. Ann’s Avenue, St. Ann’s Church and Graveyard was constructed in 1840 by Gouverneur Morris, Jr. as a family memorial on his rural estate (before Jordan Haven purchased the land in 1849). As the oldest church still standing in the Bronx, it contains many of the Morris family members including Gouverneur Morris, Sr., Judge Lewis Morris (first Governor of New Jersey), and Major General Lewis Morris (member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence).

#5 – Abandoned South Bronx Rail Line

Located from East 163rd Street to East 141st Street by the waterfront (picture taken from Southern Blvd near 142nd Street), the abandoned South Bronx Rail Line’s next life is a current topic of debate, with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. arguing that the site should be turned into a new “lowline” park. Since this strip of vacant land won’t be redeveloped anytime soon, you’ll have plenty of time to visit this 20 block stretch filled with fantastic graffiti, and not so fantastic trash.

Bonus – Mott Haven Substation

Located at 380 Southern Blvd (and boardered by Brucker Avenue and 144th Street), the Mott Haven Substation, operated by Con Edison, is easily mistaken as a gated townhouse community by locals and passersby alike. The aesthetically pleasing concealment of this enormous four story, 125,000 square foot facility, earned it the “Best Manufacturing Facility” title by the Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute Northeast Covering New England and New York.


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