Castle Hill, Bronx
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Castle Hill is primarily a residential neighborhood geographically located in the South Central section of the borough of The Bronx in New York City. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community Board 9. Its boundaries, starting from the North and moving clockwise are: Waterbury-Westchester Avenues to the North, Westchester Creek to the east, the East River to the South, and White Plains Road to the West. Castle Hill Avenue is the primary thoroughfare through Melrose. ZIP codes include 10473, 10472, and 10462. The area is patrolled by the 43rd Precinct located at 900 Fteley Avenue. New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) property in the area is patrolled by P.S.A. 8 at 2794 Randall Avenue.
- 1 Demographics
- 2 Land use and terrain
- 3 History
- 4 Education
- 5 Transportation
- 6 Notable natives
- 7 Castle Hill Hall of Fame
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Castle Hill is a high density, urban neighborhood. The area has a relatively diverse population; primarily consisting of African Americans, and Latin Americans, most predominantly Puerto Ricans (Castle Hill has one of the highest concentrations of Puerto Ricans in all of New York City). Like most neighborhoods in New York City the vast majority of households are renter occupied. There is significant income diversity on a block by block basis.
Land use and terrain
Castle Hill is dominated by multi-unit, 2 and 3 story homes and apartment buildings. In the 1990s and 2000s, construction of modern 2 and 3 unit row-houses and apartment buildings have increased the percentage of owners versus renters. There is also a slither of industry located along the Hutchinson River and Zerega Avenue. The area gradually comes to peak elevation along Castle Hill Avenue.
The Castle Hill Avenue Business Improvement District
The Castle Hill Avenue BID is a local retail district located along Castle Hill Avenue. The area is served by the 6 train line at Castle Hill and Westchester Avenues. Roughly a 45 minute commute to Grand Central Station.
Castle Hill Point Park
On the southern end of Castle Hill Avenue is Castle Hill Point Park. The renovated greenspace features boat ramps, fishing piers, and spectacular views of the Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges.
Castle Hill YMCA
Castle Hill YMCA (the only YMCA in the Bronx), which features indoor and outdoor pools, a baseball field, basketball court, gym and an outdoor sitting area with a great view of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge.
Kips Bay Boys And Girls Club
The Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club (Lucile Palmaro Clubhouse) located at 1930 Randall Avenue, which, among other things, features the Bronx's only ice skating rink.
Relatively undeveloped, the neighborhood began sprouting along the now defunct Castle Hill Avenue street-car system. Later, the neighborhood became more dense surrounding the construction of the Westchester Avenue Elevated. Castle Hill soon became home to many European immigrants looking for an alternative to the overpopulated immigrant communities found in Lower Manhattan. Traditionally an urban working-class neighborhood, an influx of lower-income earners and Latin American migrants beginning mid century diversified the income profile. Like most neighborhoods in NYC, the area went through a period of decay beginning in the 1950s and 1960s with a flight of moderate-income earners. The worst of the this flight occurred in the areas surrounding the Castle Hill Houses, a massive low-income public housing development. Since the late 1980s, but especially in the 2000s, significant renewal has taken place. Many new residential and mixed use properties have been constructed and formally abandoned properties rehabilitated. For example, a New York City project to change the water pipes throughout the neighborhood has rejuvenated the area by rebuilding all sidewalks and renewing the asphalt in all of the streets.
- PS 138 Samuel Randall School (K-5)
- PS 36 - Unionport School (K-5)
- PS/MS 194
Private and parochial schools
- St. John Vianney Cure of Ars School (now closed)
- Holy Family School (Pre K-8)
- St. Raymond Academy for Girls, an all-girls', catholic high school
Special education programs
- New LIFE School (5-8)
Public Library Branch
- The Castle Hill Library, located at 947 Castle Hill Avenue (at Bruckner Blvd.), is a neighborhood branch within the New York Public Library system.
- Bx4: to Westchester Square or 3rd Av-149th St station (via Westchester Ave)
- Bx5: to Pelham Bay Park or Simpson St station (via Bruckner Blvd / Story Ave)
- Bx22: to Bronx High School of Science (via Fordham Rd / Castle Hill Ave)
- Bx36: to George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal (via East 180th Street)
- Bx39: to Gun Hill Road station or Clason Point (via White Plains Road)
- Q44: to Bronx Zoo or Jamaica, Whitestone, Flushing (via Bronx-Whitestone Bridge)
- BxM8: Express to Pelham Bay or Midtown Manhattan
- Castle Hill Av station (IRT 6) [45 minute commute to Grand Central Station.]
- Zerega Avenue station (IRT 6)
- Bruckner Expressway
- Jennifer Lopez "J-Lo" (1969-) - musician and actress, raised on 2210 Blackrock Avenue Castle Hill Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2006,1st ballot.
- John Lee[disambiguation needed] (1969–2011) - Noted banker and real estate investor was raised in the Castle Hill Houses. Castle Hill Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2006 awarded posthumous.
- Remy Ma (1981-) - female rapper, was raised in the Castle Hill Houses. Castle Hill Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2007,1st ballot.
- Kenny Satterfield (1981-) - former NBA player with the Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, and Dallas Mavericks. Castle Hill Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2007.
- Maurice Woodson (1967-) - Noted author and screenwriter, Castle Hill Houses. Castle Hill Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2008.1st ballot
- Darrin Dewitt Henson (1972-) - actor and choreographer, was raised in Castle Hill area. Castle Hill Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2008
- Big Dennis Rivera (1969-) - Radio on air personality and producer, raised in Castle Hill area. Castle Hill area Class of 2008.
- Benaiah Mack "The Ice Man" (1993-) - State level Professional boxer and Greco Roman wrestler,raised in Castle Hill. Castle Hill Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2009,1st ballot.
- Kedeesha Campbell (1977-) - Voice-over Actress, "Ring of a False God", raised in Castle Hill/Parkchester area. Castle Hill Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2009.
- Christopher Morales (1981-) - 2004 Sports Emmy Award Winner; ESPN, raised Castle Hill Area (Hermany Ave). Castle Hill Hall of Fame Inductee Class of 2010.
- Krystal Hernandez (1986-) - lead guitarist/vocalist for punk band Running Thoughts, raised on Powell Avenue in Castle Hill area.
- Samantha Molina (1977-) - bassist/vocalist for punk band Running Thoughts, raised on Powell Avenue in Castle Hill area.
- Kimba (1960-) One of the first female Mc's of hip hop. Member of Grammy award winner GrandMixer D.st's group Infinity Four Mc's. Chief Operating Officer at Jam Master Jay Foundation for youth. Raised in Castle Hill Projects.
- Angel De Leon (1968-)-Lead Vocalist for the Trio Music Dance Group "TRILOGY" (Do u Wanna Get Funky?,Take a Toke,Latin Love. Boricua Anthem) produced by mega-producer Clivilles & Cole(C&C Music Factory) De leon also created hosted & produced TV VARIETY SHOW on ch 4 NBC entitled MI GENTE/MY PEOPLE with fellow Bronxite Fredy Corea (Barrio Boys) that focused on positive Latino images in the world of film music and sports.
Castle Hill Hall of Fame
The Castle Hill Hall of Fame is a hall of fame for notable natives of Castle Hill. It was officially created on June 9, 2006, and announced the sole induction of Jennifer Lopez. Her fame and donations was the reason for the creation of the Hall of Fame. Inductees are only chosen based on their contributions to Castle Hill's history.
The Castle Hill community center is currently in the process of building a hall of fame. The community center had been storing memorabilia in a warehouse for years, with all items categorized and dated in case a facility is not created. John lee is the only posthumous inductee.