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Along the East River, located in the South Eastern section of the Bronx, you'll find the community of Castle Hill. It is densely populated, working class neighborhood that has become more well-known these days for its most famous native, J. Lo. Many years ago, Castle Hill was a haven for European immigrants looking to stake their claim in area while setting themselves apart from other immigrant neighborhoods. Throughout its history, it has seen big changes which have transformed the neighborhood. It was once an area that had streetcars running about as the primary form of transportation. But soon afterward, there came the construction of the Westchester Avenue Elevated trains, and more people flocked to the neighborhood for its ease of travel, and the merchants that it attracted. Castle Hill soon became a bustling area for all kinds of local businesses. Of course, like most other neighborhoods of its kind, it did see hard times. From the late 50s through the turbulent 60s and into the 70s, Castle Hill experienced a bit of decay in both its livability and it's commerce. As a result, the neighborhood did switch from being working class to working poor, and the face of the neighborhood changed to fit low-income housing. However, since the 90s, things have been on the upswing for this area. There's been a flurry of new development including rental apartments as well as co-ops, and the renewal has even included the Castle Hill Houses, a sprawling 14-building housing complex that has undergone a serious facelift. That kind of development has helped bring up the value of the neighborhood, and has attracted more business to the area. Castle Hill is once again a working class. The neighborhood remains mostly residential, with two-family detached homes dominating the area. However, there are also single-family homes and plenty of high-rise apartments around for the renter who's interested in this community. And adding to that, shopping is very easily accessible on the main streets of Castle Hill Avenue and White Plains Avenue. Amongst the plethora of grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, and other goods and services, is a brand new Old Navy store, which has become very popular with young families. Also adding value to the community is the abundance of recreational activities in the area. Castle Hill is home to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club which has its own skating rink and a domed field for year-round athletics. Along with that is the Bronx YMCA with its baseball field, basketball court, gym, and a newly added facility containing both indoor and outdoor pools. There is also Castle Hill Point Park, located at the southern end of Castle Hill. The park has renovated greenspace, boat ramps, and places to fish or just take in the view. Another feature which makes Castle Hill so attractive is that it's a very convenient location which is commuter friendly for both those who take public transportation and those who travel by car. The #6 train has three different stops along Westchester Avenue, the main one being Castle Hill Avenue station. The other stops are White Plains Avenue, and Zerega Avenue. Travel time into Grand Central runs roughly 45-55 minutes. For those who like to do their own driving, Castle Hill is readily accessible to both the Cross Bronx Expressway and the Bruckner Expressway, and is also nearby to the Hutchison River Parkway. This makes Castle Hill a very good starting point for any journey into and around New York City.

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  • Adlai E. Stevenson Hs
  • Ps 138 Samuel Randall School


  • Castle Hill Park
  • Randall Playground

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