A while later, a BoogieDowner reader sent an email explaining that Park Versailles was Parkchester before Parkchester existed.
Now the NY Times City section's FYI Q&A feature explains Park Versailles and goes a bit further into the past:
Versailles in the Bronx
Q. I’ve come upon references to a Bronx neighborhood called Park Versailles, from the 1930s. It certainly sounds elegant. Was it a real neighborhood?
A. It was a name that developers tried to push. But just as some glamorous Fifi LaTour in Hollywood turns out to be Sadie Schwartz back in the Bronx, Park Versailles turns out to be the Mapes Farm.
As Bill Twomey, author of “The Bronx, in Bits and Pieces,” explained in an e-mail message, the Mapes family was well established in the West Farms area of the Bronx when, in 1851, Leonard Mapes bought a farm — a large tract of land east of the Bronx River bounded by East Tremont Avenue, Croes Avenue, White Plains Road and Westchester Avenue. One of his sons, John Simonson Mapes, took over the farm in the early 1870s. His father died in 1880, and John tired of farming.
“He decided to auction off the old family farm but needed an attractive name for the land,” Mr. Twomey wrote. “No one knows why, but he finally decided on Park Versailles. The name appeared on some early real estate maps but never really caught on.”
The name was revived in 1920 when the remaining 200 lots were auctioned, but most locals kept calling it the Mapes Farm.
Interesting. Now BoogieDowner's last question is why does the Times use Park Versailles for its real estate search function when its own publication states it "never really caught on?"