Located in the East Bronx, Morris Park is a middle class neighborhood with homes that you could mistake for Bayside, Queens or Park Slope, Brooklyn with construction dating back to the 1920s. Known for its Italian American roots, the neighborhood is filled with Italian bakeries, restaurants and delis.
Morris Park is bordered by Neill Avenue and Pelham Parkway to the north, Eastchester Road to the East, the Amtrak Northeast Corridor tracks and Sacket Avenue to the east and south, and Bronxdale Avenue or White Plains Road to the west. Van Nest and Indian Village are the neighborhoods to the southwest and northeast, respectively. The Bronx Zoo is just west of the neighborhood, as is the New York Botanical Garden and the 700-acre Bronx Park.
The most striking landmark in Morris Park is the subway station, better known as the E 180th Street stop on the 2 and the 5 line. The history behind the landmarked building is pretty fascinating, too. Built in 1912, the architecture is of a grand Italian villa, originally part of the New York, Westchester and Boston Railroad, which was sold to New York City in 1937. It is worth touring the interior of the station as the artwork is unique and beautiful. It’s about a 50 minute ride to Midtown Manhattan via the 2 or 5.
Alternately, you can take the Bronx M10 express bus, which takes just under 60 minutes to travel from Morris Park Avenue to 23rd and 5th in Manhattan. Driving, you have the Bruckner Expressway, Cross Bronx Expressway and Hutchinson River Parkway to choose from.
In 1888, Morris Park, named after John A. Morris, was the site of a racetrack for horses. Operating from 1890 to 1904, it was the site of the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in 1890. Morris Park Racecourse hosted the Belmont until 1905. When it burned down in 1910, the property was divided into lots that would become Morris Park.
Morris Park is home to the Bronx’ largest public hospital, Jacobi Medical Center. In addition, there’s the Bronx Psychiatric Center, Calvary Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center and the research centers for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Changes are in store, however, for the Bronx Psychiatric Center. It was recently announced that a 1.9 million square foot mixed-use office, academic and medical complex will be built on the 33-acre site.
The project, at a cost of $16 million, is expected to create 1,900 construction jobs and several thousand permanent jobs.
The best phrase to describe Morris Park would be “quaint and charming.” This is a neighborhood full of pride of ownership, which is evident on almost every street you walk down.
Due to the popularity of the area, homes rarely get listed for sale. When they do, a single family home sells for $500,000 or less. There are also two, three and four-family homes that would be priced close to $700,000 (for a four-family.)
Rentals, however, are more plentiful. One bedroom apartments start at $1,300/month, 2 bedrooms at $1,600 and three bedrooms, two baths and outdoor space begin at $1,900.
Whether you’re looking to rent or purchase, you’re likely to find that Morris Park is a wonderful choice as your next place to live.