Borough Info > Bronx
Culture, arts and sportsMajor cultural sites in the Bronx include the beautiful New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, flagship of the largest network of metropolitan zoos in the country, and the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, a national landmark overlooking the Harlem River and designed by the renowned architect Stanford White. The Bronx is home to several Off-Off-Broadway theaters, many staging new works by immigrant playwrights from Latin America and Africa.
The Bronx Museum of the Arts, founded in 1971, exhibits 20th-century and contemporary art through its central Museum space and 11,000 square feet of galleries. Artists from elsewhere in New York City have begun to converge in the area, and housing prices have nearly quadrupled in the area since 2002.
Other must see sights include Edgar Allan Poe’s Poe Cottage, the famous Woodlawn Cemetery, final resting place for America’s rich and famous, and "Monument Park", a tribute to great Yankees of the past.
Of course, Yankee Stadium in the Bronx is the home of the New York Yankees!
Food and diningFood shopping in the Bronx is a diverse delight. Italian-American residents are justly proud of Arthur Avenue, an ethnic neighborhood which has become one of America’s great food centers. The air smells of freshly baked bread, garlic, coffee, cookies and aromatic cheeses. And its fun to grab a plate of pasta, a cappuccino and a cannoli at one of the numerous cafes scattered around the area. The markets located at Hunts Point constitute the largest food distribution center in the world featuring fresh seafood, meat products and produce.
There are almost 2,000 restaurants in the Bronx, serving every imaginable type of food from around the world. Diners can experience a lobster dinner at Sea Shore Restaurant while overlooking a City Island marina, eat a coal roasted pizza at Coals in the Morris Park area and delight in authentic Mexican tacos at Real Azteca in Hunts Point.
ShoppingResidents feel that each Bronx neighborhood offers unique boutiques and everyday stores such as markets that are easily accessible. Salespeople are friendly and most areas have everything a family needs to exist and be entertained. Fordham Road is often described as the world's largest outside mall. There you can find dozens of shoe stores, more clothing stores than you can count, record stores, ethnic stores, department stores, and more.
Three major north-south thoroughfares run between Manhattan and the Bronx: Third Avenue, Park Avenue, and Broadway. Other major north-south roads include the Grand Concourse, Jerome Avenue, Webster Avenue, and White Plains Road. Major east-west streets include Gun Hill Road, Fordham Road, Pelham Parkway, and Tremont Avenue. Many east-west streets are prefixed with either "East" or "West," to indicate on which side of Jerome Avenue they lie.
However, thanks to an excellent public transportation system, a car is not necessary to get around. In addition to numerous bus lines, the Bronx is served by six lines of the New York City Subway:
IND Concourse Line (B, D)
IRT Broadway-Seventh Avenue Line (1)
IRT Dyre Avenue Line (5)
IRT Jerome Avenue Line (4)
IRT Pelham Line (6)
IRT White Plains Road Line (2 5)
Two Metro-North Railroad commuter rail lines (the Harlem Line and the Hudson Line) serve 12 stations in the Bronx. In addition, trains serving the New Haven Line stop at Fordham Road.
Schools, colleges and universities
Several notable colleges and universities are located in the Bronx, most notably Fordham University, a coeducational undergraduate and graduate university. Additionally, the main campus of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, part of Yeshiva University, is in Morris Park. Manhattan College is a Catholic college in Riverdale. The State University of New York Maritime College has attracted broad recognition as a national leader in maritime education.