Michelle Rivera has lived in Grand Concourse for most of her life and says her childhood in the area was one to remember. Rivera, who is currently studying to be a paralegal, and her husband Christopher, 25, live with her parents and 8-month-old son, Christopher Jr. Her grandmother moved into their 1925 apartment in 1985. Four generations of her family have lived in the neighborhood and they plan to stay.
What do you love about Grand Concourse?
The trains are so close. I can get to anywhere in the city because they're so central.
What’s the best memory you have from growing up here?
I would have to say the ice cream truck and playing in the snow during the winter. When Mr. Softee or the coquito [Spanish ices] man came, my siblings and I would just light up.
Why do you want to raise your son here?
[To show] him where I grew up and show him what I did as a kid. That and the [schools are] very good here. Knowing that he can go to the same school I went to is pretty neat -- a lot of my teachers are still there.
Do you mind living in such a busy area?
Yankee Stadium creates a lot of traffic and we don't have much parking -- that's the only downside. When it gets too crowded around here no one wants to go out.
What do you think Concourse will be like in 10 years?
More cultures, there would be more diversity. Because the rent is so high in Manhattan and the other boroughs, more people are moving to Concourse. I can see it being overcrowded. It's nice to see the differences though. When my mom moved here there were all Jewish people. It's nice to see the changes as you get older.
(Credit: Michelle Rivera)