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Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx

Early 1920's Old Folks Home in Continuing State of Transition

January 22, 2018 / Bronx Neighborhoods / Bronx Real Estate & Business / Bronx History & Bronx Historic Houses / Bronx Buzz NYC.

andrew freedman home bronx historic homes bronx historic houses bronx nycLast summer I made my way north along the Grand Concourse, past the Bronx Museum to take a look at the legendary Andrew Freeman Home. The home was built about four stories high and of limestone following Freedman's death in 1915. Construction began in 1922 and it opened in 1924. In 1992 it became a designated New York City landmark. In the photo at right you can see the Andrew Freedman Home standing three stories high, as the fourth story is at the ground level in the back of the building.

Andrew Freedman was the New York Giants Baseball Team Owner

The man who founded the home, was the legendary Andrew Freedman, who was born in 1860 and went on to become the owner of the National League New York Giants baseball team from 1895 to 1907. The New York Giants baseball team is said to have tried to deprive the New York Highlanders, which are the present day New York Yankees, of getting a start in baseball, by preventing them from playing at the Manhattan Polo Grounds, which were located at the northeast end of Central Park in Harlem.

The New York Giants were founded in 1883 and moved out to San Francisco after the 1957 season ended, in the same year that the Brooklyn Dodgers moved out to Los Angeles - thus bringing the teams' ongoing rivalry with them to the west coast- while leaving New York City with only one baseball team - the New York Yankees.

The Brooklyn Dodgers were said to have departed the city because they were having trouble with NYC's Master Builder Robert Moses, regarding the use of a proper baseball stadium that would be capable of accommodating the large crowds attracted to the Brooklyn Dodgers games. Andrew Freedman also purchased controlling ownership in the Baltimore Orioles of the American League for a short period of time.


Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx

Early 1920's Old Folks Home in Continuing State of Transition

January 22, 2018 / South Bronx Neighborhood / Bronx Real Estate & Business / Bronx Live Music / Bronx History / Bronx Buzz NYC. Continued.

Andrew Freedman was also an Investor in the Wright Brothers Airplane Co & the IRT

andrew freedman home bronx historic homes bronx historic houses bronx nycAccording to Wikipedia Andrew Freedman's other two claims to fame are that he served on the Board of the Wright [Brothers] Company selling airplanes and as a Founding Director and shareholder of the Interborough Rapid Transit aka IRT.

The IRT / Interborough Rapid Transit opened in 1902 and began operating New York City's first private subway line in 1904. The first IRT subway line went from City Hall to 145th and Broadway, which was 20 blocks short of reaching Hilltop Park at 165th Street and Broadway, where the Highlanders [present day Yankees] played baseball.

And the IRT gained a monopoly on inner city rail transport when it acquired the elevated trains in 1903, which also included an extension into the Bronx.

 

 

The Andrew Freedman Home Transitions from Senior Residence to Evolving Cultural Center

bronx live music sceneThe Andrew Freedman Home remained a senior residence from its inception in 1924 until the mid 1960's when Andrew Freedman's estate began to run out of cash and residents were required to contribute. Somewhere between the early 1980's [1982 - 1983] and the late 1990's [1997] the Mid Bronx Council, a charitable organization helping the elderly and poor, began using the building to provide their client services.

In the 21st century they have continued their work, partnering with the 161st Street Business Improvement District and surrounding arts and cultural organizations, to expand the use and visibility of the facility.

On February 3rd and 4th, 2018 there will be a Hip Hop performance by Grand Master Caz from 8.30 pm to 3 am. Tickets cost $25 and may be purchased on Eventbrite.


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