161st Street (Bronx)

For the street in Manhattan, see 161st Street (Manhattan).

161st Street

Looking west down East 161st Street from the Grand Concourse

Length
1.6 mi[1] (2.6 km)

Location
Bronx, New York

East end
Jerome Avenue in Highbridge

West end
Elton Avenue in Melrose

161st Street is a short, major thoroughfare in the southern portion of the Bronx. The road is 1.6 miles (2.6 km) long and is a much used access to Yankee Stadium on its north side.[2] The 20th-century Yankee Stadium was on the south side of the street. The road begins in the west at an intersection with Jerome Avenue, a major thoroughfare in the Bronx, and Woodycrest Avenue, a one-way street in the Bronx. The road is one of the widest in the Bronx, until the Sheridan Avenue intersection, where the divided highway merges. East 161st Street ends at Elton Avenue. However, the road continues eastward in parts, ending at Hewitt Place, as a short connector.
History and description[edit]
East 161st Street was Cedar Street from the Harlem River to Grand Concourse.[3] It was named after a property built in 1840 called “The Cedars”. In the village of Melrose, East 161st was known as William Street. From Third Avenue to Prospect Avenue, East 161st Street was known as Grove Hill and was renamed later as Cliff Street.
West 161st Street begins at an intersection with Woodycrest Avenue and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx.[1] The road passes a parking lot to the south and crosses under the Macombs Dam Bridge soon after. After the intersection with Ruppert Place, West 161st passes the south side of Yankee Stadium. Just after Yankee Stadium, River Avenue crosses over West 161st Street, which is prefixed “East” east of this point. At this intersection is the only subway station on East 161st Street. East 161st is then split by a median used for parking. Grand Concourse, a major thoroughfare in the Bronx intersects soon after, ending the divided highway system on East 161st Street. After the Melrose Avenue intersection, the first section of East 161st Street comes to an end as the road continues as Elton Avenue. The second section of East 161st, a one-way street in the opposite direction.[clarification needed] The section begins at an intersection with Third Avenue, intersects with Brook Avenue, and makes a curve to the south as Washington Avenue.[4] The third section of East 161st Street begins at Third Avenue, just south of the second section. This one is a half-mile, stretching from Third Avenue to P