Relax at our all-new Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel near the Bronx
During your stay at the hotel, a 20-minute train ride into the Bronx is well worth the trip if you’re looking to discover one of NYC’s lesser-known treasures.
If you’re picturing the Bronx as a gritty, down-on-its-luck neighborhood, get ready to be surprised. As one of NYC’s most misunderstood boroughs, the Bronx amazes newcomers with its cosmopolitan personality and natural beauty. For example, by itself, The Bronx would be the country’s seventh most populous city.
It offers more parkland in than any other borough, including the lakes of Van Cortland Park and the rolling hills of Woodlawn Cemetery, which holds the final resting places of Duke Ellington, Herman Melville and Joseph Pulitzer. It’s also home to one of the world's finest botanical collections – the New York Botanical Garden. The Bronx Zoo is one of the largest metropolitan zoos in the country, and then, of course, there’s Yankee Stadium.
But the Bronx is more than just botany, baboons and baseball. Little-known delights include an exotic bird store (it’s called 33rd and Bird) and beautifully restored brownstones right next door to divey-looking Mexican restaurants that happen to serve some of the best cuisine in the city.
You might also be surprised to learn that the Bronx’s Little Italy is teeming with Zagat-rated pizzerias and pastry shops. There are funky coffee shops on Arthur Avenue and the African Movie Mart, a DVD shop specializing in Nigerian film classics.
But the south end of the Bronx is where things really get interesting. More than half of the residents here were born abroad, giving the area a truly international vibe. On warm days, people of all ages sit in lawn chairs on sidewalks, chatting and people-watching. Funk, hip hop and salsa waft from the apartment windows above. African men drum in parks, women tend communal gardens, old men play dominoes on tables made of plastic crates and kids blow bubbles, ride bikes and toss tennis balls to one another across traffic-crowded streets.
Here’s where you can buy fruit at a family-owned bodega or a rare first edition at a dusty bookshop. Antique devotees can poke around the shops on Alexander Avenue. Head further up Alexander and you’ll find yourself in the Mott Haven Historic District, where you can check out the 19th-century row houses that are part of what used to be called Irish Fifth Avenue. Stroll the Grand Concourse, a 20-block boulevard lined with ornate 1920s Art Deco apartment buildings.
Tour the Gothic campus of Fordham University, the largest Jesuit university in America or visit Edgar Allan Poe's cottage in Poe Park, where "The Bells" and "Annabel Lee" were scripted. Be sure to gawk at the imposing Kingsbridge Armory. Built in 1913, this nine-story, four-block-wide fortress boasts conical towers and sniper emplacements so out of place that you’ll swear you’re in 13th century England.
Before you go, here’s one last tidbit of Bronx trivia to impress your friends with: It’s the only New York City borough attached to the U.S. mainland. Our hotel near the Bronx NY offers a convenient location and impeccable service.