FORGOTTENTOUR #82, Westchester Square to Parkchester

by Kevin Walsh

On yet another perfect weather day ForgottenTour #82 assembled at “The Chair” sculpture in Westchester Square, the intersection of Westchester, East Tremont and Lane Avenues in the Bronx, on Saturday, August 9th at 10AM, an early start to beat the heat. We saw several attractions at the Square, including the Huntington Free Library, ably assisted by Bronx historian Thomas X. Casey, the pivotal Westchester Creek crossing where Revolutionary War patriots checked the progress of British and Hessian troops, and St. Peter’s Church and Cemetery, where several veterans of the war are buried.

We then followed Castle Hill avenue and the Cross-Bronx Expressway to Hugh Grant Circle, named for NYC’s youngest mayor, and into Parkchester to view its ornamental sculptures, former theater, and what is possibly the Bronx’ most beautiful fountain at Metropolitan Oval.

Photos on this flickr page by Joseph DeMarco.



NY2AZ August 12, 2014 - 5:18 pm

What a wonderful time capsule. I was born & raised in Parkchester. It’s amazing how intact it remains. The store with the orange sign at the edge of Hugh Grant Circle was once Hamburger Express, where if you sat at the counter a Lionel electric train would bring you your order. Next door was Zaro’s Bakery. Tempis fugit.

bruce goodman August 9, 2017 - 11:34 am

thanks 4 remembering, my family owned hamburger express

Anonymous September 15, 2017 - 2:31 pm

hey Bruce – your restaurant was the only one that ever had a “ballpark” in the basement. Remember – Frankie. Glassroth, Foreman, some others

Anonymous April 25, 2020 - 9:58 pm

I went there as a kid circa 1960 – it was Lionel train heaven! Thank you for giving a young boy the memory of a lifetime 🙂

stuart September 22, 2017 - 3:26 pm

Hi Bruce it is Stu my father owned Roxy fruit how have you been

Carole Goldman September 24, 2020 - 12:12 pm

I loved Hamburger Express when I was Cookie Becker from Parchester


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