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WAKEFIELD, BRONX NY
When you walk around the Wakefield section of the Bronx, you’ll find well-kept, clean and decorated houses. Wakefield is a middle-class neighborhood that seems isolated from the other parts of the Bronx. It could be because it is the last stop on the #2 train. It could also be because of the hour commute from midtown, or because of the low density in population. These factors all contribute to an inner suburban atmosphere that makes it an attractive location especially for first time home buyers.
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Wakefield was known to be named after the estate where George Washington was born. Prior to the 20th century, it was mostly forest and fields, but in the 1920’s, the railroad was built, giving way to immigrants buying lots and settling down in the area. After World War II, Irish, Italian and African-American families began settling in while the 1980’s saw an influx of Jamaican immigrants. Currently, Wakefield is made up a diverse mix of races. According to statistics, 70% of the Wakefield population is black, 12% is white and the rest are Hispanic. These differences makes Wakefield a multi-cultural neighbourhood.
Wakefield is a border town which protrudes a little into Mount Vernon, part of Westchester County. It is the northernmost neighborhood in the Bronx, bordered by 243rd street to the north, 222nd Street to the south, and the Bronx River, Bronx River Parkway and Metro-North Railroad tracks to the west. Being the northernmost neighborhood, Wakefield is home to mostly one-family houses with driveways, wind chimes and garden beds. These small details are what have appealed to people from denser communities to relocate to this part of the Bronx.
Wakefield is very accessible both by bus or train. Just ride the #2 train and get off at one of the last few stations. You can also take the #5 or the Metro-North trains to get to Wakefield. If you go by bus, there’s the BxM11 express bus from midtown Manhattan, the Bx39 from Soundview and Clasons Point, as well as a number of other buses servicing various other parts of the Bronx.
There are 5 elementary schools in Wakefield; namely Public School 16 and Public School 103 to the West, Public School 68 and Public School 87 to the East, and Public School 21 to the South.
For middle school, there is Middle School 142 to the East and the Globe School for Environmental Research to the West. Wakefield has no public high school, but there’s the parochial all-boys’ Mount St. Michael Academy on Murdock Avenue, with more than 1000 students from grades 6 to 12, as well as Cardinal Spellman High School.
The city is in the process of rehabilitating Seton Falls Park, a 35-acre former wetland that has walking trails, an artificial waterfall and a playground. There are also several restaurants where you can eat and stores to shop from. However, the main commercial area is the White Plains Strip with rows of Caribbean restaurants, pizza parlors and discount stores.
Wakefield is a quiet neighbourhood where you can see people taking care of their houses, their family and the community. It is also one of the more affordable neighbourhoods in the Bronx, which is probably what draws first-time homebuyers to this place. Despite being a border town, Wakefield showcases a dynamic and interesting culture brought about by the people there.