Silver Beach, Bronx
Silver Beach is a predominantly Irish, German, and Italian neighborhood in the southeastern Bronx, lying on a bluff on the southern shore of Throggs Neck. The land was used as a lockout during the American Revolution. A farm in the area owned by the Stephenson family was sold in 1795 to Abijah Hammond, who built a large mansion (later the offices of the Silver Beach Garden Corporation). In the 1920s the Peters and Sorgenfrel families formed Silver Beach Garden (named for the color of the beach at low tide), a summer colony of bungalows that were later adapted for year-round usemost of the streets were named for flowers and trees found on the Hammond estate. Residents owned their houses but rented the land when they joined together to buy it. In the mid 1990s there were 350 small houses lying along narrow lanes.
Landscape and other areas
The landscape is a long breezy bluff about 50 to 60 ft above the water. There are two beaches below and along Indian Trail, the latter, a popular place to live that is right on the river. From the southern end of Indian trail, Ft Schuyler is visible at the tip of Throggs Neck (this area is referred to as "strawberry fields"). At the northern end the trail opens up into a common area that the locals call the "green grass". From there, there are nice views of the Throggs Neck Bridge to the left and the Whitestone Bridge to the right. Beneath the Whitestone Bridge the Manhattan skyline straddles the western horizon. Both strawberry fields and the green grass were popular drinking spots for teenagers in the area.
- John McNamara: History in Asphalt: The Origin of Bronx Street and Place Names (New York: Bronx County Historical Society, 1984)
- Gary Hermalyn and Robert Kornfe: Landmarks of the Bronx (New York: Bronx County Historical Society, 1990)
- Gary D. Hermalyn, The Encyclopedia of New York City, Edited by Kenneth T. Jackson. New Haven, Yale University Press. 1995.
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