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Bedford Park: The Bronx Gem

Bedford Park is a residential neighborhood located near our Bronx personal injury law firm 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

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.


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

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The residential neighborhood of Morris Heights is situated in the West Bronx. Morris Heights is bounded by Burnside Avenue which is to the north, Jerome Avenue to its east, the Cross Bronx Expressway to the South and the Harlem River to its west. The neighborhood zip codes include 10453 and 10452 and is also located close to our Bronx personal injury law firm.

Morris Heights Demographics

The population in Morris Heights is roughly 36,779 with the majority of the residents being Puerto Rican, Dominican or African-American. Nearly 50 percent of the population lives below the poverty line and receives public assistance such as TANF, Medicaid, Home Relief and Supplemental Security Income.

Most of the people in Morris Heights are renters. Following a wave of arson crimes committed in the 1970s, the majority of the Morris Heights residential structures were terribly damaged or destroyed, and the city rehabilitated most of the formerly abandoned apartment buildings and sectioned the building as low-income housing in the late 1970s.

The area now has mainly 5 and 6-story tenement buildings, vacant lots, aged multi-unit homes and newly constructed attached multi-unit townhouses and apartment buildings that are subsidized.  This area has the highest concentrations of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) projects in the Bronx.

Origins Of Hip-Hop

There is one place in the area that describes itself as the birthplace of hip-hop which is on Sedgwick Avenue, No. 1520. Jamaican immigrant Clive Campbell, started hip-hop music, using the name DJ Kool Herc and threw parties in the early 1970s. These parties thrown by DJ Kool Herc are seen as the genesis of hip-hop. During the weekends, tour buses stop outside 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, tourists come out and take pictures of this building.

So just exactly did Herc, become the originator of hip-hop? Well, it is said he repeated and isolated the 'breaks' in funk records and he gave shout-outs over the music, which was an early form of rapping. The crowd responded to this style and Herc later started performing in local parks and nightclubs.

Restaurants & Night Life

You will not find a central restaurant area in Morris Heights, what you will find instead are plenty of Latin American, Mexican and pizza places in the neighborhood. There are some standout, unassuming, eateries we can recommend, such as:

If it's nightlife you are after, you will have to go to other neighborhoods for it. The closest one to go to is Washington Heights, where you can go to El Tina Bar. The Bar has music Friday through Sunday as well as bottle service and hookahs on offer. Also in Washington Heights is the 809 Bar & Grill that provides distinguished service. The Bar is newly expanded and redesigned.

Parks & Recreation

A highlight of the neighborhood is the Roberto Clemente State Park. The park sits along the Harlem River and is an urban park that provides a recreation building, swimming pool, picnic tables, playground, waterfront promenade, biking facilities, and basketball courts. In the summertime, the park hosts several concerts and special events. It is also an annual tradition for the work of students in the area to be exhibited at the park.


Using public transportation is the easiest way to get around in the neighborhood. Morris Heights has its own Metro-North Railroad stop on the Hudson Line on the west side. You can also take the 4, B, or D train from midtown Manhattan. Buses to the area are The Bx3, Bx32, Bx18, Bx36, Bx40, and Bx42.

Emergency Contacts

The neighborhood is patrolled by the 46th Precinct. The address is as follows:

46th Precinct NYPD
202, Ryer Avenue,
Bronx, NY, 10457-2919
(718) 220-5211

The closest hospital serving the area is the Morris Heights Health Center.

Morris Heights Health Center
85 W Burnside Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453-4015
(718) 716-4400

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Hunts Point is a neighborhood situated on a peninsula in the South Bronx of New York City. Hunts Point boundaries are the Bruckner Expressway which is to the west and north, the Bronx River to the east, and to the South is the East River. Continue reading to learn more about Hunt Points, brought to you by our Bronx personal injury attorneys.

Hunts Point Demographics & Crime

Hunts Point is thought to be a 'red-light district' due to the crime rate and prostitution in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is also a low-income area with a large population of Puerto Ricans.

A smaller population of African Americans, Dominicans, and Mexicans also lives here. The neighborhood has experienced such high rates of crime and poverty for many years, that nearly half of the population lives below the federal poverty line.

Because of the area's lucrative drug trade, there are a lot of drug addicts living in this neighborhood. The area is also well-known for its prostitution industry, and HBO has produced documentaries about the rampant prostitution there.

Notable Cultural Institutions

Regardless of the crime and prostitution in this area, there are some notable cultural landmarks that make up the neighborhood. Below are the three cultural landmarks that are found here.

American Banknote Building

Established in 1909, the American Banknote Building, now called The Banknote, is well-known as the "Penny Factory" by the locals as an ode to its beginnings as the home of The American Banknote Building. The Banknote Building also housed a minting company that printed foreign currency.

The Banknote is now a four-building, 405,500 square-foot complex that is home to various government, civic and private tenants, including non-profit organizations. The Banknote Building is well known in the area as a point of reference for multitudes of motorists as the biggest building on either side of the Bruckner Expressway.

Barretto Street Garden

The Barretto Street Garden has been part of the Hunts Point community for nearly 25 years now. It was founded by Henry Font, who was a resident of the neighborhood and was passionate about nature and had a desire to provide his community with harvest fresh vegetables.

The garden has over the years developed into a gathering place for community residents where people can have barbecues and birthday parties. Barretto Street Garden is seen as an asset to the Hunts Point neighborhood.

The Point Community Development Corporation

The Point Community Development Corporation is a 501 (c) (3) located at 940 Garrison Avenue in the Bronx. The Point CDC is dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the neighborhood.

The community works with its neighbors to celebrate their lives and the art found in the area. There are three main programs that are headed by The Point CDC which are Youth Development, Arts and Culture and Community Development, all in an effort to revive Hunts Point.

Parks To Visit

Aside from the cultural institutions found in the neighborhood, there are other parks found here that take away from the red-light district reputation of the area.

Hunts Point Riverside Park

Hunts Point Riverside Park is a park that used to be an illegal dumping ground that has been transformed into a waterfront oasis. It comes complete with a pier for fishing, and a kayak and canoe launch.

Joseph Rodman Drake Park

The Joseph Rodman Drake Park is located in the area of the Bronx that once was a Weckquaesgeek Indian settlement. The land originally belonged to the Hunt family, which the neighborhood is named after, and Joseph Drake was a family friend who would come and visit them. Drake died at the age of twenty-five due to tuberculosis in the 19th century and was laid to rest in the Hunt family burial ground.

The burial ground at Drake Park has over 40 markers of people buried there. Now the park is open to the public and is welcoming to all who live in the neighborhood.

Hospital & Police Department Contacts

The area is patrolled by the 41st Precinct police and the main hospital in the area is Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. Contact details for both are found below.

Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center

1650 Grand Concourse,
Bronx, NY 10457
1276 Fulton Ave., Bronx,
NY 10456
(718) 590-1800

NYPD 41st Precinct
1035 Longwood Avenue., Bronx,
NY, 10459-5204
(718) 542-4771

Also see: Profile Of Morris Heights, Bronx From Our NYC Injury Lawyers

Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: March 8, 2016
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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