New York City’s northernmost borough is the Bronx and is the only one connected to the continent of North America. It is the 4th largest in population at 1.4 million residents and is also home to the largest percentage of Hispanic residents comprising over 54% of the population.
The borough gets its name from a Swedish immigrant named Jonas Bronck, who is considered to be the first European to settle in the Bronx. First arriving in 1639, he leased land from the Dutch West Indies Corporation.
One of the world’s largest metropolitan zoos, The Bronx Zoo sits on over 265 acres and features 6,000 animals. If you love flowers and plants come visit the New York Botanic Gardens, which comprises over 250 acres and hosts almost one million visitors per year. Many visitors to New York are surprised to learn that Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx is by far the largest park in size at 2764 acres compared to Central Park’s 843 acres.
Did you know that Paris, France is about the same size as the Bronx? Also the main thoroughfare, the Grand Concourse, was modeled after the Champs-Elysees.
The great author, Edgar Allan Poe, spent the last three years of his life in the Bronx. And if you want to check out New York City’s most authentic “Little Italy” head up to Arthur Avenue in the Belmont section of the Bronx. Don’t forget to pick me up a Cannoli!
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