Built on a former racetrack, the residential neighborhood of Morris Park has mostly one- and two-family homes — and one of the highest populations of Italian-Americans in New York City, leading to robust celebrations during World Cup season.
Table of Contents
- 1 Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Morris Park?
- 2 Our Trial Attorneys Focus on Asbestos Claims
- 3 Award-Winning Lawyers Serving Morris Park
- 4 Our Top-Rated Law Firm Gets Results
- 5 Our Legal Services
- 6 Key Features of the Area
- 7 Brief History of Morris Park
- 8 Location
- 9 Interesting Facts About Morris Park
- 10 Directions to Belluck & Fox from Morris Park
Need a Personal Injury Attorney in Morris Park?
The nationally recognized personal injury lawyers at Belluck & Fox have more than 20 years of experience obtaining just compensation for individuals and families who have been seriously harmed due to the negligence of others. Our powerful litigation team has the skills and the resources to take on the most serious cases, and our lawyers do not back down from a fight for justice.
Our Trial Attorneys Focus on Asbestos Claims
Asbestos is a cancer-causing material that for decades was commonly used in industrial, commercial and household materials. Asbestos has been shown to cause the deadly cancer mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and many other serious illnesses. The companies that produced asbestos-containing materials knew of the dangers but failed to warn the public.
Our NYC mesothelioma law firm fights for the rights of individuals and families who are struggling to cope with mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases. We have in-depth knowledge on the jobsites across New York where asbestos was used, and we stop at nothing to hold these negligent companies accountable.
Award-Winning Lawyers Serving Morris Park
Our New York personal injury attorneys are proud to have earned recognition from a number of professional legal publications and review services, including:
- The National Law Journal
- Best Lawyers
- Super Lawyers
- Martindale Hubbell
Our Top-Rated Law Firm Gets Results
At Belluck & Fox, we have built a long track record of securing full and fair compensation for our deserving clients. Our nationally respected litigation team has recovered more than $1 billion for injured and ill individuals and families. Read more about our case results.
Our Legal Services
Our experienced NYC lawyers handle a range of complex personal injury claims involving:
- Defective products
- Dangerous pharmaceuticals
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Asbestos diseases
- Slip and fall accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Truck accidents
- Dog bites
- Wrongful death
Key Features of the Area
Located in the center of the Bronx, Morris Park is named after businessman John Albert Morris, who built the Morris Park Racecourse here in 1889. The venue hosted both the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes horse races, as well as auto racing, before a fire destroyed the racetrack in 1910.
The neighborhood grew from the racetrack site, attracting a large population of Italian-Americans. Although significant numbers of Albanian, Asian and Hispanic residents have moved here over the past decade, the area’s Italian heritage is strong. Morris Park is known for its annual Columbus Day parade, begun in 1977, and after Italy’s 2006 World Cup victory, more than 30,000 people came to the neighborhood for an all-day party.
Morris Park has three notable hospitals and a distinguished medical school. Yeshiva University’s Jack and Pearl Resnick Campus of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is based at 1300 Morris Park Ave. NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi is located at 1400 Pelham Parkway South; Jack D. Weiler Hospital is located at 1825 Eastchester Road; and Calvary Hospital is at 1740 Eastchester Road. The neighborhood also is home to the Bronx Psychiatric Center, 1500 Waters Place, on the Bronx Campus of Mercy College.
Morris Park has a number of mom-and-pop retailers and restaurants, adding to its cozy feel. But it’s also within about three miles of two of the Bronx’s biggest attractions: the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo.
Brief History of Morris Park
1889: “Lottery King” and prominent horse racing figure John Albert Morris builds the Morris Park Racecourse on the future site of Morris Park.
1889 to 1910: The Morris Park Racecourse hosts the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes, auto racing and even a public air show before being destroyed in a fire.
1910s: The property is divided into lots, and the neighborhood of Morris Park begins to grow.
2010: Morris Park has about 40,000 residents, according to statistics.
Morris Park runs south from the Pelham Parkway South to just past Sacket Avenue, except for a portion south of Calvary Hospital that extends to Waters Place. Its eastern boundary is roughly past Bassett Avenue. Its western border extends southwest from Esplanade Avenue to Bronxdale Avenue.
Interesting Facts About Morris Park
- The Loreto Playground, which underwent a large renovation in 2012, offers a basketball court, a handball court and a roller hockey rink, as well as game tables, fencing, wheelchair-accessible equipment, and new benches and planting beds. The playground is named in honor of Alfred Loreto, a police officer and neighborhood resident who died in 1950 while foiling an attempted kidnapping of his neighbor.
- The John Dormi & Sons Funeral Home on Morris Park Avenue has a grass-roots Bronx Military Museum, a collection of medals and war memorabilia contributed by residents.
- Morris Park is featured in the films Raging Bull, Bad Lieutenant, True Love, The Seven-Ups, Summer of Sam, and Men in Black 3. Fittingly, former professional boxer Jake LaMotta, depicted in Raging Bull, once lived here. Other notable residents include mystery author Mary Higgins Clark and directors Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant) and Nancy Savoca (True Love).
Directions to Belluck & Fox from Morris Park
Belluck & Fox’s NYC office is located in Midtown at 546 Fifth Ave., 5th Floor, New York NY 10036. From Morris Park, head west on Morris Park Avenue and turn right onto East Tremont Avenue. Turn left onto East 177th Street and merge onto I-895 South. Continue onto I-278 West, and use the two right lanes to take Exit 46 for the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge (a.k.a. the Triborough Bridge). Use the two left lanes to take the FDR Drive south to Exit 10 for East 49th Street. Then turn left onto Fifth Avenue.
Our office also is reachable via public transportation, such as the 5 subway train. From the Pelham Parkway station, take the 5 downtown to Grand Central/42nd Street.
Other Areas We Serve In Bronx, NY:
- Bedford Park
- Belmont Arthur Avenue
- Co-op City
- Castle Hill