Gun Hill Road is a major thoroughfare in the New York City borough of the Bronx. The road stretches for 3.5 miles (5.6 km) from the Mosholu Parkway in Norwood to Stillwell Avenue in Baychester, near an exit for the Hutchinson River Parkway. Van Cortlandt Park and the Mosholu Golf Course are both located at the western terminus of Gun Hill Road.

Street description

The west end of Gun Hill Road is at the Mosholu Parkway, where the road continues west as Van Cortlandt Park South toward Manhattan College. After an intersection with Jerome Avenue, Gun Hill Road passes to the south of the Mosholu Golf Course. Also, the road name officially changes from West Gun Hill Road to East Gun Hill Road. At an intersection with DeKalb Avenue in Norwood, the road passes by the North Central Bronx Hospital. Northwest of there, the road acts as the southern border of Woodlawn Cemetery. At Webster Avenue, Gun Hill Road passes the Williams Bridge Metro-North station. Soon after, the road crosses over the Bronx River Parkway, at exit 9. The following major intersection is White Plains Road, which Gun Hill Road intersects within Williamsbridge Square. At this intersection, the road also meets the subway station that serves the 2 5 trains.

As the road and enters Williamsbridge, there is an intersection with Boston Road, which carries U.S. 1. Between the DeWitt Place and Sexton Place intersections, the road passes the second subway station for Gun Hill Road, which is for the 5 train. Now entering the neighborhood of Baychester, the road intersects with Edson and Ely avenues, in which the former acts as the southbound service road for the New England Thruway. Directly after, the road intersects with exit 10 for Interstate 95. The road becomes one-way for 0.2 miles (0.3 kilometers) and intersects with Waring Avenue. The road terminates at an intersection with Stillwell Avenue and exit 4S of the Hutchinson River Parkway.

History

During the American Revolution, the road was an important artery over which the British and the colonists fought. In January 1777, the colonists brought a cannon to the top of a hill and fired at the British. The hill, now inside Woodlawn Cemetery, was locally called Gun Hill afterwards. The road was known as Kingsbridge Road (part of the original Boston Post Road) until 1875, when it was renamed Gun Hill Road. It did not originally extend east of White Plains Road but was extended by segments to the Hutchinson River, by 1938.

In 1941, the New York City Planning Department proposed the Gun Hill Crosstown Highway as an upgrade, but nothing happened with this plan. In the mid-1960s, the Tri-State Transportation Commission proposed a new route just a mile north of Gun Hill Road called the City Line Expressway; this plan also did not advance.

Transportation

Commuter rail

  • Williams Bridge – East 210th Street Station is a former New York Central Railroad station that serves the Metro-North Railroad’s Harlem Line

Subway

There are two New York City Subway stations on Gun Hill Road.

  • Gun Hill Road on the IRT White Plains Road Line serves the 2 5 trains
  • Gun Hill Road on the IRT Dyre Avenue Line serves the 5 train

Bu

Several buses travel on Gun Hill Road. The primary routes that traverse the corridor are the Bx28, Bx30, and Bx38

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  1. Steven S.

    There’s an error in the piece. Gun Hill Road is NOT the southern border of Woodlawn Cemetery. How do I know this? Because the living room window of my family’s apartment on Decatur Avenue and 211th Street looked directly onto the southern end of the cemetery. Gun Hill Road is one full block south of 211th Street.

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    • Paul Welsh

      Although, I left the Bronx in July 1952. I remember Gun Hill Rd running under the 3rd Ave El and going up passed Evander Childs High School and that would be around 210th St.

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