Morris Heights


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Richard Morris, a Captain in the British Parliamentary Army, sailed from Barbados in 1670 to buy this land on the east bank of the Harlem River for himself and his brother, Lewis. Before the Manor of Morrisania was sold off nearly two centuries later the family would produce a signer of the Declaration of Independence, a United States Senator and a mayor of New York City. While the Morris name has faded from public consciousness, a more recent arrival from the Caribbean made history in the neighborhood that continues to resonate with Morris Heights’ residents today. Jamaican immigrant Clive Campbell started hip hop music in the guise of DJ Kool Herc during parties he gave in the recreation room of his high-rise at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. Multi-family units like that predominate in Morris Heights, either high-rises or converted pre-war housing stock rehabbed into duplexes. Most of the neighborhood's 45,000 people are renting with only a few dozen residential properties selling each year. The population of Morris Heights, bounded by Burnside Avenue to the north, Jerome Avenue to the east, the Cross Bronx Expressway to the south and the Harlem River to the west, is primarily Hispanic or African-American. Shopping and South American and Caribbean cuisine can be enjoyed along bustling Burnside Avenue and, when it is time to relax, the locals head for 25-acre Roberto Clemente State Park on the Harlem River. Having received a $20 million makeover in recent years the waterfront oasis features a multi-purpose recreation building and an Olympic-size pool complex. Residents catch the No. 4 train along Jerome Avenue; Midtown Manhattan is a 40-minute ride away. By Doug Gelbert

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Rental Prices:

$563 ― $1,036

Sales Prices:

$136,000 ― $249,000


Roberto Clemente State Park

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