GSAS Higher Education Administrative Fellow, Joe Vukov, provides an overview of his home base, Woodlawn, below. A quieter and more affordable option than the Bronx or Brooklyn, this Westchester neighborhood has an active social scene and a more suburban feel.
The neighborhood of Woodlawn is located just a few miles north of Fordham’s Rose Hill campus (5 minute train ride). There are rental units available in stand-alone houses and also in apartment buildings. One bedrooms run around $1250 – typically, there are no broker fees, but you should expect to pay for three months when signing your lease. Much of the housing is rented by word-of-mouth (or by advertisements in local shops), but sometimes, apartments are also advertised on Craigslist.
Why Live Here?
The neighborhood is quiet, and might not be for those seeking an urban NYC experience. But it’s a good option for those with families, or for those who prefer a quieter neighborhood. Residents tend to be younger than those of surrounding Westchester neighborhoods, which means a social atmosphere that might be lacking in other areas of Westchester.
A traditionally Irish community, Woodlawn has diversified over the past decades but history is clearly laid out in the many pubs and restaurants within walking distance. And if you want to venture of the area, it’s a quick Metro North ride or easy drive to major parkways.
The East side of Manhattan is readily accessible from Woodlawn – a commuter train takes just 25 minutes to get to Grand Central. The neighborhood also has several NYC buses, and the 4, B, and D trains are accessible by bus.
Westchester County is also easily accessible by commuter train or car (you can drive a half hour and be at a hiking trail!). There is also plenty of street parking, and no street sweeping (so you don’t have to move your car throughout the week).