• Bronx County Courthouse
High on its Grand Concourse promontory, this monumental combination of modern and neo-classical architecture keeps a watchful eye on the neighborhood. Be sure to note the sculptures and step inside to check out the murals in the lobby.
851 Grand Concourse between 158th and 161st Streets. www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/html/resources/bronx_countycourt.shtml
• Bronx County Hall of Justice
The transparency of justice is given architectural form in this recently opened transparent glass courthouse designed by Rafael Viñoly Architects.
265 E 161st Street east of Grand Concourse. www.rvapc.com
• Mott Haven
In the early 1990s, artists started converting warehouses in this southernmost South Bronx neighborhood into lofts, stimulating a new art scene centered on Alexander Avenue and initiating the cycle of creative-class gentrification.
Southernmost Bronx neighborhood, below 149th Street.
• Bruckner Antique & Arts District
Once immortalized as an archetype of urban decay in Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities, Bruckner Boulevard between Third Avenue and Willis Avenue is now a mecca for antique hunters.
Twenty-five percent of the Bronx is parkland much more than any other borough. In the South Bronx Joyce Kilmer and Franz Sigel parks green up the area around the Grand Concourse, and starting a couple of blocks to the west, near the new stadium, Mullaly and Macombs Dam parks run north for over half a mile. But most of the parkland is in the North Bronx, site of the 718-acre Bronx Park and the 1146 acres of Van Courtlandt Park.
• Yankee Stadium
The Yankees will move about 200 yards north when the new stadium opens in 2009.
161st Street at River Avenue. newyork.yankees.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=nyy
• Gateway Center
Located on 18 acres of land south of Yankee Stadium, the vertically stacked big boxes of the Gateway Center will yield over a million feet of retail space for national chains and a number of community retailers.
560 Exterior Street. www.bronxgateway.com/about/
• Giovanni’s Restaurant
The place to eat in the Grand Concourse area, especially on Sundays when they serve an all-you-can-eat—and drink—brunch for $20.
579 Grand Concourse.
Opened by the owners of Giovanni’s, this cool lounge programs entertainment seven nights a week—live bands, DJs, karaoke, and more.
579 Grand Concourse.
• Sam’s Soul Food Restaurant and Bar
Situated on the Grand Concourse near Giovanni’s, Sam’s has excellent soul food in the restaurant and soul, jazz, and blues in the bar.
596 Grand Concourse.
• Bronx Culture Trolley
The first Wednesday of each month, this trolley bus makes a circuit of the lower Grand Concourse, taking passengers to various cultural venues—for free.
Lower Grand Concourse
• The Point Community Development Corporation
This nonprofit organization celebrates the life and art of the community by sponsoring film and theater festivals and visual art exhibitions, as well as youth and community development programs. www.thepoint.org/index.html
• South Bronx Food Coop
Since September 2007, this local food coop has been selling organic produce to its members on four Saturdays a month at the Nos Quedamos community center on Melrose Avenue.