Many visitors to New York only ever see Manhattan, and maybe a few parts of Brooklyn. And that's a shame: There are plenty of things to see throughout Queens, Staten Island and even the Bronx.
To boost visits to the Outer Boroughs, NYC & Company, New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, has announced the South Bronx as the next destination to be featured in Neighborhood x Neighborhood, a new program designed to increase visitation, support local businesses and encourage exploration in areas outside traditional tourist locations. Located in the southern section of the Bronx, the neighborhoods of Concourse, Melrose and Mott Haven are home to unique Art Deco architecture, the world-famous New York Yankees and a variety of cultural institutions and restaurants. The South Bronx is easily accessible via the B, D and 4 trains, making it a convenient destination for New Yorkers and visitors to spend an afternoon surrounded by rich culture and history.
“Culture is integral to every neighborhood across the five boroughs and the South Bronx is no exception,” said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin. “Whether it's taking a ride on the Culture Trolley or catching a performance at Pregones, this community is home to an extraordinary group of cultural organizations that engage visitors from around the globe.”
Yankee Stadium is an iconic city landmark and plays host to Major League Baseball games as well as year-round tours and an extensive baseball museum. During game days, fans can enjoy high-quality steaks at NYY Steak, an upscale restaurant inside the stadium. To commemorate the Yankees’ 27 World Championships, NYY Steak offers 27 varieties of wine by the glass.
Baseball fans without tickets to the game can grab a drink and watch the action at the nearby Yankee Tavern, a beloved Bronx establishment known for its New York Yankees memorabilia and friendly staff.
Located at the site of the old Yankee Stadium, Heritage Field is a 10.8-acre ballpark where visitors can start their own ball games, watch local high schools compete and see artifacts from the original stadium. Heritage Field features a section of the old Yankee Stadium frieze, the original diamond and outfield and paving stones etched with dates commemorating historic Yankee moments.
The Bronx Culture Trolley offers visitors a free trip along the South Bronx Cultural Corridor. On the first Wednesday of every month, visitors have the opportunity to tour the cultural loop in a 20th-century trolley-car replica, making stops at cultural attractions, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Bronx Central Post Office also serves as a gallery with 13 murals painted in 1938–39 by Social Realist artist Ben Shahn and his wife, Bernarda. Covering the lobby walls of the post office, the murals depict the American working class of the '30s.
A lunchtime favorite, Court Deli is known for its pastrami sandwiches and all-day breakfast. Here visitors can have a true New York City deli experience, complete with traditional New York City pickles.
For visitors looking for authentic Caribbean dining, Feeding Tree is a neighborhood establishment with big flavors. The laid-back and affordable restaurant, boasts food that is simple yet full of spices, straight from the Caribbean Islands.
Family-owned Molino Rojo offers diners well-priced Latin American food. Favorite dishes of regulars include rice and beans and plantains with pernil.
Visitors looking to sample Italian cuisine can head to G Bar and Lounge. This classic bar is perfect for cocktails with friends or family-friendly Italian dining. G Bar and Lounge presents live music on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights and karaoke on Mondays and Saturdays.
Melrose & Mott Haven:
In Melrose, the Bronx Documentary Center is an establishment devoted entirely to the art of photojournalism. The center hosts events, screenings and classes on documentary projects from around the world. Through April 19, visitors can see Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq, a powerful exhibit featuring the war diaries, texts and photographs from three Marines.
Located in Mott Haven, the Gordon A. Parks Gallery hosts art exhibits, lectures and musical events for visitors to enjoy.
An artist-run collaborative project, Bronx Art Space features visual art and experimental film as well as dance performances and concerts.
The Pregones Theater offers an ever-changing lineup of performances, programs and shows with a focus on Puerto Rican and Latino artists and themes.
For fresh New American cuisine and innovative cocktails, visitors can dine at The Clock Cafe and Martini Bar. This neighborhood joint, complete with vintage chandeliers and exposed-brick walls, offers classic American favorites paired with fine wines and expertly crafted cocktails.
Open for over 40 years, Casa Amadeo is the oldest Latin music store in the South Bronx. Visitors can peruse their favorite CDs and vinyl records and tap into owner Mike Amadeo’s wealth of knowledge of the Latin music industry.