What about some original and unusual cues about what to visit in New York?
Don’t be afraid to abandon for a bit the most famous and for some reasons reassuring – above all for who is in the city for the first time – tourist paths.
Give yourselves a day outside Manhattan to discover the Bronx and its treasures. You won’t regret it.
It’s incredible to think about what the Bronx was just 10 years ago – definitely a district less safe and absolutely where one cannot possibly go for tourists – and the way how it progressively turned into over time. Today it is (despite the under way change still needs time and power to allow it to reach the level of the other boroughs) object of an initial interest by visitors besides the young families searching for green areas and not excessively high rents.
The cement big buildings seen in many movies in the 1980s and 1990s are slowly leaving space to new constructions as well people are progressively re-evaluating the precious historic and cultural heritage of the Bronx.
Which there is but unfortunately it is still less told.
But it’s still too difficult being able to offer a well precise itinerary among areas more or less accessible.
So I preferred to give you a list of “musts” to see, places, sights and museums not to be missed which will give you a taste of the variegate offer this area is able to guarantee.
Let you inspire to discover the Bronx that unforeseeably surprises.
It is not only crime news but also and above all museums, a lot of green, historic dwellings, activities, paths and the biggest “Latin” community in New York. Nothing to be surprised at if here Spanish is – let pass me the term – the official language!
The mythical Yankee Stadium, known as “The House that Ruth Built”, one of the most famous American baseball players who played from 1920 until 1934 – giving it success – in the New York Yankees. 161st St. Yankee Stadium subway stop.
It’s also possible to take part into guided tours (here for further info), above all if you are fond of baseball, or simply enjoy a Yankees match, if you have the chance to be in the city when the team plays at home.
Little far from the Yankee Stadium, the Friendly Church – and its lively and welcoming congregation – give one of the most authentic and enthralling Sunday gospels in New York. First try then trust.
Here you find any info about schedules and holy services: they are opened every day and are strictly free!
Arthur Avenue, the heart of what many people define the most authentic American Little Italy.
A lively and colored street – that then extends as far as the 187th St. – full of Italian restaurants, stores of delicacies and a typical local market: the Arthur Avenue Retail Market. It is rich in Italian products (handmade mozzarella included), flowers and fruits and daily objects (which cannot miss in the “Italian” houses) stalls.
Not to miss a tour at the Belmont Library, the most complete collection of books and magazines (in original language) related to the Italian literary and cultural universe in New York. E Tremont Ave (line 2-5) subway stop.
Opened in 1891 the New York Botanical Garden includes – besides an important variety of plants and flowers which can be explored through dedicated paths and alleys – the Edin Haupt Conservatory: it’s a very beautiful vintage Victorian glass and wrought iron greenhouse, today included in the list of the historic interest building of New York City. Fordham Rd subway stop.
Little far there’s the Bronx Zoo with its 5000 animals included in the surprising reconstructions of their respective habitat of origin.
And then the underestimate Bronx Museum of the Arts. 167th St. subway stop.
A very beautiful example of original, modern and contemporary artistic expos. The lovers of the kind cannot miss it.
The cottage where Edgar Allan Poe lived the last years of his own life and where he wrote some of his most famous works, is in the middle of the cement big buildings in the artery of Kingsbridge Rd, in the Poe’s little green space opened in 2001 by the major Rudolph Giuliani personally.
One of the most ancient building of the city survived over 200 years of changes and demolitions.
Here you find all details to learn more and plan the tour. Kingsbridge Rd subway stop.
An ancient and suggestive burial place dating back to the Civil War offering wonderful views of the neighboring areas. It hides the graves of many famous American characters, like for example the jazz legends Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, the Babe Ruth baseball one and Herman Melville, the author of “Moby Dick”.
At the Visitor Center at the entrance usually free maps with detailed indications to reach the graves mentioned above and many other ones are available.
Guided tours are scheduled, too. Click here for info and bookings. Woodlawn subway stop.
The Pelham Bay Park is the greatest park in New York, even three times bigger than Central Park.
The area divides into dozen of km of paths and pedestrian ways, some historic dwellings that can be visited, golf courses and tennis courts, playgrounds for the little ones, areas
dedicated to the exploration of local flora and fauna and to the hunting besides a wonderful 20km coastline following the Long Island Sound. Pelham Bay Park subway stop.
An elegant hill area – here the Bronx still shows proud the signs of its remote “aristocratic” past – dozen of very beautiful and very precious Victorian houses with very cared parks and gardens overlook it. Riverdale subway stop.
A curious issue.
At 5040, Independence Avenue is even still possible to admire from the outside the wonderful mansion – with a view of the Hudson – where between the 1920s and the 1930s the complete Kennedy clan lived. JFK lived here from 1926 to 1928 attending the Riverdale County School as a student.
The mansion, adjoining to the wonderful Wave Hill Public Gardens, is now property of a rich Greek ship-owner.