What ​three​ historic facts can you find from the ​New York Times ​or another reputable source about the Mount Eden neighborhood in the Bronx?

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Historical information on the Mount Eden neighborhood is not readily available on the internet; however, certain nuggets can be mined from reliable sources.

The Mount Eden neighborhood is located in the Bronx in New York. Mount Eden Parkway runs through the Mount Eden neighborhood. That stretch of road includes a series of traffic islands called the Mount Eden Malls. The Mount Eden Malls honor Rachel Eden. In the United States, such malls tended to be built for use by pedestrians, but in Europe, they were used for games.

James Trager's The New York Chronology: The Ultimate Compendium of Events, People, and Anecdotes from the Dutch to the Present (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010) refers to Eden as a Bronx pioneer. In 1820, Eden bought rolling hills of land in the eastern part of Anderson Farm in the Tremont section.

The area remained agricultural for almost one hundred more years after that purchase. Since that time, the neighborhood has become urban.

Perhaps the most notable native of the Mount Eden neighborhood was E.L. Doctorow. He grew up there in the 1930s, near Mount Eden Avenue and the Grand Concourse on Eastburn Avenue. Doctorow became one of the leading novelists in the United States. His novel entitled Ragtime won him widespread renown and was later made into a motion picture. Some of his works, like World’s Fair and Billy Bathgate, were based on his childhood experiences in the Bronx. Doctorow passed way in 2015.

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