Then and Now: A look at the Grand Concourse

The Grand Concourse was constructed to be the premier thoroughfare in the Bronx.

In this week's Then and Now, News 12 The Bronx's Jenny Mayer takes a look at the Grand Concourse, one of the grand boulevards of New York.

The Grand Concourse was once thought of as the Park Avenue of the Bronx, home to the area's wealthiest residents. Lloyd Ultan, a Bronx historian, says the Grand Concourse was a symbol of economic and social success.

But Ultan says by the 70s and 80s the luxury hotels of the 30s and 40s became welfare hotels, and ground floor doctors' offices became bodegas. He says by the 50s and 60s the wealthy began to move to the suburbs and waves of immigrants began to take over the area.

Despite the dramatic change, the Grand Concourse remains the heart of the Bronx. It's home to Yankee Stadium and the Bronx County Courthouse. And those who live in the Grand Concourse consider it a special place to live.

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