There’s a lot to love about the Bronx, just ask any Bronxite and they’ll be glad to tell you all about it. You’ll hear about things like the Yankees, of course, and maybe even that there’s a street named after the game of stickball. Ask for a little history about famous Bronxites and you’ll probably here about Nobel Prize winners, actors, artists, authors and, of course, baseball players. Did I say baseball players?
If you want to find out where to go in the Bronx and things to see, you’ll have plenty of choices like Hart Island, Orchard Beach, Little Italy, and Soundview Park. The diversity and rich history of this borough has helped to create a long list of attractions, parks, museums, music venues and just about anything else you could hope to find. Truly a community that has something to offer for all ages and tastes, the Bronx has a lot to offer locals and tourists alike.
Here are 5 things about people, places and other things that we just love about the Bronx.
- Pelham Bay Park
2,765 acres of nature, things to do and see, and wide open spaces, Pelham Bay Park is 3 times the size of Central Park and is the largest park in New York City. Nature trails, green-ways, and bike trails provide plenty of room to roam and stretch your legs. For those who prefer the water, there is kayaking and canoeing available to get a little workout and see the beautiful sites the park has to offer. Visitors can play tennis, catch a little league game or just have a picnic and people watch. Whatever you consider a “day in the park”, Pelham Bay is sure to please everyone.
No, not the kind you eat with tortilla chips, but the kind where you get up, get down and move those legs, you know, the dancing kind. That unique, sexy dance with its Cuban beats and flavor, may have been influenced by Puerto Rico, but its origins are all Bronx. The Puerto Rican influence really came into its own in the 50s and 60s as 1000s of Puerto Ricans migrated to the Bronx. A new country and a new neighborhood didn’t stop the immigrants from bringing along their Latino music and dance and the Salsa became not one of the Bronx imports, but one of its cultural exports, spreading across the country and the world.
- Edgar Allen Poe
For most of us, when we think of Edgar Allen Poe, we think of dark, brooding stories and maybe a castle or dungeon, you know, creepy stuff. But the Bronx! Yes, the Bronx was home for the author in his later years from 1846 to 1849. Poe lived in a little cottage on Kingsbridge Road, which had beautiful, unobstructed views of Long Island back then, making it the perfect place to create and write. While he was a Bronxite for only a little while, he turned out some of his best work there, including “The Cask of Amontillado”, “Annabel Lee”, and “The Bells”. So the next time you think of Poe, remember he was a Bronxite!
- The Bronx Zoo
Opened in 1889, The Bronx Zoo is the country’s largest metropolitan zoo, with more than 250 acres, featuring more than 6,000 animals and is one of the premier destinations in New York City. While visitors will find many familiar exhibits and animals that they expect at a zoo, the Bronx Zoo features a 4D Theater, a Congo Gorilla forest, the Bug Carousel, which features bugs instead of horses, and a Bison range. The list of things to do and things to see is a long one and the zoo continues to add attractions and animals so there’s sure to be something for adults as well as the kids.
- The Grand Concourse
You probably don’t think of the Bronx as being very Parisian, but if you take a drive down The Grand Concourse, you will see the unmistakable influence of France. The road leads right up to Yankee Stadium and was modeled after the most famous boulevard in Paris, the Champs-Elysees. The road was originally designed with separate paths for walking, cycling and horse-back riding, making it a great place to see and be seen. The unique, bustling thoroughfare with its art deco architecture continues to attract tourists and locals and brings a little je ne sais quoi to ‘da Bronx.