Mott Haven


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"Jordan Lawrence Mott bought this southern chunk of the Bronx for his iron works in 1849 and the neighborhood of European immigrants that grew up around the furnaces was as gritty as the industry itself. But there were pockets of stylish affluence as well; one block of eye-catching brownstones on Alexander Avenue was called Doctor's Row, another on East 134th Street was Judge's Row. Mott Haven, defined by East 149th Street to the north, gave rise to the geographic distinction of the ""South Bronx."" By the middle of the 20th century that term had become weighted with negative connotations. It did not help that master city planner Robert Moses had boxed in Mott Haven with highways: The Cross Bronx Expressway, the Major Deegan, the Sheridan and the Bruckner. The New York City Housing Authority energetically built large public housing complexes in place of the pre-War heritage brownstone rowhouses. Such circumstances have left Mott Haven on the sidelines in the rush to gentrification that other New York neighborhoods have experienced. Along with lower housing prices Mott Haven offers 20 parks (the largest is hilly St. Mary's with 35 acres), three small historic districts and a ten-minute express ride into central Manhattan. The seeds of an arts community have been sown by the Bronx Council of the Arts, which runs a monthly trolley-style bus tour through the neighborhood; antiques shops have taken hold along Alexander Avenue. The Bruckner Bar and Grill in the shadow of the Third Avenue Bridge has earned a reputation as one of the best restaurants in the Bronx. The 2,4,5 and 6 trains all stop conveniently in Mott Haven." By: Doug Gelbert

Neighborhood Highlights





Rental Prices:

$670 ― $1,400

Sales Prices:

$160,000 ― $328,000


St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Mott Haven Historic District, Bertine Block Historic District

School Districts:

7 8

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