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Bronxville/ NYC #general


Joseph Hirschfield
 

I know there is a town in Westchester County, NY named Bronxville; however
I would like someone to let me know if there is also a section of New York
City called Bronxville. 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.

Joe Hirschfield
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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@...


L. Altman <familysearch@...>
 

FYI -
Bronxville, NY is in southern Westchester County.

Linda Altman
Raleigh, NC

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.


MBernet@...
 

_familysearch@... (mailto:familysearch@...) writes:+

Bronxville, NY is in southern Westchester County.

Having just spent an aggregate of 12 weeks (4 visits) in Bronxville's
Lawrence Hospital, I speak with a little expertise.

Bronxville is a wealthy, upscale, dormitory town in southern Westchester,
about 5 miles N of the Bronx borough of NYC. Until around 1960, Jews were not
allowed to own or rent property there. For many years the only Jews there
were in doctors' offices serving the gentile population. I don't think there is
much of a Jewish residential population, even today, certainly no community.

The "Bronxville" birth certificater may have been born at the local hospital.

Michael Bernet, New York


L. Altman <familysearch@...>
 

I disagree with Mr. Bernet's assesment of Bronxville NY. I was born there
and lived there for 17 years. My family and friends of my family most
definatley lived there prior to 1960, both owning and renting property. Yes,
they were Jewish. There is a Jewish population there although there is no
shul in Bronxville proper. Most people attend shul in Eastchester, Yonkers,
or Scarsdale, with Chester Heights, Mt. Vernon, Tuckahoe and New Rochelle
also being extremely close. Town lines get very strange and difficult to
sort out in the Chester Heights, Bronxville, Eastchester, and Mt. Vernon
area where they all border each other. It does not go by zip code.

Try reading the book"Pathway to a Village" which is a book on the history of
Bronxville. There is an extremely helpful historical society in Bronxville.
they have always been very friendly to me and if you are searching your
family there it is definatley worth talking to them. The Westchester County
Archives are also a wonderful rescource.

Linda Altman
Raleigh, NC

Bronxville is a wealthy, snobbish dormitory town in southern Westchester,
about 5 miles N of the Bronx borough of NYC. Until around 1960, Jews were not
allowed to own or rent property there. Fort many years the only Jews there
were in doctors' offices serving the gentile population. I don't think There
is much of a Jewish residential population, even today, certainly no community.

The "Bronxville" birt certificater may have been born at the local hospital.

Michael Bernet, New York