The Bronx, the northern borough of New York City, is a cultural melting pot and the third most densely populated county in the United States. The Bronx has an amazing and rich history (it’s the birthplace of hip hop and, by extension, the dominant youth culture of the entire world.
The name “Bronx” originated with Swedish born Jonas Bronck, who established the first settlement in the area as part of the New Netherland colony in 1639. According to a 2013 Census Bureau estimate, 54.6% of the population was of Hispanic or Latino origin, 45.8% was white, 43.3% was African American, 4.2% Asian, 3.0% American Indian, 0.4% Pacific Islander, and 3.3% of two or more ethnicities making the Bronx an extremely diverse cultural borough. So as you can see, there is an extensive Latino community and here are 5 reasons Latinos are choosing apartments for rent in the Bronx NY…
The Bronx is home to many venues worth spending time at like Yankee Stadium, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx Zoo, Edgar Allen Poe Cottage, the pubic gardens at Wave Hill, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. In recent years, artists from the Bronx and beyond are showcasing their work at the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial where more than 100 artists use their work to explore issues such as migration and women’s rights. All year long there are festivals and parades celebrating the heritage of a variety of Latino countries. Each year in May, “Bronx Week” is celebrated with the best the Bronx has to offer and a family-friendly parade as the grand finale.
Bronx apartment: Exciting Latino Night Life
There are almost 200 Italian restaurants and pizzerias in the Bronx! Latino or not who doesn’t like pizza?! Tripadvisor.com highly recommends Full Moon Pizzeria and Restaurant and ranked it #1. Full Moon Pizzeria is located at 602 E 187th Street at Arthur Avenue in the Belmont neighborhood, very reasonably priced and open until 10pm every night, except Sunday they close at 9pm. If your evening plans include dancing, the Beso Lounge and Restaurant in the Norwood neighborhood is the place to check out. The Beso Lounge is like no other place in the Bronx. The drinks are NOT watered down, the music is great (a little bit of everything), there’s plenty of room to dance, a drama free, mature crowd, hookahs and the staff are absolutely amazing. The Sampler Platter is a must try! It’s a guaranteed delicious combination of Guava Ribs, Coconut Shrimp, Chicken Chunks and Fried plantains. Be sure to call ahead for reservations and your table will be waiting for you. If you’re feeling sassy and need to salsa, enjoy Salsa Con Fuego located at 2297 Cedar Avenue at Landing Road. Salsa con Fuego is a 12,000+ sq. ft. venue equipped with a performance stage, lounge and a splashy restaurant offering Latin bites, specialty drinks, entertainment & salsa dancing. Average cost is $80 for two people (approx.) with alcohol.
There’s a new vision for public schools – Bronx Latin School.
Rooted in its commitment to the community, and grounded in the love of learning, the Bronx Latin School is for students in grades 6 through 12. Bronx Latin is ranked in the top 50 high schools in New York City and offers a challenging program of arts and sciences, and encourages serious scholarship, independent thought and clarity of expression. The school’s partnership with Lehman College provides accelerated students an opportunity to participate in “College Now” courses beginning in their junior year. AP classes are offered in Spanish, Statistics and US history. There is a dress code, and extracurricular activities include National Honor Society, guitar club, BRASS League, and many school sports teams: flag football, soccer and basketball.
Latino Community Churches near your Bronx apartment
There’s approximately 20 Catholic churches in the Bronx, however not all Latinos are Catholic. There’s an uplifting church to worship with the community… with animated gestures and to the beat of tambourines, the parishioners of Iglesia Pentecostal Vida Nueva en Cristo (New Life in Christ Pentecostal Church located at 423 East 141st Street and Willis Avenue, Bronx, NY) reply to the praise shouted by Puerto Rican pastor Luz González. The pastor, who was raised a Catholic, converted to Pentecostalism 29 years ago. Pentecostalism offers an alternative religious faith that is often connected to the spiritual and material needs and wishes of Hispanics. When pastors are Latino, they speak the parishioners’ language, and the focus on divine salvation and the solution of everyday problems responds to the social and economic reality of the believers.
Apartments for Rent Bronx NY
There are a lot of great things to be said about the Bronx. Everything you could possibly need (laundromat, bodega, grocery store, deli, coffee shop, subway, bus station, dollar store, department store, etc.) is generally within walking distance, and 24 hour stores are easy to find. There aren’t as many tourists in the Bronx as there are in Manhattan. There’s a much more communal and familial vibe in the Bronx, but if you want Manhattan, it’s just a train ride away. If you’re searching for the best Bronx rental apartment it’s Parkchester, a 129 landscaped acre planned community in the eastern Bronx. Parkchester is made up of 171 four-sided brick buildings, either 8 or 13 stories in height and was designed with aesthetics in mind as evidenced by intricate patterns of brickwork. The development contains 500 terra cotta statuettes and 600 plaques such as bullfighters, animal figurines, soldiers, mermaids and Native American chiefs. Parkchester, the most vibrant and affordable in NYC Bronx rentals, offers reasonably priced apartments that are spacious and airy with windowed kitchens and bathrooms. One bedroom apartments are as low as $1,230 per month, $1,585 for a two bedroom apartment and $1,890 for a three bedroom.
At Parkchester the residents appreciate the family atmosphere and maybe you will too.