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The History of Throggs Neck, NY

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The car accident attorneys in Throggs Neck, NY at Banville Law would like to share some informative details about the neighborhood.

Throggs Neck is a neighborhood and peninsula in the southeast of the Bronx. The area belongs to Community District 10, and its ZIP Code is 10465. The 45th 45th Precinct of the New York City Police Department patrols Throggs Neck.


You can find Throggs Neck between a narrow spit of land in the south-eastern portion of the Bronx in New York City. The neighborhood divides the passage between the East River and Long Island Sound. Throggs Neck is at the northern end of the Throgs Neck Bridge, which connects the Bronx to Bay Terrace in the borough of Queens. With only an area span of 4.93 1.903 square miles, the northern approach to the Bronx, where the Whitestone Bridge stands, is still within the Throggs Neck Area.


The neighborhood of Throggs Neck, or otherwise know as “Throg’s Neck,” is derived from John Throckmorton, an English immigrant who established his colony in the area in 1643. In referencing the land, both spellings of the name, with either one of two “G's,” are accepted.

In 1642, the Dutch allowed Throckmorton to settle in the peripheral area of New Amsterdam along with 35 other individuals. During that time, the peninsula was known as Maxson's point due to the Maxson family who lived there. During a 1643 uprising of Native Americans, many settlers had been murdered. Following the rebellion, Throckmorton returned to Rhode Island.

In the 19th century, the area persisted as a site for large farms converted into estates. Around 1848, members of the Morris family purchased land and built mansions, cottages, and service buildings. Following the Civil War, Collis P. Huntington, a railroad builder, owned a large land in Throggs Neck. Frederick C. Havemeyer Jr. previously owned Huntington’s property and the Havemeyer-Huntington mansion is now home to Preston High School, New York.

The peninsula hosts Throgs Neck Park, a 0.44-acre public park that faces Throggs Neck from the opposite shore. The park was acquired as a public place in 1836, and from 1833 - 1856, the construction of Fort Schuyler brought in laborers and artisans, who were primarily immigrants from Ireland, to settle in the area. This allowed the site to begin development, and by the late 19th century, Throggs Neck had developed into a public summer resort. Following 1898 began the incorporation of the Bronx into the City of Greater New York. During this time, transit lines extended to the neighborhood, which brought in many Italian farmers and merchants. With the neighborhood extending, developing, and changing by the 1920s, large estates were converted into smaller row homes, otherwise known as railroad apartments. During this time, residents owned their houses but would rent the land.

In 1932, Fort Schuyler closed as an active military installation and became the State University of New York Maritime College. By 1961, the Throggs Neck Bridge was complete, and the neighborhood was no longer in isolation. Yet, Throggs Neck was still able to remain exempt from the urban decay that deeply impacted the Bronx in the 1970s.

Notable People

  • Christine Jorgensen (1926–1989), the first transsexual celebrity in the 1950s-60s, following surgical transformation in Denmark, 1952; born and raised on Dudley Avenue
  • Michael Kay (born 1961), sports broadcaster
  • Doug Marrone (born 1964), head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Sal Mineo (1939-76), Actor, Academy Award Nominee
  • Bill Polian (born 1942), Hall of Fame executive in the National Football League.[citation needed]
  • T.J. Rivera (born 1988), an infielder who played in Major League Baseball for the New York Mets.
  • Ritchie Torres (born 1988), member of the New York City Council and Congressman-elect

Learn More: A Historic Understanding of Parkchester, NY

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: May 19, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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