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VoL. L.â€”No. 1,292.
NEW YORK, DECEMBER 17, 1893.
^^ PELHAM MANOR, =
Pelham Heights and Vicinity,
A Delightful Suhiirhan Section DescrÃ®beÃ£.â€” With eÄ©even iÄ©lustrations.
"VTATUEE has eadowed New York City with many beautiful
â– L^ suhurbs. Science, thehandmaid oÂ£ Nature,hasbroughtthose
auburba within easy reacb of the great centres oÃ® toil, It is well
that it is so, for tbe metropolis ia much overcrowded and men are
aabing for pure air and more room in their habitations.
New York has added to ber population some five bundred thou-
sand souls in the last teu yeara. "'Whether she will inrrease in num-
has thus quadrupled her numbers in tbe short period of ten years.
New Eochelle hae in live years increased from 7,000 to 12,000.
Scores of otber suburban places, less populous, could be pointed to
witb results more or less similar. SÃtuated between Mount Vernon
and New Rochelle, is Pelham Heights, extending from the New
Haven Railroad at the Peibamville Station, southward to Pelham
Manor, the latter place extenda southwardly to tbe SouDd, the
The Manor Olub.
bers proportionately during the nest decade or two Ãs a matter of
conjecture. It ia certain, however, that the increase will be fairly
well maintained, and the question arisesâ€”where wiH these vast roul-
titudespitchtbeir tents? Tbe City of Brooklyn hasafEorded abome
for many, while other parts of Lonj; Island, aa well as StaÃen Island
and New Jersey, have " waxed fat" on the discontented surplus of
the great metropolia. A considerable overflow bas taken place to
the nortb of Manhattan Island and to tbe cities, towns and villages
beyond the boundaries of the 24th "Ward.
There are reaaons, of course, for the increased populations of
Westchester Couaty, and these reasons will alwaya bave great
weigbt with our people. It has easy steam connection to and from
the Grand Central Depot, which is in tlie very heart of the city. It
has also conaections with the Elevated roads. It doea not necessitate
the crossing of ferries and the cbanging from boat to cars. Tbe
of t-repeated eaying that people who live in the suburbs prel'er to be
where they can travel to New York daily ou terra firma is just as
true to-day as it waa tweuty years ago, notwithstanding tbe greater
^omfort of every class of Lravel in oiir day.
Yonkers, Mount Vernon and New Rochelle are striking examples
of the increase of po'-'il^Ãion in recent years. Mount Vernon bas
jumped from about 4,000 to over 17,000 sÃnce the Jast census, and
distance from the railroad to the Sound, through Pelliam Heights
and Pelham Manor. beiug about a njile and a half.
It is not a little curious that tens of thousands of New Yorkers,
while familiar with the names of the various places surrounding
the metropolis, are totally unfamiliar with their topography.
Seekers after suburban homes bave often passed by the most
desirable places. The ordinary New Yoiker's knowledge of
Larchmont would begÃ®n and end with tbe idea that it bad such a
place as a yacht club, and the multitudea of people who have visÃ®ted
Travers Island know of Pelham Manor only as " the etation on tbe
New Haven auburban road where you get off to go to tbe New York
Athletic Club." Not one in a thousand knows anything of the
almost arcadlan beauty of tbe Esplanade to the north of the depot,
for tbeir desiination is alwaya to the soutb of it; and there are
probably not ten among tbe multiludes that have traversed the
Pelhamdale road on IheÃ®r way to the club who haveseen"The
Priory," though from its towers one migbfc almost cast a stone
on to the club's grounds.
It might be imagined from tbe openiug sentences of this intro-
duction that the object oÂ£ this supplement is to describe Pelham
Manor with an eye 10 its poasible accominodation for the surplus
population of New York CÄ©ty, The reader should at once disabuse