Highbridge, Bronx

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Neighborhood of The Bronx
Looking north from 161st Street pedestrian overpass at Major Deegan Expressway
Looking north from 161st Street pedestrian overpass at Major Deegan Expressway
Highbridge is located in New York City
Location in New York City
Coordinates: 40°50′14″N 73°55′45″W / 40.8372222°N 73.9291667°W / 40.8372222; -73.9291667Coordinates: 40°50′14″N 73°55′45″W / 40.8372222°N 73.9291667°W / 40.8372222; -73.9291667
Country  United States
State  New York
City New York City
Borough Bronx
 • Total 1.57 km2 (0.605 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 35,227
 • Density 22,000/km2 (58,000/sq mi)
 • Median income $25,860
ZIP codes 10452
Area code 718, 347, 646
The High Bridge, part of the old Croton Aqueduct
PS 11, 1257 Ogden Avenue
Sacred Heart School, 1248 Nelson Avenue

Highbridge is a residential neighborhood geographically located in the central-west section of the Bronx, New York City. The neighborhood is part of Bronx Community Board 4. Its boundaries, starting from the north and moving clockwise are the Cross-Bronx Expressway to the north, Jerome Avenue to the east, East 161st Street to the south, and the Harlem River to the west. Ogden Avenue is the primary thoroughfare through Highbridge. ZIP codes include 10452. The area is patrolled by the 44th Precinct[2] located at 2 East 169th Street. NYCHA property in the area is patrolled by P.S.A. 7 at 737 Melrose Avenue in the Melrose section of the Bronx.


Highbridge has a population of around 35,227. Prior to the 1960s, Highbridge was a predominately Irish American neighborhood.[3] Today the vast majority of residents in the area are of Dominican, Puerto Rican and African American descent. Almost half of the population lives below the federal poverty line.[4][1]

Land use and terrain[edit]

Highbridge is dominated by townhouses and 5 and 6-story apartment buildings. The total land area is roughly one square mile. The terrain is elevated and very hilly. Stair streets connect areas located at different elevations.

Low income public housing projects[edit]

  • There are three NYCHA developments located in Highbridge.[5]
  1. Highbridge Gardens; six, 13-story buildings.
  2. Highbridge Rehabs (Nelson Avenue); three, 5 and 6-story rehabilitated tenement buildings.
  3. Highbridge Rehabs (Anderson Avenue);


The neighborhood takes its name from the High Bridge built in 1848 by Irish immigrants[6] to carry Croton Aqueduct water across the Harlem River. Up until the late 1960s, the residents of Highbridge were predominantly of Irish, Italian and Eastern European Jewish descent. They have since been replaced by large numbers of Hispanics and African Americans.[3]



  • PS 11: High Bridge (Merriam and Ogden Avs)
  • PS 73: Joseph Dellacava (West 165th St and Anderson Av)
  • PS 114x: Luis Llorens Torres Schools (West 166th St and Cromwell Av)
  • PS 126: Dr. Marjorie Dunbar (West 166th St and University Av)
  • PS 199: William Shakespeare (West 172nd St and Shakespeare Av)
  • PS/IS 128: Rafael Hernandez Dual Language Magnet School (West 167th St and Gerard Av)
  • IS 361: The Highbridge Green School (200 W. 167th Street), a 2014-2015 Chancellor's Showcase School


  • Sacred Heart School (168th and Nelson Av)[7]



  1. ^ a b c "Highbridge neighborhood in New York". Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  2. ^ "44th Precinct". Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Bronx Irish Americans: American Irish History in the Bronx". Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Bronx Community District 4
  5. ^ NYCHA
  6. ^ Winant, Edward (1996). The Hydraulics Revolution: Science and Technical Design of Urban Water Supply during the Enlightenment. West Virginia University. 
  7. ^ Sacred Heart School

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