A River of Change in the South Bronx
Throughout the history of New York City, the area rivers have been a keystone of industry and shipping, sometimes at the expense of the waterfronts themselves. Amid countless improvement projects in the city in recent years, some waterfront areas have begun to see a quiet renaissance. One such area that’s starting to see a dramatic transformation sits along the South Bronx River on the Hunts Point Peninsula. A patchwork of green is sprouting up in this area of the Bronx as parks come to fruition and the waterfront is revitalized.
This greenway, which was decades in the making and has future plans still ahead, has become an unexpected haven where nature and industry have started to coexist rather than compete. Teens gather along the shore for boating excursions while families picnic and fishermen sit by the water manning their poles. The changes occurring along the river are not only beneficial from an environmental perspective, they also foster a sense of community and connectedness for Bronx residents who had very little access to the natural waterway.