Bronx Metro-North Station Area Study

Illustrated map of Parkchester with surrounding neighborhoods

Parkchester / Van Nest

Parkchester and Van Nest are two of the borough’s most unique and diverse communities. South of the rail line, Parkchester is home to thriving communities that represent a diversity of backgrounds. Named after the Parkchester planned community, developed by the Met Life Corporation in the 1940s, the area is home to a diverse mix of apartment buildings and people. North of the rail line, in the Van Nest Neighborhood, is another community all its own, with a mix of smaller homes and schools, strong retail corridors -- such as the one along Morris Park -- and thriving immigrant communities. Today, East Tremont Avenue lacks the infrastructure to handle passengers traveling from the surrounding neighborhoods to the train. It also offers opportunities for growing housing options and retail near new transit service.

See how it might all come together!

How does this all come together into one long-term vision for the station? The following materials represent a vision for what the station areas might look like in the future based on community input.

Use the sliders below to explore how areas around the station are today and how they might be tomorrow.

Click on the numbers on each image to see descriptions.

Community gateway

Illustrated roadway with greenery, residential buildings    and a transit station. Text reads “Vision for East Tremont Ave near station    with pedestrian/streetscape improvements”
Roadway with parked cars and residential  buildings. Text reads “Current view of East Tremont Ave near station”
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Re-imagining E Tremont Ave as a place that is comfortable and inviting to walk

Illustrated roadway with shops and signage  towards railway. Text reads “Vision for East Tremont Avenue, west of the  station area”
Roadway with parked cars, and auto shop and  residential buildings in the distance. Text reads “Current view of East Tremont  Avenue, west of the station area”
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Pedestrian Connections

Bridge underpass with wayfinding, lighting and shoppers on    a sidewalk. Text reads “Vision for Bronxdale underpass with improved    pedestrian connections”
Bridge underpass with car approaching. Text reads “Current    view of Bronxdale Underpass”
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Recommendations

Study recommendations have been categorized into three major groups: Vibrant Communities, Working Communities, and Connected Communities. For detailed recommendations for this station area, click on the corresponding PDFs below:

Plan Elements

Cartoon of two urban centers connected by a line. Text reads “Working communities”
Working Communities:
How do we plan to grow jobs and connect Bronxites to them?
Cartoon of city street. Text reads “Vibrant  Communities”
Vibrant Communities:
How do we plan for growth while celebrating who we are?
Cartoon of street light. Text reads “Connected Communities”
Connected Communities:
How do we plan to help people get around the neighborhood, the city, and the region?

 

Feedback

During the spring, summer, and fall of 2021, the Bronx Metro-North Study Team hosted a remote open house to gather feedback on the above recommendations. Read a summary of the feedback received during this period.

What are your thoughts on the recommendations? Share any ideas, concerns, or questions below. (Click the boxes to indicate which station(s) your feedback relates to).

 

Future Updates

In the coming months, the station area study team will review all public input and will be updating recommendations to reflect the latest round of community input. Moving forward, an important next step will be to release a final plan memorializing this work. This will be a key step in the planning work as this plan will serve as a roadmap to city agencies, community organizations and institutions, and others as we seek to bring this work to life in the coming years.

 

Where to next?

Co-op City Morris Park Parkchester/Van Nest Hunts Point

 


BUILDING THE PLAN