What's Nearby The Eight-Sixty?
(860 Grand Concourse)
Applebee’s, AT&T, Bed Bath & Beyond, BJs Wholesale, Best Buy, Burlington Coat Factory, Bx Sports, Chuck E. Cheese, Chase Bank, Food Bazaar, GNC, Game Stop, Home Depot, Marisco Centro, Marshall’s, Michael's, Raymour & Flanigan, Skechers, Sprint, Subway, T-Mobile, Target, Verizon and more.
Located just south of Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Terminal Market (formerly the Gateway Center) is a vibrant mix of modern architecture, diverse shopping and colorful history. What once was a wholesale food market full of pushcart vendors during Fiorello LaGuardia's reign as mayor in the 1930s is now a nearly one-million-square-foot mall with parking for 2,600 cars, and offers some of the best, most convenient shopping around for miles.
#3 The Bronx County Courthouse/Supreme Court Building
All you have to do is cross the street to Vote, get Married/get Divorced, serve Jury Duty, see the Bronx Borough President, execute all Civil Matters and so on. Or you can marvel at its beauty every day out your window. It was designed in 1931 and built between 1931 and 1934. It is a nine-story limestone building with subtle gold trim accents on a rusticated granite base in the Art Deco style. It has four identical sides, an stunning inspirational interior court, and a frieze designed by noted sculptor Charles Keck. The pink/rose/gray sculptures on the 161st Street side are by noted sculptor George Holburn Snowden. Two sculptural groups on the Walton Avenue side are by noted sculptor Joseph Kiselewski.
#4 Concourse Plaza Hotel
Groundbreaking for the 12-story hotel took place in 1922, and it was opened in a lavish ceremony on October 22, 1923. New York Governor Al Smith, the guest speaker for the event, praised the hotel by stating, “After seeing this new structure, I am convinced that anything can go in the Bronx.”
The hotel was located within walking distance of Yankee Stadium, which was home to baseball’s New York Yankees and (until 1973) football’s New York Giants. Many star players from the home teams – including Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the Yankees and Frank Gifford of the Giants – stayed at the Concourse Plaza, and visiting players would also stay at the hotel.
The hotel maintained a grand ballroom, four smaller banquet halls, and two meeting/dinner rooms. For years it was the best location in the Bronx for social, business and fraternal events. Tito Puente's band played in the grand ballroom every New Year's Eve for a dance that drew 1200 people. Political campaigns would stop by the hotel for rallies and fund-raising events, and one of the most whimsical events occurred when John F. Kennedy, the Democratic Party candidate for the U.S. presidency, was greeted at the hotel on November 5, 1960 with a sign that read “The home of the knishes thinks Jack is delicious.” There were two kitchens in the hotel. The Banquet kitchen was about half a block long. It was quite a sight to see the waiters lined up in the kitchen prepared to serve a banquet, serving spoons or soup ladels in hand. There was a second, kosher kitchen on the north side of the building. On most weekends both kitchens were in full operation, serving many parties. It looked like a scene from Kafka's "Amerika."
In 1974, the city government purchased the hotel and later transformed the property into a senior citizens residence.
The hotel was used by director John Cassavetes as a filming location for his 1980 drama "Gloria." The hotel and its ballroom also play and important role in the film "The Catered Affair" (1957) with Ernest Borgnine, Bette Davis, Barry Fitzgerald, Debbie Reynolds and Rod Taylor. It was directed by Richard Brooks and written by Paddy Chayefsky (original play) and Gore Vidal (screenplay).
Concourse Plaza Hotel in the 1950's (above)
The Hotel today (below)
#5 Concourse Plaza Shopping Center
One block away.
• A premier shopping destination strategically located just off the Grand Concourse,the major north-south thoroughfare that connects Manhattan and the northern Bronx
• Easily accessible from I-87 (Major Deegan Expressway), I-278 (Bruckner Expressway), and I-95 (New England Thruway)
• On-site parking for 1,200+ vehicles
• Accessible via public transportation: Subway 4, B, D and Bus Bx6, Bx1, Bx2, BxM4, Bx32
• Multi-use marketplace includes a 10-plex theater and is adjacent to the two million square foot Bronx County Court House, Bronx Municipal Building and four blocks from Yankee Stadium
#6 The Bronx Museum for the Arts
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences.
Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx by helping to make art accessible to the entire community and connecting with local schools, artists, teens, and families through its robust education initiatives and public programs. In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Museum implemented a universal free admission policy, supporting its mission to make arts experiences available to all audiences.
Go to Bronx Museum's stunning website for more information:
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory (above)
Completed in 1902, this Victorian-style glasshouse takes you on an "ecotour" around the world and across the ages.
THE ORCHID SHOW: SINGAPORE (below)
Saturday, February 23, 2019 – Sunday, April 28, 2019
Dazzling tribute to the “City in a Garden” soars to new heights with thousands of orchids climbing to the sky.
The Famous Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
#7 New York Botanical Gardens
a short drive or two Metro North stops away
The New York Botanical Garden is an advocate for the plant kingdom. The Garden pursues its mission through its role as a museum of living plant collections arranged in gardens and landscapes across its National Historic Landmark site; through its comprehensive education programs in horticulture and plant science; and through the wide-ranging research programs of the International Plant Science Center.
Established in 1891, The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) is distinguished by the beauty of its landscape, collections, and gardens, and the scope and excellence of its programs in horticulture, education, and science. NYBG was inspired by an 1888 visit that eminent botanists Nathaniel Lord Britton and his wife, Elizabeth, took to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, near London. The Brittons believed New York should have a great botanical garden to advance public understanding of plants, be a repository of rare and valuable specimens, and lead original research in botanical science. Because of its picturesque terrain, freshwater Bronx River, rock-cut gorge, and 50 acres of old-growth forest, the Garden was sited on the northern half of Bronx Park.
Today, the 250-acre Garden—the largest in any city in the United States—is a National Historic Landmark. In addition to the natural attributes that attracted the Brittons, NYBG encompasses 50 specialty gardens and collections comprising more than one million plants, the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections, and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the nation’s preeminent Victorian-style glasshouse. Highlights include the award-winning Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, considered among the world’s most sustainable rose gardens; the Native Plant Garden, celebrating the diversity of northeastern North American plants; and 30,000 distinguished trees, many more than 200 years old. More than one million visitors annually enjoy the grounds, view innovative exhibitions, and participate in educational programs that are larger and more diverse than those of any other garden in the world.
From its earliest days, NYBG has also been driven by a mission to conduct basic and applied research on the plants of the world with the goal of protecting and preserving them. Currently, 100 PhD-level scientists are engaged in 250 international collaborations in 49 countries. NYBG is one of the top two freestanding botanical gardens in the world where plant and fungal research is conducted, thanks to the resources of the International Plant Science Center, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the LuEsther T. Mertz Library. The second largest in the world, the Steere Herbarium houses 7.8 million plant specimens, representing all groups of plants and fungi from around the world, with strength in the flora of the Americas. The LuEsther T. Mertz Library is the largest botanical and horticultural library in the Western Hemisphere, with more than 11 million archival items spanning 10 centuries.
During the 128 years since its founding, NYBG has carefully stewarded a stunning urban oasis, created one of the world’s most comprehensive plant research and conservation programs, amassed unrivaled research collections, and, as a living museum, taught millions of visitors of all ages to love and respect the plants of the world.
The New York Botanical Garden is committed to preserving and protecting the planet’s biodiversity and natural resources and enhancing human well-being by educating, training, and empowering the next generation of Earth’s caregivers—in partnership with both local and global communities.
Ever been to a zoo? Fuhgetaboudit. This one is better.
A short drive away.
The Bronx Zoo is a zoo located within Bronx Park in the Bronx, a borough of New York City. It is one of the largest zoos in the United States by area, comprising 265 acres of park lands and naturalistic habitats separated by the Bronx River. On average, the zoo has 2.15 million visitors each year.
The Bronx Zoo is world-renowned for its large and diverse animal collection, and its award-winning exhibitions. The zoo is part of an integrated system of four zoos and one aquarium managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and it is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
In 1895, a group made up largely of members of the Boone and Crockett Club founded the New York Zoological Society (later renamed to Wildlife Conservation Society) for the purposes of founding a zoo, promoting the study of zoology, and preserving wildlife. The zoo (sometimes called the Bronx Zoological Park and the Bronx Zoological Gardens) opened its doors to the public on November 8, 1899, featuring 843 animals in 22 exhibits.
Heins & LaFarge designed the original permanent buildings as a series of Beaux-Arts pavilions grouped around the large circular sea lion pool. In 1934, the Rainey Memorial Gates, designed by noted sculptor Paul Manship, were dedicated as a memorial to noted big game hunter Paul James Rainey. The Rockefeller Fountain, that today adorns the gardens just inside the Fordham Road Gate, was once a famous landmark in Como, Italy. It was bought by William Rockefeller in 1902 and installed at the Bronx Zoo in 1903. In 1968, the fountain was designated an official New York City landmark, and is one of the few local monuments to be honored in this way.
As of 2010, the Bronx Zoo is home to more than 4,000 animals of 650 species, many of which are endangered or threatened. Some of the exhibits at the zoo, such as World of Birds and World of Reptiles, are arranged by taxonomy, while others, such as African Plains and the Wild Asian Monorail, are arranged geographically.
Two Malayan Tiger Cubs
Photo by Julie Larsen Maher
#9 Arthur Avenue
a short drive away
Ask any New Yorker about Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and you get either puzzlement or a flood of loving sentiment about the real Little Italy of New York, the best place for bread, pasta, meat, pastries,espresso machines, the only place to buy Italian sausage, and more. The paradox is real: Many New Yorkers never heard of the place, while for others it’s home away from home … although it is often a well-kept secret.
We’re describing the Belmont section of the Bronx. Whether you call it Belmont, Little Italy of the Bronx or Arthur Avenue, the neighborhood beats its other rivals in the sheer number of establishments offering fine Italian-American foods, dining, house wares and other goods. The quality and values are tops – a recent ranking confirmed once again by critics like the Zagat Survey whose readers repeatedly give “Best Buy” status to more Arthur Avenue shops than any other neighborhood in New York City.
#10 Have You Really Scrolled Down This Far?
Good for you.
There are delis, coffee shops, Starbucks, great pizza at Giovanni's (Grand Concourse and 150th Street), dry cleaners, car garage one block away, USPS including its Art Deco 149th Street building that might soon also house the "Chelsea Market of The Bronx," The Feeding Tree (a West Indian luncheonette), Macombs Dam Park (near Yankee Stadium) with Olympic-size track and playing fields, Mill Pond Park (near Yankee Stadium) with its year-round tennis courts, and the Edgar Allan Poe House (just north of Fordham Road).
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AND LEST WE FORGET—THE BURGEONING PRESENCE OF
THE NEW YORK CITY FOOTBALL CLUB
at Yankee Stadium