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Gators in the Bronx!

The Old Snuff Mill

Jumpin' Jupiter!

The Mile Square

What's an Alewife, Anyway?

Water for Concrete

Paddling Back in the Day

1895 Tragedy in a Bronx River Swimming Hole

William Hart, the Bronx River Cowboy

Cowboys on the Bronx

Brittannia Rule the Bronx

The Old Drovers Inn

Look Out for the Little People!

Happy Birthday Bronx River Alliance

The Witch Canoe

Woodlawn Brook

The Mighty Kensico

The Battle of White Plains

Launching the Golden Ball

The Left Bank of the Bronx

Awaiting the Alewife

The Boltons of Bronxdale

Ann Hanson, the Bronx River Stevedore

Aunt Sarah Held the Bridge

Jerry, the Bronx River Sea Lion

How the Bronx Got Its Name

Lloyd Ultan's History of the Bronx River

The Wishing Rock

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Bronx?

Big Brown Joe Plugs the Pipe

Ungrateful Old Scrooge

Jonas the Peacemaker

Beaver Tales

Why the Beaver?

Bronx River Parkway Reservation

The Pudding Rock

The Rocking Stone

Edgar Allan Poe and the Bronx River

Shipbuilding on the Bronx

The First Canoes on the Bronx

There Were Bears in There

McAdam's Bronx River Driveway

The Mid-Bronx Ride of Paul Revere

The Many Names of Van Nest

The Frozen Water Trade

Colonel Burr Burns the Blockhouse

Beavers on the Bronx


Greenway Stories

River Restoration Stories


Launching the Golden Ball

Our upcoming Bronx River Festival marks the tenth anniversary year of the Bronx River Alliance, and holds the memory of some of the earliest events celebrating the Bronx River, such as the 1998 Bronx River Fest and the first Golden Ball Festival in 1999.

On the morning of April 24, 1999, a three-foot diameter ball covered in gold leaf was ceremoniously lowered into the river at Bronxville Lake in Tuckahoe. Designed by artists Mags Harris and Lajos Héder, the gilded orb was “a symbol of the sun, energy and spirit of the Bronx River.”

Accompanied by dancers from the Hunts Point-based Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, and with classical flutist Connie Grossman playing from the bow of the lead canoe, the Golden Ball was slowly floated down the Bronx River, linking the diverse river communities along the way. At various places along the ten-mile procession community groups staged presentations, carried out cleanup projects, planted trees, and hailed the Golden Ball as it passed by.

Closing ceremonies were held seven hours later at the site of what was to become Hunts Point Riverside Park, then the site of community reclamation efforts organized by Majora Carter. As the Golden Ball at last came ashore, Partnership for Parks proudly announced the establishment of a new Waterways and Trailways field office in the Bronx to support citizen-based waterway and greenway initiatives along the Bronx River and throughout New York City.

Stephen Paul DeVillo