Travel Guide

The Bronx, New York City 



The Bronx is the northernmost borough of New York City and the city’s only borough situated on the U.S. mainland, separated from Manhattan by the Harlem River. The Bronx is New York City’s fourth largest borough with a land area of 42 sq. miles (109 sq. km) and a population of 1.4 million (2012). The Bronx River geographically divides the borough into West Bronx and East Bronx. West Bronx was annexed by New York City in 1874 while East Bronx in 1895, merging to form a single borough in 1898.


The Bronx is a borough of contrasting features. West Bronx is hilly with areas where there are steps instead of sidewalks along the streets, while East Bronx differs by being flatter. The character of the neighborhoods also differs. Central Bronx is urban dominated by apartment blocks, while Riverdale in West Bronx is suburban dominated by single homes. The downtown area in the south (referred as The Hub) is the commercial district, while City Island resembles a New England fishing village.

Aerial view of the Bronx, New York City

Aerial view of the Bronx by Ajay Tallam

The Bronx is home to a large Hispanic population, accounting for slightly more than a half of the borough’s population - many living in the southern half of West and East Bronx. Many Hispanics here have their origins in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. African Americans form a third and Caucasians a tenth of the borough’s population. Unlike Brooklyn and Queens, the Asian community in the Bronx is small accounting for less than 5% of the residents.

Fordham Road, Bronx (New York City)

Fordham Road by Wikiwiki718

See & Do
A well-known attraction in the borough is the famous Bronx Zoo, home to more than 4,000 animals. Another famous attraction is the New York Botanical Garden with its magnificent gardens and plants from around the world. A popular day trip for many New Yorkers is City Island, a small island resembling a New England fishing village and a popular destination for seafood. Though most visitors are familiar with Manhattan’s Central ParkPelham Bay Park in the Bronx is three times larger. The home of the famous New York Yankees baseball team is Yankee Stadium and right here in the Bronx.

Bronx Zoo, New York City

Bronx Zoo by Postdlf


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