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One of the five boroughs of New York City, the Bronx is the only one that is part of mainland New York. It is the northernmost borough, located north of Manhattan Island and south of Westchester County. It has a history of rapid development and decline as well as a tough reputation.

NY FACT: Unlike the other boroughs, The Bronx is always referred to as "The Bronx," never just "Bronx." This is because the borough took its name from the Bronx River. Generally, the word "the" precedes the names of rivers and other bodies of water.

Good Source of Listings for Local Events and information
"The Bronx Tourism Council
198 E. 161 Street, Suite 201
Bronx, NY 10451
(718)590-BRONX(2766): The Bronx Hotline

Top Attractions

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road
Bronx, NY 10464
Official Web Site
Greek Revival-style country residence of NYC businessman Robert Bartow and family. Built in 1840. Adults $2.50, seniors/students $1.25, kids free. Open Sat., Sun., Wed.

Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456-3999
Official Web Site
A quick subway ride from Manhattan on the B, D, or #4 trains to Yankee Stadium/161 St. Contemporary art exhibitions of work by mostly emerging and unrecognizable artists. Museum cafe and shop. Closed Mon. and Tues. Free. Open until 9pm Wed.

Bronx Walk of Fame
161st St.
Bronx, NY
no phone
Official Web Site
Every Year, famous Bronxites come back home to receive the highest honor their borough bestows – induction to the Bronx Walk of Fame. At the ceremony, which is held during the Bronx Week Celebration, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, Jr. unveils permanent street plaques on the famous Grand Concourse bearing the individuals’ names. The Walk of Fame begins at 161st Street. Here are the Bronxites inducted to the Bronx Walk of Fame.

Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Park
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
Official Web Site
Welcome to the world's greatest zoo - the Bronx Zoo! As the flagship of the largest network of metropolitan zoos in the country, the Bronx Zoo is the heart of the Wildlife Conservation Society and our work to save wildlife and wild places around the globe. With award-winning, cutting-edge exhibits featuring over 4,000 animals, there is no other zoo in the world that offers the diversity, superb viewing, and world-renowned expertise that assures a rewarding experience and the knowledge that visitors can make a difference in the world around them.

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
Kingsbridge Road & the Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10458
Official Web Site
Edgar Allan Poe spent the last years of his life, from 1846 to 1849, in The Bronx at Poe Cottage, now located at Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse. A small wooden farmhouse built about 1812, the cottage once commanded unobstructed vistas over the rolling Bronx hills to the shores of Long Island. It was a bucolic setting in which the great writer penned many of his most enduring poetical works, including “Annabel Lee,” “The Bells” and “Eureka.”

Fordham University Church
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
no phone
Official Web Site
The University Church was built in 1845 as a seminary chapel and parish church for surrounding farms. The University church was designed in 1846 by a man by the name of Rodrigue (who now has a student coffee house on campus under his name). It was built by the Rev. James Roosevelt Bailey, who was not only the third president of the college but was also the nephew of Saint Elizabeth Seton and cousin to Franklin and Theodore Roosevelt.

Maritime Industry Museum (at State Univ of NY)
6 Pennyfield Ave.
Bronx, NY 10465
Official Web Site
A walk through the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler brings with it a vivid presence of seafaring in both bygone years as well as today's present era. The exquisitely fashioned ship models, historic artifacts, nautical photographs and prints, and the host of corporate banners identifying exhibits of the respective steamship companies they represent gives the visitor a true sense of being at sea with those individuals who experienced life in the merchant marine or passenger cruise line industry

New York Botanical Garden
200th Street and Kazimiroff Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10458
Official Web Site
A grand museum of plants. A place to relax, rejuvenate, and experience the wonders of nature. A living “tip sheet” for your home garden. A worldwide leader in studying the Earth’s plant life. The New York Botanical Garden is all of these things and a great deal more. Founded in 1891, the Garden is one of the world’s great collections of plants, the region’s leading educational center for gardening and horticulture, and an international center for plant research. The Garden is alive with opportunities for discovery, from an “ecotour” of the world in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory to an innovative indoor/outdoor science museum for kids to 48 exquisite gardens and plant collections, all on a 250-acre National Historic Landmark site in New York City’s Bronx borough.

North Wind Undersea Institute
610 City Island Ave.
Bronx, NY 10464
Official Web Site
North Wind was co-founded in 1976 by Michael Sandlofer and performer, Richie Havens, to educate young people about the plight of the environment. It is a hands-on Learning Center featuring The Undersea World of the Bronx exhibit. The Museum is temporarily closed.

Pelham Bay Park
City Island Road
Bronx, NY 10464
Official Web Site
At over 2,700 acres, Pelham Bay Park is the city's largest park. Like many of New York City's parks, the land on which it sits has a long and intricate history. Many of the park's historic features remain observable to the modern park visitor. Pelham Bay Park has many significant environmental features. Its variety of habitats enables one to see a diversity of wildlife throughout the park.

Valentine-Varian House
3266 Bainbridge Ave.
Bronx, NY 10467
Official Web Site
The Valentine-Varian House was built in 1758, when carriages traveled the nearby Boston Post Road through a Bronx that was still mostly farmland. The second oldest house in the borough stands today inside a wrought-iron fence in a small park in the Norwood neighborhood of north-central Bronx. The two-story fieldstone home was built by Isaac Valentine, a blacksmith and farmer who bought the parcel of land from the Dutch Reformed Church. The house then stood one block south across Bainbridge Avenue. During the Revolutionary War, Valentine and his family had to abandon their home, which was occupied by British, Hessian and American troops. Though close to several fierce battles with cannons clustered on a nearby hill, the house miraculously survived.

Van Cortlandt House Museum
Broadway @ 246th Street
Bronx, NY 10471
Official Web Site
The Van Cortlandt House Museum is a private, non-profit institution founded in 1896 by the National Society of Colonial Dames in the State of New York, a licensee of the City of New York. Van Cortlandt House was built in 1748 for Frederick Van Cortlandt and was the focal point of an expansive and prosperous wheat plantation. The interpretive period of the Museum House is from 1748 - 1823 when Frederick and his two eldest sons, James and Augustus, owned the property. The Museum collection contains Van Cortlandt family materials and furnishings appropriate to this interpretive period.

Wave Hill
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue
Bronx, NY 10471
Official Web Site
Wave Hill maintains award-winning gardens and greenhouses; manages an urban woodland; provides environmental education for City children, teachers, and over 110,000 visitors annually; offers arts activities for children that strengthen environmental awareness; and presents exhibitions, concerts, lectures and workshops that examine the aesthetic response to nature.

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Other attractions in this area are: The Cloisters-The Metropolitan Museum & Yankee Stadium.

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