Located in the East Bronx, Morris Park brings you close to some of the best family-friendly attractions in the outer boroughs, including Pelham Bay Park and the Bronx Zoo.
The neighborhood is bounded by Pelham Parkway to the North, Hutchinson River Parkway to the east and East Tremont Avenue to the south. It main thoroughfares are Williamsbridge Road and Morris Park Avenue, where you’ll find supermarkets and places to eat.
As one of the most established enclaves in the outer boroughs, Morris Park offers a diverse mix of housing options, including detached row houses, low-rise apartment complexes, and multifamily buildings with beautiful red brick exteriors.
It is also known for popular attractions like the annual Columbus Day Parade, which has been running since 1977, and the Bronx Military Museum, which showcases an array of military memorabilia.
Most residents get around by car. Daily commute options include the number 5 train, which passes through the eastern side of the neighborhood and serves residents at two stations, and the BxM10, which offers trips to the city.
The proposed Metro-North station site along Amtrak’s Hell Gate Line is planned near the intersection of Morris Park Avenue and Basset Avenue. Once completed, the station will connect the neighborhood to Manhattan, Westchester and Connecticut.
The neighborhood traces its history back to 1888 with John A. Morris, whose company, the Westchester Racing Association, purchased 152 acres on the fringes of the Old Bear Swamp. The company built an opulent (though short-lived) horse racetrack and clubhouse on the site, which shuttered in 1904.
The racetrack was repurposed to a formal airfield in 1908. The biggest dirigible of its time was built on the site, and one of the first gliders was launched from the racetrack.
The racetrack was destroyed in a fire in 1910. The neighborhood started growing around the site in the 1920s with the construction of the first houses and streets.
Today, Morris Park has emerged from the ashes of the old racetrack as one of the best places to live in the outer boroughs with varied real estate options and access to top NYC attractions.
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