About Woodlawn...

Woodlawn. Unspoiled Enclave.


Family-friendly, intimate and decidedly un-city like, Woodlawn, a tree-filled tidy neighborhood of predominantly one-and two-family homes is bordered by Van Cortlandt Park on the west, Woodlawn Cemetery on the south, the Bronx River Parkway and the Metro-North Railroad tracks on the east and Westchester county on the north.

Although part of the Bronx, it takes after its neighbor to the north in appearance, more suburban than urban. It also boasts a dream commute to midtown: 27 minutes by Metro-North Harlem line to Grand Central. Commuters can also make it in an hour by express bus, or take a local city bus to the subway (2,4,5 or D) for a commute that’s roughly the same amount of time.

Woodlawn, originally farmland, was developed as a result of the construction of the Harlem Railroad in 1832 and the creation of the 400-acre Woodlawn Cemetery in 1863. The resulting businesses that cropped up to serve the cemetery – monument vendors, stonecutters, florists as well as hotels, restaurants and bars to accommodate mourners – provided the impetus to create a residential neighborhood. Most houses in Woodlawn are modest brick or wood-frame colonials built in the early 20th century.

Open land and green space never to be developed adds to Woodlawn’s appeal. The other big attraction is its small-town friendliness and community spirit. A mix of ethnic groups happily reside in Woodlawn, but there is a predominant Irish flavor. One of the shopping streets serving Woodlawn is McLean Avenue, a Yonkers commercial street that’s chock a block with Irish pubs and businesses.

Woodlawn has its own library branch, churches, fire department and schools. Recreation opportunities abound in the community’s “backyard,” the 1,122-acre Van Cortlandt Park. A golf course, boccie, baseball and cricket fields, tennis courts and paths for cycling are among the outdoor options. The park also has a bird sanctuary, bridle path and nature trails. The other green space, Woodlawn Cemetery, is the final resting place of such luminaries as Joseph Pulitzer, Herman Melville, Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis.

Elementary schools in the area include P.S. 19 Judith K. Weiss School and St. Barnabas Roman Catholic School. Public high schools for Woodlawn residents are DeWitt Clinton on West Mosholu Parkway or Evander Childs on East Gun Hill Road.

The population of Woodlawn is about 15,780. It is about 11 miles to midtown Manhattan.

August 29, 2004, pg. 9

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