Just Rambling About Harlem and the Bronx #6 1898



Possibly by August 1, the new recreation pier, at the foot of One Hundred and Thirteenth street and the East River, will be thrown open to the public. The pier was to have been finished by June 1, but delays in the payments on the part of the city caused the work to lag. A free bath has been placed alongside the pier, and it will be opened as soon as the north side of the pier is completed, for it is feared that bathers would run some chance of injury from falling iron or lumber were they allowed to use the bath before the workmen had finished the side of the pier next to the bath.

Not at all frightened by the daily influx of mail, Miss Natalie Schenck of Babylon, L.I., is receiving in response to her endless chain of four initial links, a Harlemite, Mr. Henry Hillmare of East One Hundred and Twenty-fourth street is having printed 1,000 letters requesting the persons who receive them to send him any amount for the Cuben free agricultural fund and to remail the circulars to personal friends. The object of the fund is to loan money to the reconcentrados to enable them to begin work on their utterly destroyed farms, the money to be paid back in monthly installments.


To make room for the north approach to the new Willis avenue bridge over the Harlem River half of a five story apartment house is to be moved from the corner of One-Hundred and Thirty-fourth street and Willis avenue to One Hundred and Thirty-third street, about 100 feet east of the avenue. The flat has a frontage of 100 feet and a depth of 75; it has been cut in two through the air-shaft, it being the intention of the owner to leave half of the house where it is. The foundation for the other half has been built, and the house itself is resting on stout beams, all ready to be moved.

The Bronx borough garbage dump, at the foot of Lincoln avenue and the Harlem River, is declared to be a nuisance by people who live in that neighborhood. The odor that arises from the scows receiving the garbage is almost as strong as the Barren Island perfumes, and carries about as far. People complain that it is not only disagreeable, but is unhealthy, and it is the intention of a number of property owners and tenants to complain tot he Board of Health.

The plans for the North Side bicycle parade, in Bronx borough, on August 6, are rapidly maturing. Thus far some twenty clubs have signified their intention of joining the procession. This number includes organizations from Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, Melrose, Westchester, Fordham and Manhattan borough. Thus far no entries have been received from Brooklyn, but it may be that several Brooklyn clubs will decide, at the last moment, to be present. While there will be prizes for the best uniformed and largest organizations in the parade, the finest awards will be presented to fancy costumed riders and most curiously decorated wheels.

The work of widening and grading One Hundred and Thirty-eighth street, between Third avenue and the New York Central tracks, is now well under way, and ought to be completed by August 1. Until the work is finished, the Mott Haven station of the Central Road will  continue to remain in a semi-completed state, necessitating on the part of passengers, somewhat intricate, and at night dangerous, detour to reach the station platform.

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Article Name:  Just Rambling About Harlem and the Bronx #6 1898
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Brooklyn Daily Eagle July 25, 1898
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