"Gentrification has slowly but surely begun to rear its ugly head," Shannon Lee Gilstad, a Bedford Park resident and community activist says. But this "microcosm of New York City" still has a lot to offer. Speckled with Art Deco gems and the home of Lehman College, Bedford Park is the kind of New York City neighborhood where "the more things change, the more things stay the same."
"City Island has a very small-town feel to it. I can't even walk up the block to the deli without running into and talking with someone I know," John Doyle, a 25-year neighborhood resident and member of the City Island Civic Association says.That small-town feel pervades the small neighborhood. "City Island has...been able to maintain its authenticity in times of change." With that, it can feel slow to evolve—Doyle says they're still waiting on FIOS.
Sam Goodman has been working as an urban planner for the office of the borough president for 15 years. He's also a third-generation resident of the Bronx's Grand Concourse neighborhood. Goodman praises the neighborhood as affordable and safe and full of parks. His one gripe? "The fact that I still need to take a subway ride if I want to buy a fresh loaf of Jewish rye bread that doesn't come in a package."
- All Bronx Week coverage [Curbed]