The Bronx portion of the 16th Congressional District contains approximately 45 percent of the district’s population. It is also home to more than half a dozen ethnically diverse neighborhoods. Some of the most populous ethnicities here include Irish, Hispanic, Italian, Albanian, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Jamaican and other Caribbean countries. The neighborhoods represented by Congressman Engel include North Riverdale, South Riverdale, Fieldston, Spuyten Duyvil, Woodlawn, Wakefield, Williamsbridge, Edenwald, Baychester, Co-op City and Eastchester.
Several notable higher education institutions are located in the 17th Congressional District, including Manhattan College and the College of Mount Saint Vincent.
Just up the hill is Riverdale, where Congressman Engel lives; and the neighborhood of North Riverdale, home of Mount Saint Vincent College and Manhattan College; and Wave Hill, a beautiful botanical garden and outdoor art gallery looking out to the Palisades.
South of Riverdale is Spuyten Duyvil, a sub-neighborhood, located on the Harlem Ship Canal across from northern Manhattan.
Moving further east you come to the neighborhoods of Williamsbridge and Woodlawn, home of the famous Woodlawn Cemetery where Bat Masterson, Duke Ellington, Celia Cruz, Miles Davis, robber baron Jay Gould (see Irvington below), Irving Berlin, and Lionel Hampton are buried. Next is Wakefield, notable for its large Caribbean population; and Eastchester, where Congressman Engel spent his early years.