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Important Winter Storm-Related Service Changes

Due to the winter storm, NYC Parks will close this afternoon at 6:00 p.m., effective until further notice. Closures include all parks and recreation centers, and signage will be posted at all parks sites.

For more information, please visit our Storm Update page.

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Railroad Park

Coutlandt Av bet. E 161 St and E 162 St


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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

This park at the intersection of Courtlandt Avenue, East 161st, and East 162nd Streets in the Bronx neighborhood of Melrose takes its name from the old railroad station that still stands here but has been out of use for years.

A Scottish surveyor named the Bronx neighborhood of Melrose as a tribute to Sir Walter Scott’s (1771-1832) popular work Melrose Abbey.  This part of the southeastern Bronx was part of the land granted to the Morris family by the British crown in the 17th century.  The family began selling sections of their property in the 1850s, primarily to German immigrant families seeking residences beyond the confines of Manhattan.  The introduction of rapid transit in 1908 transformed Melrose from an isolated suburb into a bustling urban area.  Throughout the early 1900s Melrose became one of the largest commercial and entertainment centers of the Bronx.

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Railroad Park Weather

  • Tue
    Heavy Snow
  • Wed
    Decreasing Clouds
  • Thu
    Chance Light Snow
  • Fri
    Chance Light Snow

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