Bronx County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: June 24, 2008
We took the number 1 train all the way to the end, but you can take an A or C and
transfer at 168th if that is convenient. From the subway station, we walked
uphill along Post Road, with the campus of Manhattan College on our left.
We took a left on West 246th Street to Waldo Street, steadily climbing as we went.
Waldo turns into West 250th past Fieldstone Road. At this point, the
construction area that currently dominates the highpoint begins to come into
hearing and view.
The main entrance to the construction site is on West 250th, near Iselin Avenue.
This area, according to the crew foreman, was once known as Chapel Farm.
When the project is complete, it will be known as Villanova Estates. These houses
are going to be upscale homes and access may become a problem depending on how
many other homes are constructed and whether or not the community is gated.
Currently, there are two areas of rocky outcropping, relatively close in
proximity, that vie for the highpoint. One of them, however, is currently being
used as a debris pile during construction, so determining which one is higher is
impossible. Both are easy to visit. During periods when there is no one on
site, we spotted multiple gaps in the fence, so security isn't terribly
important here. As construction continues, the future of this HP is very much
in doubt. According to the foreman, there are no plans currently to level the
rocky outcrops but, since this project has experienced multiple changes in the
past, this is potentially subject to change. Highpointers close to completing
NY are urged to visit this spot ASAP before it changes.
Total distance, from subway to gate and back, is approximately one and half miles.
Author: Micah Schneider