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Ask a Local

Illustration by Lyndon Hayes  

Neil Fitzgerald
Elite runner and after-school-program director; resident since 2010

What interested you in the neighborhood?
Years of running in Van Cortlandt Park.

What do you like most about it?
It’s less congested, safer, quieter, and better-smelling than just about any part of Manhattan. And it’s an easy trip to the Upper West Side, where I work. Also, my apartment’s spaces are all on an actual human scale—not cramped in the least.

What’s your favorite spot?
The Bronx Alehouse on 238th Street. The food is pretty good, but the selection of beers is great—I especially like the Blue Point.

What do you think the neighborhood needs?
If there was a bookstore-café combo, I’d be there. A good bakery. Maybe a movie theater?


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