The Bronx

THE BRONX

Grand Concourse and the South Bronx – This Bronx neighborhood was designed by the French railroad engineer Louis Risse, who modeled it after the Champs-Élysées in Paris. It is known for its art deco apartment buildings built during the area’s boom years of the roaring ’20s. Over the years, famous Americans like Babe Ruth, Lauren Bacall and David Halberstam have lived along the Grand Concourse. Nearby are Yankee Stadium, several parks and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Fordham – Fordham takes its name from nearby Fordham University. Located in the vicinity are the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden and the historic Edgar Allan Poe Cottage.  The area also offers ample shopping and dining opportunities along Fordham Road.

Arthur Avenue and Belmont – Arthur Avenue is the heart of the Bronx’s Little Italy. It is lined with welcoming family-run shops, bakeries and restaurants. Arthur Avenue is known not only for its authentic and delicious Italian food but for its old-world charm, community pride and welcoming atmosphere. The nerve center of the neighborhood is the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, open since 1940. The enclosed hall features all sorts of Italian foods and groceries.

Woodlawn – This area of the Bronx is predominantly Irish.  Irish immigrants have been settling in the neighborhood for years, carrying with them time-honored traditions that permeate the quaint, row house–lined streets. The area is often referred to as Little Ireland. Nearby Van Cortlandt Park is ideal for a picnic or other outdoor activities.

City Island – A little less NYC and a little more Cape Cod, City Island is a quaint island in the Bronx full of old Victorian homes, seagulls, fresh salt water, a marina full of boats, and plenty of lobster and other seafood. History buffs can visit the City Island Nautical Museum.

Throggs Neck – Throggs Neck is a residential peninsula with a sprawling golf course, boat docks, a tennis club and private beaches.  Yes, all of this is in the Bronx!  You can get spectacular views from Ferry Point Park of the East River, Long Island Sound, the Manhattan skyline, and the Whitestone and Throgs Neck Bridges.

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