You already know that “safe” and “cheap” do not go together when looking for housing in New York City. However, just because this city is expensive does not mean there are not deals to be found. If you are going to pay “X” amount for rent, don’t you want to get the best value possible for your hard-earned money? Believe it or not, there is a neighborhood in this magical city where you can get an impressive amount of bang-for-your-buck. The Bronx!
The fact that Edgar Allen Poe spent the last few years of his life in the Bronx should get you intrigued enough to move here, but if that doesn’t do it for you there are plenty other reasons. Country Club, Schuylerville, Fieldston, and Woodlawn Heights are great areas. If you need to commute to Manhattan, check out Riverdale and Bedford Park. These are where hard-working, middle-class, community-oriented people live. Rent might not be that much cheaper than Manhattan or SoHo, but you won’t be able to spit from one side of your apartment to the other either.
Everything you need is right here in this neighborhood, so you do not have to worry about commuting out of the borough to go grocery shopping or to find happy hour at a cool pub.
- Shopping – You will find a variety of traditional and health food stores, including Garden Gourmet Market, Teitel Brothers Wholesale, Grocery Company, Foodtown, Barino’s Market, Aldi Food Market, and Apple Grocery and Deli.
- Restaurants – Italian food lovers will be in paradise here. Indulge in the best pasta, pizza and other Italian dishes at Trattoria Zero Otto Nove, Antonio’s Trattoria, Patricia’s, and Mama Lucia’s. Need some super budget-friendly options? Enjoy flavorful food and large portions at Neerob, Estrellita Poblana, Siam Square, Taqueria Tlaxcalli, and Hong Kong Restaurant.
- Happy Hour – Have a few drinks, enjoy some good food, and make new friends during happy hour at The Bronx Beer Hall, Bronx Ale House, The Bridge Tavern, Sapitos, Rambling House, and Gleeson’s Sports Bar and Grill.
Riverdale gets a special mention for being one of the most family friendly areas. This upper-middle class residential area has everything from early 20th century architecturally distinguished mansions to single landlord apartment buildings and cooperatives.
The New York City Department of Education serves the area, but Riverdale also boasts three top-tier private schools. There is a culturally rich area made up of numerous races, and several community organizations. Synagogues and churches are in abundance here.
Chances are good that you probably have not heard much about Grand Concourse yet, if you have heard of it at all. Grand Concourse Historic District was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1987, but it has only recently been starting to attract a little attention.
The construction of Co-op City, retirement to Florida, and migration to the suburbs left much of Grand Concourse vacant around 1970. Many structures simply deteriorated; others were destroyed by arson. When the population began to grow in the Bronx in 1990, an enormous amount of affordable housing construction came to the borough for the first time in two decades.
An $18 million restoration and landscaping project was completed in 2008, making this an up-and-coming area definitely worthy of consideration.
So if you’re looking to move to a neighborhood in NYC where you can get the experience of New York City without the high cost, the Bronx might be the place for you.