The Bronx has been one of New York’s boroughs since 1874. It has slightly fewer inhabitants than Manhattan, but is almost twice as large at 109 km². The Bronx is located in the north of the city and is separated from Manhattan by the Harlem River. It is named after Jonas Bronck, born in Sweden, who founded the first settlement in 1639 as part of the New Netherland colony. The Bronx was practically uninhabitable in the 1970s. High unemployment and the associated poverty caused violence and drug abuse.
The Bronx has a few iconic neighborhoods. Here you will find the real Little Italy; without tourists and with a real Italian atmosphere. You can visit the many small Italian coffee and food shops; very well. The Grand Concourse has a few beautiful buildings in Art Deco style. Both inside and out, these are bursting with beautiful decorations. It is actually just one neighborhood that gave The Bronx its bad name: Camp Apache. In the 1970s, this neighborhood was ruled by crime. With its killers, drug abuse and arson, Camp Apache was seen as one of the most dangerous places in the world. Anyway, that was in the seventies. A lot has changed in the meantime, so it is safe enough to take a walking tour and see what has become of this part of New York.
Tours in The Bronx
If you prefer to discover The Bronx with a guided tour, you can do a bus tour that combines multiple city districts, such as this Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx tour. During this five-hour bus tour you will discover the city and see the contrast between the different “boroughs.”
The current Yankee Stadium is a renovated version of the original Yankee Stadium that was built in 1932 and closed its doors in 2008. The renovated stadium was opened in 2009. Since then it has been home to the New York Yankees and New York City FC. The stadium, which cost 1.3 billion euros and can accommodate nearly 50,000 people, is located in South Bronx.
New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden consists of fifty different gardens, making it one of the largest botanical gardens in the country. You will find, among other things, the original trees and plants from the time that New York was founded, which are now more than two centuries old! Buy an All-Garden Pass to access all the different gardens and discover them on foot or with the tram tour that is included.
Buy All-Garden Passes for the New York Botanical Garden here
Bay Plaza Shopping Center
With more than fifty stores, Bay Plaza is the largest mall in New York. The recently renovated “mall” has three floors and a wide range of shops. You will find a Macy’s, a Forever21 and a Victoria’s Secret. There are also many places where you can eat well and there is an AMC cinema where you can rest your feet after a day of shopping. In short: plenty to see and do for everyone!
The Bronx Zoo
If you are in The Bronx, I definitely recommend a visit to the famous Bronx Zoo! Despite the fact that it is quite far from Manhattan, it is definitely worth going there.
Eating out at The Bronx
The Bronx is very multicultural. That automatically means that there are many different kitchens to enjoy. Louie & Ernie’s Pizza is one of the best restaurants in The Bronx, here you will get the “real” New York Pizza. Many people who taste it even say it is the best pizza ever. If you like Mexican food, then you will love Mexicozina Taqueria. Just like most restaurants in The Bronx, you would pass these almost unnoticed. It really is a hidden gem when it comes to Mexican food. Be sure to stop by if you want a nice meal! No need for dinner? Then visit De Lillo Pastry Shop. It is a nice place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake. The pastries at De Lillo Pastry Shop are always fresh and ask to be taken home!
Tour & activities options in The Bronx
Bronx Little Italy Culinary Shopping Tour
Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens Coach Tour from Manhattan
Boroughs Tour: Harlem, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and upgrade to Coney Island
Harlem & The Bronx Bike Tour of NYC
You may also find these neighborhoods interesting
- Roosevelt Island
- Civic Center
- Midtown Manhattan
- Little Italy
- China Town
- Theater District
- Lower Manhattan & Financial District
- Long Island
- West Village
- Hells Kitchen
- Coney Island
- Lower East Side
- Upper East Side
- Upper West Side
- Governors Island
- Meatpacking District
- Green Village
- East Village