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Living In: Port Morris


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Living in Port Morris is the very definition of living in a blue-collar neighborhood. Not just in terms of economics, but in its history, structure and even its façade. Everywhere you look, you see the signs of a once bustling part of town, heavy with manufacturers and workers who helped to build New York into a hub of industry. From the grand old brick and mortar factories, to the smokestacks, to the warehouses, to the old railroad tracks you know you are in the most industrial part of the Bronx. The neighborhood was named after Gouverneur Morris Jr., who was the son of a founding father, but perhaps more importantly, Morris, Jr. was a major entrepreneurs of the 19th century. He became the Vice-President of the New York and Harlem River Railroad. Port Morris is flanked on two sides by water ways: the East River and the Harlem River. It was a popular port of call for trade ships or even military ships during the Revolution which brought weaponry and armaments. Long after the Revolution, the railroads were built, and it proved to be the key to maintaining its foothold on manufacturing. It was the freight trains that were responsible for the transfer of goods and supplies from the ships to the factories, and also to the other boroughs. Oak Point Yard, still remains in Port Morris, and is still used by CSX for local deliveries to the areas' marketplace. Some of the factories that still stand are used as storage facilities. Others have been converted to offices. Some factories are still used as such, and there are even a sprinkling of new factories and small businesses that are keeping the neighborhood's past alive. There are a couple of pockets of residential areas where you'll find mostly multi-family homes and a few mid-rise apartment buildings. In spite of its small population, it has a fair share of services in the way of groceries and household supplies.

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