Tucked away in the southeast corner of Pelham Bay Park in the eastern section of the Bronx, Pelham Bay is a quiet residential area with a diverse housing market, including the traditional detached and semi-detached row houses, duplexes, and single-family homes with beautiful brick edifices and wrought iron details.
The neighborhood is bounded by Bruckner Expressway to the east, Hutchinson River Parkway to the west, and Pelham Parkway to the south and north.
Top attractions include Pelham Bay Park on the northeastern border, a stunning wildlife sanctuary and the largest park of its kind in New York City, and Orchard Beach, the only public beach in the Bronx.
Several elementary schools can be found within the neighborhood, including the Rose E. Scala School (Public School 71), John D. Calandra School (Public School 14), and Herbert H. Lehman High School.
Civic and community associations, such as the Pelham Bay Little League, help bring residents together and create a strong sense of community.
Parts of the neighborhood are called Middletown, after the subway station and road contained therein. The number 6 train runs through Pelham Bay along Westchester Avenue up to the end of the line. With three stations across the community, just about every apartment provides easy access to public transport.
Other transport options include the BxM8 which plies Westchester Avenue and takes passengers to Midtown Manhattan.
The main thoroughfare, Westchester Avenue, is lined with shops, bakeries, restaurants, and fitness studios.
Pelham Bay originated from a parcel that had been acquired by colonial era landholder Thomas Pell in 1654 as part of a Dutch West India Company land grant.
Today, it is one of the last few places in the outer boroughs where people can truly feel a sense of belonging. Pelham Bay’s strength and identity comes from the social fabric of its residents, both old and new.
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