Wakefield is New York’s northernmost neighborhood, located in the north central section of the Bronx.
It borders Westchester County, providing easy access to upstate New York. The name Wakefield comes from the Virginian plantation where George Washington was born, just as its neighboring city of Mount Vernon is named after the plantation where George Washington died.
Together, the working-class residents of Wakefield comprise an incredibly diverse neighborhood made up of various ethnicities and religious backgrounds -- the influence of which can best be seen in the eclectic assortment of eateries and bars throughout the area.
The locals of Wakefield report to feeling much safer in their neighborhood today compared to twenty years ago when crime rates were at an all time high. Nowadays, residents can enjoy the peaceful, friendly streets and community-oriented atmosphere of their ever-strengthening neighborhood.
Wakefield offers a comfortable and affordable place to live, even for those who work in Manhattan. Midtown is only a one-hour commute by subway or the Metro-North line. On weekends there’s no shortage of things to do but owning your own vehicle is advisable. All within a fifteen minute drive of Wakefield is the Bronx Zoo, Pelham Bay Park and Golf Course or the Bronx Botanical Gardens.
In terms of what there is to do within the neighborhood of Wakefield, White Plains Road provides a popular hub of commerce and communal life. It is where residents come for all their basic shopping needs. Here you’ll find grocery stores, hair salons, fast food restaurants, banks, cafes and much more. Anything beyond this and you’ll have to make a trip to the Cross County Shopping Center in Mount Vernon or the Bartow Mall Shopping Center in Baychester.
Thanks to its rich ethnic diversity, Wakefield has a great selection of eat-out options with a touch of cultural flair. Make sure you check out the Cool Runnings Restaurant and the Caribbean Delight Jamaican Restaurant, both located on Nereid Street. Another popular spot with locals is the Ripe Kitchen & Bar over on West Sandford Boulevard where you can get yourself some of the best cocktails and Caribbean tapas going around.
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