Gilligan's Winter Garden Restaurant in the Heart of the Bronx Lobster Belt, 149th Street just west of Third Avenue. "We make your Comfort our Hobby"
Henry Rosenberg, is sole owner and proprietor of one of the leading playhouses of New York City, the Metropolis Theatre. Born in Westphalia, Germany in1853, he came to the United States in1866. He was treasurer of the Harlem Opera House, and after six months became the general manager of Oscar Hammerstein's entire theatrical enterprise. In 1899 he set out on his own account and turned his attention the the Metropolis Theatre in the Bronx. The people of that great borough responded liberally to his untiring efforts to give them the best talents and the leading order of plays produced on the stage during the regular seasons.
The Metropolis is situated on 142nd Street and Third and Alexander Avenues with entrances on both of these avenues and has 24 exits leading to the street. There are also large, commodious and elegantly fitted ball and lodge rooms. Underneath the ground floor is a cloak room, rathskeller and restaurant, a perfect bourdoir, a virtual bower of roses, fitted up in a style that for its cuisine and attractiveness is second to no other of the famous rathskellers of Greater New York. Above there is a roof garden with bowers of wisteria. Mr. Rosenberg was married in 1881 to Miss Anna Hammerstein and has three sons, Leo, Walter and Jerome Rosenberg. In politics he is a Democrat, in life, a great humanist.
New Patullo House, saloon, 138th Street and 3rd Avenue, The Bronx
Royal Theater 423 Westchester Avenue 1918
In 1912, after Loew had built the NATIONAL on Bergen Avenue, Friendenrich, Gersten & Baer, operators of the PROSPECT, announced plans to open a big-time vaudeville house in The Hub. Percy Williams, having let his new Bronx theater to Keith, took over the FG&B's plans, and on September 7, 1913, unveiled The ROYAL. Originally a play house ("The Firefly" with Emma Trentini was the first production), the 2196 seat ROYAL was designed by Thomas Lamb with Buchanan & Fox. Lamb would later build the CAPITOL, RIVOLI, RIALTO, STRAND, ACADEMY OF MUSIC, and the second Madison Square Garden. The ROYAL, first managed by John Cort, later passed into Keith's hands. It then changed to a policy of continuous vaudeville and films. RKO maintained the house until the fifties, when it was shuttered. Vacant for several years, the ROYAL was demolished in 1970. (Information courtesy of Bronx County Historical Society)