Busy Sunday afternoon in January.
Off to the right is Rose Hill Park, a little triangle of less than an acre, squeezed in between Fordham Road, Webster Avenue, and the Metro North tracks. It is the remnant of the large 18th century estate of John Watt, who named it after his family’s home in Scotland. No roses here, and it obviously is not a hill.
Webster Avenue is usually thought to be named for Daniel Webster. The late Bronx historian, John McNamara, considered it more likely to honor Albert or Joseph Webster, of the Department of Public Works in the 19th century.