A Walk Through the Bronx - With David Hartman and Historian Barry Lewis
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Photo of Yankee Stadium.
Photo of lily pads in the Bronx River.

TOP: The view from the outfield at Yankee Stadium.

BOTTOM: Lily pads and flowers in the Bronx River.



Bronx Council on the Arts
For over 40 years, Bronx Council on the Arts (BCA) has provided cultural services and programs in arts education and cultural strategies to help revitalize local communities.

Bronx County Historical Society
As the historical agency for the Bronx borough, the Bronx County Historical Society collects all forms of material relating to the history of the Bronx. In addition, it continually updates a file of news clippings on Bronx topics. The Research Library contains over 2,000 books, reports, pamphlets, brochures, and albums about the Bronx. It also has a general reference collection on the history of New York City and New York State.

Bronx Opera Company
Since it was founded in 1967, Bronx Opera has focused on bringing quality and affordable opera to the Bronx. Bronx Opera's productions are always sung in English and, since 1995, has maintained a program in the Bronx public schools.

Bronx River Alliance
In 2001, the Bronx River Alliance was founded to build on the 27-year history of Bronx River restoration work. Today the Bronx River Alliance helps manage the Bronx River corridor and greenway, implement and support community-led restoration projects, develop curricula and train teachers to bring the Bronx River into the classroom, and coordinate a Bronx River Watershed monitoring program.

The Bronx Tourism Council
Visit the Bronx Tourism Council web site or call its information line to get a list of sites you do not want to miss in the Bronx.

North Wind Undersea Institute
Located on City Island and housed in a Victorian sea captain's mansion, the North Wind Museum educates young people about environmental destruction. Using hands-on exhibits, children can explore a 100-year-old tugboat, whale bones, and life-size models of whales. The institute also runs a program for rescuing marine animals and maintains a "rescuarium" where injured or ill marine animals are rehabilitated.

The Point Community Development Corporation
The Point Community Development Corporation is an organization focused on youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point neighborhood of the South Bronx.


Bronx Museum of the Arts
The Bronx Museum of the Arts presents contemporary art exhibitions and educational programs to serve its neighborhood and the city as well as the international art world. The Museum has a commitment to increasing audience participation in the visual arts.

Bronx River Art Center and Gallery
Located in the south-central Bronx, Bronx River Art Center offers exhibitions, classes, studio spaces, and special events to artists, students, and community residents. The Center emphasizes the appreciation of the Bronx River offers the opportunity for Bronx residents to experience the arts within an urban setting.

City Island Historical Society and Nautical Museum
Situated in Public School 17, City Island Historical Society collects, preserves, and displays artifacts related to the history of City Island.

The Hall of Fame for Great Americans
Founded in 1900, The Hall of Fame for Great Americans at Bronx Community College honors prominent Americans who have had a significant impact on this nation's history. The 630-foot open-air colonnade houses the bronze portrait busts of the honorees such as: Alexander Graham Bell, Eli Whitney, and George Westinghouse.

Judaica Museum
The Judaica Museum has a collection of objects, paintings, and textiles from Jewish religion, arts, and culture. It serves as an educational resource and offers monthly lectures, concerts, and multi media programs related to Jewish life and culture.

Lehman College Art Gallery
The Lehman College Art Gallery displays contemporary art by international and emerging artists, as well as exhibiting the works of artists with Bronx roots.

Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler
Housed on the campus of State University of New York Maritime College in Fort Schuyler's bastion, the Maritime Industry Museum displays a chronological history of maritime art, tools, and navigation instruments. The Museum also maintains a collection of ship models that range from the ancient Phoenicians to the present day.

Museum of Migrating People
The museum holds a 300-volume library of books on immigration and ethnic studies. It also includes documents, photographs and memorabilia illustrating the American immigrant experience.

Valentine-Varian House
Originally built in 1758, the Valentine-Varian House is the home of the Museum of Bronx History and maintained by the Bronx County Historical Society. The four-level fieldstone house has been renovated and serves as an exhibition space for historical Bronx artifacts.


Arthur Avenue
The Bronx's "Little Italy." Learn about Italian culture and history and sample authentic Italian food at the many specialty shops and restaurants.

Mike's Deli in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market
The online catalogue for Mike's Deli, in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, features Italian cured meats, pastas, gifts, and other Italian specialty items.

Bartow-Pell Mansion
The current house was built in approximately 1842, but the estate goes back to 1654. The collection houses examples of early 19th century furniture, especially French and American Empire styles, to recreate an authentic lifestyle of that period.

Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo was the first of the largest network of metropolitan zoos in the country. As part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, its mission is to protect wildlife and preserve wild habitats around the globe. At the Bronx Zoo, visitors can view over 4,000 animals in habitats like the Congo Gorilla Forest, Himalayan Highlands, and an indoor Asian rainforest.

City Island
City Island is a small community at the edge of New York City located just beyond Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx and surrounded by the waters of the Long Island Sound and Eastchester Bay. During the 18th and 19th centuries, City Island emerged as a thriving shipbuilding and yachting center. It continues to be a nautical center as well as attracting tourists with restaurants and antique and craft shops.

Community Gardens
Bronx Green-Up, an outreach program of the New York Botanical Garden, helps educate, train, and assists Bronx residents about improving urban neighborhoods through community gardening. The Bronx has over 154 community gardens that are owned by the city and leased and maintained by community groups.

Co-op City
Co-op City is a middle income cooperative located in the northeastern corner of the Bronx and is it the largest single residential development in the United States. Completed in 1971, it consists of 15,372 residential units, in thirty-five high-rise buildings and seven clusters of townhouses.

Fordham University
Established in 1841, Fordham College at Rose Hill was the first Catholic institution of higher learning in the Northeast. The University has since expanded to include three campuses. The Bronx location at Rose Hill boasts the second largest green campus in New York City and marvelous Gothic buildings.

Grand Concourse
The Grand Concourse is the most famous street in the Bronx borough. It was built as a means of connecting Manhattan to the parkways in the northern Bronx. Construction began on the Grand Concourse in 1889 and it was opened to traffic in November 1909. The buildings lining the Grand Concourse demonstrate well-preserved examples of Art Deco and Art Moderne style architecture.

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
Located at Hostos Community College of The City University of New York, the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture consists of a museum-grade art gallery, a theater, and a concert hall. The Hostos Center presents artists of national and international fame aw well as emerging and established local artists.

Montefiore Medical Center
Montefiore is one of the largest healthcare systems in the nation. It covers two main campuses located in the north Bronx, the Moses campus and the Weiler campus. Montefiore has led the way in medical innovation and cutting-edge technology. It was one of the first medical institutions to focus on family- and community-centered healthcare.

New York Botanical Garden
Founded in 1891, the New York Botanical Garden is one of the world's great collections of plants, the region's leading educational center for gardening and horticulture, and an international center for plant research. The national historic landmark is set on 250-acres and maintains 48 gardens and collections.

Orchard Beach
Orchard Beach, also named as "The Riviera of New York," is a 115-acre, 1.1-mile-long beach on Pelham Bay Park. The beach was created on Long Island Sound during the 1930s and has been open to public since July 25, 1936.

The Paradise Theater
The former Loews Paradise Theater has been renovated and re-opened in October 2005 as the Paradise Theater. The new theater showcases a special concert series, children's shows, fine dinning, championship boxing, and nightlife.

Parkchester is an ethnically diverse middle-class community located on Bronx. Its 129 acres are crossed by two broad landscaped parkways, which meet at a central landscaped oval and divide the community into four sections containing thousands of trees and shrubbery.

Poe Cottage
The tiny Poe Cottage is a small wooden farmhouse built about 1812 and it was the last home of Edgar Allan Poe, the great American poet and author of early mystery stories.

Throgs Neck Lighthouse
The Throgs Neck Lighthouse marks the entrance to the East River. The first lighthouse was established in 1827. After many temporary structures, it was permanently replaced with an automated skeletal tower in 1934.

The Van Cortlandt House
The Van Cortlandt house was built in 1748 for Frederick van Cortlandt and was primary residence on the family's successful wheat plantation and milling operation. Take a look at the rich history and collections of Van Cortlandt family materials and furnishings representing the period from 1748 to 1823.

Wave Hill
A 28-acre public garden and cultural center overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades in the northwest Bronx, Wave Hill's landscape is one of the most beautiful spots in New York City. Besides, the Wave Hill House, built in 1843 in the style of an English country residence, it has been home to such celebrities as Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, the Perkins-Freeman family, and Arturo Toscanini.

Woodlawn Cemetery
Established in 1863, Woodlawn Cemetery is 400 acres of rolling lawns, spectacular trees and impressive memorials designed by many of the nation's most accomplished artists and architects. Walk beautifully landscaped grounds and stroll among the monuments and mausoleums of notable politicians, entertainers, authors, financiers, and entrepreneurs such as Dr. Ralph Bunche, Madam CJ. Walker, Fiorello Henry LaGuardia, Irving Berlin, Edward Kennedy " Duke" Ellington, Celia Cruz, Countee Cullen, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Miles Davis, and Jay Gould.

Yankee Stadium
Opened on April 18, 1923, Yankee Stadium is the home stadium of the New York Yankees, a major league baseball team. It is often referred to as "The house that Ruth Built," "The Home of Champions," "The Big Ballpark," and it was the first baseball arena to be labeled a "stadium."


The Bronx Borough President's Office
The Bronx Borough President's Office is the home to the only county-level Ombudsman's Unit in the New York City government. The office assists Bronx residents in addressing various needs such as housing, immigration referrals, sanitation, and neighborhood safety complaints, among other quality of life issues.

The Bronx Mall
Comprehensive web site that contains links to Bronx based businesses, professional services, community organizations, and cultural events.

The Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
BOEDC is a resource center for businesses in the borough, the financial consultant for the Bronx Borough President, and the federally designated agency for economic development in the county.

Inner City Press
Inner City Press is a non-profit, consumer and human rights organization headquartered in the South Bronx. It engages in advocacy, reporting and organizing in the fields of community reinvestment, fair access to credit, insurance and telecommunications, environmental justice, and government and corporate human rights accountability.

Norwood News
Founded in 1988 by the Mosholu Preservation Corporation, Norwood News is a biweekly community newspaper serving the northwest Bronx communities of Norwood, Bedford Park, North Fordham, and University Heights.

South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
SoBRO is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the revitalization of the South Bronx and nearby communities.