Pelham lies just outside New York City in the southeast corner of Westchester County. It is the oldest and smallest town in Westchester with just under 3 square miles. With its small town ease and close proximity to the city, it feels just like another neighborhood in New York City.
Pelham is made up of Pelham Village and Pelham Manor. Pelham Village holds the downtown area with restaurants, shops and the Pelham train station. Pelham Manor is farther south on the shore of the Long Island Sound. The homes in Pelham Manor tend to be on larger plots. With homes surrounding the downtown, getting to the train is easy.
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Pelham was founded in the pre-automobile era, with the design of the village based on walkability. Not only can parents walk to the train, but kids can walk to school as well. There are no school buses in this town. Mom and pop shops dot the main street, and many of the storefronts look straight from the 1950’s.
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For the Kids
There are lots of things for kids to do in Pelham. Kinetic Sports is a gym with a kids daycare and kids classes. Spotlight gymnastics has programs for all ages.The Pelham Public Library has a variety of childrens storytimes and crafts. The Pelham Children’s Theater is a non-profit communal space where children learn about and practice theater. Children also enjoy the picturesque parks throughout town, including Woodland Park near the train station, and Shore Park on the Long Island Sound. Both have great playgrounds, and at Shore Park you can enjoy scenic views of the water.
Food & Drink
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In addition to perusing the local stores along Fifth Avenue, you can shop for the essentials at the Pelham Parkway Shopping Center. There’s Fairway, Home Goods, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Five Below, Michael’s, Petsmart, BJs Wholesale Club, Five Guys, and many more. Or stay on Fifth Avenue for lots of options in shopping and dining.
The land that was to become Pelham was purchased in 1654 from the Siwanoy tribe by Thomas Pell, who named the town after his tutor, Pelham Burton. It was incorporated as part of the Bronx in 1788 and its boundaries included City Island and Pelham Bay Park, but by 1896 Pelham and North Pelham were their own distict villages. They merged in 1975.