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The Bronx River Parkway Photograph Collection contains over 1,400 images featuring the changing conditions in and around the Bronx River Parkway from 1912 to 1924. They document the transition from private to county ownership for properties along the Bronx River and its environs through photographs taken before, during, and after parkway development. Images are included which show the condition of the river and life along its banks before and after parkway construction, views of buildings moved or destroyed during construction, and details of the construction activity itself. Frequently the locations of the photographs have been included as map sheet and parcel locations associated with the Bronx Parkway Commission Maps 1-30 (1912-1914). Additional subjects of interest in this collection are the New York & Harlem Railroad, billboards, recreation along the river, bridges, flooding, and the construction of the Kensico Dam. The images for this collection were compiled from scans of black and white glass plate negatives and prints.

Similar images can be found in the Bronx Parkway Commission Photograph Albums 1-30, the John Gass Photograph Collection, the Parks Commission Photograph Collection and the Park Department Lantern Slides.

 
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