University Heights is true to its name: it does occupy the heights – er, rather, a hill overlooking the Harlem River – and it is home to an institution of higher education. Whereas this was once the location of a New York University campus, today it's occupied by the Bronx Community College, which has about 11,000 students. The campus retains a grandiose atmosphere thanks its design by the famous 19th century architect, Stanford White.
The college takes up about a third of the neighborhood's real estate and there's not much else going on here. A few casual restaurants, some shops, a deli, and a grocery store are all you'll find. But since the bustling area around Fordham University is just one neighborhood away, you've got dozens of more options within walking distance.
This is a renter-heavy community and many residents live in subsidized housing but you will find a mix of housing types here, from family-sized homes to apartment buildings to rowhouses.
University Heights has decent bus service and access to a subway line that heads south into Manhattan.
University Heights is bordered on the north by Kingsbridge Heights, on the east by Fordham Heights, on the south by Morris Heights, and on the west by the Harlem River.
Wall Street: 14.3 miles / 40-80 minutes by car / 65 minutes by transit
Rockefeller Center: 10.5 miles / 40-80 minutes by car / 50 minutes by transit
Stamford: 29.5 miles / 45-80 minutes by car / 70 minutes by transit
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