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When John McNamara was a young boy he walked the streets in his Bronx neighborhood and often wondered how the streets got their names. He began to ask the people in the area questions and researched maps and books. Later, he traveled by bicycle, kayak and auto to collect more and more information. Eventually, he visited every street in The Bronx at least once.
When he grew up, John met others who had similar interests in history and they formed The Bronx County Historical Society, all the while adding to his collection of street name histories. Many years went by until the new executive director of the Bronx County Historical Society persuaded him to compile his extensive collection of notes as a book. Eventually History in Asphalt: The Origin of Bronx Street & Place Names was published. People all around the country bought it, and it has since been revised and reprinted 3 times. In 1985, The City of New York bestowed a great honor to the penultimate Bronx historian and named John McNamara Square at Calhoun and Randall Avenues. The circle of history marches on.
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Book Description Bronx County Historical Soc, 1984. Condition: Good. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP105766529
Book Description The Bronx County Historical Society. Condition: Good++, Good++. revised, 1984. 8VO, 569+ pgs, B/W Photos, Hardcover Hardcover: Signed and inscribed by author on first endpaper. Blue cloth binding with title in gold on front board and on spine. Faint water mark to corners and edges. Faint water mark to upper corner of first 60 pages. Text is unaffected. Author John MacNamara not only provides the meaning behind each name but often a short history of the street as well. Delightful and whimsical examples. Illustrated. Tight binding. Map illustrated dust jacket is oxidized and faintly water marked. In protective mylar. Seller Inventory # 030174
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