Past Features

February 27, 2006 (Vol. 3, No. 3)

Library Creates New Web site to Serve Bronx Residents

Corner of East 188th Street and Grand Concourse (ca. 1935).
Corner of East 188th Street and Grand Concourse (ca. 1935).

Bronxites seeking information about the borough's rich history and its many resources can now look on the Internet for the Bronx Business for Everybody Web site. In early 2005, Librarian Janet Munch received a grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (Metro) to digitize materials from the Bronx Chamber of Commerce Collection. What she and her colleagues have created is a site that is meant to serve as a starting point for those wishing to discover the Bronx.

In addition to offering visitors information about Bronx businesses and their role in the development, growth and life of the borough, the site also provides historical information and a list of resources related to the borough's recreational and educational opportunities for children and youth. The site also makes recommendations on books about the Bronx and includes a Web resource page that provides links to important organizations and projects going on in the Bronx.

Professor Munch worked with borough historian Lloyd Ultan, who provided the descriptive information for the photos on the site. Professor Helene Silverman (Early Childhood and Childhood Education) created short, engaging projects specifically for children and young adults in the "Activities" page. Lehman Librarian Yi Sheng served as technical consultant on the project.

"This site is really a business collection," explains Professor Munch, "but it's meant for anyone who lives, or has lived in the Bronx who wants to learn more about what the borough has to offer in terms of history, business opportunities, and educational or recreational activities."