Nine years ago I arrived in New York City and my first job was going door to door all over the Bronx. I quickly realized that like many others, I had no idea of the wealth of people, ideas and cultural institutions located in this dynamic borough.
From world-famous venues to the highest percentage of land dedicated to park space, the Bronx is sure to impress! Take a look at my top 10 things to do in the Bronx, all of which are located minutes away from several Bohemia Realty Group’s listings.
This 250 acre National Historic Landmark is home to one of the largest plant research and conservation programs. The garden houses over a million plants in extensive collections scattered throughout the original old-growth forest that covered all of New York City. The Bronx River, New York City’s only freshwater river also flows through the grounds. It is free to enter the grounds every Wednesday and also free on Saturday morning if you enter between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Named one of America’s Best Streets in 2016, this avenue is the main road for Bronx’s Little Italy. Located in the Belmont Area Italian immigrants settled in this area starting in the 1850s. It is lined with bakeries, cafes, delis, and other Italian merchants. Be sure to check out Mario’s Restaurant located at 2342 Arthur Avenue.
Located adjacent to the New York Botanical Gardens, the Bronx Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the world. It has a wide range of animals and plenty of events and activities for the entire family. It is also free every Wednesday.
The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance creates, produces, present and supports works in contemporary dance and creative disciplines which are empowering to women, Latinos, other people of color and the LGBTQ Community. Events such as BAAD Ass Woman Festival, Los Nutcrackers, and the Boogie Down Dance are not to be missed.
Located in the Fordham neighborhood this former home of Edgar Allen Poe is on the National Register of Historic Places. The cottage is believed to have been built in 1797 with the Poe family arriving in 1846. Edgar Allen Poe composed "Annable Lee" and Ulalume while living in the cottage. The home is open for tours on Saturday and Sundays.
Home to one of the world’s most famous teams, Yankee Stadium host a wide variety of events, including concerts, soccer matches and of course the Bronx Bombers!
Built in 1971, the museum was originally opened to stir interest in the arts in the Bronx. Its permanent collection consists of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper.
A small island adjacent to the Bronx, City Island is famous for its seafood restaurants. Over 30 establishments line the main street. There are also Victorian Homes and a Nautical Museum to visit Make sure you visit with plenty of room in your stomach, the food is excellent!!
Originally opening in 1848 as the Croton Aqueduct, the High Bridge originally carried water from the Croton River into New York City. It was the first reliable water system to bring clean and plentiful amounts of water into the city. After a full restoration, the bride is again open to pedestrians. It offers a unique vantage point of the city.
At nearly 3 times the size of Central Park, Pelham Bay Park is the largest park in the entire city. It features lush forest, walking paths, beaches, two golf courses just to name a few. This park has something for everyone.
As you can see there are many things to do and reasons to love the Bronx, and I am happy to show you the way to your new home!
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