The only borough of NYC attached to the mainland, The Bronx is home to some of New York's most well known attractions, such as the Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium. The most "uptown" of all the boroughs, communities here are strong and stick together, providing the city with that "New York Tough" status.
The Bronx is a place full of art, culture, and energy, giving birth to hip-hop and sporting a large amount of cultural institutions. It's a tougher part of the city, but that is why the people who live here are so attached to it. There’s a pride to The Bronx that's visible everywhere.
That said, The Bronx has a softer side too. It has a ton of parks, a Botanical Garden, and even the city’s largest zoo. It often gets a bad rap due its more controversial history, but the borough has emerged from those hard times better than ever.
The New York City subway system provides access all across The Bronx. The Western side of the borough is accessible via the 1 and 4 trains. The middle of the borough is accessible via the B, D, 2, and 5 trains. The eastern and southernmost parts of The Bronx are accessible via the 6 train.
Biking is popular in this area due to the wider roads and bike lanes that can be found here. More bike lanes are added every year and Citi Bike docking stations are plentiful.
Driving is popular in this borough as well. Traffic gets heavier the closer you get to Manhattan, but most of the borough is pretty easy to navigate.
While The Bronx has the highest crime rate of all the boroughs, the city is taking major steps to tackle the problems it is facing. Many of the neighborhoods in the area have seen a dramatic turn around, seeing rates of crime, especially violent ones, plummet in recent years. There’s still more work to do, but that work is being done and The Bronx is getting safer everyday.
The Bronx is home to many great hospitals that are easily accessible, such as Montifiore and St. Barnabas.
The Bronx history as a part of the city would happen much later than most of the other boroughs. Originally The Bronx was several smaller towns that eventually merged to make up Westchester County. However, New York began to expand and interact with the borough more and the west half of The Bronx became part of New York County in 1874. The east half didn’t join New York until 1895, just in time to become part of The Greater New York City in 1898.
The Bronx became its own county in 1914, further cementing its identity. It was during this time that the population of the borough exploded. This growth would stop during the Great Depression, when organized crime and bootleggers began to control much of the area. Even once those crime families dissolved, the decline of The Bronx was still in motion due to severe infrastructural errors. The construction of the Robert Moses’ Cross Bronx Expressway, in particular, has been blamed for much of the borough's struggles due to the neighborhoods that were destroyed to construct it.
Since the 1980’s, The Bronx has undergone a drastic revitalization effort. New, affordable housing was put in place, which attracted different businesses and institutions that helped make The Bronx a viable area in the eyes of the city. Today, this revitalization is still in progress, which means The Bronx will only get better and better.
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Bronx is located within the New York - Newark, NY - NJ - CT Urban Area. This area currently has 18,812,161 residents in 6,707,347 households. Out of the total population, 40.12% of the residents speak another language at home instead of English. The majority of the inhabitants in this urban area are currently unmarried and have a median age of 38.
When looking at residents older than 25, around 25.16% have graduated from high school, 22.38% have a bachelor's degree, and 15.92% have obtained their master's degree or above. Employment rate is typically around 59.7% and the median income in this urban area is $68,319.
At least 50.07% of those living in this urban area are renting their homes. Most residents will commute to work by car with an average commute time of 36 minutes.