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    Hall of Fame

    by apbeaches Written Feb 2, 2014

    The Hall of Fame for Great Americans is rich in history, unrivaled for its architecture, and serves as a focus for educational reinforcement and a stage for related programs and exhibits. The Hall of Fame is open to the public for self-guided tours daily, between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm and guided tours by appointment only. Two weeks advance notice is suggested. Admission is free for self-guided tours, but a $2.00 donation per person is encouraged.

    The Hall of Fame for Great Americans at Bronx Community College, the original "Hall of Fame" in this country, is a New York landmark institution founded in 1900. This 630-foot open-air Colonnade honors prominent Americans who have had a significant impact on this nation's history. The Hall of Fame was originated by Dr. Henry Mitchell MacCracken, Chancellor of New York University from 1891 to 1910, and was designed as part of the construction of an undergraduate college of that university.

    Built in a sweeping semicircular Neo-Classical arc with wings at either end, it provides a panorama across the Harlem River to the Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park and beyond to the Palisades. It is a unique and patriotic reminder that this country's phenomenal growth has been due to the vitality, ingenuity, and intellect of these individuals.

    The principal feature of the Hall of Fame is its 630-foot open-air Colonnade, which houses the bronze portrait busts of the honorees. Designed by the celebrated architect Stanford White and financed by a gift from Mrs. Finley J. Shepard (Helen Gould) to New York University, the Hall of Fame was formally dedicated on May 30, 1901.
    Alexander Graham Bell (1847 - 1922)
    Eli Whitney (1765 - 1825)
    George Westinghouse (1846 - 1914)
    The complex of three buildings adjoining the Colonnade-Gould Memorial Library, the Hall of Languages, and Cornelius Baker Hall of Philosophy-were also designed by Stanford White and bear a close conceptual relationship to the Colonnade, with the library as the central focus. These three buildings were among the first constructed on the University Heights campus-Language Hall (1894), Gould Memorial Library (1899), and Philosophy Hall (1912).

    The Colonnade was designed with niches to accommodate 102 sculptured works and currently houses the busts and commemorative plaques of 98 of the 102 honorees elected since 1900.

    The 98 bronze busts that line the Colonnade are original works by distinguished American sculptors. The bronze tablets recessed in the wall beneath the busts carry inscriptions of significant statements made by the men and women honored. Among the master sculptors represented here are Daniel Chester French, sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial; James Earl Fraser, whose work includes the figures of “Justice” and “Law” for the U.S. Supreme Court, and Frederick MacMonnies, whose reliefs grace Fifth Avenue’s Washington Arch. The Hall of Fame’s 98 portrait busts have been called “the largest and finest collection of bronze busts anywhere in our country.” The categories of occupation or endeavor represented in the Hall of Fame are authors, educators, architects, inventors, military leaders, judges, theologians, philanthropists, humanitarians, scientists, statesmen, artists, musicians, actors, and explorers.

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    Watch Dominican's Being Made in the Bronx

    by atufft Written Nov 3, 2013

    Cigar factories are almost non-existent except in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, and a few other places in Latin America. I've spent precious travel time trying to find these sweat shops in Honduras, and have been somewhat disappointed. The Bronx is deep in immigrants from Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, and so in Little Italy Market there is a vendor of cigars called La Casa Grande Cigars. This vendor has three Dominicans rolling cigars right in front of you, so you can skip the cigar factory in Latin America. The tobacco is premium aged product from Honduras and Cuba mostly. There's a humidor where you can choose the cigars you want to buy, ranging from $5 to $15 each. I bought about $50- worth of cigars for my friends who like this habit. Check out Arthur Avenue Cigars too, which is just next door. Both companies have websites

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    Walk Arthur Avenue--Little Italy

    by atufft Written Nov 3, 2013

    Arthur Avenue is well known to those in the Bronx as Little Italy. For years, this enclave had declined, but recently it's been revived, and now one will find New Yorkers from Manhattan and Brooklyn coming to stroll this stretch of Arthur Ave between East 182nd and and East 188th Streets. This is a great place to walk the dog because there are several sidewalk cafes that serve coffee, pastry, or pizza. At D'Auria-Murphy Triangle, old men play board games near the statue of Columbus. Little Italy Marketplace is a small market of vendors selling meats, cigars, and other things Italian. Pizza prices here are lower than elsewhere in town.

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    Bronx County Building

    by moiraistyx Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The most notable feature of the Bronx County Building is its Veteran's Memorial Hall. The hall is located on the 1st floor of the building and a memorial to the men from the Bronx who fought in the Spanish-American War and World War One. Here you will also find a collection of murals by James Monroe Hewlett which illustrate the settlement of the area by Jonas Bronk, how the courts were established, the Battle of Pells Point and how the British were defeated and lastly George Washington's recptions at Van Cortlandt Mansion.

    The building itself is a limestone structure built in in 1933 and designed by architects Joseph Freedlander and Max Hausle. Adolph Weinman designed the block sculptures located and the entrances of the building and the friezes were desinged by Charles Keck.

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    Yankee Stadium

    by Icemaiden02 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A trip to New York City cannot be complete without visiting Yankee Stadium, home of the New York Yankees, located in the Bronx. Tickets are available, starting at $10 in the bleachers. Beware scalpers outside the stadium, numerous fake tickets abound! Food within the stadium can be pricey ($3 for a hotdog, $8 for a beer, and $4.50 for frozen lemonade), so come with a full belly.

    The first night game was played on May 28, 1946. Yankee Stadium is often referred to as "The House that Ruth Built", but usually as simply "The Stadium". It was the first baseball park to be labeled a "Stadium" rather than a "Field," a "Park," or a "Grounds," and it conformed to the usage of the term in ancient Greece, where a stadium was a foot-race arena.

    Several rules exist as of Sept 11th:
    No video cameras
    No backpacks
    No briefcases
    No large bags
    No coolers
    No bottles or cans

    Security is strict, they will not allow you in with any of the above.

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  • The Mecca of Baseball

    by Digi Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Yankee Stadium, home of the legendary New York Yankees. For any baseball fan, this is hallowed ground, and even if you don't like baseball it's a central part of New York City and America as so many heroes of the American pastime have roamed the field here.

    There's nothing like watching the Yankees defeat yet another opponent on a warm summer day. For those of you coming for some history, make sure to get to the stadium early so that you can tour Monument Park (behind Left field), where all the Yankee greats are honored.

    Among the best seats to watch the game in are the bleachers. While they are not super comfortable, they are a bargain at $8. Just make sure to not wear any Red Sox gear, or expect to get taunted like crazy.

    A little warning though, some fans can be rowdy, especially after they get some alcohol in them. But they are mostly harmless, as long as you don't argue with them.

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    Wave Hill

    by travelfrosch Written Mar 30, 2009

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    And now for something completely different, make your way to the extreme northwest part of the Bronx, to the posh Riverdale section of town. Along the Hudson River is a storied estate known as Wave Hill. This place has seen many famous residents, including Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain. The estate has breathtaking views, lovely flowers, pleasant walking paths, and notable architecture to enjoy. If you're hungry, you can get a light snack at the cafeteria, or you can bring a picnic lunch, as long as you enjoy it in the picnic area just outside of Glyndor House. Or just stroll around the grounds and take in the scenery, as more than a few locals do on a regular basis.

    Admission to the site costs $6 per person. Annual memberships are available for purchase starting at $40. Parking on the site costs $8 per car per day (no overnight parking allowed).

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    The Bronx Zoo

    by travelfrosch Updated Mar 7, 2009

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    And I thought when they mentioned "The Bronx Zoo," it was just a colorful way to describe my workplace.

    Pleasantly situated in Bronx Park, the zoo gives you a chance to see a very large collection of animals from all around the world. Snow Leopards and Polar Bears are big attractions, but the biggest camera hams are almost certainly the sea lions. Check out the monkeys while you're at it.

    Admission is $15 for adults, $11 for children aged 3-12, and $13 for Seniors aged 65 and up. Admission on Wednesdays is "pay what you wish" (allowing poorer residents to visit the zoo). But if you had enough money to buy a plane ticket to New York, you probably should pay the full entry fee anyway. Parking costs $12.

    The zoo is open 365 days a year, opening hours vary with season.

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    BRONX ZOO

    by moiraistyx Updated Feb 10, 2009

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    My very first trip here was when I was eleven years old. My Aunt Dody brought me, my brother and my sister here while my mom was out of town for work. Even then this wonderful zoo amazed me. The modern Bronx Zoo is even more fantastic. They have added dozens of exhibits over the years and they continue to add them every year. This year they have added the African Dogs exhibit.

    The summer hours for the zoo are 10:00-5:00 weekdays, and 10:00-5:30 weekends and holidays. Admission is $15 adults and $11 children (2-12) and $13.00 for seniors Thursday-Tuesday. The zoo is by donation on Wednesday. I do not recommend going to the zoo on Wednesdays due to the large crowds. The extra exhibits inside the zoo are at an additional fee, these are the Skysafar, Bug Carousel, Shuttle, Camel Rides, Butterfly Garden, Gorilla Congo, and the Monorail. The fees for these extras vary so please see the website for specifics. You can buy a POP pass which includes all the extras, see the website for details. If you plan to visit the Bronx Zoo several times or if you plan to visit any of the other zoos in the NYC area or even the NY Aquarium, you may want to consider purchasing a membership.

    One of our favorite areas to visit in the zoo is the aviary. Patrick loves the birds, especially the really large ones. When we went this past spring we were able to see the absolutely adorable gorilla babies, as well as many other animal babies. I love the butterfly garden myself, although I have to admit its incredibly hot inside of it, but beautiful.

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    BRONX ZOO-HOLIDAY LIGHTS/WINTER

    by moiraistyx Updated Feb 10, 2009

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    A couple of weekends ago, I went to the Bronx Zoo with my son Patrick and one of his friends from school and her dad (also Patrick) and little brother Benjamin. We had such a great time. One of the nice things about going to the Bronx Zoo in the later fall is that the crowds really aren't crowds. We had little or no difficulty checking out all our favorite exhibits. One of our favorites was the Poloar Bears. They seemed to be right at home in the crisp fall air.

    The best thing about going this time of year is the chance to see the Holiday Lights at the zoo. As the sun sets on the animals and visitors, light displays all over the zoo begin to light up. Of course they had the usual drummer boys and gift boxes, but they also had light display of the animals living at the zoo.

    We also visited the Children's Zoo after dark and were treated to an absolutely fantastic story teller. The children were mesmerized by the story about the hedge hog that didn't want to sleep and the mice by the edge. Most of all they loved the song "The Twelve Days of Diving". Patrick was still singing the song today while he took his bath.

    Entrance fees to the Bronx Zoo have gone higher in the last year, but for me it's worth it. I buy a yearly membership since Patrick and I travel down to the zoo several times a year.
    Entrance fees are:

    $15.00 for an adult, $13.00 for seniors and $11.00 for children.

    If you are already at the zoo you do not need to pay a separate fee to view the Holiday Lights, otherwise the fee to see the Holiday Lights is the same as a regular zoo entrance fee.

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    Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum and Gardens

    by moiraistyx Written Sep 5, 2008

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    This museum and gardens is absolutely beautiful. It's located on 9 acres in the Pelham Bay Park. Visitors can chose to explore the museum, the carriage house or simply to picnic on the grounds. The carriage house is a great representation of affluent and elegant country living of the middle 19th century. The museum has an extensive collection of historic artifacts which makes it possible for visitors to take a look back at the social history of those who worked and lived on the estate during the Civil War era and the immediate decades surrounding it. I almost forget to mention the carriage house pool. The Bartow-Pell Mansion is a national landmark. There is an admission fee to tour the mansion but it won't break the bank: $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors and students and children under 6 are free. You can tour the mansion Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4. The mansion is closed on the following holidays Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th and Thanksgiving. The carriage house is open April thru October and the grounds and gardens are open from 8:30 AM to dusk daily, there is no fee to use the grounds. See the website for a complete listing of the special events and programs offered here.

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    Bronx Zoo

    by Gypsystravels Updated Aug 7, 2008

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    The Bronx Zoo, a Wildlife Conservation Society, is one of the oldest and largest urban zoos in the world. Determined to save and conserve "wild life and wild places" the Zoo has been instrumental in saving many species including their succes in saving the American Bison.

    A trip to the Bronx Zoo will take you away from the urban madness and transplant you to a wild and wonderful place. The zoo is host to thousands of animals and with an extensive program in educating and research.

    The Bronx Zoo is one of my favorite Zoos and is well worth a trip. You'll get a glimpse at some very interesting and amazing animals that you'd only see in far away places. Children and adults alike always enjoy a day at the zoo.

    One of the wonderful things about the zoo is that it is open 365 days a year, so you can visit any time of the year. There are also special events through out the year like the Holiday Lights and the current Madascar!

    Hours of operation Spring/Summer:

    Monday–Friday
    10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Weekends & Holidays
    10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Prices of Admission:

    Limited entrance Adult $15.00; Child (Ages 3–12) $11.00; Senior (65+) $13.00

    POP (admission to 7 special attractions) - Adult $27.00; Child (Agest 3-12) $21.00; Senior (65+) $23.00

    Children 2 years and under are always free!

    On Wednesdays the admission is a suggested donation of a minimum $15 but it is also the time where all the schools plan the field trips and when most people visit.

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    ONE OF THE BEST ZOOS EVER

    by haunted1030 Written Jun 13, 2008

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    This past weekend had got to take my boys on their first zoo trip ever. What made it even better was that I got to share the experience with the woman I love and her son. We didn't get to see the entire zoo, but we did get to see all the animals that each of the boys were dreaming about seeing. One thing I did learn from this trip, is that its best to share these types of trips with those you love than to do them alone.

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    The Cloisters

    by meganavery Written Apr 17, 2008

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    The Cloisters house the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection of art and architecture from medieval Europe. Best known for the beautiful tapestries on display, the Cloisters also offer architectural installations, a series of special programs, and fantastic views of the Hudson.

    "Located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park, the building incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters--quadrangles enclosed by a roofed or vaulted passageway, or arcade--and from other monastic sites in southern France. Three of the cloisters reconstructed at the branch museum feature gardens planted according to horticultural information found in medieval treatises and poetry, garden documents and herbals, and medieval works of art, such as tapestries, stained-glass windows, and column capitals. Approximately five thousand works of art from medieval Europe, dating from about A.D. 800 with particular emphasis on the twelfth through fifteenth century, are exhibited in this unique and sympathetic context."

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  • City Island

    by chester281 Written May 29, 2007

    I was surprised that noboby mentioned this nautical neighborhood, located in the Northeast Bronx. Accessible via an old bridge, it features shops and restaurants. It's a nice place to spend time, if one wants to escape the city.

    However, I must mention on weekends it gets crowded and traffic is bad. Also, some of the restaurants are a bit overpriced.

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