The South Bronx neighborhood Mott Haven, named after iron works owner Jordan Mott who purchased the land in 1849, has been home to a range of industries throughout the 19th and 20th centuries including metal works, stone yards, and even pianos. While these manufacturing buildings and facilities are no longer in operation, many historic buildings and infrastructure projects still exist if you know where to look:
1. Abandoned South Bronx Rail Line
Located from East 163rd Street to East 141st Street by the waterfront (picture taken from Southern Blvd near 142nd Street), the abandoned South Bronx Rail Line’s next life is a current topic of debate, with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. arguing that the site should be turned into a new “lowline” park. Since this strip of vacant land won’t be redeveloped anytime soon, you’ll have plenty of time to visit this 20 block stretch filled with fantastic graffiti, and not so fantastic trash.