Located 10 miles north of midtown Manhattan, Westchester Village feels like an urban hamlet updated for the 21st century. The Bronx neighborhood began as an English village in 1654, and several homes here date back to that era, a rarity in the Bronx. The original village green now serves as a pocket park and subway station, but locals still refer to the shop-lined intersection of Williamsbridge Road and East Tremont Avenue as "the Square." Here, visitors find the area's best eats, including Estrellita Poblana, a beloved Mexican restaurant known for its fresh guacamole.
Westchester Village attracts families looking for quiet streets and affordable apartments. Children love the Pearly Gates Playground, a public park located on St. Peters Avenue where kids go to slide, swing, or shoot hoops. The neighborhood offers culture as well. The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, known as BAAD!, converted a historic Gothic church into a theater for funky and ground-breaking productions.