Bordered by Bronxdale and Pelham Gardens, the neighborhood attracts renters and visitors alike with its shopping, parks, and safe surroundings.
In the late 1800s, Baychester primarily consisted of pickle and strawberry farms, remaining a rural area until post-World War II, when returning G.I.s and their new families settled into thousands of new single-family homes. Today, the neighborhood is a mosaic of Irish, Italians, Germans, Jamaicans, Guyanese, and dozens of other cultures, all contributing to the rich tapestry of the community.
If you love nature, Baychester has it all. The 2,700-acre Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in New York City. Haffen Park has nine acres of basketball and tennis courts, baseball diamonds, playgrounds, and swimming pools. Also in the neighborhood is Seton Falls Park, Pelham Bay Park and sunny Orchard Beach.Find Baychester apartments
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But if you prefer sales to suntans, there’s the Bay Plaza Mall, a 780,000-square-foot paradise of huge chains, tiny specialty stores, friendly people, and one massive food court. More shopping options await outside on the street,, along the main thoroughfares of East Gun Hill Road and Boston Road.
Baychester hosts a wide spectrum of cuisine. Sample a Twist Shandy, which is a lemonade and beer concoction from Barbados, or taste some delicious jerk pork or curried chicken with okra. Burn off the calories by heading to the local bowling alley that sports a day-glo interior. If lobster’s your thing, City Island (the city’s premier seafood destination) is just minutes away.
Once you’re in Baychester, you won’t want to leave. But on the rare chance you do, the 5 subway train gets you to Midtown Manhattan in less than 40 minutes. There are also numerous local buses and two express buses with routes to Manhattan. If you have a car, take the nearby I-95 Interstate for a quick commute into the city, or escape it altogether and head to the countryside.