Fordham consists of a group of western Bronx neighborhoods (University Heights, Morris Heights and Mount Hope.), which make up Bronx Community Board 5. The district also includes the expansive Bronx Park, home to New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo. Fordham is bordered by Fordham Road on the north, Southern Boulevard on the east and Jerome Avenue on the west. Fordham Road, the borough’s longest retail district, offers a wealth of chain and independent stores for apparel, home goods, sports and more. The rich diversity here is made up of Latin Americans, African-American and Albanian populations, as well as a longstanding Italian community.
The main rapid transportation options are the IND Concourse Line (operating under the Grand Concourse, which includes the B and D train lines) and the IRT Jerome Avenue Line. Additionally, multiple bus routes serve the area.
There are over 30 religious institutions of most denominations servicing residents. A wide assortment of heath centers and hospitals, including the well-regarded Saint Barnabas, are located nearby. Fordham is home to School District #9 and #10, which collectively total over 20 public elementary schools and 11 junior high schools. High schools include Academy for Language and Technology and Theatre Arts Production Company School. Fordham University is just one college with a campus here. Bronx Community College, Monroe College, Manhattan College and Bronx Community College are among some of the many others in the area.