Mott Haven Neighborhood Review: Bronx Moving Guide

Rachel McCray

Rachel McCray

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Mott Haven is a high-density residential neighborhood.

It is surrounded in two directions by water - The Bronx Kill waterway to the south and the Harlem River to the west, with Manhattan being directly across the water.

It is bounded by East 149th Street to its north and the Bruckner Expressway to the east, and surrounded by the neighborhoods of Melrose, Woodstock, and Port Morris.

The residents are primarily Hispanic/Latino - largely Puerto Rican.

One thing outdoorsy residents love about Mott Haven is the easy access to the Randall's Island Connector.

In this Mott Haven neighborhood review, we'll look into public transportation, restaurants, average apartment rent and sale prices.

There are many large public housing complexes. In fact, it contains the highest concentrations of NYCHA projects in the Bronx.


However...

The South Bronx in in the midst of a development boom so many newly-built apartment complexes, brownstone-style row-houses and modern 2- and 3-unit row-houses are attracting renters and buyers alike.

The past several years has seen a significant rise in the number of new modern developments, luxury mid-rises, and condos, opening up in the area, attracting a new group of renters.

Although, there are residents concerned about gentrification, with the changes come improved amenities to the neighborhood, such as gyms and trendy eateries.
There are three historic districts located in Mott Haven. They are:

  • Mott Haven - mostly residential, four and five-story row houses dating to the last half of the 19th century
  • Mott Haven East - consists mainly of beautiful brownstones
  • the Bertine Block - consists of mainly yellow-faced brick brownstones

Fun Fact: The Bronx is the greenest borough in New York City, with the highest percentage of land dedicated to parks.

Public Transportation

The only subway serving Mott Haven neighborhood is the 6 train which operates along East 138th Street.

The buses are not in short supply, however!

Here is a list of the local buses:

  • Bx1
  • Bx2
  • Bx15
  • Bx17
  • Bx19
  • Bx21
  • Bx32
  • Bx33

For all the drivers out there, Mott Haven is served by many bridges including:

  • Triborough Bridge
  • Third Avenue Bridge
  • Madison Avenue Bridge
  • 145th Street Bridge
  • Willis Avenue Bridge

Subway lines in neighborhood

  • 4 5 6 6

    IRT Lexington Avenue Line

  • 2

    IRT Broadway–Seventh Avenue Line

Average Rent Prices

Here are the average rent prices in the Mott Haven neighborhood:

Studio1 bedroom2 bedroom3 bedroom
$1,779$2,039$2,410$2,533

Public and Charter Schools

Mott Haven is located in NYC district #7.

This densely populated residential neighborhood has 26 primary and secondary schools.

Academic Leadership Charter School is considered one of the best in the area.

Here are just a handful of public and charter schools located in Mott Haven:

SchoolInformationNotes
Mott Haven Academy Charter SchoolCharter - K-5 - 292 studentsIntegrated family support services, rigorous college-preparatory program, all children in NYC are eligible
Academic Leadership Charter SchoolCharter - K-6 - 376 studentsStrong art and music programs, students perform at or above grade level, rigorous academics, frequent testing
Success Academy Bronx 1Public charter - K-4 - 676 studentsStudents perform above average on state tests, attentive teachers, diverse student body, 18: student-teacher ratio
South Bronx Charter School Inter Cultures And ArtsCharter - K-5 - 434 studentsDual language program, Complaints on lack of organization and unprofessionalism, ceramics classes.
Ps 49 Willis AvenuePublic - PK-5 - 688 studentsDual language program, admits children from across district, caring and teacher professionalism
Academy of Applied Mathematics and Technology (AAMT)Public - 6-8 - 304 studentsStudent-teacher ratio of 14 to 1, focus on technology and innovation, career day and many extra-cirricular activities, debate team
Bronx Charter School for ChildrenPublic charter - K-5 - 432 studentsStrong reading, math and arts program, extended-day/extended-year program, offer small classes, five co-teaching classes
KIPP Academy Charter SchoolCharter - K-12 - 985 studentsabove national rates for high school and college graduation, strong academic foundation
Green Dot NY Charter SchoolPublic charter - 9-12 - 376 studentsChallenging and vigorous academic program, 2016 National Blue Ribbon school, 98% graduation rate
P.S. 161 Juan Ponce De Leon SchoolPublic - PK-5 - 520 studentsStrong arts program, diverse student body, 12:1 student-teacher ratio

Restaurants

When you have a lot of people, you need a lot of places to eat! Besides the great latin food, a number of cool beer gardens, juice bars, and taverns have opened up.

Mott Haven has your pick of cuisines from around the world.

Here are just a few:

Charlie's Bar and Kitchen - Delicious American cuisine served in large portions. Live music on weekends. Located in historic Clock Tower building. Word has it that their fried chicken is a taste of heaven!

La Morada - Family-owned Oaxaca-Mexican Restaurant comprised of undocumented workers. Serves authentic indigenous food from the southern coast of Mexico. Vegan options available.

Ceetay - Mouthwatering spicy tuna rolls and noodle bowls presented as a work of art. Overall, a relaxing and fun dining experience with super attentive staff and affordable prices.

La Patrona Restaurant - This is a favorite spot among locals. This stylish, cozy and clean restaurant serves up yummy Mexican food at a reasonable price. The Sangria is on point!

How Safe is Mott Haven Neighborhood?

Crime statistics

Crime rate: 7 of 10

Approximately 33.3473 crimes (felony) per 1000 residents

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