Andrew H. Green, NYC planner, preservationist, leader

(October 6, 1820 – November 13, 1903) was a lawyer, New York City planner, preservationist and civic leader. He is considered “the Father of Greater New York,” and is responsible for Central Park, the New York Public Library, the Bronx Zoo, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He also participated in or led significant projects including many parks and the joining together of the 5 boroughs of New York into one city. In 1835, he moved to New York, where two of his sisters lived and taught from Massachusetts. He began working with a merchant and lived in Trinidad working… Read More

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Astin Jacobo, Unofficial Mayor of Crotona, Baseball Academy founder

Astin Jacobo (1929-2002), was a community advocate who played an important role in the renewal of his problem-ridden Bronx neighborhood, Crotona, a neighborhood he had lived in since 1970. He was often called the Unofficial Mayor of Crotona. Besides doing volunteer work and serving as an organizer, Mr. Jacobo worked for decades as the custodian of St. Martin of Tours elementary school in Crotona. After moving to Crotona from his home in the Dominican Republic, he used his knowledge of sports to form children’s sports teams. A baseball academy was eventually begun in his name in The Bronx. He got… Read More

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