Fordham Road NYC is manage by the Fordham Road Business Improvement District (BID). We are a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and work closely with the city of New York to encourage community and economic engagement.
WHAT IS A BID?
BID stands for Business Improvement District, a local non-profit group created to improve a commercial district, in which property owners and businesses agree to assess themselves a marginal additional amount to provide extra services in order to improve the local business climate. The BID’s services do not replace city services; only add to them. By law, the city cannot reduce existing services in BID areas. Property owners and businesses within the BID themselves decide which services to provide. The BID is a non-profit corporation and its board of directors is made up of local property owners, merchants, residents, and elected official representatives. Like any other corporation, a BID produces an annual report, holds an annual meeting, adopts an annual budget, and is audited annually.
WHAT DOES THE FORDHAM ROAD BID DO?
The Fordham Road BID focuses on sanitation, marketing and promotions and capital improvement projects for the Fordham Road area. Our sanitation services include both street cleaning and snow removal services seven days a week, graffiti removal for street furniture, and community beautification projects, including tree plantings, banner installation and annual holiday lighting. Business marketing and promotions currently include production and distribution of area map and guides, programs and events (such as a discounts and newspaper advertisements) and conducting frequent outreach to the press to generate editorial coverage of the neighborhood.
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT SHOPPING ON FORDHAM ROAD?
Fordham Road has over 300 specialty shops and chains to choose from that offer clothing, jewelry, shoes, electronics, discount outlets, cell phones, games & accessories, and many restaurants. Fordham Road is a one stop shopping destination and is the largest shopping district in the Bronx and the third largest in New York City.
IS FORDHAM ROAD ACCESSIBLE?
Fordham Road is a major transportation hub that is accessible by both public transportation and car.
Subway: Take either the D train to Fordham Road or the 4 train to Fordham Road. Click here for more information about riding the subway.
Metro-North Railroad: Take the Harlem line to Fordham Road Station. Click here for more information about riding Metro-north.
Bus: The 1, 2, 4A, 4B, 9, 12, 17, 22, 32, 34, 41, 55, 60, and 61 lines all have stops on Fordham Road.
The BX12 and the BX12 SBS run through the entire length of the shopping area. Click here for a map of the MTA’s bus routes in the Bronx.
Parking locations around Fordham Road:
- Provo Parking LLC: 2468 Tiebout Avenue (718) 362-2766
- Municipal Garage: 2478 Jerome Avenue (718) 786-6621
- Gem Parking Corporation: 268 East 188th St. (212) 753-6116
- Valentine Parking LLC: 250 East 187th St. (718) 365-248
- LAZ Parking: One Fordham Plaza (718) 365-2900
- GG Express Parking LLC: 421 East 187th St. (718) 220-6429
FORDHAM ROAD: PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
The Fordham name in the Bronx has its beginnings in 1671 when Governor Lovelace gave a Manor grant to Dutchman John Arcer. John established Fordham Manor which stretched from the Harlem River on the west to the Bronx River on the east and from High Bridge on the south to Spuyten Duyvil on the north. During this time, the only direct passage to the Bronx from Manhattan was a shallow crossing through the Harlem River. A small number of Dutch families that were originally living in the Harlem area settled around this crossing in Fordham Manor. The name Fordham has its origins from this crossing and settlement – the words “ford” and “ham,” meaning houses by the shallow area or a wading place.
The Fordham area and Fordham Road we know today stems from the Fordham Manor, but it has its closest ties with the rural Fordham Village that developed around the New York Central Railroad station of Fordham on Webster Avenue and Fordham Road, and St. John’s College (now Fordham University). Before the 1900’s, like much of the Bronx at that time, the Fordham Village was composed of small farms and estates. In 1845, this rural atmosphere attracted the renowned writer Edgar Allan Poe who moved into a cottage in Fordham Village where he wrote “Annabel Lee” and “The Bells.” The Fordham community continued to gain popularity with the opening of the New York Botanical Gardens in 1891.
During the early 1900’s, the emergence of inexpensive and accessible rapid transit like the Third Avenue El, the Jerome Avenue IRT, and the IND under the Grand Concourse drew a large influx of people to Fordham from Manhattan and the lower Bronx. With the sprouting multicultural population came more neighborhood stores and larger businesses to serve the booming community. This included the construction of the $4 million Loew’s Paradise Theater in 1929 and the opening of an Alexander’s department store in 1938. Fordham Road went on to replace 149th Street (the Hub) as the Bronx’s prominent shopping and entertainment center.
Today, Fordham Road’s successful mixture of small independent shops and national and regional chain stores has kept it as the largest and most prominent shopping district in the Bronx. With over 300 businesses and a bustling, vibrant community, Fordham has been a center for recent innovative renovations and projects such as the $1.3 million installation of historic street lighting secured by the BID and many other City initiatives including the installation of new bus shelters and dedicated bus lanes. Our most recent redevelopment projects include Bryan Park and Fordham Plaza which opens in 2016.