Wakefield

Bronx

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The Bronx Borough Historian was once quoted as saying that "nothing of momentous importance has ever happened in Wakefield.'' New York City's northernmost neighborhood was named for George Washington's plantation birthplace in Virginia but he never did anything here either. If that sort of non-exciting, quiet existence sounds likes suburban living, Wakefield is guilty as charged. The low-density neighborhood is chock full of two- and three-family houses with driveways and small, well-maintained yards. The tree-lined streets and greenery preserve the history of Wakefield that was mostly forestland until the trains of the New York and Harlem Railroad chugged into the area in the 1840s. Wakefield is bounded to the north by Westchester County and the south by 222nd Street; the Bronx River Expressway defines its western edge. This is a middle-class enclave, composed primarily of home owners with few renters. First populated by Italian and Irish immigrants, the neighborhood is today more than 70 percent black with a lively West Indian community. The Interborough Rapid Transit system completed its subway in the 1920s upon reaching Wakefield - the elevated tracks along White Plains Road literally stop in mid-air just before entering Westchester County. White Plains Road has remained the commercial artery of the neighborhood ever since with ethnic cuisine and mom-and-pop community-oriented shops. A few blocks to the west is Van Cortlandt Park with New York City's largest freshwater lake and America's oldest public golf course. To the east is refurbished Seton Falls Park, with walking trails and an artificial waterfall. The No. 2 train makes several stops in Wakefield to begin its one-hour journey to Midtown Manhattan; the Metro-North Harlem Line with limited stops reaches Grand Central Terminal in 25 minutes. By Doug Gelbert

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

2
5

Buses:

Bx8
Bx16
Bx31
Bx39
BxM11

Rental Prices:

$932 ― $1,474

Sales Prices:

$224,000 ― $354,000

Landmarks:

N/A

School Districts:

11

Police Precincts:

47

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