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The Bronx is the home of New York’s two greatest landmarks, the Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium. The area was named after the Dutch settler Jonas Bronck, who had claimed the area as his farm back in 1636. The Bronx is the only borough of New York that is physically connected to the mainland of the United States. The borough was largely undeveloped and consisted mostly of cottages, farmlands, and wild marshes until a large swell of Irish and Italian immigrants inhabited the area. Immigrants still come to the Bronx, but today they are Russian and Hispanic.

On the banks of the Hudson River, Riverdale is one of New York’s most beautiful residential communities. Winding, tree lined roads lead to grand homes and estates, some of which occasionally host concerts by the Bronx Arts Ensemble. The Riverdale Historic District, designated in 1990, lies along the Hudson River from 252nd to 254th Streets between Independence Avenue and Riverdale Park. The community’s crown jewel is Wave Hill, a natural preserve with breathtaking views of the Hudson River and special events year round. While you’re in the area, don’t miss the Judaica Museum at the Hebrew Home for the Aged, the Van Cortlandt House Museum and the landmark structures of the College of Mount Saint Vincent. He died before its completion and willed it to his son, James Van Cortlandt (1727 1787). After 140 years of occupancy by the Van Cortlandt family and their slaves, in 1889 the property was sold to the City of New York and made a public parkland. The house has been operated as a public museum since 1897.

Address : Broadway at West 246th Street, Bronx

This beautiful fieldstone farmhouse, built in 1758, is a national landmark and home to the Museum of Bronx History. Much of its fine colonial craftsmanship survived the ravages of six American Revolution battles that engulfed it. The front parlor features a display about the development of Bronx streets and neighborhoods, while two other rooms contain changing exhibitions. There’s also a gift shop with great Bronx souvenirs like the Bronx afghan, a quilt featuring the borough’s most popular visitor attractions (see Souvenirs).

Address : 3266 Bainbridge BronxSubway : D Line 205th St., 4 Line Mosholu Park

Hours : 10 am 4 pm (Sat), 1 pm 5 pm(Sun)

The Bartow Pell Mansion Museum is owned by the City of New York, operated by the International Garden Club, Inc. and is a member of the Historic House Trust. A New York City Landmark, the Bartow Pell Mansion Museum is one of the most beautifully located country seats in the City. The restoration of this Mansion is an outstanding example of effective preservation in New York City.

Address : 895 Shore Road Pelham Bay Park, BronxSubway : 6 Line Pelham Bay, take Bx45 Bus Westchester Bee Line to gates

Hours : Wed 12:00 9:00pm Thu Sun 12:00 6:00pm

Fordham University has three residential campuses: Rose Hill in the Bronx, Lincoln Center in Manhattan, and Marymount in Tarrytown, New York. The Rose Hill campus, established in 1841, is home to the undergraduate Fordham College at Rose Hill, the College of Business Administration, and a portion of the Fordham College of Liberal Studies as well as the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School of Religion Religious Education. Located on 85 acres in the north Bronx, it is among the largest “green campuses” in New York City. The campus is bordered by the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, and “Little Italy of the Bronx” on Arthur Avenue. Rose Hill’s traditional collegiate Gothic architecture, cobblestone streets, and green expanses of lawn have been used as settings in a number of feature films over the years. Among the 15 campus dormitories are Fordham’s three residential colleges: O’Hare Hall, Tierney Hall, and Queen’s Court (whose buildings date back to the days of St. John’s College) with its notable Bishop’s Lounge. About 6,284 undergraduates and graduates attend, with 3,143 in residence. [Quoted from Wikipedia]

Address : 441 East Fordham Road, Bronx

Railroad : Metronorth Railroad Fordham

New York Botanical Garden is the one of the premiere botanical gardens in the United States, located at E.200th St Kazimiroff Blvd, which spans some 240 acres (1 km2) in the borough of The Bronx, in New York City. The Garden was founded in 1891 on part of the grounds of an estate (“Belmont”) formerly owned by the tobacco magnate Pierre Lorillard, after a fund raising campaign that was spurred by Columbia University botanist Nathaniel Lord Britton, who was inspired to emulate the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, near London. With 48 different gardens and plant collections, many named for famous figures or wealthy benefactors, sightseers could easily spend a day admiring the serene cascade waterfall, wetlands and a 50 acre (200,000 m2) tract of never harvested oaks, American beeches, cherry, birch, tulip and white ash trees some more than two centuries old.

Address : E.200th St Kazimiroff Blvd

Subway : B/D/4 Line Bedford Park Blvd

The Bronx Zoo is a world famous zoo in The Bronx, New York, which opened on November 8, 1899, with 22 exhibits and 843 animals and with the goal to “advance the study of zoology, protect wildlife, and educate the public.” It was one of the first zoos to move animals from cages to more naturalistic environments which would mix species and attempt to replicate the region the species arrived from. It is especially known for its ‘Wild Asia’ tramway, where spectators can witness Asian animals up front (in a monorail), and Jungleworld, an exhibit on plants and animals from tropical rain forests. The zoo also boasts the Congo Gorilla Forest, which is the largest man made rainforest in the world at 6.5 acres, and focuses on conservation; your entry fee goes right back out to help save the species within the exhibit.
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