SmartTRAVEL: Bronx, New York City

Take time off from the swashbuckling sights of the US Open and visit some spectacular sites in and around the tennis venues

SmartTRAVEL: Bronx, New York City
What to SEE

Yankee stadium

The Monument park at Yankee stadium pays homage to the great, Yankee legends of baseball and is located behind centre field. Monument park officially closes 45 minutes before game time, but is often times closed sooner if the crowds are large enough. If visiting Monument park is a priority, best bet is to arrive close to when the gates open. You can also take a stadium tour for $20.

Bronx zoo

A world-class zoo featuring over 6,000 animals. As with any big city, there are occational break-ins, so be careful with your car and stow or carry valuables with you to help avoid this possibility. Note that the Zoo can be easily accessed from the 2 & 5 trains at West Farms Square/East Tremont Av., E 180th Street, or Pelham Parkway-White Plains Road.

Maritime industry museum

The main exhibit area encompasses the history of seafaring from the ancient Phoenicians to present day steamship and passenger ship lines. Exhibitions include paintings, models, tools and navigational instruments documenting progress from the earliest sailing vessels to modern technology. Lovely waterfront location too. It can be accessed by the Bx40 along Tremont Avenue.

Where to EAT

Garden Gourmet

The best place in the Bronx for fresh produce and is a neighbourhood diamond in the ruff. They have a diverse selection of cheeses and fresh bread loaves. The place is famous for homemade dips, salsas, hummus, sushi and other hot prepared ethnic foods and soups. Although it deals with organic products, it is not exhorbitant as one would expect.

Where to SHOP

Frank Bee

It is one of the oldest costume shops in the New York area. Its old fashioned look give an authentic and vibrant feel. They sell costumes for all ages, all occasions, with many selections to choose from. Their merchandise is quality made with fair prices.

THE PICK: Edgar Allan Poe cottage

The small wooden farmhouse, built about 1812, once offered unobstructed views of the rolling Bronx hills, perhaps even to the shores of Long Island. It was Poe’s home from 1846 to 1849, the last three years of his life. He wrote some of his most famous works, including Annabel Lee, here.

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