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February 23: The Bronx High School of Science

The Bronx High School of Science was founded on this date in 1938 with Morris Meister as principal. Bronx Science began with four hundred students, all boys (it went co-ed in 1946, the first of New York’s three specialty high schools to do so by more than twenty years), most of them Jews from the […]

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January 22: Fighting Evictions in the Bronx

Some 4,000 tenants participated in a “rent riot” on this date in 1932 when police tried to evict seventeen tenants from 2302 Olinville Avenue in the Bronx. The neighborhood was populated predominantly by Eastern European Jewish workers who had escaped the Lower East Side and the South Bronx and had been organized by Communist-led Unemployed […]

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Mameloshn: “Bronx” by Yisroel Yankev Shvarts

Selected and translated by Barnett Zumoff This is the fourth of a series of geographically themed Yiddish poems that have been posted here. Barnett Zumoff conducts the “Mameloshn” column that appears in each issue of Jewish Currents. “Bronx” is translated from the Yiddish as it appears in Emanuel Goldsmith’s Yiddish Literature in America, 1870-2000, Volume […]

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Eden: Van Cortlandt Park, 1946

by Alice Rosenthal I AM STANDING ON RISING GROUND overlooking a large expanse of green that blankets this corner of the northwest Bronx. I’ve come back to revisit this distinct patch of time and place from almost a lifetime away and a distance of 3,000 miles. I’ve come to honor it — and to grieve […]

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It’s Good to Have a Hobby

by Lou Charloff The year was 1934. I was 13 and Bernie was 12. Like me, Bernie was short; he was also very smart and he was my best friend. We lived in the Hunts Point area, not far from Southern Boulevard, which was the prime shopping section of neighborhood. I am not referring to […]

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Enge Benge Revisited

by Rokhl Kafrissen Conversations among New Yorkers, they say, focus on one topic only: real estate. Too true. Now more than ever, young people are looking at a city in which it is almost impossible to find an affordable home. If you’re single and willing to live in a sketchy neighborhood, maybe with a roommate, […]

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