List of Bronx neighborhoods


List of Bronx neighborhoods

This article features a list of neighborhoods in the Bronx, one of five boroughs of New York City.

When using this article, note that names of many (but not all) neighborhoods in the Bronx are popular based on their historical pedigree and the livability factor. However, this is not true for all neighborhoods in the Bronx; while someone living at East 213th Street & White Plains Road might prefer to describe their location simply as "Gun Hill Road" (a nearby thoroughfare) rather than "Williamsbridge", Riverdale, Throgs Neck, and others have greater popularity. Riverdale known for its aristocracy (John F. Kennedy resided there once), large mansions, and amenities (subway and commuter rails and views of the Hudson River) and Throggs Neck which has a bridge named after it and its waterfront beach communities located on the Long Island Sound account for their popularity respectively.

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Regions of the Bronx

Generally speaking, there are two major systems of dividing the Bronx into regions which often conflict with one another. The older of the two systems (used below), which is arguably a more accurate reflection of the area's history, divides the Bronx into two major sections:

  • West Bronx: all parts of the Bronx west of the Bronx River (NOT Jerome Avenue - this street is simply the "east-west" divider for designating numbered streets as "east" or "west." As the Bronx's numbered streets merely continue from Manhattan, on which the street numbering system is obviously based, Jerome Avenue actually represents a longitudinal halfway point for Manhattan, not the Bronx.)
  • East Bronx: all parts of the Bronx east of the Bronx River (NOT Jerome Avenue)

The Bronx River divides the borough nearly perfectly in half, putting the earlier-settled, more urban, and hillier sections in the western lobe and the newer, more suburbanesque coastal sections in the eastern lobe. It is an accurate reflection on the Bronx's history considering that the towns that existed in the area prior to annexation to the City of New York generally did not straddle the Bronx River. In addition, what is today the Bronx was annexed to New York City in two stages: areas west of the Bronx River were annexed in 1874 while areas to the east of the river were annexed in 1895.

Using this system, the Bronx can be further divided into the following regions:

  • Northwest Bronx: the northern half of the West Bronx; the area north of Burnside Avenue/183rd Street and west of the Bronx River
  • Southwest Bronx: the southern half of the West Bronx; the area south of Burnside Avenue/183rd Street and west of the Bronx River
  • Northeast Bronx: the northern half of the East Bronx; the area north of Pelham Parkway and east of the Bronx River
  • Southeast Bronx: the southern half of the East Bronx; the area south of Pelham Parkway and east of the Bronx River

The second and perhaps more common system used today divides the borough first and foremost into the following sections:

  • South Bronx: the Southwest Bronx - south of Burnside Avenue/183rd Street and west of the Bronx River
  • North Bronx: all areas not in the South Bronx (Southwest Bronx) - i.e. the Northwest Bronx, Northeast Bronx, and Southeast Bronx

This system gives rise to alternate meanings to the terms "Southwest Bronx", "Southeast Bronx", and "Northeast Bronx." These alternate meanings are as follows:

  • Southwest Bronx: the western portions of the South Bronx; in particular, the neighborhoods of Highbridge, Melrose, Morrisania Mount Eden, and Morris Heights. While the "Southwest Bronx" literally means the southwestern quadrant of the Bronx in the older system, here it refers to the southern half of the borough's western fringe.
  • Southeast Bronx: the eastern portions of the South Bronx (Castle Hill, Pelham Bay, Westchester Heights) and/or the eastern outskirts of the Southeast Bronx (Ferry Point Park, Throgs Neck.)
  • Northeast Bronx: the eastern portions of the North Bronx; in the older system, this term refers to the northern portions of the East Bronx, or more simply, the literal northeastern quadrant of the Bronx. In effect, the definition of "Northeast Bronx" in this system is the equivalent of the term "East Bronx" in the former.

Below is a list of neighborhoods in the Bronx, organized primarily by the older and more appropriate system of regional classification.

West Bronx

Northwest Bronx

South Bronx (Southwest Bronx)

East Bronx

Northeast Bronx

Southeast Bronx

†Large scale housing developments

Islands

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