The 38-acre holding of Martin Zborowski, a western neighbor of the Bathgates, gave this neighborhood its name. The city bought the estates of both families in the 1880s, creating Claremont and Crotona Parks. The neighborhood, densely populated in the 'twenties and 'thirties, was severed from Tremont to the north by the Cross-Bronx Expressway, a damaging highway project of the 'fifties. After Claremont housing and business suffered almost total devastation in the 'sixties and 'seventies, nearby Charlotte Street was visited by presidential candidates, who publicized plans for urban rehabilitation. These were largely realized in the following decades.
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