The northernmost borough of New York City. Locally this borough is always referred to as “the Bronx,” never simply “Bronx.” It encompasses 42 square miles and is the only borough that’s part of the mainland, the others are all on islands. Jonas Bronck, a Swedish sea captain from the Netherlands, bought 500 acres of land from the Dutch in 1639, lending his name to the future borough. About 24% of the land area is parkland (more than in any other borough).
Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, founded in 1971, mounts exhibitions of modern and contemporary art by both established and new artists.
Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx35
Subway: to 167 Street
Bronx Zoo/International Wildlife Conservation Park
East 185th Street & Southern Boulevard
The Bronx Zoo is the largest urban zoo in the United States. Its 265 acres of wooded parkland houses more than 7,000 animals living in realistic representations of their natural habitats.
Bus: Bx9, Bx12, Bx19, Bx22, Bx40, Bx42, Q44
Subway: to East Tremont Avenue
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Hall of Fame of Great Americans
Bronx Community College
University Avenue at West 181 Street
A national landmark institution founded in 1900 to honor prominent Americans who have had a significant impact on this nations history. Represented in the Hall of Fame are authors, educators, architects, inventors, military leaders, judges, theologians, philanthropists, humanitarians, scientists, statesmen, artists, musicians, actors, and explorers. The Hall of Fame is open to the public for tours daily between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Bus: Bx3, Bx40, Bx42
Subway: to Burnside Ave, walk 5 to 6 blocks west
New York Botanical Garden
200th Street & Southern Boulevard
One of the world’s great collections of plants, the region’s leading educational center about gardening and horticulture, and an international center for plant research. There are 48 magnificent gardens and plant collections on a 250-acre historic site.
Bus: Bx19, Bx26, Bx41, Bx55
Subway: to Bedford Park, then Bx26 bus
2640 Grand Concourse at Kingsbridge Road
The last home of the great American writer Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849). Poe lived there from 1846 to 1849, and during that time he wrote many poems, including “The Bells,” “Eureka,” and “Annabel Lee.” After Poe’s death , the house passed through many hands until 1913, when the City of New York purchased it. Opened as a museum in 1917, it is maintained as a memorial to Poe with period furniture and exhibits on the writer, his life and times.
Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx9, Bx22, Bx28, Bx34
Subway: to Kingsbridge Road
Van Cortlandt Mansion
Broadway & 246 Street
This beautiful Georgian-style mansion is the oldest residence in the Bronx. It was built in 1748 by Frederick Van Cortlandt. It is set in Van Cortlandt Park, once the family’s large and prosperous plantation. Occupied by the Van Cortlandts until deeded to the City of New York in 1889, it contains many of the family’s possessions.
Subway: to 242 Street
675 West 252nd Street
A spectacular public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and the Palisades. Wave Hill is an oasis of serenity for all visitors. Open year-round.
Bus: Bx7, Bx10 Leave the bus at 252nd Street. Walk across the parkway bridge and turn left. Walk to 249th Street. Turn right and continue to Wave Hill gate.
Subway: to 231 Street, then take Bx7 or Bx10 bus.
River Avenue & 161 Street
“The House That Ruth Built” is home to America’s most storied sports franchise. The Yankees have embarked on their Second Century scoring home runs at a greater rate than ever before. The Bronx Bombers were Ruth-Gehrig-Dickey-Reynolds, and Mantle-Maris-Berra-Ford. Now they are Jeter-A Rod-Williams-Matsui. George Steinbrenner has charted the course of sports’ most fabled team longer than anyone.
Bus: Bx1, Bx6, Bx13
Subway: to 161 Street – Yankee Stadium
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