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.
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:
- Yoly Restaurant on Featherbed Lane. Here you will find authentic Dominican food and large flavorful portions that come with low prices.
- Liberato Restaurant, what you can expect to find are Latin American dishes like oxtail stew, spare ribs, and tripe soup. Not to forget, flan for dessert. You can sit in or order take out as you wish.
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.
The neighborhood is patrolled by the 46th Precinct. The address is as follows:
46th Precinct NYPD
202, Ryer Avenue,
Bronx, NY, 10457-2919
The closest hospital serving the area is the Morris Heights Health Center.
Morris Heights Health Center
85 W Burnside Avenue
Bronx, NY 10453-4015