Your Guide to a Perfect Day in the South Bronx
Many Manhattanites know it as the home of Yankee Stadium, but the northernmost borough’s southernmost nabe boasts a diverse population, a storied history (see: the origins of hip-hop), a thriving art scene and access to tons of soothing green space. Hop on the 6 train and get to know the locals.
FUEL UP ON CAFFEINE AT DOUBLE DUTCH ESPRESSO
You’ll want to hang out all day at this quirky coffee shop in Mott Haven. For locals, the space is practically a second living room. And with incredible pastries, comfy seating and friendly baristas who whip up drinks with Counter Culture beans, it’s easy to see why. But today you’re going to want to grab a café au lait and a pastry to go—there’s lots to see.
2430 Third Ave., Bronx; 347-862-2201 or doubledutchespresso.com
See next-generation work at the Bronx Documentary Center
This community-focused nonprofit spotlights international and emerging filmmakers and photographers, with an emphasis on education and positive social change. Neighbors are encouraged to sign up for free photography programs (including junior and senior leagues) or stop by for special events, like an upcoming screening of Crime + Punishment, a film that follows a group of whistle-blowing black and Latino police officers.
614 Courtlandt Ave., Bronx; bronxdoc.org
DISCOVER YOUR NEW FAVORITE DESIGNER AT 9J
Add a little edge to your autumn wardrobe with a stop at this concept store. Designer and owner Jerome LaMaar’s “gallotique” (gallery + boutique) sells a curated mix of men’s and women’s clothing by upcoming designers, vintage wares, local art and handmade candles and soaps. (Tip: You might want to email ahead of time, as the shop’s hours vary.)
41 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx; 9jstudio.com
SOAK IN THE ART ALONG THE SOUTH BRONX CULTURAL CORRIDOR
You know your way around Museum Mile, but for serious art aficionados, a visit to the South Bronx Cultural Corridor is a must. The mile-long strip along the Grand Concourse is home to a number of museums and galleries, not to mention gorgeous Art Deco buildings. Start at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (admission is free) before popping in and out of galleries and community art spaces.
GO BEER TASTING AT THE BRONX BREWERY
Rest your feet for a bit while sipping locally brewed libations—weather permitting, the backyard is open through October. While you can’t go wrong with any of the beers, we’re partial to the B-tracks, limited-edition brews with cheffy ingredients like pineapple cores, Sorrento lemons and more. You’ll find light bites like pretzels and cheese for snacking, but since there’s no full kitchen, we suggest ordering a pizza from La Grata.
856 E. 136th St., Bronx; 718-402-1000 or thebronxbrewery.com
TAKE IN THE CITY SKYLINE on the RANDALL’S ISLAND CONNECTOR
Time to check out some green space. Take a walk along the Randall’s Island Connector, the bridge connecting the South Bronx to the northern shore of Randall’s Island Park. The park alliance often leads tours of the Bronx Kill Salt Marsh (check the schedule online), but even if you’re strolling solo, it’s a nice walk with views of the city skyline. Depending on how ambitious you’re feeling, you can explore some of the waterfront paths on the northern section of Randall’s Island before heading back over the connector or the RFK Triborough Bridge walkway.
END YOUR DAY WITH DINNER AT CHARLIES BAR & KITCHEN
Treat yourself to cocktails (we love the Champagne Charlie: gin, lemon, honey, passion fruit and prosecco) while indulging in Southern cuisine at Charlies Bar & Kitchen. Located in the historic Clock Tower building, the restaurant is a favorite haunt among locals (thanks in part toits $2 Taco Tuesdays and $15 Beer & Burger Wednesdays).
112 Lincoln Ave., South Bronx; 718-684-2338 or charliesbarkitchen.com