[EPISODE] Kingsbridge, The Bronx
Join us on our first episode exploring a Bronx neighborhood, Kingsbridge.
Jeff welcomes David Griffin back to the show for its first Bronx themed episode. They delve into Kingsbridge’s history, starting with the origin of the area’s name, Frederick Phillipse, and the Spuytn Duyvil legend. David notes that Kingsbridge originally was a rural area and traces the development of the neighborhood in the early 20th century.
Jeff and David touch on David’s blog that showcases every single building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.They discuss the significant architectural landmarks in Kingsbridge, most notably the Kingsbridge Armory. David describes the architectural features of the Armory and its history. They pivot to the Yiddish Cooperative and its role in the Van Cortlandt area of Kingsbridge. David brings up the Irish American character of the neighborhood.
Jeff welcomes Dave Lindsay, to discuss his experience as a business owner in Kingsbridge. Dave traces his career working as a bartender then beer salesman for Harpoon Brewery, before moving to a manager position at Bronx Ale House in Kingsbridge. Dave and Jeff delve into Kingsbridge’s working class and amicable character as a neighborhood. Dave describes the changes he’s seen in the area since he opened his business, The Kingsbridge Social Club.
Dave discusses his work with kids in the Kingsbridge community. Dave and Jeff move to the challenges of being a business owner in Kingsbridge. They them provide advice for business owners looking to open in the Kingsbridge area. Dave tells the story of Tracy 168, the local graffiti artist who helped decorate the restaurant. Dave touches on how the various cultures in the area give Kingsbridge such a vibrant atmosphere.