Overlooking the Jerome Park Reservoir, Lehman College is located in the northwest Bronx, in the neighborhood known as Kingsbridge Heights, close to Bedford Park. Our 37-acre campus is bordered on the north by Bedford Park Boulevard West, on the south by Reservoir Road, on the east by Jerome Avenue, and on the west by Goulden Avenue and the Jerome Park Reservoir.
This area is home to numerous small retail shops and to working-class families with a strong commitment to the preservation of the community. The College recently leased a fully renovated brownstone on Bedford Park Boulevard, a short walk from the campus, for student housing.
From west to east, notable institutions in this area include:
Wave Hill is a twenty-eight-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education, and the arts.
Van Cortlandt Park
A mile away from Lehman is Van Cortlandt Park, the fourth largest park in New York City. It offers everything from a golf course to hiking trails, from horseback riding to bicycling. Other amenities include baseball, football, soccer, and cricket fields. The park is home to the Van Cortlandt House Museum, a city and national landmark built in 1748.
New York Botanical Garden
Head east on Bedford Park Boulevard down to Bronx Park and step into the New York Botanical Garden. Founded in 1891, the Garden is one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world and the largest of any city in the United States. The Garden boasts educational and research facilities, botanical and horticultural libraries, and its famous conservatory, the largest Victorian-era glasshouse in America. Lehman collaborates with the Garden in the College's research and programs in plant sciences.
From the Botanical Garden, continue south to Fordham Road, and you'll find the Bronx Zoo. It’s the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States with 265 acres of parklands and naturalistic habitats.
A few blocks east of the Bronx Zoo is the famous shopping and dining area of Arthur Avenue, home to generations of Italian families.
Last modified: Oct 13, 2011