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The History of Pelham Gardens, NY

The car accident attorneys in Pelham Gardens, NY, at Banville Law would like to share the following information on the location.

Pelham Gardens

The neighborhood Pelham Gardens is located in the northeast portion of the Bronx, New York. The Pelham Parkway provides the southern border to the area, and East Gun Hill and Astor Avenue make up the other borders. The neighborhood is approximately 13 miles from Manhattan.


Pelham Gardens received its name after Thomas Pell, who bought the land from the Native American Siwanoy Tribe in 1654. Pell was born in Sussex, England, in 1612. He studied at Cambridge before moving to the New England area. Although Pell purchased the land, which included 50,000 acres, from the Native Americans and signed a treaty with the Chief Wampage, the Dutch accused him of trespassing. Along with the British Navy, Pell forced the Dutch governor, Peter Stuyvesant, to surrender in 1664.

The Bronx Christmas House

Since 1973, the Garabedian house, also known as the Bronx Christmas House, located on Pelham Parkway North, hosts a Christmas spectacular every year at Christmastime. This tourist attraction is not a traditional Christmas light show but displays hand-made statues decked out with amazing outfits fit for the runway. Brother and sister duo Gary and Linda Garabedian have continued the tradition started by their mother, Ellie, a French seamstress.

The event begins each year on Thanksgiving until January. Based on the concept of movie stars celebrating the birth of Jesus, some notable statues include:

  • Diana Ross
  • The Chipmunks
  • Minnie and Mickey Mouse
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • Rita Hayworth
  • Elvis Presley
  • Spiderman


The average home price in Pelham Gardens is $586,506, which is higher than 63.2% of other New York communities. Rent in the area is also higher and will run approximately $2,607 per month. There is a fair amount of both renters and homeowners in the area, with a vacancy rate of only 1.3%.

Most residents find it better to work outside of the town, and 9.3% even commute up to two hours each day. Other methods residents chose for commuting work are as follows:

  • 22.4% ride the train
  • 54.7% drive their own vehicle
  • 11.6% take the bus

Occupations held by the residents include:

  • 32.2% assistant or tech support
  • 32% executive or management
  • 23.5% sales or service
  • 12.3% manufacturing or labor


In combination with the neighboring town, Allerton, the population was 28,903 in 2010. Pelham Gardens historically had a large Italian and Jewish population, but in the 1970s, an influx of Puerto Rican families contributed to the majority Hispanic population. The ethnic breakdown is the following:

  • 32.5% African American
  • 31.8% Hispanic or Latino
  • 25.3% white
  • 0.2% Native American
  • 7.9% Asian
  • <0.1% Pacific Islander
  • 0.9% other races
  • 1.4% two or more races

English is the primary first language to 50.8% of the residents, and 1.4% speak a Native American language. Other languages spoke in the area include:

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Languages of India
  • Chinese

Of the residents, 30.3% were born outside of the United States. The ancestral breakdown can further be seen as the following:

  • 16.9% Puerto Rican
  • 12% Dominican
  • 14.9% Italian
  • 12.1% Asian
  • 7.6% Jamaican

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: April 15, 2021
Laurence P. Banville is the managing partner of Banville Law. As an experienced personal injury attorney, Mr. Banville helps clients recover compensation from those responsible for his clients' injuries. Our firm is located in New York City, serving clients from the five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island.
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