The Bronx. It’s the only borough of New York City, that is physically attached to the United States mainland. It’s too remote for many visitors and New Yorkers and it makes it one of the lesser-known areas of The Big Apple. The Bronx is linked to many bad stereotypes thanks to the media.
Getting to The Bronx NYC
The borough is huge and there’s a bunch of things to do in the Bronx. Getting there really depends where you’re trying to go, since everything can be spread out. If you want to check out Yankee Stadium, you can take the B or the D to Yankee Stadium Station/161st Street. Additionally, the 4train stops at 167th Street and is another station you can stop at if the previous trains mentioned above is nowhere near your vicinity. For the Bronx Zoo or Bronx Botanical Gardens, we recommend taking an UBER or a yellow cab. It’s the easiest way to get there.
Walking Through The Bronx
Just like in any urban setting, there are dangerous places, but at the same time there’s also a lot of things to do in the Bronx for tourists and locals. You just need to know where to look. For many, the Bronx is a destination for a very specific sport. They go by The Bronx Bombers or officially, The New York Yankees. They’re part of the biggest rivalry in sports history, The Red Sox and Yankees.
Our Top 5 Things To Do in The Bronx NYC
The Bronx is pretty spread out, so you’ll definitely need more than a day to check out this eclectic borough. With that being said, if you’re running low on time, these are our top 5 things to do in the Bronx.
- Yankee Stadium – The home of the Bronx Bombers or officially known as the New York Yankees. They’re arguably the most prestigious baseball team in the MLB. Of course, Red Sox fans will argue that. Boston and New York have always had this sports rivalry and the Yankees and Red Sox are the epitome of it. (Address: 1 E 161st St, Bronx, NY 10451, Subway 4BD 161st Street Station/Yankee Stadium)
- Bronx Zoo – Do you want to experience the largest metropolitan zoo in the US? Then go check out the Bronx Zoo. It’s perfect for families especially kids. (Address: 2300 Southern Blvd, Bronx, NY 10460, We recommend taking an Uber)
- Museum of Bronx History – Explore the history of the Bronx in this unique museum. (Address: 3266 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10467, We recommend taking an Uber)
- Van Cortlandt House Museum – Come here to learn more about the history of New Amsterdam. Make sure to give the museum a call first. Sometimes they have to close down because of film shoots, renovations and since the location is old, it has to put up with the elements. (Address: 6036 Broadway, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY 10471, Subway 1 Van Cortlandt Park/242nd Street)
- Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum – This museum is the only 19th Century estate remaining on Pelham Bay Park. They work to preserve and maintain the gardens, historic articles and the mansion itself. Make sure to go check it out! (Address: 895 Shore Rd, Bronx, NY 10464, We recommend taking an Uber)
More Things To Do in The Bronx NYC
These are some other things we recommend in the Bronx if you have more time to spare. Let’s start off with our top 5 eateries and bars.
Top 5 Restaurants/Bars in the Bronx
Due to its multicultural nature, the Bronx is home to a variety of restaurants. Below is our recommended spots to check out for good eats (or a nice drink).
- Dominick’s – Italian cuisine in the quiet and safe Riverdale, with no menu. Trust the waiter, everything tastes really good here. (Address: 2335 Arthur Avenue)
- Mike’s Deli – Delicatessen shop with cafe. My tip: Try the Yankee Stadium Big Boy Hero Sandwich! (Address: 2344 Arthur Avenue)
- Mo Gridders BBQ – Urban, very funny location for the best BBQ in the Bronx. (Address: 565 Hunts Point Avenue)
- Bruckner Bar & Grill – Nice location for the first Bronx Brewery Pale Ale – The food from the grill is always delicious. (Address: 1 Bruckner Boulevard I)
- Mario’s – The Migliucci family has been at this location since 1919 and serves the finest Italian specialties. (Address: 2342 Arthurs Avenue I)
The Hip-Hop Scenery
The Bronx has a lot of cultural history and believe it or not has helped shape modern entertainment. Its influence is so big that this culture can be found in movies, books and music. It’s pretty much a lifestyle. The music genre hip-hop was founded in the Bronx. Actually, we even have the exact address. Hip-hop was founded right here at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue. DJ Kool Herc is said to be the founding father of this popular genre. If you want, there’s also a tour. This Bronx NYC attraction takes you through specific locations in Manhattan that are dedicated to hip-hop.
Hip-hop was and still is a way for an artist to express themselves. What’s so great about this genre is that it’s usually in relation to what’s going on politically and their (the artist’s) atmosphere.
The Bronx’s Little Italy
Situated near Fordham University, Little Italy in the Bronx is a great place to grab good eats. This neighborhood is located on Arthur Avenue and here you’ll see restaurants and more restaurants. It’s not as big as the one in Manhattan but it’s definitely a place worth checking out.
The Hall of Fame for Great Americans
As Americans, when the term “Hall of Fame” is used, we usually attach it to sports. However, this Hall of Fame is completely different and pays homage to Americans that have made major contributions to the nation. This one is the first of its kind in the US and is an outdoor gallery located on the ground of Bronx Community College. In order to be nominated to be in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the person must be a naturalized born citizen of the US, must be deceased for at least 25 years, and must have made major contributions to the nation. For more information please click here.
New York Botanical Garden
If you’re making a trip out to The Bronx Zoo, then you should also check out the New York Botanical Garden which is located a little more north in relation to the zoo. The garden is a National Historic Landmark is houses over 1 million different types of plants which is spread over the 250-acre site.
For the Art Deco Fans
For you art Deco Fans; a few blocks east of Yankee Stadium is a very special highlight. The long street, “Grand Concourse” in the Bronx is an absolute must-see. Louis Risse designed the concourse in 1892, taking the Paris Champs-Elysée template as a benchmark. Since 1909, the street has been open to the public and has been particularly interesting as a residential area because of the development of the underground subway.
If you run south from 161st Street, you’ll notice the many plaques on the so called Walk of Fame of the Bronx. Here, you’ll see the names of many famous inhabitants of the Bronx. If you walk north you will encounter buildings from the twenties to the early forties. In addition to Miami’s famous Art Deco district, this one in the Bronx is the largest Art Deco area in the USA. This part of the Bronx is one of the most beautiful in the city and really impressive.
At the Grand Concourse you will also see a well-known German person in the form of a statue: the Heinrich Heine Memorial. The Loreley fountain, made of white Laas marble, was dedicated to the memory of the famous German poet and writer. Originally, the monument was to be erected in its home town in Dusseldorf, but was prevented in 1897. Instead, it was erected two years later in the Bronx (161st Street / Grand Concourse) in the presence of the sculptor, Ernst Herter.
Shopping in the Bronx
In the Bronx, you won’t find many high-end retailers. However, there are some stores in the Fordham area where you can find local stores. If you truly want to experience shopping in NYC, please click our guide here.
The Art and Museums in the Bronx
There are a lot of things to do in the Bronx especially when it comes to museums and art.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
This museum is internationally recognized. Their exhibitions and permanent collection is made up of diverse contemporary art. Their program is intended to promote cross-cultural dialogues to diverse groups of people. (Address: 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456)
Museum of Bronx History
The Museum of Bronx History is located in a historic house called the Valentine-Varian House. It was the house of the 63rd Mayor of New York, Isaac Varian. The house was sold in 1905. Today, it is a museum that educates guests about the history of the Bronx and how it became to be. (Address: 3266 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10467)
Van Cortlandt House Museum
Another museum located in an 18th century house in the Bronx. This is considered the oldest building in the borough which is now a museum. Here, the staff does a great job of sourcing and preserving documents and artifacts that pertains to the history of the Bronx. It connects the past and the present. For more information, please visit their website here. (Address: 6036 Broadway, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, NY 10471)
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
The Bartow-Pell Mansion is the last remaining 19th century building in the north section of Pelham Bay Park. It’s a National Historic Landmark and has some of the best Greek interiors. (Address: 895 Shore Rd, Bronx, NY 10464)
Hotels in the Bronx or Near the Bronx
We recommend finding a place closer to the city since the borough is so far up north. Here is a list of potential hotels for you to look at.
Neighborhoods That Are Close to the Bronx
Bronx is a pretty big borough. Once you’re all finished with that, It’s definitely time to check out the neighborhoods nearby.
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