The stakes have never been higher for the Bronx. The borough, long dogged by a bad reputation left over from the Bad Old Days of the 1970s and ’80s, has made enormous strides in the past decade or so. Its population is rising, outpaced by only Brooklyn (of course) in growth in the past year; and by many other measures—economic growth, number of businesses opening, housing creation—the Bronx is booming.
And real estate developers are taking notice: There are no fewer than a dozen high-profile projects (commercial, residential, and recreational) that have the potential to reshape life in the Bronx, from the redevelopment of the Bronx Post Office to the potential construction of tall residential towers in Mott Haven. But with those changes, of course, comes the fear that longtime residents will be pushed out in favor of shiny new developments.
With all that in mind, we present Curbed’s first-ever Bronx Week. The purpose is simple: to take an in-depth look at a borough that’s not covered nearly as frequently as Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, but that's on the threshold of major changes. (And yes, Staten Island, we've got you covered—a theme week is coming later on in the year.) We'll be looking at the changes coming to the Bronx—the new developments that are set to alter its landscape—while also checking in with residents and notable Bronx boosters to get a sense of what it's like to live in the borough right now. We also want to shine a light on some of the Bronx's underrated gems, and look back at the history of the borough and how it got to where it is today.
And to get things going, we've put together a Bronx-themed playlist for your enjoyment—consider it a mood-setter as you immerse yourself in the Boogie Down borough this week. If you've got something to say, hit the tipline. Without further ado, let's get this party started.
- All Bronx Week coverage [Curbed]