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Mott Haven, Port Morris, the Piano District, or the South Bronx. No matter what you call it, the area is now a great place to visit from all over, according to The New York Times.
The southernmost tip of New York City’s northern borough has been named 51st in a list of 52 “places to go in 2017.” Long plagued by crime and other social ills, the South Bronx is a neighborhood where “things are turning around,” the Times wrote, citing signs of gentrification.
Artisanal coffee shops, art galleries, boutiques, and notable restaurant openings are all evidence the Times uses to call the South Bronx a desirable place to visit, in the same vein as Madagascar (19) and Budapest (50).
The South Bronx is mainly an industrial area that’s been called on the verge of “revival” since at least 2013. Real estate developers and agents have taken to calling it the “Piano District” in listings and advertisements in order to entice prospective residents who might be turned off by the South Bronx name.
With all of this attention, gentrification could now be a concern in the South Bronx. Median rents for a one-bedroom apartment rose 46% from 2013 to 2016, and in August 2016, they reached $1,700 in Mott Haven, real estate startup Neighborhoodx told Gothamist.
The Times notes that crime is still a problem for the neighborhood, though crime rates in the South Bronx (and the rest of New York City) have fallen sharply since the ’90s.