There are some great many Bronx places to visit when you have some time on your hands in New York City. Though the “Boogie Down Bronx” remains notorious for violence and crime even today, its overlooked history and gems make this fourth-largest borough of NYC worthy of recognition outside of Manhattan’s popularity.
1520 Sedgwick Ave.
This is the exact location where hip-hop was born, a nondescript high rise that the NY Times called “an otherwise unremarkable high-rise just north of the Cross Bronx and hard along the Major Deegan.” The community room on the first floor of this building was where Clive Campbell , a.k.a. D.J. “Kool Herc,” originated the break-beat D.J. style, where the breaks of funk songs, the most danceable part, were isolated and repeated. Later, artists would sync words by timing them with these beats, producing rap music.
The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
This is the actual home where Edgar Allen Poe, who needs no introduction, spent the last few years of his life (1846-1849). The house, located in the Fordham section of the Bronx, is part of the Historic House Trust, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
City Island is a tiny little island that is included in the Bronx’ domain. It resembles a small New England town, due to its small population (~5,000) and the seafood culture, primarily lobster. Boating is a popular sport in this Bronx neighborhood, and there are four yacht clubs that cater to enthusiasts. The recent movie City Island (2010), is set and was filmed here;it won the Audience Favorite Award at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. A diving service and bird watching club are also located on this island.
Home to one of the most famous sports teams in the world, The New York Yankees, Yankee Stadium is referred to as the “house that Ruth built,” referring to Yankee’s legendary player, Babe Ruth. However, this is not the actual stadium, as the city finally paid for a new stadium to be built right across the street from Babe’s former home.
Yankee Stadium is the third-most expensive stadium ever built, at a cost of over 1.5 billion USD (2009). While you’re there, check out the Yankee Museum, located on the lower lever at Gate 6.
Pelham Bay Park
Most people believe that Central Park in Manhattan is the largest public park in the city, but that is quite wrong; Pelham Bay Park, located in the northeast corner of the Bronx, is actually more than 3 times larger than its Manhattan counterpart. Be sure to check out Ocean Beach, a public beach area that is part of Pelham Bay Park.
New York Botanical Garden
This garden is home to some of the world’s most important fauna laboratories, and it is a top attraction by locals and tourists alike. It has thousands of varieties of plants and trees and such, along with a variety of exhibitions each week. It is located at 2900 Southern Boulevard.
One of the world’s most famous zoos, the Bronx Zoo is also the largest metropolitan zoo in the world, sitting on 265 acres of land. It is home to over 4,000 animals from over 650 species, and has many popular indoor and outdoor exhibits. The zoo is open every day of the year, and can be visited for free on Wednesdays, though donations are suggested.
An estate located in the Bronx’ Riverdale neighborhood, Wave Hill consists of flower gardens, a greenhouse, and a cultural center overlooking the New Jersey Palisades across the Hudson River.
Sitting on over 400 acres of NYC’s land, this cemetery is known as the resting place of some of the most famous politicians and industrialists of the last few centuries; Miles Davis, William A. Clark, William Durant, Thomas Nast, Robert Moses, and Herman Melville are some of the over 300,000 people buried here. It is renowned for some of the most imaginative mausoleums and unique memorials.
Van Cortlandt Park
Another park located in the Bronx that is actually larger than its famous Manhattan sibling, Central Park, Van Cortlandt Park is named for Stephanus Van Cortlandt, who was the first native mayor of New York City. Located within the park is the Frederick Van Cortlandt House, which is the oldest building in the borough (1748). The park is loved for its ideal, central location in the borough, as well as the solitude that it provides to many residents.
Bronx Equestrian Center
This equestrian facility is also located in Pelham Bay Park and offers Western- and English-style riding lessons, along with pony rides, trail rides and haywagon rides for the little ones.
Bronx Museum of the Arts
This art museum shows some great examples of 20th century American art, though also holding exhibitions from time to time of art from other backgrounds.
Hall of Fame for Great Americans
This is the original “hall of fame,” the one that started the phrase. Almost every famous American ranging back hundreds of years can be found honored here, on the campus of the Bronx Community College.
Bronx Little Italy (Arthur Ave.)
Arthur Ave and E 187th St. used to be the center of what was “Little Italy” in the Bronx, not to be confused with the one in Lower Manhattan. Though it is past its heyday, you can still find remnants of the Italian influence here in the nearby shops, delis, and bakeries.
Rebel Diaz Arts Collective
Closed, it seems, unfortunately. Rebel Diaz was a hip-hop group of two Chilean brothers that used to incorporate political themes into their verses. The RDAC is a space for younger crowds to learn and perform, with workshops and artistic space provided. Meet some of the sharpest minds in poetry and verse, straight from the neighborhoods where it was born.
Bartow-Pell Mansion and Carriage House
The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a historic museum located within Pelham Bay Park. It is one of the finest historical Bronx places, and a National Historic Landmark, with Greek Revival interiors.
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