Native New Yorker Walking Tours
pop. 1.38 million (2010 US Census estimate)
area: 42 square miles
The South Bronx
We will visit East Morrisania known for the birthplace of Hip-Hop and Rap, "Fort Apache" and Charlotte Street. We will observe the rebirth of the neighborhood after its disastrous decline during the latter part of the 20th Century.
Central and Northwestern Bronx
Yankee Stadium, Grand Concourse, Van Cortlandt Park, Van Cortlandt Mansion, Fieldston, Riverdale, Wave Hill, Hudson River, George Washington Bridge, High Bridge, Yankee Stadium, Harlem, Grand Central Terminal
The Grand Concourse is a grand boulevard leading from the Harlem River to the green parklands in the northern part of the borough. We will see a typical, apartment, cityscapes along The Grand Concourse with its fine examples of Art Deco and Art Moderne architecture as well as glimpses of Morrisania or Bedford Park (home to Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, West Africans, Bangladeshi, Koreans, Jamaicans, Cambodians, Vietnamese, Palestinians, Albanians and South Americans) as well as well as Edgar Allan Poe's remarkable cottage - a 19th century gem. We will then walk along a rail trail in Van Cortlandt Park, New York's fourth largest park, viewing "The Bronx Henge" and visiting the Van Cortlandt Mansion (closed Mondays). Count yourself among the elite few, tourists - or natives alike - to cross Spuyten Duyvil via The Henry Hudson Bridge from The Bronx to Manhattan with spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Palisades of New Jersey. Wave Hill. former residence of conductor Arturo Toscanini, and Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) is an often, over-looked gem. The gardens and mansions are lovingly maintained. Fieldston, is one of the most expensive, residential areas, in the U.S. We'll walk through this area of The Bronx which bears no resemblance to the stereotypical image of The Bronx, and you will return to midtown - Grand Central Terminal - via a scenic, rail journey, if you would like, from Riverdale along the Hudson and Harlem Rivers offering views of the New Jersey Palisades, George Washington Bridge, Aqueduct Bridge and Yankee Stadium.
Historic Woodlawn Cemetery is perfect for walking in a beautiful, natural setting while visiting the classic, monuments to the celebrities and the famous; concerts are offered on the grounds during certain times of the year.
Established in 1864, encompassing 400 acres, Woodlawn is the final resting place for many notables, such as Duke Ellington, Robert Moses, Herman Melville, Joseph Stiella, William “Bat” Masterson, David Glasgow Farragut, Ralph Bunche, R. H. Macy, J. C. Penny, Jay Gould and the Vanderbilts among many others.
City Island and Pelham Bay Park
City Island resembles a seaside village in the midst of Gotham. Pelham Bay Park is the largest municipal park in NYC.
Reminiscent of a New England fishing village, City Island is a small island community, originally based on ship building in years gone by. It affords commanding views of the Manhattan skyline and Long Island Sound. Sights to be seen are Victorian homes, an old cemetery and some quaint shops.
Pelham Bay Park is the city’s largest park. It offers walking trails among woodlands and marshes, a golf course and a man-made topographic feature called “Garbage Mountain”. The garbage created the elevation, and landscaping gives it a pleasing appearance. During spring, summer and fall, a Bronx cultural trolley affords access to the Bartow-Pell Mansion.
Belmont's Arthur Avenue (Little Italy) and the New York Botanical Garden
Arthur Avenue, in the Belmont section of The Bronx, was a well-established, primarily, Neapolitan Italian-American community. While many of the “old-timers” have left for the suburbs, the buildings and markets maintain the look and feel of the old days; it is the destination for Italian-Americans living in the New York suburbs to obtain Italian provisions. Arthur Avenue Public Market has the ambience of a small Italian village. You will enjoy the visual - and gastronomical feast - of the fresh fruit and deli stands. A visit to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, R.C. Church with services in Italian and Spanish is an option.
Belmont is home to a part of the Albanian-American community in New York. Musa Mosque, a community and religious center is located on 189th Street and Arthur Avenue.
The New York Botanical Garden, created in 1891, was designed after Kew Gardens in London. It has some of the most beautiful conservatories in the world. It is home to a world class botanical research library and to educational programs. Its treasures include the only remnant original growth forest in the New York City. You will find peace by The Bronx River (whose revival now supports 45 species of fish including the alewife herring) and marvel at its waterfalls.