Bronx Facts

Widely regarded as the friendliest borough in NYC… the Bronx is a borough of New York City. It is the only borough in the city with a majority of Hispanic or Latino residents. The Bronx’s diverse population includes Whites, African Americans and Hispanic/Latino populations, with a high percentage of immigrants from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Bronx is home to Yankee Stadium, where they play baseball games; Hostos Community College, which the City University of New York operates; Lehman College, which also operates under CUNY; John Jay College on Law Criminal Justice, runs classes in The Bronx as well as all around NYC. The borough was home to one four-year university system, but that was dissolved due to an economic downturn in 2008.

Discover some fascinating and untold facts about The Bronx, NY, below.

1. The Bronx is the 4th most populous borough in New York City, with a population of around 1.4 million.

2. The borough is named after Jonas Bronck, a Dutch immigrant who lived in the area when it was still under Dutch rule.

3. The Bronx was incorporated in 1898 as part of New York County, including present-day Manhattan and Queens.

4. The Bronx has 5 Borough Parks; Bay Plaza in Baychester, Pelham Bay Park in Pelham, Van Cortlandt Park in Westchester Square, Wave Hill in Riverdale and Pelham Bay Park Golf Course.

5. Here is a surprising fact – Pelham Bay Park is larger than Central Park in Manhattan.

6. A single metropolitan government formerly united the five boroughs of New York City until it was dissolved on January 1st 1898, due to a shift from urban counties to urban county-like administrative divisions called Boroughs.

7. The Bronx is home to the largest Hispanic community in New York. The vibe there makes you feel like you are in Colombia or El Salvador.

8. It is home to the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. The team play their home games at Yankee Stadium.

9. Bronx Zoo is one of the largest in the United States and the largest by metropolitan area. The Zoo has over 3500 animals and over 600 different species.

10. President John F. Kennedy lived here in the 1920s.

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