The Bronx has been part of New York City since 1874. It has slightly fewer inhabitants than Manhattan, but with its 109 square kilometers it is almost twice as large in terms of area. The Bronx is located in the north of the city and is separated from Manhattan by the Harlem River. It owes its name to the Swedish-born Dutchman Jonas Bronck, who founded the first settlement here in 1639 as part of the Dutch colonies. In the 1970s, the Bronx was almost uninhabitable. High unemployment and poverty led to an increased crime rate and increase in drug use.
The Bronx has some iconic areas. For example, here you will find the real Little Italy, without tourists and with an authentic Italian atmosphere. There are many Italian shops to discover here, where you can get great Italian coffee and delicious food. Along the Grand Concourse, the main artery in the Bronx, beautiful houses in the style of Art déco inspire, which are beautifully decorated inside and out. Of course, there is also Camp Apache, the infamous area that gave the Bronx its bad reputation. In the 70s, this was a criminal quarter. Murder, drug abuse and arson made it one of the most dangerous places in the whole world. A lot has changed over the years, nowadays it is a lot safer and so you can visit the Bronx and see all the changes with your own eyes.