Bedford Park: The Bronx Gem

Bedford Park is a residential neighborhood located in the northwest part of the Bronx. The neighborhood lies between the New York Botanical Garden and Lehman College and is surrounded by the Moshulu Parkway to the north, Webster Avenue to its east, East 198th Street to its south and Goulden Avenue to its West.

 

Bedford Park Culture & Demographics

Much of Bedford Park housing is five or six story apartment buildings and three-story Victorian houses. When the area was being developed after the first World War, the Grand Concourse area was occupied by the middle-class who were mainly Jews, Italians, and Irish.

The current racial make-up of the area is 60.67% of the population being Hispanic or Latino, followed by 13.5% African American, 17.07% White, and 8.76% are recognized as being other ethnicities such as Korean and Indian.

The culture in the area is a reflection of the foreign-born immigrants that reside there and there are noticeable ethnic territories. Of these ethnic sections, you can find Korean restaurants, social clubs, and groceries. There is so much cultural representation in this neighborhood that local convenient stores stock newspapers representative of the foreign nationals living there. Some newspapers you can expect to find there include, Ireland’s- The Echo, Bota Sot from Kosovo, as well as newspapers in Spanish like El Hoy.

Making A Home In The Neighborhood

Bedford Park has been called a “post-card ready” neighborhood due to its Victorian homes and its well trimmed gardens. The area is looked at as a bargain for home buyers and brokers see the area becoming more prominent. People from other boroughs, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens are looking more into living in this area because they are realizing the affordability it offers them.

The Type Of Home You Can Find

If you are looking for a place to stay in this neighborhood, expect to find more one-bedroom co-ops in buildings found closer to the Grand Concourse. Two and three bedroom places are highly sought after as they are harder to find.

Couples in their 20s and 30s hoping to start their families or those with young children, are those that are moving to this area. Considering there are more one-bedroom apartments than there are two and three, living in the one-bedroom apartments normally entails converting areas such as the dining room into a small second bedroom for the little one(s).

How Much You Can Expect To Pay

If you are looking to buy property in this location, you can expect to pay approximately $100,000 to $150,000 for one bedroom co-ops. In the rare event that you manage to snag a two-bedroom co-op expect to pay from $149,000 upwards.

Single-family homes will cost between $300,000 and $400,000. A studio is priced from about $90,000 but the prices for these can vary depending on the transactions made. You can source out more current listings on zillow.com.

What You Can Do For Leisure

Being surrounded by the botanical gardens, this area is in within walking distance of New York City’s most beautiful green spaces. The botanical gardens also feature seasonal programs and limited exhibits.

The added beauty of this area is that you can find more greenery along the Moshulu Parkway. This area allows residents to walk their dogs, jog or just chill out on a park bench. The Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is also nearby for those looking for more cultural activities. An added incentive for those with kids is the Bronx Zoo, although it is not a walk away, you can easily get there by bus.

Transportation

The commute is made easy here as there are many subways to get you in and out. There are two lines that run through Bedford Park which are the B and D trains along the Grand Concourse and the 4 train which is on Jerome Avenue. You can also gain access to the Metro-North Railroad from this area.

Hospitals & Police

The following are the contact details for the closest police precinct and hospital in the area.

NYPD 52nd Precinct

3016 Webster Ave.,
Bronx, NY, 10467
(718) 220-5811

Montefiore Hospital

111 East 210th Street
Bronx, NY 10467
(718) 920-4321

By |2017-08-17T10:16:54+00:00March 8th, 2016|New York|

About the Author:

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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