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Located in the south central Bronx, Clason Point consists of several neighborhoods including Harding Park, Bronx River, Soundview, and Soundview-Buckner.Read more about Clason Point
Directly to the north of the Bronx River subsection of Clason Point is the Cross-Bronx Expressway. East of the Bronx River subsection is White Plains Road, with Westchester Avenue on the southern border. White Plains Road also runs throughout the Harding Park subsection, which is bordered to the north by Lacombe Avenue, to the east by Pugsley's Creek, to the south by the East River, and to the west by the Bronx River. The most populated of the Clason Point neighborhoods, Soundview, has the same northern and eastern borders as Bronx River (Cross-Bronx Expressway and White Plains Road, respectively), but with Lacombe Avenue to the south and the Bronx River to the west. Soundview-Bruckner is often included in the Soundview subsection.
Clason Point has an interesting history that traces back to when a large Native American settlement lived on the peninsula. Native Americans referred to it as "Land by the Two Waters." After being settled by the English, the peninsula was named Clason Point after Isaac Clason, a Scottish land owner and merchant. By the early 20th century, Clason Point was filled with trolley cars traversing across a varied landscape of farmland, mansions and swampland. Around this period, Clason Point was also renowned for attractions like roller coasters, parades and festivals, with some calling it the “Coney Island of the Bronx.” Today, Clason Point is host to a predominantly family-oriented Hispanic community, who live in fairly priced single-family homes, condos and multifamily brick buildings.
Residents of Clason Point take advantage of the neighborhood's bordering waterfront. Kayaking and fishing are popular hobbies as a result. Soundview Park is also a notable attraction, with newly updates sports fields and fishing spots. Nearby Bruckner Plaza hosts stores like Old Navy, K-Mart, and Toys 'R' Us. Clason Point also has pop culture relevance in regard to Betty Boop, the popular cartoon pinup from the 1930s. The character was inspired by Helen Kane, who performed frequently at Clason Point saloon Kanes’ in the 1920s. Recently, Clason Point has been renowned for its delicious Spanish cuisine, with home-style bodegas like Mama Fifi. One cannot access Clason Point via subway, but the BX27 and BX39 bus lines connect to Simpson Street and Wakefield 241st Street, respectively.