The City Island Theater Group and The Huntington Free Library will present a free staged reading of American playwright Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge “, through a generous grant from the Bronx Council on the Arts. The Play is a one-act verse drama, circa 1950’s on the Brooklyn waterfront. The Play, directed by CITG President, Nick Sala follows the cataclysmic downfall of longshoreman Eddie Carbone, and his wife, Beatrice, and niece, Catherine. His life is interrupted with the arrival of Beatrice’s cousins, illegal immigrants from Italy, and embark on a romance with Catherine. Eddie’s envy and delusion plays out with devastating consequences for himself, his family and the whole community. The performance is at the Huntington Free Library at 9 Westchester Square, Bronx NY on Saturday October 21
sat 4 pm, with discussion and refreshments to follow.


Our Friends at the East Bronx History Forum meet at our Library on the Third Wednesday of each month (with the exception of July and August when there is no meeting). Time: 7:30 pm

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Wednesday, September 20that 7:30 pm. The East Bronx History Forum will hold its 123rd free and open meeting – The New York, Westchester and Boston Railway

The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is pleased to announce The East Bronx History Forum will open its 13th meeting season on Wednesday, September 20th   2017 at 7:30 pm.

The East Bronx History Forum meets to discuss Bronx History and held its first meeting on June 16, 2005.   To open the Forum’s 13th season will be a special guest, Gary Grahl.  Mr. Grahl is a Parkchester resident and railroad enthusiast.   Mr. Grahl is a member of various railroad and subway groups, including the Electric Railroad Association and the New York Railroad Enthusiast.   He has used his extensive collection of images and movies over the years during his numerous presentations.  For the East Bronx History Forum, Mr. Grahl will narrate and show part of his collection of original movies of  The New York, Westchester and Boston Railway.

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The New York, Westchester and Boston Railway was one of the most expensive railroad lines to run through Westchester and Bronx county, from 1912 to 1937.  Many Bronx subway riders still enjoy some of the country quaint beauty of the former NYW&B stations that are part of the Dyre Avenue line.  The City of New York acquired 4 miles of the old railroad line for $1,800,000 and reopened service from 180th street to Dyre Avenue May 15, 1941.  The above photo of the 180th street station and administrative offices was taken in 2004 during the 100th year anniversary of the electrification of the MTA lines.  The building was placed on The National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and received a recent $67 million dollar renovation.  If you are passing through the 180th street station, it is worth the time to get off and enjoy its restored beauty.

All meetings are free.  Please join us at 7:30 pm Wednesday September 20,  2017 at 7:30 pm at the Huntington Free Library, located next to Apple Bank at 9 Westchester Square Bronx, NY.  Parking is free after 7 pm.



 Donald J. Gilligan, an 80 year old lifelong Bronxite, discovered his artistic ability late in life.  After 12 years of retirement, he took his wife’s suggestion and enrolled in an oil painting class at  the Pelham Art Center, where he developed his skills in the last three years under the tutelage of Eleanor Miller.  Inspired by the French Impressionists, he finds the subjects for his paintings in the local community, as they did.  Most of his paintings depict scenes on nearby City Island.  When it comes to painting, City Island is Gilligan’s Island of choice.  He says: “Who needs Monhegan or Appledore Island when you have City Island so close by.” Mr. Gilligan has been an active founding member of the History Forum.  He has contributed his knowledge of Bronx history at many presentations, walking tours and events and has used this information when selecting his subjects. 
Mr. Gilligan will present and discuss his various works with some slide images and many original works.  Mr. Gilligan’s paintings will be familiar to all Bronxites, especially those from City Island, where many works are depicted.  Mr. Gilligan had a showing of his works at the Focal Point Gallery in 2015.  Many of his works went fast at the Focal Point Gallery, so get to the Huntington during the opening night.  Mr. Gilligan’s art will be on exhibit at the Huntington Free Library until August 31st.

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Painting: “City Island Antique Shop”  by Don Gilligan


The Huntington Free Library and Reading Room is located next to Apple Bank at 9 Westchester Square Bronx, NY.  Parking is free after 7 pm.