Morris Park, The Bronx (History)

(Neighborhoods In The Bronx)

neighborhoods_bronx_morris_park_300x300Morris Park is a neighborhood geographically located in the east Bronx borough of New York City in the United States. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community Board 11. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise are: Pelham Parkway to the north, the Amtrak/Metro-North tracks to the east and south, and Bronxdale-Muliner Avenues to the west. Williamsbridge Road and Morris Park Avenue are the primary thoroughfares through Morris Park. The local subway is the IRT Dyre Avenue Line, operating along Esplanade Avenue. Zip codes include 10461 and 10462. The area is patrolled by the 49th Precinct located at 2121 Eastchester Road. The neighborhood has been known for its large Italian American population.

Morris Park is named after Henry Lewis Morris (d. 1915), once a prominent land-owner in the Bronx and direct descendant of Lewis Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was one of the last property owners of the Morris family of Morrisania whose estate once totaled 3,000 acres (12 km). He is also the founder of one of America’s oldest and most prominent law firms, Morris & McVeigh, established in 1868.

Morris Park has a population over 25,000. The neighborhood is majority Italian-American, although Morris Park is also home to Eastern European immigrants as well as a sizable amount of Albanians & Hispanics.