It's one of the more uniquely named intersections in the five boroughs. It’s the corner of Ohm and Ampere Avenues in the Country Club section of the Bronx. 

"When we first moved in I thought it was pretty weird. Like, Ohm? But I said okay,” said Country Club resident Madelene Rivera.

What You Need To Know

  • Country Club is a neighborhood in the Bronx located near Pelham Bay Park and Eastchester Bay

  • There are a variety of streets related to electric research and innovation

  • Streets feature names like Watt, Ampere, Ohm, Research and Radio
  • The streets are a tribute to businessman and inventor Issac Rice, whose wife donated money for a now demolished stadium in the neighborhood

"I always found it a weird name, especially when it comes to ordering cabs,” said Peter Vega, who also lives in the neighborhood located along Eastchester Bay near Pelham Bay Park. 

When it comes to the streets in the area, which also include Watt Avenue, Radio Drive and Research Avenue, there is a connection. It dates back to the 1920s when the streets were laid out, and Julia Rice offered the city one million dollars to build a now demolished stadium on the southern end of Pelham Bay Park, in memory of her late husband, the lawyer, businessman and inventor Issac Rice. His companies were big into electricity. 

"They opened up this beautiful stadium in the 1920s. They named it after Rice, and they named the streets located nearby after other pioneers in electric and sound,” said Angel Hernandez, a historian who is president of the Huntington Free Library and Reading Room in Westchester Square. 

So there are famous names in electricity like James Watt, Georg Ohm and Andre-Marie Ampere. For folks living in Country Club, which by the way, why it's called Country Club is a whole different story, the ones we caught up with certainly noticed the names, but didn't necessarily know the history behind them. 

"I don't know why it's like that, but I was an engineering student and I noticed it when I was coming home from class so that's the only reason I know,” said resident Victoria Palermo.

"I did notice Ohm, and Ampere. Radio I didn't associate with Ohm or Ampere,” said neighbor Moira Ryan. 

Angel Hernandez explained how sometimes a current street name is a connection to a neighborhood's past. 

"It's all in the street name, all the clues are there. All you have to do is look a bit further and come across a very cool story like this,” said Hernandez.