One of the greatest mausoleums at Woodlawn Cemetery, this one memorializes John H. Harbeck, a wealthy turn-of-the-century businessman, who is now otherwise forgotten. Having inherited some money from his father, he divorced his first wife in a scandalous, messy, divorce, fodder for tabloid headlines, after he took up with a younger woman. (Reminds of Donald Trump, whom I hope eventually falls into even darker obscurity than Harbeck.) Harbeck’s second wife, Kate, commissioned this magnificent memorial chapel for Harbeck when he died in 1910.
octagonal Harbeck Memorial Chapel
Some very nice streets and houses, very Westchester-like.
suburban house in Pelham Gardens
Saw some beautiful stained glass windows, by Mary Tillinghast, in the historic St. Ann’s Church in the Bronx. The caretaker was very accommodating, and welcomed our Shorewalkers hiking group into the church, and showed us around the sanctuary.
Built in 1840, St. Ann’s is a fieldstone building in the Gothic Revival style with a Greek Revival style tower. The complex includes a graveyard with the Morris family crypt. Among those whose remains are in the graveyard or crypt are Gouverneur Morris (1752–1816), Lewis Morris (1671–1746), and Lewis Morris (1726–1798). It was designated a New York City landmark in 1967.
Some pictures, two of the Ben Shahn murals at the Bronx post office and four manhole covers.
If you’re not sure that’s a rivet gun he’s holding, Google “riveter,” … I dare you. So much for crowd-sourcing.
Why would anyone build houses so far below the street level?
They didn’t! Explanation below.
Corlear Avenue houses below street level
A beautiful sunny Sunday morning in Van Cortlandt Park, a natural gem in the northern Bronx.
mounted Park police
These NYPD mounted cops posed readily for a picture, unlike most other cops and city employees, who are institutionally camera-shy.
An early spring walk with Halle along the rocky shore of Pelham Bay Park:
boulders at Twin Island’s shore
Riding the tram, in the northern section, the driver announced that there was a baby owl perched near the road. I guess they don’t move around too much. Sure enough, there it was!
baby Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl, don’t you think? Apparently the mother was not too far away, but I couldn’t spot her.
View of Broadway Bridge through girders
Seriously urban cityscape from the University Heights bridge: the Harlem River, other bridges, a massive MTA subway train yard.
General William T. Sherman
A close-up of the bronze portrait bust of the famed Civil War general (and distant relative) turned out to be one of the best ways to photograph the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, at Bronx Community College (formerly NYU’s Heights Campus). The 630-foot long colonnade was completed in 1900; the busts were added gradually, but none since NYU decamped in the 1970s.