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Along the northern border of the Bronx that meets the southern border of Westchester County, lies the neighborhood of Wakefield. Known as the last stop on the #2 train, Wakefield is a former farmland named for the Virginia plantation where George Washington was born. The modern day Wakefield is a working-class to middle-class neighborhood full of residential streets with a suburban feel. Wakefield apartments are aplenty. Though large rental buildings are few and far between here, this is definitely an area dominated by renters. The neighborhood is populated mostly by one-, two- and even three-family homes, many dating back to the pre-war era. Some have garages or driveways, and some even have tiny gardens and manicured lawns giving the neighborhood lots of curb appeal. However, there are a few low-rise buildings scattered about, and even most of the multi-family homes are rentals. The more commercial areas of Wakefield are full of small businesses that make it feel like a family neighborhood. The main commercial strip is White Plains Road. There are supermarkets, eateries and dry cleaners, butcher shop, florists, and a few discount stores amongst the businesses lining the block. It's an area that is currently in transition, as it's fighting off the Big Box stores, and encouraging smaller businesses to join their ranks. The merchants and most residents are anxious to preserve the neighborhood feel of the area. Commuting here is not as convenient as it is in other areas of the Bronx simply because it's the furthest part of the Bronx from Manhattan. The #2 is the mainstay of transportation into Manhattan. There are four station stops that fall within the Wakefield area; three of them are on White Plains Road (at 225th Street, 233rd Street, and one at Nereid Ave). The fourth station is the last stop on the line Wakefield at 241st Street. The #5 train also follows this track, but runs intermittently. They both offer a travel time of 50-65 minutes to midtown. You can also travel via Express Bus (BxM11), which also has a few stops along White Plains Road, and travels down Manhattan's Fifth Avenue ending at 23rd Street. Travel times can take anywhere from 55 minutes to almost 90 minutes or more depending on traffic. And for those who are willing to spend a little more, there is the super-efficient Metro-North Railroad. The Wakefield station is located at 241st Street off of Bronx River Road. The train runs on a very reliable schedule and will get you into midtown in approximately 30 minutes.

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Subway Lines

  • 2
  • 5

Schools

  • Ps 103 Hector Fontanez
  • Ps 16 Wakefield School
  • Ps 21 Philip H. Sheridan Scho
  • Ps 87

Parks

  • Rienzi Playground
  • Wakefield Playground

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