Kingsbridge

Bronx

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Neighborhoods in the Bronx don't come much older than Kingsbridge - European habitation dates to the English in the 1660s; King's Bridge was erected as a toll bridge to Manhattan in 1693 by Frederick Philpse. It was the first time Manhattanites could reach the mainland without a boat. Some roots may stretch back even further. The Sister Tree at Corlear Avenue and West 231st Street is one of the city's oldest trees and so massive the sidewalk splits to navigate past the stately sycamore. By contrast the landmark Episcopal Church of the Mediator under its shade is a mere child, having been raised with local fieldstone in 1855. Kingsbridge is nestled in a steep valley between Riverdale and Kingsbridge Heights, so steep that stairways with over 150 steps link some north-south thoroughfares. Locals call them "step streets." The neighborhood boundary to the north is Van Cortlandt Park where the New York Philharmonic sets up shop on summer evenings and the southern edge is 225th Street. The go-to commercial strip in Kingsbridge is along Broadway. Kingsbridge was once Irish and working class; it remains solidly middle class, but these days the abundance of one- and two-family brick houses are likely to contain South American and Central American families. When it's time to eat, the Garden Gourmet food shop, with premium aged cheeses and top cuts of fresh meats is a favorite destination and, if it's lunchtime, Loeser's Old Fashioned Kosher Deli has been dishing out award-winning pastrami and knishes for 50 years. When it's time to play, the old Kingsbridge Armory is being developed into an ice sports arena with nine rinks. The 1 Train makes two stops in Kingsbridge and a small armada of city buses head for Manhattan each day. By Doug Gelbert

Neighborhood Highlights

Trains:

1

Buses:

Bx1
Bx3
Bx7
Bx9
Bx10
Bx20
BxM1
BxM2
BxM18

Rental Prices:

$698 ― $1,810

Sales Prices:

$168,000 ― $434,000

Landmarks:

Manhattan College, Van Cortlandt Park

School Districts:

10

Police Precincts:

50

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