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Pelham Parkway
Pelham Parkway is a neighborhood in the Bronx, New York. It is a separate entity from the road of the same name. Pelham Parkway is notable in that it has a sizable Albanian immigrant population; the neighborhood's main streets, White Plains Road and Lydig Avenue, have a very distinct ethnic Albanian flavor. A large aging Jewish population remains in the neighborhood.

When speaking of the neighborhood rather than the road, Pelham Parkway is usually a noun - i.e. a neighborhood resident might say "I live in Pelham Parkway" rather than "on Pelham Parkway" or "near Pelham Parkway", though these latter two forms are occasionally used as well.


Pelham Parkway's official name is the Bronx and Pelham Parkway since it connects Bronx Park and Pelham Bay Park; it is also an integral part of the Mosholu-Pelham Greenway. Pelham Parkway was established in 1911 and was originally only one lane which is today's westbound lane. The parkway was lined with trees on both sides and had a strict building code. Nobody was allowed to build within 150 feet of the center. No railroads were allowed to cross over the parkway; this is why the roadbed of the New Haven Railroad had to be laid in a tunnel underneath the parkway which is now the Dyre Avenue subway line. Bars and hotels are also prohibited from being built alongside the parkway. Land in 1900 cost between $3500 and $5000 for one lot; near Bronx Park the prices were even higher. Today's parkway was constructed in the 1930s and is 2.3 miles in length and 400 feet wide and features wide expanses of lawn with full canopies of trees. The center of the parkway, prior to WW II was closed off on Sunday mornings for professional bicycle racing; today, there is a bicycle path along the westbound lanes of the parkway.

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