DESIDER SCHOEN - As one who has been associated with the realty progress of The Bronx during the years of the
greatest activity of this section, Desider Schoen has been and continues to be foremost among those who are engaged
in building, buying, and selling property, in the yet further advancement of the residential and the business interests
of this vast community that has become a city in itself. Mr. Schoen has devoted his business career in its entirety,
to realty in all its branches, both before he came to the United States, and since his residence here, and he is
rightly accounted a Bronx builder of the ablest type as well as an expert in realty values.
Desider Schoen, a son of Leopold Schoen, a prominent clothier in Budapest, Austria-Hungary, and of Theresa (Lefkowitz)
Schoen, who survives her husband, was born August 17, 1880, in Budapest, where he graduated from high school in
1896, and afterwards learned the tailoring trade by his father. Coming to the United States in 1906, Mr. Schoen
first established himself at No. 154 East Eighty sixth Street, New York City. The same time he started his realty
activities and devoted his time entirely to real estate and the building trade. In 1908 he removed to The Bronx
on Westchester Avenue, where he organized the Schoen Westchester Realty Company, and as the president of the corporation
he was well liked among his clients. He moved his office to the southwest corner of Courtlandt Avenue and One Hundred
and Forty eighth Street, and purchased the building where the Desider Realty Corporation today engage as builders
and in the purchase and sale of real estate. Among the building operations of the company that were in part curtailed
during the World War, are those of the thirty six tenant apartment house at No. 2964 Valentine Avenue, and the
forty five tenant apartment, six story building at the southeast corner of Marion Avenue and One Hundred and Eighty
Mr. Schoen is a member of several charitable organizations. He is one of the men who prefers to give charity anonymously
and for such he is well known.
Desider Schoen married (first), June 10, 1905, in Budapest, Helen Weisberg, who is now deceased. They had born
to them a daughter, Lillian Schoen, November 6, 1908. He married (second), March 18, 1921, in the city of New York,
Zora Poppel, and they became the parents of a daughter, Zita, born March 19, 1924.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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