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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Apparent Effort in 1884 to Develop Portions of Pelham Neck as "Villa Sites"

Shortly before efforts increased to develop a new "Pelham Bay Park" using lands located within the Town of Pelham in the 1880s, there were a number of initiatives to develop residential hamlets in the area.  Perhaps the best-know such area was Bartow-on-the-Sound.  Other developments were planned as well, though.

One such development that never got off the ground due to the new Park lands was a development on Pelham Neck (today's Rodman's Neck).  A very brief advertisement that appeared in an issue of The New York Times published in 1884 provides clues to the development plans.

"FOR SALE -- AT PELHAM NECK, near the village of Westchester, several fine VILLAS and VILLA SITES, having frontage on Eastchester Bay, and commanding extensive views of land and water.  The neighborhood is excellent, and access to the city by water convenient and pleasant.  The new Portchester and New-York Railroad [i.e., the New Haven Branch Line] will run adjacent to the property.  Terms favorable; prices very reasonable.  Apply at 16 Chambers-st."

Source:  For Sale -- At Pelham Neck, New-York Daily Tribune, Apr. 12, 1872, p. 3, col. 2.

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