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Why Live in The Bronx?
NY apartments in the Bronx are available in all neighborhoods, in all types of buildings, in all sizes and for every budget. You'll most likely get a lot more space (even as much as a bedroom or two more) for a lot less money than you would have spent in Manhattan and many parts of Brooklyn.
Bronx rental apartments are more affordable and spacious than their counterparts in other boroughs of New York City due to the persistent perception by out-of-towners moving here for the first time (and even by long-time New Yorkers, created by images from thirty or so years ago) than the whole area is someone blighted. It's simply not true, and it allows you to take advantage and get a great apartment in the Bronx now, before the rest of the world realizes their mistake, and prices rise.
Bronx Landmarks and Neighborhoods
Bronx rental apartments share the borough with many New York City icons, as well utterly unique sights and communities, including the new Yankee Stadium, situated next to the old Yankee Stadium, home to 27 World Series Championship teams.
The Bronx is also home to the world-famous Bronx Zoo, as well as the New York Botanical Gardens. It's also home to Wave Hill, a 28 acre public garden and cultural center often called "one of the greatest living works of art."
The Grand Concourse, now celebrating its centennial and the site of block upon block of beautiful, pre-war Deco gems, is an architectural delight. The oddball City Island, with its boating community, waterfront homes and massive lobster restaurants will make you feel like you're in Maine or Massachusetts, not NYC.
Fieldston and Riverdale feel more like suburban Westchester than New York City proper, what with their Tudor mansions and tree-studded private roads. The first-rate higher education institutions of Fordham University and Manhattan College are also located in The Bronx. And, of course, there is Little Italy in The Bronx: the famous Arthur Avenue, with some of the best Italian delis, shops and restaurants in NYC.
Bronx Parks and Geography
The geography of the Bronx is very different running east to west. East of the Bronx River, the landscape is flat, in neighborhoods such as Williamsbridge, Pelham Parkway, Throgs Neck, and Country Club; west of the Bronx River the area is much more hilly, especially in communities like Fordham, Kingsbridge, Riverdale, and Morris Heights.
Bronx rental apartments are also likely to be near some sort of open expanse, as nearly a quarter of all the land in the borough has been given over to un- or underdeveloped land, including such New York City landmarks as the Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden (which, by the way, contains the last patch of original hemlock forest that once covered the entire city), Woodlawn Cemetery, Riverside Park and Wave Hill. There is also the massive Pelham Bay Park and Van Cortland Park, two of the largest parks in the city.
Did You Know?
The Bronx is the northernmost borough of New York City. It is the fourth most populated borough in New York City--behind Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, but ahead of Staten Island--and is also the fourth largest in terms of area.
It is also the only borough in New York City that's located almost entirely on the mainland. Manhattan and Staten Island are, obviously, islands, and Brooklyn and Queens are part of Long Island.
The South Bronx was the birthplace of rap, or hip-hop music and culture. This fact gives the Bronx its nickname of The Boogie Down.