Grandma Asked: Why is the Bronx THE Bronx and Brooklyn is just Brooklyn?

The Bronck family was a wealthy family living on many of the Harlem river’s surrounding acres. Jonas Bronck, the family patriarch, was a narcissistic man and wanted to name everything after himself. Thus, around 1639, the river became Bronck’s river. Once the Bronck’s started croaking and immigrants other than Swedes (Irish, German, Italian, Jewish….) settled… Continue reading Grandma Asked: Why is the Bronx THE Bronx and Brooklyn is just Brooklyn?