Woodlawn

Woodlawn is a middle class neighborhood at the very north end of the borough of the Bronx in New York City. Unlike some neighborhoods in New York, its boundaries are well-defined, as it is bounded by McLean Avenue to the north, which is approximately the New York City / Westchester County line, the Bronx River to the east, Woodlawn Cemetery to the south and Van Cortlandt Park to the west. Woodlawn is home to a large Irish American community, and is also the site of the famous Woodlawn Cemetery. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community Board 12.

Notable features of the neighborhood include Oneida Triangle, a memorial to residents of Woodlawn who served in World War I, and Muskrat Cove, a paved path along the Bronx River. In 2004, the City of New York announced plans to construct a new pedestrian bridge connecting Muskrat Cove and Shoelace Park as part of the Bronx Greenway. Woodlawn’s youth have been known for their rivalry with the nearby Riverdale section of the Bronx directly across from Van Cortlandt Park. Rivalries with Bainbridge (now known as Norwood) in the 1980s and Yonkers have existed as well. The neighborhood is served by Judith K. Weiss School P.S. 19. The Woodlawn Heights Library Branch has an extensive collection of Irish books.

The 28-minute train ride to Manhattan is a short commute, but it is the overwhelmingly family-oriented small-town atmosphere and high rate of community involvement that residents cite as its most appealing quality. Attendance is high at New Horizons, an organization for seniors, and the Moms and Tots play group. Woodlawn residents staff local schools like P.S. 19 and St. Barnabas, and a community sports program, Wood-Lean, keeps children from age 4 to the first year of high school busy at softball, basketball and track.

Transportation

Woodlawn is served by the Bx16, Bx31, Bx34, and BxM4 buses by MTA Regional Bus Operations, Woodlawn of the Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem Line, and Woodlawn on the IRT Jerome Avenue Line (4 train)

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