Living in Port Morris
The "Gateway to the Bronx," rentals in Port Morris can be found along a strip of the southernmost portion of the borough. This heavily industrial neighborhood offers urban pioneers the possibility of cheap apartments. Unfortunately, prices here stay low, as violent crime rates remain high. While there are businesses serving residents, the neighborhood remains sparsely populated and can feel desolate. It's divided from Manhattan by the Harlem and East rivers and from the rest of the Bronx by the Major Deegan and Bruckner expressways.
In 1842, Port Morris was home to a deep-water port along the East River. Factories and warehouses came along to take advantage of the river trade, but manufacturing has since moved on. Examples of this early industrial architecture remain, but many other buildings fell to a wave of arson in the 1970s. Now, residential buildings are being rehabilitated as low-income housing and some early signs of gentrification have begun to sprout.
Port Morris Lifestyle and Entertainment
Bruckner Boulevard is the primary thoroughfare in Port Morris, but there isn't much to choose from. Bruckner Bar & Grill and Picanteria El Botecito are two of the non-fast food restaurants. Djembe Bar & Restaurant is also a quiet place for a drink in the neighborhood. To find a supermarket, you'll have to head to Mott Haven.
While there are ball courts at Pulaski Park, there's no green space in Port Morris yet. Perhaps the group attempting to convert the site of the old Port Morris gantries into a riverfront park will be successful.
Port Morris Info and the Rental Market
Port Morris has two small residential pockets of about 1,500 people, the vast majority of whom are of Puerto Rican descent. Over half of Port Morris residents receive public assistance. A newer group of adventurers and artists have moved in, but gentrification has yet to really take off. Rents are low here, averaging just $775 a month.
There are a string of subway stops on the other side of the expressway from Port Morris. You can catch the 6 train on the IRT line at stops along E. 138th Street. The neighborhood is just across the river from upper Manhattan and the 6 will take you down Lexington Avenue all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge.
Port Morris Resources
There are few resources in Port Morris. You can find a US Post Office on East 139th Street and a branch of the New York Public Library in Mott Haven. Bronx Community Board No. 1 covers Port Morris.
Port Morris Zip Codes
Port Morris is primarily in the 10454 zip code.