West Farms is situated in the center section of the Bronx and offers an oasis of natural beauty within city borders.
Nestled between Bronx Park and the Bronx River highway, the neighborhood provides rural wonder and city convenience to renters and visitors alike. You won’t believe you’re still in the city.
The settlement of West Farms was separated from Westchester in 1846, and it soon turned urban with a 1904 subway expansion. Today, the neighborhood sports huge apartments, spacious yards, and enough parks, vets, and pet care services to make any dog lover drool.
West Farms is anchored by Hugh J. Grant Circle, a park named after former New York City Mayor Hugh J. Grant. The circle’s on what was once farmland owned by the Pugsleys, a 19th-century Bronx family. Today, the park remains a place to relax in the middle of several major thoroughfares.
West Farms also contains a waterfall – yes, a waterfall – near 180th Street and Boston Road in Bronx Park. The freshwater Bronx River flows through the park’s center and cascades as a waterfall over a dam. It’s a prized spot for picnics and barbeques.
A few steps from the waterfall is The Bronx Zoo, the world's largest metropolitan zoo. Over 6,000 animals representing 650 species roam the zoo’s 265 acres.
While most of the city’s subway stations are meant to be used, not to be seen, West Farms has a subway station that’s the epitome of metropolitan beauty. Located at the south end of Bronx Park, the East 180th Street Station recently received a $66-million dollar facelift. It resembles an Italian villa, with new mosaic tiles, restored mezzanines, and a large clock sporting the head of Mercury, the roman god of transportation. The station’s one of the oldest in the Bronx and also serves over two million straphangers every year as a vital link to the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden.
Commuters have easy access to the 2 and 5 subway lines, as well as a bevy of local and express buses.
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