Real EstateCity LivingBronx Throggs Neck offers a quiet life, stunning views and new amenities By Jason Shaltiel [email protected] Updated July 13, 2016 12:21 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email A sprawling golf course, boat docks, a tennis club and private beaches are amenities not often associated with the Bronx, but that’s what you’ll find in Throggs Neck. The residential peninsula has been a little-known gem for decades, according to locals — but new amenities could put it on the map in the near future. For example, along the Hutchinson River Parkway, a 300,000-square-foot shopping center was built in 2014, and the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, an 18-hole, 72,000-yard public golf course, opened last year. “People love Throggs Neck because it’s very idyllic: It’s quiet [and] it does have some charm,” noted Ramona Vicenty, a real estate broker with Citi Habitats who moves properties in the neighborhood. “It has a lot of history and you’re living in a place where you have amenities at your fingertips.” And despite being right outside Manhattan, it “still has a suburban feel,” she said. Like in a suburb, public transit to the neighborhood is limited, with four bus lines and no subway stations, so most residents have cars. But locals have access to the New York Tennis Club at 3081 Harding Ave., the oldest in the city, which first opened in 1886 and once included former President Theodore Roosevelt and songwriters George and Ira Gershwin in its member roster. Today, membership prices range from $675 to $900 for the five-month summer season, and $300 for full-time students under the age of 22. For those who would rather spend their summer days lounging by the waterfront than playing golf or tennis, there are several private beaches. They include the Manhem Club at 658 Clarence Ave., which has a waitlist for applications, and the Turners Club at 748 Clarence Ave., which also features a gymnastics center and float for docking boats. Dining by the waterfront is also available at restaurants like Paddy’s on the Bay at 50 Pennyfield Ave., which offers food, drinks and live music on its deck, and Ice House Cafe at 140 Reynolds Ave., where patrons can enjoy crab cakes and lobster bisque during the summer. For more casual eateries, head to East Tremont Avenue, where Throggs Neck’s once-thriving Irish and Italian communities are still present at eateries like Tosca Cafe, at 4038, which serves Italian food with outdoor seating, and The Wicked Wolf, at 4029, a traditional Irish pub. With all its waterfront fun and other activities, it’s no surprise that home prices in Throggs Neck outpace the rest of the Bronx. The area offers everything from private houses — like those under the Throggs Neck Bridge at Locust Point that have their own boat launches — to the Throggs Neck Houses, a public housing complex with 29 buildings and more than 2,800 residents. There are also new condo developments, including the Bridgeview Estates on Schurz Avenue, and gated co-op communities including Silver Beach, with 451 single-family homes, and Edgewater Park, which has 675 private homes and bungalows. “I live next to the water and that’s nice,” said Laly Leiva, 26, a store manager who moved to Throggs Neck a year ago because it appealed to her as a nice place to raise her son. “The view mostly is what makes it. It’s really nice, peaceful and breezy.” According to the listings site StreetEasy, the median sales price in Throggs Neck was $383,500 in 2015, up 6.5% from $360,000 in 2014. The median sales price in the Bronx as a whole in 2015 was $339,000, the site found. Though renting is less common in the neighborhood, the median monthly rent price in Throggs Neck in 2015 was $1,875, which rose from $1,125 in 2014, according to StreetEasy. The median rent price in the entire borough in 2015 was $1,500, the site reported. The higher cost compared to the rest of the Bronx is worth it, according to Matthew Gbur, a 37-year-old salesman for Wise potato chips who grew up in the Bronx and moved to Throggs Neck with his girlfriend a year ago. “I’ve been coming here my whole life and I like it ... it really is a great area,’“ Gbur said. “It’s definitely a pearl that’s overlooked.” Find it: Throggs Neck is bordered by Westchester Creek to the west, the East River to the south and Eastchester Bay to the north. Its western boundary is Bruckner Boulevard. Throggs Neck restaurants Photo Credit: Linda Rosier The Wicked Wolf4029 E. Tremont Ave.An Irish pub with an eclectic menu and outdoor seating. Wickedwolfny.comCabo3764 E. Tremont Ave.A Mexican eatery with a unique flare to its tortas, burritos and tacos and extensive drink specials. Cabobx.comRino's Italian Restaurant3938 E. Tremont Ave.An old-school Italian eatery that serves huge portions of seafood and classic dishes.718-863-5324 Bars and nightlife Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Bridges Bar4100 E. Tremont Ave.Catch the game at this local sports bar.347-398-9144Throggs Neck Clipper3599 E. Tremont Ave.A cozy neighborhood pub with a classic Irish facade.Facebook.com/throggsneckclipperPaddy's on the Bay50 Pennyfield Ave.See live music every Sunday at this waterfront bar and restaurant.Paddysonthebay.com Where to shop Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Gravity3760 E. Tremont Ave.Find fashion-forward apparel at this urban boutique.Gravitynyc.coFrank Bee Stores3435 E. Tremont AveThis eclectic shop specializes in costumes and party supplies.Frankbeecostume.comBruckner Hobbies3587 E. Tremont Ave.A toy and hobby store that carries remote-controlled airplanes, train sets and more.718-863-3434 Transit basics Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Buses:Bx8, Bx40, Bx42, BxM9 Things to do in Throggs Neck Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point500 Hutchinson River ParkwayAn 18-hole, 72,000-yard public golf course that opened in 2015 and expects to open its clubhouse within the next year.Trumpferrypoint.comThe Maritime Industry Museum6 Pennyfield Ave.Located within Fort Schuyler and staffed entirely by volunteers and SUNY Maritime students, this museum offers education regarding the U.S. maritime industry, commercial shipping, the Port of New York and exhibits on the history of Fort Schuyler.718-409-7218New York Tennis Club3081 Harding Ave.The oldest tennis club in the city, established in 1886, offers its members unlimited court time and hosts social functions. Membership fees range from $675-$900 for the five-month summer season, and $300 for students.Newyorktennisclub.com Throggs Neck in pop culture Photo Credit: NBC / Michael Parmelee The 1990 film "Awakenings" starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, and Spike Lee's "Summer of Sam," which came out in 1999 and starred John Leguizamo, Adrien Brody and Mira Sorvino, both had scenes filmed in Throggs Neck. Several episodes of the TV shows "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Storage Wars: New York" were also filmed in the area. Drummer Charlie Benante and bassist Frank Bello, of the heavy metal band Anthrax, are both from Throggs Neck. Throggs Neck real estate data Photo Credit: Linda Rosier Median sales price: $383,500 Number of units on market: 31 Median rental price: $1,875 Number of rentals on market: 70 (Source: StreetEasy) The buzz Photo Credit: Linda Rosier A non-profit organization trying to open a group home in Throggs Neck is facing opposition from local residents.The Services for the UnderServed (SUS), which helps provide housing for the developmentally disabled in New York, bid to purchase a home at 267 Graff Ave. for $600,000 in June that would house six adults.Bronx Community Board 10, which represents Throggs Neck, rejected the plan."People were concerned about the size of the house, whether it would be adequate to the needs of the SUS. They just don't think it's something that will work very well on their block," a representative of Community Board 10 said, adding that locals were also worried that the home could lower property values in the area.Under the city's Padavan law, which passed in 1978, community boards have 40 days to protest a plan to build a group home. If it's rejected, the plan then goes to the commissioner for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), who has 90 days to rule on it.The current OPWDD commissioner, Kerry Delaney, is currently reviewing the plan and cannot comment until she reaches a decision, according to her spokeswoman, Jennifer O'Sullivan.According to a spokesperson for SUS, another group home has been in Throggs Neck for years and has not caused problems for the community. SUS could not confirm the address of that group home."All Americans have the right to live in the neighborhood of their choice," a SUS spokesperson said. "Services for the UnderServed is following the requirements of for site development: when Community Board 10 reached their decision, we took the case to the OPWDD commissioner to rule a final decision about this site." Q&A with Melissa Liebman, manager of Tosca Cafe Photo Credit: Jason Shaltiel Melissa Liebman, who has managed the Italian restaurant Tosca Cafe at 4038 E. Tremont Ave. for 11 years, bought a condo in Throggs Neck three years ago. Liebman, 37, chatted with amNewYork about the neighborhood and how it has changed since she started working at the eatery.What is your favorite thing about Throggs Neck?The waterfront is the biggest thing that I like, being right by the water ... you have a view of the city and both the White Stone and Throggs Neck bridges, so you're not just looking out into vast water. Growing up in Long Island I never thought I'd live in the Bronx, but once you get here you realize what there is to it.How would you sum up the area?It's a very family-oriented town. I don't have a family, but it's a homey, suburban sort of area. You don't see as many buildings and stuff like that, it's more houses and residential.Is this a good place to live for singles?Yes. There's definitely a lot going on. There's a lot of new restaurants in the area -- they're calling Throggs Neck the new restaurant row. There are a lot of trendy spots around here. A lot of people come [to Tosca Cafe] on first dates or to meet people, and not just here but in the local vicinity. It's definitely a younger area, because Maritime College is right here ... The only negative aspect is that it's not easily accessible by train or bus if you're coming from outside. You usually have to drive.How has the neighborhood changed over the years?I think it's becoming more corporate. Like [businesses on East] Tremont Avenue were very family-run before, but now you're seeing a lot more corporate restaurants and corporate businesses coming in which can hurt those mom-and-pop shops. By Jason Shaltiel [email protected] Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.