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Where is that high school?

Daily News says “A thunderous gas explosion ripped through a Bronx high school Thursday night, injuring three workers — one critically, authorities said.”

New York Times says “A gas line exploded during construction at John F. Kennedy High School in the Marble Hill section of Manhattan on Thursday night.”

Which newspaper has the correct location of the high school?


Mable Hill is in New York County, which is synonymous with the borough of Manhattan, but Marble Hill is not on the island of Manhattan.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 21, 2015 at 12:19 am

Posted in New York City

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  1. My high school in Connecticut was named John F. Kennedy High. As the story went, it was under construction when JFK was assassinated, and was supposed to be named after a local official. The school board decided to name it in JFK’s honor.


    August 21, 2015 at 12:26 am

    • I’m sure your former high school has a sizable White student body.

      The high school, mentioned in these NYC toilet papers, has a demographic of 60% Hispanic and 40% black. Most of them are from the underclass or lower class, who qualify for the free lunch program.


      August 21, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    • The same thing happened in Woodbridge, NJ, which is where the Garden State Parkway crosses both the New Jersey Turnpike and Interstate 287. In other words, the crossroads of New Jersey.

      I wonder if JFK is the most popular high school name in the US. I would bet it is.


      August 21, 2015 at 2:53 pm

  2. The Times writer probably is a big nerd and knew that Marble Hill is in Manhattan. Alternatively, the Times writer has never been above 96th and just read on the Internet that Marble Hill is in Manhattan.


    August 21, 2015 at 12:47 am

  3. In 2012 The New York Times delved into why Marble Hill, though across the Harlem River, isn’t in the Bronx:

    Mark Caplan

    August 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

    • Does it matter? Marble Hill is a NAM stronghold, regardless!

      The Fordham University campus, up in the Bronx, is a jewel. It’s absolutely gorgeous with a decent, well mannered, White demographic from the high prole, suburbs (areas where MaryK would call home), unlike here in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where you find those unsavory, trust fundy brats (or b*tches), that remind you of Williamsburg, everywhere.

      The surrounding environs of the University is sans-civilization, with a NAM majority and their public housing projects.

      Anyplace infested with NAMs and White Liberals is depressing.


      August 21, 2015 at 11:04 am

      • “Fordham…in the Bronx, is a jewel. It’s absolutely gorgeous with a decent, well mannered, White demographic from the high prole, suburbs (areas where MaryK would call home), unlike here in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where you find those unsavory, trust fundy brats (or b*tches), that remind you of Williamsburg, everywhere.”

        Middle-class strivers are best class of people. They create all the value that is transferred above and below to the Tommy Gilberts and Michael Browns of this world, and they are also the most pleasant to be around.


        August 22, 2015 at 1:59 am

  4. Ah, some good old NYC trivia geekery!

    The Times is correct, of course. though I can’t help but wonder how big this school’s zone is. If it draws kids mostly from Spuyten Duyvil and the other neighborhoods in the area that are legally part of the Bronx, it wouldn’t be wrong to call it a Bronx high school, would it?


    August 21, 2015 at 8:31 am

  5. Marble Hill is legally part of Manhattan but is part of the Bronx in every other way. The Daily News reporter correctly described it as a Bronx HS because it is attended by Bronx kids and is part of the Bronx community.

    The NY Times reporter never heard of Marble Hill and wrote what Wikipedia told him. Or he is just being pedantic. In either case BAD REPORTING.


    August 21, 2015 at 9:39 am

  6. Marble Hill is a stop on the Hudson Line, and that’s on the Bronx side of the East River.


    August 21, 2015 at 10:06 am

  7. Sort of reminds me of land on the Mississippi River between Louisiana and MS that has shifted to different sides of the river but remained in the same state.


    August 21, 2015 at 10:13 am

  8. The first capital of Illinois, Kaskasia, has long been on the wrong side of the border with Missouri, due to a change in the course of the Mississippi.


    August 21, 2015 at 1:52 pm

  9. I must say I find this controversy quite amusing. I grew up in the Bronx, and in 1994, while living in NJ I was a Republican poll watcher (illegally, of course) at a polling site in Marble Hill that had precincts from both Manhattan and the Bronx voting there. I inadvertently initiated a major flareup there between some of the election inspectors who argued quite vociferously about the real location of Marble Hill. Fortunately it was during a slow period so no voters were harmed in the filming of this event.


    August 21, 2015 at 4:04 pm

  10. Yakov could have this save this school from exploding, had proper HVAC systems were set in place.

    Let’s blame this on shoddy work, done by the contractors hired by the Board of Education. NYC’s public institutions are nothing, but 3rd world bureaucracies!

    Notice of one of the commentators in the Daily News article, who made a statement about NYC being an expensive sh*thole with shoddy infrastructure. Or what I like to say, paying 1st world prices for 3rd world amenities!


    August 22, 2015 at 1:32 pm

  11. I’m surprised nobody has mentioned :
    Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, NY
    , where 35 lucky NYC homeowners get to send their kids to Westchester County schools for free.

    Helter Ventor

    August 23, 2015 at 7:51 am

    • It’s a White neighborhood, with a less than 1% black, and less than 5% Hispanic. Median household income is about $150K and >.

      Now compare this to Marble Hill, where gun shots are heard about every other day.


      August 23, 2015 at 10:18 am

    • That strip has always been known as “politician’s row” for the names that live(d) there. A convenient way to keep NYC residency (and paying NYC property taxes–much, much lower than those in the suburbs) while taking advantage of Westchester amenities.


      August 28, 2015 at 3:42 pm

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