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Posted by Sammy to Phil on Wednesday, November 25th 2020:

In Reply to: Re: Parkchester 40s/50s/60s Memories/Stories posted by phil on Tuesday, November 24th 2020:

Hi, Phil!

Although I never lived in Parkchester, I had a magnificent view of its ENTIRE SKYLINE every day from my 6th (top) floor apartment window during the years when I lived on Barnes Avenue in the Pelham Parkway neighborhood (from 1952 to 1955). Our view faced directly south where I could see what appeared to be a huge "valley" of mostly smaller homes and buildings in the Morris Park and Van Nest neighborhoods. That valley separated my building from the buildings of Parkchester!

I found a bit of Parkchester history in John McNamara`s "History In Asphalt" which I am sure is well-known to you, Phil, and your fellow residents. In that book, I learned that the whole Parkchester area was called "Catholic Protectory". McNamara writes: "Its full title was the Society for the Protection of Destitute Roman Catholic Children in the City of New York. It occupied 150 acres of woodlands, farmlands, school buildings, churches and chapels and an athletic field. It had been made up from Leonard Mapes` farm of 20 acres, purchased in 1869, the Leggett farm of 112 acres in 1866 and an additional 7 acres of the Cow Neck farm in 1880. It was situated between White Plains Road, Westchester Avenue, Unionport Road and East Tremont Avenue, and was sold to the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in 1938. The huge housing development of Parkchester now occupies the grounds".

Thank you, Phil, for bringing back a great Parkchester memory for me, even though I never lived there. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!


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