The vanishing point on Charlotte Street is literal and figurative.
Apartments used to line the bustling neighborhood, quickly built to house tens of thousands of New Yorkers who left the Lower East Side or Harlem and took the uptown subway to The Bronx. In 1930, three generations of my relatives from my grandfather to great-great-grandfather were living within blocks of each other in Crotona Park East.
Many apartments and whole city blocks were abandoned and destroyed between 1965 and 1975, prompting the construction of new ranch-style private homes over the ruined neighborhood. So now I walk the same street as my Great-Great Grandfather and it’s as suburban as the ones I grew up in Missouri and New Jersey in the eighties and nineties.