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Learn About the History of South Side, New York

The personal injury lawyers in South Side, NY, at Banville Law, would like to present this overview of the area.

South Side

The neighborhood of South Side is located between South Fulton Avenue and East 5th Street. It is a 15 minutes drive southeast of Yonkers, NY.


The area was first inhabited by settlers from Connecticut in 1664. In the 1960s, the area of Mount Vernon was separated into the North Side and the South Side by the New Haven Line railroad tracks.


South Side is a densely populated urban neighborhood with 25,978 residents per square mile. Most housing consists of small apartment complexes and single-family homes that were built before 1939, but a few were added before 1969, creating historic architectural charm. Rent is about $2,353 on average, making it lower than 43.6% of other New York neighborhoods. There is a vacancy rate of 11.4%, suggesting many options are available for new residents. Even though 48.7% of the real estate is residential living, there are many options available for food and retail. By redesigning the use of these historical Victorian-style homes, the lower level created homes for small businesses while the upper levels offer apartment-style living. Some local businesses in the area are as follows:

  • Great Wall Chinese Food - East Sandford Blvd
  • Storytime with Uncle B - South 2nd Ave
  • CroEssence - East 5th St
  • Elegant Loft - East Sandford Blvd


Train rides are popular with the residents in South Side. More than 17.7% of the neighborhood population choose this form of commute, more than 95.7% of other American neighborhoods. The walkability rate is one of the highest in America; 13.2% elect this as their method for getting to and from work. South Side has more bus commuters than 96.1% of other neighborhoods in America, making the bus system the most used form of transportation. South Side has five stops just on South 5th Avenue; locations are:

  • South 5th Ave & West Sandford Blvd
  • South 5th Ave & West 5th St - northbound
  • South 5th Ave & West 5th St - southbound
  • South 5th Ave & West 4th St - eastbound
  • South 5th Ave & West 4th St - westbound


This densely populated area is heavily diverse. There are more residents with Jamaican and West Indian ancestry than any other neighborhood in America. Of the residents, more than 30.9% were born outside of the United States, the breakdown for ancestral lineage is as follows:

  • 29.6% Jamaican
  • 1.3% West Indian
  • 7.5% Puerto Rican
  • 3.9% Sub-Saharan African
  • 2.8% Haitian
  • 2.2% African

The location of this middle-class neighborhood offers the residents a wide variety of employment. Whether they work in town or commute to the larger cities nearby, the income is higher than 48.8% of other American neighborhoods. The working population is broken down as follows:

  • 28.2% - sales and service
  • 27.8% - clerical and tech support
  • 22.7% - executive and management
  • 21.2% - labor and manufacturing

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Laurence P. Banville
Date Published: April 6, 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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