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 20th. at 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.
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.