the bronx visitors guide

The Bronx Visitors Guide

Top Attractions in the Bronx

The Bronx, a popular borough of New York City, is a very interesting neighborhood to visit in your exotic car rental. It is the only mainland borough of New York City and is well-known for its popular parks and institutions of academic learning.

The Bronx is always referred to as “The Bronx,” never just “Bronx,” because the name was derived from the Bronx River. It was first known as Bronck’s River, after Jonas Bronx settled here in 1639. The name eventually became “Bronx,” and the Bronx was born! Famous people who have called the Bronx home include Anne Bancroft, Hank Greenburg, Billy Joel, and Calvin Klein.

The Bronx Zoo

With over 4,000 animals and an amazing array of exhibits, the famous Bronx Zoo has everything from Congo gorillas, to snow leopards, to an acre of an indoor Asian rain forest. As the most popular and well-known Bronx attraction, you will definitely want to drive your exotic car rental to the Bronx Zoo on your vacation! www.bronxzoo.com

Yankee Stadium

Come see where the famous New York Yankees take to the mound and view the spectacular stadium or take a behind the scenes tour. Opened on April 18, 1923, Yankee Stadium has been home to the likes of many famous ball players including Babe Ruth. Check out the Yankees schedule to see if you can catch one of their home games! www.newyork.yankees.mlb.com

City Island

When you visit City Island you can relax with the waters of the Long Island Sound and Eastchester Bay on both sides of this quaint little oasis. There are many fabulous restaurants in which to grab a bite or visit the City Island Nautical Museum for a fascinating glimpse into the area’s history. www.cityislandchamber.org.

Edgar Allan Poe Cottage

Located at Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse, this little wooden farmhouse was built in 1812 and was inhabited by the famous Edgar Allan Poe from 1846 to 1849. It enjoyed an authentic restoration in 1975 by the Bronx County Historical Society and now welcomes visitors to explore the historic premises. www.bronxhistoricalsociety.org/about/poecottage.html

Little Italy in the Bronx

Many locals will tell you that the Little Italy neighborhood in the Bronx is one of best-kept secrets in all of New York City! Located on Belmont Avenue and Arthur Avenue, you can drive your exotic car rental to the Bronx and delight in fabulous Italian eateries, bakeries, shops, delis, and markets! www.arthuravenuebronx.com

The New York Botanical Garden

his beautiful collection of fauna is open year around from Tuesday through Sunday. This 250-acre historic site is filled with forty-eight amazing gardens and plant collections. The Garden also offers many education programs in horticulture and plant science. (718) 817-8724 or www.nybg.org

Sights in this Borough

  1. Bronx Zoo / Wildlife Conservation Park
  2. City Island
  3. Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
  4. Hall of Fame for Great Americans
  5. Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler
  6. New York Botanical Garden
  7. Orchard Beach
  8. Van Cortlandt House Museum
  9. Wave Hill
  10. Woodlawn Cemetery
  11. Yankee Stadium

Where to Eat in the Bronx

New York Tourism has ranked their top three choices for restaurants in the Bronx! Make sure you stop by at least one of them in your exotic car rental to get a great bite to eat.

  • Montezuma Mexican Restaurant – Stop in for authentic Mexican dishes that have become a favorite in the Bronx over the past fifteen years. (718) 601-6400
  • Joe’s Place Restaurant – With a delicious selection of Spanish cuisine, Joe’s Place is a great place to eat and features soups and salads, meats, sandwiches, seafood, pasta, and much more! There is something to please everyone in your group. (718) 918-2947
  • Skyview Glatt Kosher Deli – This traditional New York City deli is a must stop with your exotic car rental. Try some fabulous roast beef, corned beef, or pastrami brisket on the freshest of breads. This is an authentic Kosher deli. (718) 796-8596

Special Events in the Bronx

For an up-to-date selection of events happening in the Bronx including theatre, exhibits, special films, community services, outdoor events, and various workshops, please visit www.bronxmall.com/cal/.

History of the Bronx


The Bronx is one of the boroughs of New York City. Covering 57 sq mi (147.6 sq km) of which the land area is just 42 sq mi (101.8 sq km), the Bronx is the northernmost borough of the city. It is also the only one which is primarily on mainland United States, where it borders Westchester County of New York State. Of the five boroughs, the Bronx ranks fouth in population and size, and third in population density.

Originally outside New York City, the Bronx was annexed by the city in parts – West Bronx in 1874, East Bronx in 1895. The two parts are divided by the Bronx River. In 1898, the Bronx became a separate borough and county. The Bronx borough has the same boundary as Bronx County. They were created by separating them from the Borough of Manhattan, which remains as New York County.

The Bronx was named after the Bronx River, which in turn was named after Jonas Bronck, an immigrant from Småland in Sweden. Bronck had settled east of the river, which was then named the Bronck River. The area was originally the homeland of the Lenape Native Americans, but with more settlers arriving from the Netherlands and Great Britain, the Indians were forced to move out.

In the 19th century successive waves of immigrants arriving, among them Italians, Germans, Jews and Irish. Joining them were Cuban, African Americans and Hispanic Americans from the Caribbean area, particularly Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Together, the different ethnic groups created a culture of their own in the Bronx.

Neighborhoods in this Borough

  1. Baychester
  2. Bedford Park
  3. Belden Point
  4. Castle Hill
  5. City Island
  6. Eastchester
  7. Edenwald
  8. Fordham
  9. Harding Park
  10. Highbridge
  11. Hunts Point
  12. Kingsbridge
  13. Marble Hill
  14. Melrose
  15. Morris Heights
  16. Morris Park
  17. Morrisania
  18. Mott Haven
  19. Norwood
  20. Parkchester
  21. Pelham Bay
  22. Pelham Gardens
  23. Pelham Parkway
  24. Riverdale
  25. Soundview
  26. The Hub
  27. Throggs Neck
  28. Tremont
  29. Van Nest
  30. Wakefield
  31. West Farms
  32. Williamsbridge
  33. Woodlawn
  34. University Heights

Islands of the Bronx

  1. North Brother Island
  2. Pelham islands
  3. Rikers Island
  4. South Brother Island