This southwest Bronx neighborhood gets its name from the pedestrian crossing that stretches over the Harlem River to Manhattan’s Washington Heights. Built in 1848, it reopened in 2015 after being closed for many years. A quaint park with picnic tables sits at the base of the bridge. But the neighborhood’s bigger draw is the billion-dollar Yankee Stadium that opened in 2009, which borders Highbridge to the east.
The hilly one-square-mile area is bordered by the Cross-Bronx Expressway to the north, Jerome Avenue to the east, East 161st Street to the south, and the Harlem River to the west. The B, D and 4 trains are accessible at the 161st Street-Yankee Stadium station.
Highbridge is home to Puerto Rican and African-American populations as well as a growing numbers of immigrants from the Dominican Republic and West African nations. Homes here are a mix of high-rise apartments and historic pre-1939 buildings. There are a variety of houses of worship including a stone church built in 1888.
There are four public elementary schools and several high schools, including the prestigious Bronx High School for Medical Sciences. The neighborhood’s first middle school, the eco-minded Green School, opened in 2013. Highbridge Voices is a unique not for profit organization whose facility offers extended-day program offering academic services, music classes and performance opportunities for students. And when it comes to staying active, many neighborhood residents get their fitness fix at the sprawling, modern West Bronx Recreation Center, which features a dance studio, three basketball and two volleyball courts, and many outdoor fields. Classes and clinics are offered.