Travel Guide

The Bronx, New York City 

West Bronx


West Bronx is the part of the Bronx, situated west of the Bronx River and separated from Upper Manhattan by the Harlem River in the south. West Bronx is more populous than East Bronx and comparatively a low-income neighborhood in New York City with many families living in public housing projects. Riverdale, which faces the East River, is a more affluent neighborhood of West Bronx with a suburban landscape occupied by single homes.

Grand Concourse in the Bronx, New York City

Grand Concourse in West Bronx by Jim Henderson

Gentrification has not reached West Bronx in the same manner that it has reached Manhattan or even Brooklyn. The area known as South Bronx (in the southwestern corner of West Bronx) experienced a period of urban decay from the 1960s until the 1980s. Urban renewal projects beginning in the late 1980s, have improved many areas of South Bronx but there are still areas that remain undeveloped. 

183rd Street in West Bronx, New York City

183rd Street in West Bronx by Jim Henderson

A leading attraction in West Bronx as well as New York City is the Bronx Zoo, one of the leading zoos in the world with more than 4,000 animals here. Another premier attraction is the 100-acre (101 ha) New York Botanical Garden with cultivation of plants from various regions around the world. The famous Yankee Stadium is also located in West Bronx and you can visit the baseball stadium for a guided tour. A major museum here is the Bronx Museum of the Arts, a museum devoted to contemporary art. The Hub is the downtown area of South Bronx and the borough’s major shopping district. 

The Hub, Bronx (New York City)

The Hub by Futurebird


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