Re: Bronxville/ NYC #general


Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
 

Regarding Joe's query:

<<According to his NYC birth certificate for 1908 one of my uncles was born
at 457 Chester St. Bronxville. Since it is a NYC birth certificate I have
to believe that Chester St. is in NYC, but where is
Bronxville. I could not find Chester St. in a yahoo map search. I also
looked up Chester St. in the Morse list of changed street names and it was
not listed.>>

Although I was born in Bronxville, NY myself....I can safely say that your
uncle was likely born on Chester Street in the "Brownsville" section of
Brooklyn.

No doubt the midwife or clerk simply wrote "Bronxville" instead of
"Brownsville." (Easy mistake to make.)

Chester Street is still there today. In fact, that street and neighborhood
are mentioned in the book "A Walker in the City," by Alfred Kazin where he
recalls his childhood in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. His story is
set in the working-class Jewish community of New York City in the decade
preceding the Great Depression and in recalling one walk down those streets
he pines for the red and blue lights "winking untiringly" at him >from the
movies' long electric sign at the other end of Chester Street with the
"candy stores and delicatessens ablaze." It's always nice to get a flavor
of the neighborhoods one's ancestors lived in through the written word,
which brings the environment so brilliantly to life.

Pamela Weisberger
Santa Monica, CA
pweisberger@...

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