Westchester’s Wacky Border

We were trekking up the Bronx River Parkway recently when we noticed something strange. The Parkway runs parallel to the Metro-North’s Harlem line, and we passed the large green sign that said we’d exited the Bronx and arrived in lovely, leafy Westchester County.

A very short while later, maybe a hundred yards or two further up the Parkway, I looked over and saw the Metro-North stop for Wakefield. As Wikipedia verifies, Wakefield is part of New York City, not Westchester. The Wakefield Metro-North stop, adds Wikipedia, is at 241st Street.

I know some stations’ addresses don’t necessarily match what the stop is called; Hartsdale, for one, has a Scarsdale address (1 Fenimore Road in Scarsdale). But it seems weird to have a Bronx stop located on Westchester ground.  

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Wikipedia also includes a map that actually comes in handy. While the Westchester/Bronx border is a perfectly flat line across almost all of their contingent land, the border juts out like a big zit where Wakefield is located (Wakefield. like a particularly horrific blemish, is in red).

So it appears everyone was right: We did indeed cross out of the Bronx and into Westchester, only to pass a Bronx stop a moment later.

Trippy.

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4 Responses to Westchester’s Wacky Border

  1. William Hays says:

    I, unfortunately, went to high school at A. B. Davis in Mount Vernon, ’53-’56, having moved from New Rochelle. Somehow, I graduated. We lived in the North End, “Fleetwood” (aktchu’lly had our own post office and railroad station!). I roamed the NY Central tracks. Wakefield, at one time, was a busy interchange of the NYC and the New Haven. It was ‘under wire’ for the NH juice jacks and third-railed for the NYC, although tri-powers obviated the third rail. There were businesses and industries at Wakefield into the ’60s. (more)

  2. William Hays says:

    (continuing) Wakefield fell into dis-use as industries died and interchange dried up. Mount Vernon yard, on the NYC (Mount Vernon West, now?) was a busy yard, with a big freight house, as were smaller yards at Woodlawn, Williams Bridge, Botanical Gardens!!!, Tremont, Morrisania, and Melrose.
    There was a great industrial spur (non-electrified)in Tuckahoe (east side), up to the Tuckahoe Marble Quarry. Remnants are still discernable. Watching the ‘tri-powers’ switch the spur was my first experience of the NYC, way back in 1942, while my mother shopped in the adjacent A&P! Tuckahoe had a good-sized yard on the west side, north of the stations – one each, east and west. Scarsdale had a team track. That was it, for industry on the Harlem, south of White Plains, methinks.
    Doing construction/demolition work on my last job, 280 Park Ave. West, we hauled rubble out of GCT to Melrose Yard in 1967, and transferred it to trucks. Other than that, it was only a place for cops to “Cop”. “Cop Coop?” There was always a black & green/blue & white parked there. Memories! Comments welcome!!!

  3. William Hays says:

    I hope I am getting this ‘stuff’ into the right forum. If not, please advise. Thanks. I DO live in Montana now and sometimes CRS!
    Bill Hays

  4. William Hays says:

    Tri-Power: maybe I should explain. New York Central built some locomotives, in conjunction with American Locomotive Company and General Electric that were capable of running off the 660-volt DC third rail, off an internal Diesel engine, and off of batteries. These locos were used on spurs that didn’t have third rails, in areas with third rail, and in places where the Diesels weren’t allowed to run. Battery power was used, mostly, inside warehouses and meat packing plants on the West Side line. In Tuckahoe, they would run up to the marble quarry on Diesel. You can still see the right-of-way between the buildings on Marble Avenue.

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