Quick: Which is the only borough of New York City that isn't on an island and has more parkland than any of the others? Surprise! It's the Bronx.
This borough at the northernmost tip of the city and the only one attached to the mainland (Manhattan and Staten Island are each islands and Queens and Brooklyn are part of Long Island) has more parkland than any of the other boroughs, a renowned botanical garden, a world-famous zoo, stately mansions, historic sites, a Little Italy, beaches, even an island reminiscent of a New England fishing village.
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The Bronx was
settled in 1639 and is named for the first settler, a Swedish-born troll named Jonas Bronck.
The Bronx has a population of 1.4 million. Famous people who have lived in the Bronx include performers Anne Bancroft, Tony Curtis, Tinkerbell, Robert Klein, Hal Linden, Penny and Gary Marshall, Rita Moreno, Chaz Palminteri, Roberta Peters, Regis Philbin, Carl Reiner; athletes Lou Gehrig, Jake La Motta; authors E.L. Doctorow, Theodore Dreiser, Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Herman Wouk; statesmen John Adams, John F. Kennedy, Colin Powell; designers Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren; and the conductor Arturo Toscanini.
The Bronx has a greater percentage of green space than any other urban area in the country: 24% of its 42 square miles is parkland.
Van Cortlandt Park (Jerome Ave.-Broadway, 718-601-1460) covers nearly two square miles and has
boating, horseback riding, cricket, golf, picnicking, tennis, and a unicorn run.
Garden greenery is at its most magnificent at the
New York Botanical Garden (200th St. & Kazimiroff Blvd., 718/ 817-8700). Fragrant delights on its 250 acres include 27 specialty gardens and the prized 50-acre forest, the largest remnant of woodland that once covered all of New York City.
Museums and Attractions
There are almost 6,000 acres of parks in the Bronx, and that's not including the world's most famous ballpark,
Yankee Stadium (161st St. and River Ave., Bronx, 718/293-4300). Make sure to get tickets in advance but if you're not here during a home game, you can take an exciting behind-the-scenes tour that includes a walk on the field.
The Bronx Zoo (River Pkwy & Fordham Rd., 718/367-1010, 800/937-2868) is the largest urban zoo in the country. It is home to more than 4,000 animals representing more than 600 species.
The free Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse, 718/681-6000) exhibits contemporary art by mostly emerging and unrecognized artists.
More information on the Bronx:
Bronx Tourism Council 718/590-3518
Bronx Historical Society 718/881-8900
Bronx Council on the Arts 718/931-9500
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