East 135th Street

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A vacant lot looking towards the row houses of East 136th Street, which reminds me of an anecdote that is in many history books about the Bronx: Jordan L. Mott, an industrialist bought a section of Morrisania from Gouverneur Morris II for his iron works. After the sale, Morris was asked about he felt about the area being renamed Mott Haven. “I don’t care what he calls it,” said Morris, whose family had owned the land for over a century. “While he is about it, he might as well change the name of the Harlem [River] and call it the Jordan.”

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