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Is the Bronx another Brooklyn in the making? No jeers, just cheers for this urban revival

Is the Bronx another Brooklyn in the making? No jeers, just cheers for this urban revival

It's been nearly 115 years since a stand of stately tulip trees was planted to grace the lovely walkway and lawns leading to the New York Botanical Garden’s Mertz Library in the Bronx.

They joined a so-called mother tulip tree, which may be more than 100 years older, on the former grounds of the Lorillard family mansion, where the 250-acre botanical garden was created in 1891 as a buffer against urban development progressing north from Manhattan.

Much has changed since then in this oft-maligned borough of New York, and most of its grand estates are gone. Several friends — one a Bronx native— expressed surprise when I told...

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