Our List of the Best Neighborhoods in the Bronx

Finding the perfect neighborhood in New York City isn’t easy, especially with its notoriously difficult housing market. While housing and rent prices are climbing all over the city, one borough remains a hidden gem: the Bronx. New York’s northernmost borough, the Bronx is just south of Westchester County and north of the borough of Queens. Redevelopment projects that began in the Bronx in the 1980s have continued to revitalize this borough, attracting families and young professionals alike. Here’s our list of the best Bronx neighborhoods that are worth your time and attention.

Riverdale

Riverdale, which also includes North and Central Riverdale, conjures up images of exclusive real estate for many New Yorkers. Some of the homes here close to the Hudson River rival those seen in Greenwich, Connecticut or Scarsdale, New York. Riverdale also has quite the cultural cache: jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald was born here, as were John F. and Robert F. Kennedy.

Riverdale is recognized as one of the safest, and most family-friendly, neighborhoods in the Bronx. It’s only 25 minutes on the Metro-North rail to Grand Central, making it easy for Manhattan commuters. Popular spots here include the Riverdale Y and the Riverdale Children’s Theater, where many musical pilot productions have been performed.

Fordham

Located in West Bronx, Fordham is a prime example of the melting pot that is New York City as evidenced by the neighborhood’s many ethnic eateries. Most notable landmarks of this neighborhood include the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden, which occupy most of the space inside Bronx Park. Fordham is also home to the Rose Hill campus of Fordham University, an accessible yet prestigious private research university. This Bronx neighborhood is just a short 30-minute ride from Grand Central Station.

Woodlawn

Woodlawn, also known as “Little Ireland,” is a predominantly Irish-American, middle-class neighborhood in the northern Bronx. Attractions here include the Woodlawn Cemetery, which is filled with 400 acres of statues and monuments carved by some of the leading architects of the 19th and 20th centuries. Many celebrities and other famous figures are buried here as well. Residents also enjoy frequenting Van Cortland Park, which forms Woodlawn’s western border and is New York City’s fourth-largest park. Woodlawn is approximately 40 minutes from Grand Central.

Kingsbridge

Kingsbridge, which includes Kingsbridge Heights and Van Cortland Village, is a predominantly middle-class neighborhood in the northwest Bronx. Today, it boasts a predominantly Dominican population, although there is still a large historic Irish population. The John F. Kennedy Educational Campus, which includes four small public high schools and two charter schools, is located here and so is Manhattan College, a private, independent, and Roman Catholic liberal arts college. Getting to Grand Central from Kingsbridge takes between 40 minutes to an hour, depending on whether you take the subway, bus, or Metro-North.