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Morris Park

A primarily residential area, Morris Park is full of converted single-family and two-family homes.

Italian flags Wave in this Bronx Neighborhood

You won't mistake the heritage of many of Morris Park's residents: the parking meters run red, white, and green and the biggest event of the year is the Columbus Day Parade.

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At a Glance

  • Namesake: In 1889, John Albert Morris built a racecourse that hosted elite events, such as the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. A fire destroyed the course in 1910.
  • Big screen: Morris Park has served as a location for several classic films, including Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull and Spike Lee's Summer of Sam.
  • Notable names: Best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark and TV host Regis Philbin both grew up in here. The street on which Philbin was born and raised is now named in his honor.

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About Morris Park

The residential Morris Park neighborhood is steeped in Italian-American culture. You'll find generations of Italian-Americans living in two-story redbrick houses, Italian flags decorating the streetlamps and some of the best pizza and cannoli in all of New York. On Morris Park Avenue, which runs through the center of the neighborhood, white-haired men sip espressos at tables set up on the sidewalks, just as they've done since the early 20th century, when Italian-American immigrants first moved Read More [+]

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