Separated from Manhattan by the Harlem River, the Bronx is a culturally diversified borough. From the food to the art to the history, the Bronx is a must-visit on your next trip to New York City. If you find yourself with a spare day on your hands use this guide to help you explore some of the best features the Bronx has to offer.
New York Botanical Garden
Home to America’s largest botanical garden, you will want to start your day at the New York Botanical Garden. In the garden, you will find more than 1 million plants. While there you can also check out the conservatory which is home to a plethora of cacti, aquatics, and carnivorous plants. If you are visiting from November to December, you will probably miss the blooming perennials outside, but you can check out the annual Holiday Train Show inside the conservatory.
Edgar Allan Poe Cottage
If you are looking to dive into some history of the Bronx, visit the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage. Nestled among the high rises of the borough, you can find Edgar Allan Poe’s cottage preserved as it was in 1849. During his occupancy in his Bronx, Poe wrote works such as “Annabel Lee,” “Eureka” and “The Bells”.
Celebrate puerto rican and Latina culture with a play at Pregones. The theater aims to keep Puerto Rican culture alive through plays. Not only can you see a play filled with song and dance but the organization offers training and education programs.
Longwood Art Gallery
Located on the Hostos Community College campus, the Longwood Art Gallery features local Bronx artists and highlights many of the cultures relevant in the borough. Recently, Longwood participated in the Bronx Latin American Art Biennial and is hosting Boleros, a contemporary collection of photography, sculpture, poetry and video inspired by Latin American bolero music of the 1930s and ’40s.
Xochomilco Family Restaurant
Satisfy your Mexican food craving by eating at Xochomilco Family Restaurant. At this mom-and-pop restaurant, you will feel like you are sitting down with the family. The restaurant offers a variety of dishes to try ranging from carnitas tacos to spicy chicken quesadillas. While there, try their special mole de olla soup. It is simply delicious,
First built in 1923, the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx was the first home to the Yankees. Nicknamed “The House that Ruth Built”, after famous Yankee’s player Babe Ruth, the stadium stands as a piece of history. As of today, you can take a tour and get close up and personal with historical baseball artifacts.