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The Interesting History of Morris Park, NY

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Morris Park

The neighborhood of Morris Park, NY, is located north of the East River. It is approximately 12 miles from Manhattan and 14 miles from the Empire State Building. The Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens are less than a 15-minute drive away.


In 1889, John Albert Morris built the Morris Park Racecourse. This was a horse racing facility that operated from 1889 to 1904. The racetrack was known around the world as one of the finest tracks. After Morris died in 1895, the track became an automobile racecourse before finally becoming the city's property in 1907. The city leased it out to the Aeronautic Society of New York, and Glenn H. Curtis performed a flying show in 1909. A fire in 1910 provoked the property to be sold off for residential development and named after John Albert Morris.

In 1977 Morris Park began its annual Columbus Day parade. It is held the Sunday before Columbus Day is observed. The parade begins at the intersection of White Plains Road and Morris Park Avenue and heads east. At Williamsbridge Road, the procession turns north before ending at Pelham Parkway South. Some of the majors that have attended the celebration include the following:

  • Rudolph Giuliani
  • Michael Bloomberg
  • Bill de Blasio


Morris Park is an upper to middle-class neighborhood. The houses average $503,418, which is more than 54.8% of other New York communities and more than 81.8% of other American communities. Rent is lower than 44.8% of other neighborhoods in New York at $2,326.

Single-family homes make up most of Morris Park's real estate, but 34.4% are small apartment complexes. With the higher rate of college students in the area, the apartments offer affordable living options. The average household income is $48,018 as of 2017. The occupational breakdown of the residents is the following:

  • 48.7% executive or management
  • 28.8% sales and service
  • 12% assistant and tech support
  • 10.4% manufacturing and labor

Places of Interest

Some notable locations in the area include the following:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Loreto Playground
  • Jacobi Medical Center
  • St. Francis Xavier School


In addition to two other neighborhoods, Van Nest and Westchester Square, the population was 29,250 in 2010. 26.6% of the residents were born outside of the United States. Only 45.6% of the population in Morris Park speak English as their first language. Other languages spoken are:

  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Chinese
  • Tagalog- a language of the Philippines
  • Urdu - a language of Pakistan

The diversity of the neighborhood is a reflection of the residents' ancestries, which can be broken down as the following:

  • 26.8% Italian
  • 18.9% Asian
  • 16.4% Puerto Rican
  • 10.9% German
  • 6.9% Dominican

The ethnic makeup of the area is the following:

  • 48.3% Hispanic or Latino
  • 27.3% white
  • 11.1% African American
  • 0.3% Native American
  • 10.6% Asian
  • 1% Pacific Islander
  • 1.4% two or more races
  • 1% other races

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: April 1, 2021
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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