Guide to the Bronx

Are you thinking of moving to the Bronx?  The Bronx is being referred to by some as “the new Brooklyn”. Many of the revitalized neighborhoods are drawing a new generation of Bronxites.

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History of the Bronx

The history of the Bronx dates back to the 17th Century. For a detailed timeline, look at The Bronx County Historical Society. For potential homeowners, here’s an interesting summary of Bronx history:

  • During Prohibition (around 1926), bootleggers and gangs controlled the streets. The crime was at its highest to date.
  • In the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s, urban renewal projects, such as Robert Moses’ Cross-Bronx Expressway, created housing projects surrounding the areas next to the Expressway.
  • Throughout its more recent history, the Bronx became ridden with crime and arson. Particularly in the South Bronx during the 1990s.
  • The decline of such a beautiful area was unacceptable to local groups such as churches. They worked with developmental groups to restore the beauty once known to the Bronx.

If you’re considering moving to the Bronx, make your move soon as rental and home prices will rise. This is due to the rising popularity of these restored neighborhoods.

Once you decide that the Bronx will be the perfect place for you to live, here’s some information to help plan your move.

Bronx Neighborhoods

Bronx Neighborhoods

You will find that particular neighborhoods take on their own unique personality. The Bronx neighborhoods are no different. Here are a few that are quite popular  – one of these may be a great fit for your new home!

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1. Riverdale

Is close to Westchester County and was a summer haven for Manhattanites. Today, most areas are very suburban-like, with parks and gardens. This makes it a unique New York City location. Riverdale is a great choice if you’d like to live outside the city and have access to Manhattan’s amenities.

There are some affordable houses to fit all family sizes and budgets. The median studio asking price is $150,000 and a 3-bedroom home price is $745,950.

Kingsbridge

2. Kingsbridge

Is south of Riverdale and is a great choice. Especially for people who can’t afford Manhattan but want to enjoy its ambiance. Most apartments are spacious and well-built. There are just a few single-family homes in the area. Kingsbridge is known for its cultural food and great shopping. Rentals average $1,585 for one bedroom and $2,245 for two bedrooms.

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3. Fordham

Runs next to Fordham University in the West Bronx. Residents are close to the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Paradise Theater.

This growing area has a robust retail presence. Rentals are easier to find than home sales. A one-bedroom average rent price is $1,450 and two bedrooms go for an average of $1,775.

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4. Highbridge

Is a residential area along the Harlem River. The Highbridge walkway that crosses the river has been opened after being closed for almost 40 years. For great food, shopping and culture, residents can be found at the nearby Grand Concourse. The median rent is $1,662 a month.

 

5. The Neighborhood Concourse  

is built around the five-mile concourse. This runs from the Harlem River to below Van Cortlandt Park. Many first-time home buyers like the revitalized area. You can rent a one-bedroom apartment for $1,598 or buy a studio co-op for $109,000. Go Yankees!

Travel and Mass Transit

MTA subways and buses will get you into Manhattan quickly and easily. MetroCards are available for your needs. Whether pay-per-ride service, unlimited ride cards, or express bus cards.

Subway lines may be the way to travel, depending on where you live. Some areas may be close to a Metro North railroad station on either the Hudson or Harlem lines. If you prefer to travel by bus, there are frequent local bus lines. as well as express service for commuters to and from Manhattan from many locations.

Unlike other New York City boroughs, many areas in the Bronx have easy-to-find parking spots, and some are even free. Before deciding on whether to sell (or buy) a car, check out the parking availability in your new neighborhood.

There’s So Much to Do in the Bronx

Choose your location, make your move, and settle into your great new Bronx home. You’ll always have something to do, with everything the City has to offer as well as so much in your own backyard.

  • A day at The Bronx Zoo is great for both adults and kids. Watch for their events, such as the popular Brew at the Zoo.
  • The nearby and renowned New York Botanical Gardens also has a great calendar of events. Include music, lectures, and special exhibitions.
  • Are you a Yankee fan? Yankee Stadium is arguably the most prominent landmark in the Bronx. If baseball isn’t your thing, watch for summer concert dates.
  • City Island is a unique community where you can fish, enjoy fresh seafood. You can also visit the quaint main street shops.
  • Van Cortland Park is the third largest park in New York City. It offers ball fields, golf, a freshwater lake, and many events.

There are many other parks throughout the Bronx, as well as dining and shopping for all budgets and interests.

Ready to move? Call Serenity Movers for a free moving estimate. Our Bronx movers have years of experience moving homes and businesses in NYC. With guaranteed moving prices, and optional services like packing, unpacking, and long or short-term storage, we make your move fast, efficient, and stress-free.

Congratulations on your decision to make this great borough your home!