Neighborhood: Van Nest
Population: 13,495. 31,853 people per square mile. (city-wide: 26,798 people per square mile)
Public Transit: 2-5 (E 180 St, Bronx Park East). There are plans for a future Metro-North stop on a line serving Penn Station.
Adjacent Neighborhoods: Bronxdale, Pelham Parkway, Morris Park, Parkchester, West Farms.
What’s Here?: Van Nest is a small neighborhood of low-slung single-family homes, many worn but still solid, tucked up against the southeast edge of the Bronx Zoo and centered around White Plains Road and Morris Park Avenue. The standard array of pizza joints, bodegas, and other retail outlets can be found on the main streets, and stately churches hold down several corners.
Flat or Tall?: Flat, though multi-story residential and commercial buildings dot corners. The low-lying terrain prompted long-ago workers to raise the street level, sometimes after older houses were built, making for some odd-looking entrances.
History: Originally a railroad bedroom community, the area built up around a depot on the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad, run by Abraham Reynier Van Nest in the late 19th century.
Activities: Befitting its roots as a sleepy suburb, most activities more ambitious than getting a slice or running to the hardware store require leaving the immediate neighborhood, though the less-crowded south entrance to the Bronx Zoo is right around the corner. Also adjacent is the Bronx River Greenway, which offers easy access for runners and bikers. The Bronx River Alliance supports a wide range of activities from historical walks to kayaking along its shaded, leafy banks.
Check it out: Van Nest still has a bit of a 1950s-style New York cozy, insular neighborhood sensibility to it. That’s reflected in a recent walking tour called “Raviolis to Cannolis,” and a recently formed organization that has helped make parks and playgrounds safer, and is agitating to make sure the new Metro-North station is called Van Nest and not Parkchester.
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Van Nest is located within 10462. This area currently has 78,725 residents in 29,438 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this zipcode are currently unmarried and have a median age of 35.1.
When looking at residents older than 25, 28.27% have graduated from high school, 15.54% have a bachelor's degree, and 8.77% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 59.3% and the median income in this zipcode is $48,315.
At least 77.59% of those living in this zipcode rents their homes. Most residents will commute to work by public transportation with an average commute time of 46.4 minutes.
Geographically, 10462 is a part of Bronx County, New York. This county is currently home to 1,436,785 residents, or 490,740 households with a median income of $35,302. Bronx County, New York residents have a median age of 33.3 and 80.93% are currently renting their homes in the area.
Finally, Bronx County, New York is a part of the greater New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. For those unfamiliar with the area, The New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area is currently home to a population 18,812,161 across 6,707,347 households. Those living in this urban area have a median income of $68,319 and median age of 37.8. In general, at least 50.07% of the residents are currently renting their homes in this area.