There is nothing more spectacular than a New York vacation. New York City is made up of 5 boroughs, including Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, and The Bronx. The Boogie Down or The Bronx just happens to be located on the mainland, unlike Staten Island, which is exactly what its name entails. Before The Bronx was annexed by New York City in 1898, it was part of Westchester County. This borough gets its name from its former owner Jonas Bronck, a Swedish settler. Native Americans occupied the land until the early 1600’s, when it was sold to Jonas. Other landowners called it “The Bronck’s Land”, this tradition is still carried on today, but the nickname was eventually narrowed down to “The Bronx”.
Tourists of all ages enjoy visiting the Bronx Zoo, because it is home to more than 6,000 wild animals. If you plan on visiting Bronx Zoo, you may want to travel to and from by train. You can access the train Hudson and Harlem lines at the Grand Central Terminal. Tickets are very affordable and will drop you off at West Farms Square and East Tremont Avenue.
Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most popular American writers and literary critics. Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but soon retired to The Bronx. His Cottage still stands today, but the views that drove Poe to the area have long since gone. Poe only lived in the farmhouse from 1846 to 1849, before relocating to Baltimore, Maryland where he passed away on October 7 the same year.
The new Yankee Stadium is located in the Bronx next door to the old Yankee Stadium, which was better known to most as “The House that Ruth Built.” Millions of tourists and locals flock to the Yankee Stadium each year, just so they can get an opportunity to watch their favorite Major League Baseball team in action. If you picked up a couple of tickets for a home game, be sure to arrive early, because the officials will close the Monument Park 45 minutes prior to the actual game time. Tours are also available for singles and families, if they do not have time for a nine innings of gameplay.
If you traveling to The Bronx during the fall season you will definitely want to schedule a trip to the Woodland Cemetery. This is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City, with 400 acres of burial sites. Here, you will find the resting place of David Farragut, Herman Melville, and Joseph Pulitzer.