So on my continued quest to follow Dad’s early years in America, I present another one of Dad’s former NYC residences. Next stop: 1650 Topping Avenue in The Bronx.
The building looks to be in decent shape, though from what I gather, the neighborhood isn’t the best. The Bronx Historical Society offers interesting perspectives from former Bronx residents who lived in the neighborhood around the time my Dad resided there. Historic Claremont Park is just steps away and is one of the neighborhood’s oldest greenspaces. I found a blog post from a doctor who talks about playing punch ball as a kid in Claremont Park from 1948-1953, just a few years before Dad lived in the area.
I’m enjoying my virtual tracing of Dad’s life in this country. I love history so learning more about such iconic areas of the U.S. is a treat.