7. Little Puerto Rico in Clason Point, The Bronx
Nestled on a peninsula in the South Bronx near Harding Park is Little Puerto Rico, which is about 80% Latino and Hispanic, with Puerto Ricans constituting the largest ethnic group. Its narrow streets and small former bungalow houses (there is often very little space between homes located across from each other), this neighborhood is strikingly different from others in the city. There are chickens roaming around the houses, some of which have small vegetable gardens and colorful decor. There are also nearby fishing locations and vacant “desert-like” areas.
Many Puerto Ricans moved here in the 1960s, and by the 1990s, people were calling it “Little Puerto Rico.” The area used to be mainly Irish, Italian and Jewish; however these immigrants could not own this property. Then, a pioneering group of Puerto Ricans and other Latino groups arrived and bought most of the 250 bungalow homes, renovating them and gradually making the area a close-knit community of their own.