Living In: Woodstock


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Woodstock is a little known area located in the South Bronx. You can find it just north of Mott Haven and west of Hunts Point. It is a part of Community Board 3, along with Crotona Park, Claremont Village, Concourse Village and Morrisania. Woodstock was named back in the 1860s by surveyor Andrew Findlay, and was named for the novel Woodstock by Sir Walter Scott (Findlay similarly named the Melrose neighborhood after another Scott novel). The neighborhood contains a NYC Landmark Building, a library commissioned by Andrew Carnegie (the 7th of 9 he constructed in the Bronx). The library is now part of the New York Public Library system. It was built in 1913-1914, and was designed by the renowned firm McKim, Mead & White in the Renaissance Revival style. It is nearly identical to the McKim, Mead & White library built on West 40th Street, and is a simplified version of their design for the Tompkins Square library, built in 1904. Despite interior renovations done in the 1960's that updated the mechanical systems and the original plan, many of the historical details remain. It is largely a working class community. As such, apartments in Woodstock are found in a healthy mixture of brownstones, new developments, as well as both prewar and postwar apartment buildings. It is definitely a renter's market as there are very few single family homes or co-op/condo buildings. In fact, 87% of the over 19,000 Woodstock residents are renters. The neighborhood has seen its share of good days and bad days. However, living in Woodstock today is much different experience than it was only 20 years ago. Things appear to be on the upswing. Woodstock has become more resident friendly thanks to a bit of gentrification over the years. The area has recently seen the development of small businesses and services throughout the community. Everything from grocery stores to dry cleaners to small eateries can be found scattered throughout the neighborhood. The recently constructed Yankee Stadium, located in nearby Highbridge, has spurred on more redevelopment of the neighborhood. Local public transportation options include the 4 at Longwood Ave., as well as the 5, and 6 trains at Prospect Ave, which can get commuters to work in midtown and downtown businesses in 30-45 minutes.

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Subway Lines

  • 2
  • 5
  • 6

Schools

  • Banana Kelly Comm Learning Ctr
  • Is 162 L. Rodriguez De Tio Sch
  • Is 184 Rafael Cordero Y. Molin
  • Jane Addams Voc Hs
  • Jhs 120 P. L. Dunbar Jhs
  • Ms 52 T. Knowlton School
  • Ps 130 Abram S. Hewitt School
  • Ps 140 Eagle School
  • Ps 157 Grove Hill School
  • Ps 161 Ponce De Leon School
  • Ps 17
  • Ps 5 Port Morris School
  • Ps 62 Casanova School
  • South Bronx Hs

Parks

  • Abigail Playground
  • Captain Rivera Playground
  • Dawson Playground
  • Demera/santiago Garden
  • Dunbar Playground
  • Eagle Slope
  • El Batey Borincano Garden
  • El Flamboyan Garden
  • Flynn Playground
  • Fountain Of Youth Playground
  • Fox Playground
  • Grove Hill Playground
  • Hilton White Playground
  • Isla Verde Garden
  • Martin Luther King Triangle
  • Monsignor Raul Del Valle Square
  • Playground 52 Lii
  • Pontiac Playground
  • Rainey Park
  • St. Ann's Block Association Garden
  • Wishing Well Garden

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