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New Deal Projects in the Bronx

Frank da Cruz
June 2014
Most recent update: Mon Jul 17 14:28:32 2023

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WPA in the Bronx 1936
Click to enlarge - WPA at work in the Bronx 1936:
Castle Hill Avenue at 177th Street; Photo: NYPL
Imagine a time when millions of people were out of work and the federal government, recognizing that Wall Street and the big banks and corporations were the problem and not the solution, took the initiative and did what the private sector would not do and created jobs for the unemployed. The Introduction to The Bronx It Was Only Yesterday 1925-1965 by Lloyd Ultan and Gary Hermalyn (Bronx County Historical Society, 1992) includes this passage:
The New Deal's programs were on everyone's minds in the late 1930s. So many people we knew had the misfortune to be out of work and on, what was then called, home relief. For a father to have a job with the Works Progress Administration, or WPA, repaving the many streets or building new projects in The Bronx, was a stroke of good luck. With a steady income he could provide clothes and food for his family, and further, had the dignity of saying that he worked for what he got. Indeed those few years before the onset of the Second World War, The Bronx seemed to be in a frenzy of construction...

A frenzy of construction indeed! In the Bronx we are surrounded by New Deal projects without even knowing it. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal designed, constructed, and/or paid for a great many Bronx landmarks including bridges, highways, courthouses, post offices, public schools, fire houses, swimming pools, parks, playgrounds, countless murals, sculptures, maps, surveys, renovations, and infrastructure improvements all over the Bronx, including in the Botanical Garden and Zoo, not to mention an ongoing schedule of public concerts, dances, plays, puppet shows, swimming lessons, and contests. Also see:

[Van Cortlandt Park New Deal Tour]  [Kingsbridge Heights New Deal Tour]  [List of Bronx projects]  [Table of NYC projects]   [Oval Park video]

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Williamsbridge Oval

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Split Rock and Pelham Bay Golf Courses

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Lehman College Campus

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Orchard Beach

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Astoria Park (Queens)

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Astoria Pool (Queens)

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Triborough Bridge

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Crotona Park, Pool, and Play Center

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Bronx General Post Office

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Bronx Terminal Market

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Van Cortlandt Stadium

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Van Cortlandt Park Southwest Playground

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Bronx County Courthouse

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Joyce Kilmer Park

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Harris Field

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Jerome Park Reservoir Gate Houses

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Pedestrian Bridge to Bronx Park at 204th Street

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Claremont Park

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Bronx Park North

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Rosewood Playground

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French Charley's Playground

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Allerton Ballfields

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Bufano Park

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Bailey Playground

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Belmont Playground

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Mosholu Baseball Field (Frank Frish Field)

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IND Subway B and D Trains

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Devoe Park

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St. James Park

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227th Street Playground

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Olinville Playground

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Owen F. Dolen Park

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SUNY Maritime College

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The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge

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Ferry Point Park

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Francis Lewis Park (Queens)

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City Island Firehouse

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Fieldston Firehouse

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Waring Playground

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Reiss Field

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Zimmerman Playground

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Pelham Parkway bicycle path

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Garrison Playground

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Peoples Park

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St. Mary's Park

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Macombs Dam Park Playground

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The Macombs Dam Bridge

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The Willis Avenue Bridge

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Ranaqua Bronx Park Department Headquarters

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Van Nest Park

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Noble Playground

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Bronx Park Trojan Courts

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Watson-Gleason Playground

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West Farms Post Office

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Rienzi Playground

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Richard Green Junior High School 113

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Evander Childs High School Murals

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Reservoir Oval Repaving

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