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Morris Park, Bronx NY
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Morris Park is a quiet Bronx neighborhood where you’ll find a rich Italian-American culture. The middle- and working-class neighborhood is so much like an Italian community that you’ll often hear people waving and saying “Ciao!” when you walk around. Italian newspapers are displayed on store shelves and people are watching Italian TV programs. Morris Park is also where you’ll also find the best pizza and cannoli in New York. There are even Italian flags decorated around town! It is this culture that attracts people to live in Morris Park. You’ll also see a diverse mix of other cultures as the neighborhood’s peacefulness attracts a wide variety of middle and working class citizens.



Morris Park is part of Community 11 of the East Bronx, where it is bordered by Pelham Parkway, the Amtrak Northeast Corridor and Bronxdale-Muliner Avenues. It actually occupies what used to be a vast racetrack or air field, with Van Nest to the southwest and Indian Village to the northeast end. Red brick, two-story houses lined up streets where parking slots are painted red, white and green.


Morris Park was once home to a large racetrack for racing horses and later, cars. The racetrack was built by John Albert Morris in 1889 and was named Morris Park Racecourse, which was operational only until 1904. After being abandoned, the racetrack became a venue for speed and endurance tests for new automobiles until 1910 when the area was destroyed by a fire. After that, the land was split into neighborhoods and the Morris Park residential community was completed in the 1970’s.



You can easily get to Morris Park through the main roadways Williamsbridge Road and Morris Park Avenue. You can also use the #5 and #2 subway lines. The #5 train stops at Bronx Park East and Morris Park while the #2 train stops at Bronx Park East. A number of MTA buses also service the area.



There are two public schools in Morris Park – Public School 83 on Rhinelander Avenue and Public School 108 on Neill Avenue. Public School 83 teaches from Kindergarten to 8th grade, so it is a combined elementary and middle school while P.S. 108 is just for elementary grades. For high school, there is Herbert H. Lehman High School on East Tremont Avenue. St. Francis Xavier School and Our Saviour Lutheran School are parochial schools.


The center of activity in the area is the 700-acre Bronx Park with baseball, soccer and football fields. Nearby there are also the famous New York Botanical Garden  and the Bronx Zoo which are very busy with their programs especially on weekends.

The most famous activity in Morris Park is the Columbus Day Parade which occurs on the Sunday before Columbus Day. Previous Grand Marshalls include Tony LoBianco, Chazz Palminteri, Regis Philbin and Yankee first baseman Joe Pepitone.

Morris Park is a very quiet but friendly community of people mostly of Italian origins. The crime rate is very low and it is easy to walk around and talk to other residents. The town sits in almost the center of the Bronx area, but the homeliness of Morris Park will make you feel that you are actually in Italy.