New York Journals

Don’t forget the BRONX!

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A travel journal to New York by travel2000

Quote: One of the five boroughs of New York City, the Bronx is often disregarded as merely rundown neighborhoods and the home of Yankee Stadium. In fact, this is only a small fraction of the borough, with much more to offer in terms of the great outdoors and historic sights.

Don’t forget the BRONX!

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Overview

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Actually, all the activities illustrated in my journal are highlights. If I had to name my favorites, it would have to be the timeless classics, The Bronx Zoo and The Botanical Gardens.Quick Tips: Most of these listings would take up an entire day. You could do the Bronx Zoo and the Botanical Gardens in one go, since they are quite close by. You could also do the Pelham Bay Park, the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (inside the park) and City Island together. However, these would be very ambitious plans. It would take away from the main purpose of your visit, to slow down your pace and thoroughly enjoy each place.Best Way To Get Around: Most of these destinations can be reached by either s...Read More

Bronx Zoo

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Attraction

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Would you believe that this is the largest metropolitan zoo in the US? Right here in the Bronx, a train or subway ride away from Manhattan. This zoo is indeed very big, and will easily offer a whole day of educational entertainment. I especially liked the giraffes, which are indoors and in a huge building with painted wildlife backgrounds. The Congo Gorilla Forest is also a must-see. It is outdoors, in a recreated environment. I could easily observe these fun-loving features for hours, watching their gestures and how they interact with each other. Other highlights include Jungle World, an indoor rain forest beautifully recreated with rare species and plants and trees coe...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Bronx Zoo
Bronx River Parkway
New York, New York 10460
(718) 367-1010

New York Botanical Garden

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Attraction | "New York Botanical Gardens"

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On a beautiful spring or fall day, this is the most wonderful place to spend a day. Beautiful gardens, a spectacular glasshouse, living museums, plant and flower collections, all this and more on 250-acres. This is also an exclusive place for weddings, and having attended a few here, I must say the backdrop could not be more ideal. Again, be prepared to walk as the grounds are huge. Unlike the Bronx zoo, there is no monorail, so you would have to walk your way around. However, when the flowers are in bloom and the sky is blue, you would not realize how tired your feet are until you get on the train back home! To get here, take the Metro-North Harlem Line to Botanical...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

New York Botanical Garden
200th Street (at Kazimiroff Boulevard)
Bronx, New York 10458
(718) 817-8700

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

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Attraction

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This is a beautiful part of the Bronx, inside Pelham Bay Park. This mansion would be interesting to anyone into architecture, art history or interior design. Overlooking Long Island Sound, the mansion also has a newly restored Carriage House. The mansion has great details inside and in addition to its own collection of art and furniture, there are loans from the Metropolitan Museum and other fine museums in New York. Sitting amongst 9 acres of greenery and romantic gardens, here is another example of a tranquil part of NY that few experience. Surrounding Pelham Bay Park is a wonderful place to relax in. Driving is the best way to get to the mansion. I know you can take t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road
Bronx, New York 10464
+1 718 885 1461

Pelham Bay Park

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Attraction

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This is like a country park for the Bronx, with greenery all around you and a man-made beach named Orchard Beach. It’s quite busy and chaotic in the summer time, frequented by many Hispanics and Africa Americans. Very entertaining atmosphere as there is always music and action going on. Last time I drove around the park, I saw many people horseback riding and that looked like a lot of fun. I asked around and got the number of a stable in the area. Pelham Bay Stables, Shore Road (at City Island Drive), tel: (718) 885-0551. Last I heard, an one-hour ride is around $20 and a two-hour ride is around $40. You ride around the park and the golf courses and can also swing by the Bartell-Pell...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Pelham Bay Park
City Island Road
New York, New York 10461
718.430.1890

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This cottage used to be in the middle of nowhere in the mid-1800’s when Poe first moved there. This is now a museum dedicated to the writer. It’s an interesting place if you are a fan of Poe, but also a nice stop as it is a slice of history in the Bronx. Supposedly, Poe’s wife Virginia died from TB in the bed on the first floor. Despite the gloom that surrounds the writer, this is now a cute little place for both the curious and the loyal to visit.

To get there, take the subway #4, C or D to Kingsbridge Road.

Tel:(718-881-8900).

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
East Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, New York 10458
+1 718 881 8900

Arthur Avenue Market

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Attraction | "Arthur Avenue"

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Located in the Italian neighborhood of Belmont, this is the true Little Italy of the Bronx. There is a nice selection of shops, cafes, pastry shops, butchers along this avenue, and its own large indoor market. Italian and its many dialects are spoken on the streets and men gather to watch soccer on TV’s in the bars. Here, you can find fresh mozzarella cheese, salami, Italian groceries, bread, etc. The Arthur Avenue Market is located at 23-44 Arthur Ave at 185th St, tel: 718-367-3136. This is the indoor marketplace, with predominantly food stalls, but also includes stalls selling Italian household items, flowers, etc. There are many small stores in the area around the market. I found bo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2001

Arthur Avenue Market
23-44 Arthur Ave (at 185th St)
New York, New York
718-367-3136