3.7 out of 10

Highbridge

Ranked 42nd best neighborhood in The Bronx
40.8377895873922 -73.9274828043636
Great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Internet Access
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping Options
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Students
  • Professionals

Reviews

2/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
Oct 12, 2012

"Highbridge: One of the More Interesting Bronx Nabes"

Highbridge is a neighborhood up the hill from Yankee Stadium and sort of isolated by steep hills. Geographically located in the Southwest Bronx and part of the political "South Bronx", it is quite a hilly neighborhood with excellent views. Its claim to fame is an iconic viaduct bridge that connects the Bronx with Manhattan and has been closed for some years (though this is suppose to change in the near future.)

Some of the streets run at almost 45 degree angles and the neighborhood is accessed by a few street staircases, which are unique to the West Bronx and Upper Manhattan to access streets that may be parallel to one another, yet many flights up. There is an odd arrangement of new, state of the art affordable housing, many dilapidated tenements, formerly elegant art deco buildings, multi-family houses, private homes with gardens, and mini-mansions from the turn of the century. There are lots of houses of worship, including a beauty of a stone church from 1888. As a non-profit professional, this neighborhood does better than average as far as social services, daycare, and programs for children go.

Having said that, unfortunately, like the rest of the South Bronx, Highbridge has fallen on tough times. A higher than average number of residents rely on Section 8, welfare, and many apartment buildings double as "scatter site" homeless shelters (that is, have individual apartments leased by the Dept. of Homeless Services.) Drug use is still an issue, as is teen pregnancy, poor performing schools, and street crime.

In summary, Highbridge is a low-income neighborhood worth a visit but not necessarily a great place to raise a child.
Pros
  • The architecture: a mish-mash of many types of apartment and single-family dwellings
  • The namesake: Highbridge, a viaduct that crosses over the Harlem River
  • Lots of social services and non-profits
Cons
  • Low-income
  • Drug addiction, teen pregancy, crime, and homelessness
  • Many residents do not take pride in maintaining their neighborhood
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Gay & Lesbian
2/5
Jun 17, 2009

"Highbridge, Bronx, New York"

Highbridge is located in the southwest area of Bronx, New York. Highbridge has a wonderful community programs such as the Highbridge Community Life Center it's about neighbors helping neighbors in this small community. Highbridge has drastically higher drop out rates and incidents of violence in its schools. The Children have to be searched and walk threw metal detectors. Just like any other urban community Drug addiction is also a serious problem.
Recommended for
  • Singles
3/5
Apr 15, 2009

"Nice Looking, But not for Me"

This might be the hood right across the Harlem River from Washington Heights and just north of Yankee Stadium, but it isn’t all that bad looking of a neighborhood (most of the time). There are the rolling hills that continue on from the Heights, and a decent amount of foliage so that the streets are pleasantly green in the warmer months. So – it looks okay, but I don’t think I would consider living here. Parts of the neighborhood are for low-income residents, and though there are streets with plenty of shops, the Bronx is just too far from my bar and culture hangouts to make anything they have up there worth the commute.

Best Streets in Highbridge

1

West 170th St

2.5/5
"Commercial, Commercial, and more Commercial"
40.8408498242382 -73.9233371917321

Unranked Streets in Highbridge

Summit Ave

2.5/5
"Near The River"
40.83330173939 -73.9301481859234
"A Horrible Looking Street"
40.8367906081253 -73.9266761414096
"Commercial and School Zone - Not Much Else"
40.838369899682 -73.9250724867443
"Schools, Schools, and More Schools"
40.8400487225919 -73.9246085450325
"Just a Side Street"
40.8434962530614 -73.9248164189351