SOME HISTORY AND PERSPECTIVE:
The Bronx, northernmost borough of New York City, the only New York City borough on the mainland. Coextensive with Bronx County, it is traversed by the Bronx River and bounded on the north by Westchester County, on the east by Long Island Sound, on the south by the East River (across which lies Manhattan Island), and on the west by Spuyten Duyvil Creek and the Harlem and Hudson rivers. Its total land area of 109 sq km (42 sq mi) includes many islands, notably North and South Brother islands in the East River and Hart and City islands in Long Island Sound. City Island is a popular boating and fishing community with many fine restaurants. (See the Travelogues)
White settlement began when the Dutch West India Company acquired the area in 1639. That same year, Jonas Bronck, for whom the borough is named, established a farm here. The next settlers were led by Anne Hutchinson
, religious dissenter exiled by the Boston Puritans, and John Throckmorton, an outcast of the Anabaptists. Manorial estates were established by wealthy New York merchants, such as Oloff Stevenszen Van Cortlandt and Frederick Philipse, who in 1693 built the first toll bridge across the Harlem River to Manhattan. In 1776, during the American Revolution, the Bronx was the site of the Battle of Pell's Point, in which American troops delayed a British force under General William Howe, enabling George Washington and his army to withdraw to White Plains.b
Fondest memory: The Bronx was part of Westchester County until the western part was annexed by New York City in 1874 (the remainder was annexed in 1895). It remained an area of farms and small villages until the 1890s, when elevated subway and trolley lines were extended into the area and it began its rapid growth as a suburban community. In the 1840s, German and Irish railroad workers arrived; they were displaced by other immigrants: Italians, Poles, Jews, and Greeks. The Bronx was incorporated as a borough in 1898, and by 1920 its population was more than 700,000. Its ethnic makeup changed after World War II (1939-1945), when many middle-income white families moved out of the borough and black and Puerto Rican populations increased. The borough remains one of the most densely populated and ethnically diverse areas in the nation. According to the 1990 census, blacks represent 37.3 percent of the borough's population, people of Asian background 2.9 percent, Native Americans 0.05 percent, and people of Hispanic background 43.5 percent. Population 1,169,115 (1980); 1,203,789 (1990).
Let's get the obvious out of the way. There are 3 things tourists might be interested in seeing in the Bronx. They are respectively= 1. The Bronx Zoo (far better than San Diego- believe me) 2. the Botanical Gardens, and 3. Yankee Stadium (unless you like Baseball, this will mean NOTHING to you).
The Bronx Zoo is located at Fordham Road and the Bronx River Parkway, Bronx, New York and easily accessible from Exit 6 on the Bronx River Parkway.
For further information please call 718-367-1010.(Listen- if you are in midtown- take the #2 train (in New York City 'train' means subway) north to Pelham Parkway. When you get off ask anybody you see and they will direct you- you are about 1/4 mile from the entrance).
Hours and Admission The Garden is open all year. 10am to 6pm (April - October) 10am to 4pm (November - March) 10am to 6pm (November 24 - January 7) Tuesday - Sunday and Monday Holidays (Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas day) The Garden grounds admission is $3 for adults; $2 for senior citizens and students; $1 for children 2-12. (The Botanical Gardens are DIRECTLY across from the Zoo- but you really would NOT want to see these two attractions in the same day)>
Narrated tram tours: gardens, collections, and grounds, every 20 minutes; year-round. Seven stops along the way allow passengers to explore areas of interest before reboarding. ($1 for adults, seniors, and students; $.50 for children 2-12).
Narrated golf cart tours: April - October, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am-3pm, on the hour. Reservations required - sign up at the Conservatory Visitors' Center. Tours leave on the hour. Tours are 45 minutes and cover what is in bloom at the Garden. ($6 for adults; $4 for senior, students, and children 2-12.Golf carts seat 7 people.
OK!- Now that that's finished- let's talk about the Bronx!
Fondest memory: Fond but painful memory of the Bronx 'burning down' in the summer of 1969.
Go to a Yankees game. Da Bronx RAWKS!!!
Fondest memory: Hmmm, since I've lived here my whole life there are so many. But the absolute best was marrying my wonderful husband aboard the Mariner III on the Hudson river in front of the Statue of Liberty. Even though there was a rainstorm it was the most perfect moment of my life. Sadly the recent tragic event is also something I will always remember however the bravery and heroism I witnessed is something I will never ever forget. It made me proud of my city in a way I never expected.
Go to the Bronx Zoo to see the gorillas
Fondest memory: Seeing the wondefrul little beutifully behaved and smiling black children on the train trips into the Un from the Northern Bronx.
The Museum of the American Indian