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.
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.