Located next to Bronxwood and Olinville in the larger neighborhood of Allerton, this ethnically diverse neighborhood features some of the best green spaces in the Bronx with notable parks located within a mile and a half in each direction.
Allerton was named after Isaac Allerton, a Mayflower passenger listed on the Memorial at Plymouth Rock, even though he never lived here. There was little development here until the 1920s, when the subway was extended up White Plains Road. Bedrock found here allowed for the construction of high-rise development in areas that didn’t feature sandy subsoil. Laconia itself is known for several blocks of brick rowhouses as well as sections of duplexes, quadraplexes and a few single-family homes.
Standing out for diversity in an already diverse Bronx, it is inhabited by Eastern European Jews, Italians, Greeks and groups from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Mexico. The largest populations are African-American and Hispanic.
Known for fairly affordable rents and a setting that is a cross between urban and suburban, Laconia apartments appeal to those who appreciate simple living in the outer boroughs with access to the all the Bronx’s offerings plus local parks. The New York Botanical Garden is less than 15 blocks away while Pelham Bay Park is the largest in the city at 2,800 acres. Also in the area is the Bronx Historical Society and the Hall of Fame for Great Americans.
The Bronx has been home to many great authors, including Richard Price, E. L. Doctorow and Mark Twain. In this area, you can visit the former cottage of another author, Edgar Allan Poe.
Some say Fratelli’s offers the best Italian food around. El Acatlan is a popular place for Mexican food, while fresh wraps are a common choice at Green Light Cuisine.
While Laconia doesn’t offer the quickest commute to the city, the Dyre Avenue terminal is the main subway stop, though the BxM10 express bus might offer a more comfortable trip to Manhattan, which travels along Eastchester Road. The No. 2 and 5 subways will take about 45 minutes to Midtown. The Bronx River Parkway and Boston Road are the two quickest routes out of town by car.
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