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The Bronx was annexed from Westchester County by New York County (and New York City) in 1874 (west of Bronx River) and 1895 (east of it). Those two parts were established as a separate borough upon the consolidation of Greater New York in 1898, but was not legally established as a separate county, Bronx County, until 1914.
West Bronx - annexed to New York City in 1874.
Town of Yonkers (part) - the part that would later be incorporated into the Bronx separated as Kingsbridge in 1873
Town of Kingsbridge - separated from Yonkers in 1873; annexed to New York in 1874
Town of Morrisania - separated from West Farms in 1855; annexed to New York in 1874
Village of Morrisania - incorporated within the Town of Morrisania in 1864
Town of West Farms - separated from Westchester Town in 1846; annexed to New York in 1874
East Bronx - annexed to New York City in 1895.
Town of Eastchester (part) - annexed to New York in 1895
Village of Wakefield - incorporated within the Town of Eastchester in 1889
Town of Pelham (part) - annexed to New York in 1895
When it was created in 1688 Kings County contained six towns. The City of Brooklyn eventually annexed the other towns and cities in Kings County between 1854 and 1896, before itself becoming part of New York City in 1898.
Town of Brooklyn, founded as "Breuckelen" in 1646, Brooklyn was one of the "Six Towns" of Kings County; incorporated as a city in 1834
Village of Brooklyn, incorporated within the town in 1816 (its boundaries roughly match those of present-day neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights), became part of the city of Brooklyn in 1834
Village of Tottenville - incorporated within the Town of Westfield under special conditions on April 28, 1869 & reincorporated under standard village conditions in 1894
^Gibson, Ellen (2004). Gibson's New York Legal Research Guide(PDF). Buffalo: Wm. S. Hein. p. 409. English patents granted [in 1666 and 1678] made New York City coextensive with Manhattan Island, Harlem effectively became a town within the city.
^For example, see Colton, Topographical Map of the City and County of New York, 1836, (at http://www.davidrumsey.com/) which shows by a thin line "original boundary between New York and Harlem"
^Gibson, Ellen M (1998). Gibson's New York Legal Research Guide. Buffalo: William S. Hein & Co. p. 403: "In 1834, over the objections of New York [City], it [(Brooklyn)] became a city comprising the entire area of the former town of Brooklyn."