Take the 4 to history, hiking and nine holes – Spectrum News NY1

The last stop on the 4 train in the Bronx is Woodlawn station, which is in the Norwood section at Jerome and Bainbridge Avenues.

It’s across the street from the last stop for over 300,000 New Yorkers in Woodlawn Cemetery. The national historic landmark was established in 1863 by prominent New Yorkers seeking a last resting place accessible to Manhattan. The subway stop later arrived in 1918.

What You Need To Know

  • The Woodlawn station is the final stop in the Bronx on the 4 train
  • The historic Woodlawn Cemetery is located across the street on Jerome Avenue
  • The station is also near the eastern end of Van Cortlandt Park and its hiking trails
  • The 9-hole Mosholu Golf Course is walking distance of the station and features a Youth Development Program

“Our board pushed heavily to get the IRT out here, that changed our demographics, all of a sudden theater people from Broadway, and we became the cemetery of the Harlem Renaissance,” Susan Olsen, director of Historical Services at Woodlawn, said.

The new subway stop attracted legends, such as composer and orchestra leader Duke Ellington, who wasn’t the last jazz great to call Woodlawn their resting place. There’s also Miles Davis, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, who all wanted to be buried nearby Ellington — creating what is known as the Jazz Corner.

Woodlawn attracts over 100,000 visitors from around the world each year for guided tours, concerts and book talks.

“Woodlawn is a place to visit, and it’s a place to remember, and that’s what’s so great about the subway is anybody can get here anytime,” Olsen said. She noted some of the most visited sites include the grave of Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, and memorials to victims and survivors of the Titanic disaster.

Not too far from Woodlawn through the woods is Van Cortlandt Park, the city’s third largest park. Urban Park Rangers Michalle Catania and Victoria Mezik showed NY1 around the east end of Van Cortlandt, where there are plenty of trails to explore including the John Muir Trail.

“It is the only path in Van Cortlandt Park that travels east to west. The rest of our paths are north and …….

Source: https://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/summer-stops/2022/07/21/take-the-4-to-history–hiking-and-nine-holes

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