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Woodlawn in the Bronx

Explore this well defined former village of Westchester County that retains many of its small-town elements — main street, churches, schools, post office, library, railroad station, green spaces — after being absorbed into the NYC grid more than 100 years ago. We’ll talk a bit about Woodlawn’s role in a Revolutionary War skirmish, its history as one of the Bronx’s “Irishtowns”, and its connection to NYC’s 19th-century aqueduct projects. But mostly we’ll walk across a portion of Woodlawn’s predominantly residential streets to illustrate how Jane Jacob’s philosophy of “well-used” city streets and sidewalks have preserved Woodlawn as a stable, safe, thriving urban neighborhood. We’ll end at a local venue for refreshments and conversation.  

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

Date: Sunday May 6, 2012

Event Start: East Side of Van Cortlandt Park E. and E. 242nd St, on island at flag pole

Event End: TBD

Host:  Allison Jaffe

Registration: No need to sign up, just show up at the posted meeting location.

Accessibility: Partially Accessible – curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks