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Atlas Obscura A Tiny Old-Growth Forest in the Bronx

This small forest in the Bronx could be the most important woodland in the city of New York. The Thain Family Forest, a 50-acre plot of trees within the New York Botanical Garden, is the largest surviving remnant of the city’s original woodland.

The old-growth forest provides a rare opportunity to walk among trees that pre-date the American Revolution by centuries. The patch of trees has never been logged and has remained largely untouched. Visitors can traverse paths that follow the original hunting trails of the Lenape Native Americans and pass by marks carved by glaciers thousands of years ago.

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Atlas Obscura 2019
Teitel Brothers

Discover Teitel Brothers in Bronx, New York: The mosaic Star of David at the front of this store hints that it's no ordinary Italian grocer.

Atlas Obscura 2022
Parkchester Terracotta Sculptures

Discover Parkchester Terracotta Sculptures in Bronx, New York: These sculptures were designed to beautify this neighborhood when it was established in the 1940s.

Atlas Obscura 2019
William Spain Seismic Observatory

Discover William Spain Seismic Observatory in Bronx, New York: An unassuming stone building houses New York City's oldest seismic station almost 30 feet below the Bronx.

Atlas Obscura 2020
West Terrace at the Cloisters

Discover West Terrace at the Cloisters in New York, New York: This hidden oasis features a stunning view of the Hudson River and the Palisades from a castle-like museum.

Atlas Obscura 2016
Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s Grave

Discover Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Grave in Bronx, New York: A monument stands to the famous suffragist who penned the declaration for women's equal rights, including the right to vote.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Cafe al Mercato

Discover Cafe al Mercato in Bronx, New York: Seriously good slices of Sicilian pizza lurk at the back of the Bronx's oldest enclosed market.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Shorakkopoch Rock

Discover Shorakkopoch Rock in New York, New York: A large boulder marks the place where the island of Manhattan was purportedly "sold" to the Dutch.

Atlas Obscura 2022
West 230th Step Street

Discover West 230th Step Street in Bronx, New York: The longest step street in the city.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Timbuktu Islamic Center Food Vendors

Discover Timbuktu Islamic Center Food Vendors in New York, New York: These small stands sell Malian snacks to worshippers and passersby after Friday prayers in Harlem.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Fordham Cemetery

Discover Fordham Cemetery in Bronx, New York: A small graveyard is hidden in the midst of a bustling university campus.

Atlas Obscura 2016
Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden

Discover Holiday Train Show at New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, New York: Every year model trains zip through a miniature New York City that's now 150 landmarks strong.

Atlas Obscura 2018
The Oldest Dutch Colonial Farmhouse in Manhattan

Built around 1785, it's a rare relic of rural Manhattan.

Atlas Obscura 2019
Bronx Zoo ‘Fountain of Youth’

Discover Bronx Zoo 'Fountain of Youth' in Bronx, New York: Hidden inside one of the world's most well-visited zoos is a secret plaque promising eternal life.

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How Dutch is New York? – The Hudson Valley Tour
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Atlas Obscura 2021
Saw Mill River Daylighting

Discover Saw Mill River Daylighting in Yonkers, New York: A waterway covered over after the Industrial Revolution has been unearthed and cleaned up, for the enjoyment of fish and humans alike.

Atlas Obscura 2022
Villa Charlotte Brontë

Discover Villa Charlotte Brontë in Bronx, New York: Built in the 1920s, this co-op in the Bronx feels more like an Italian villa than a typical New York apartment building.

Atlas Obscura 2020
Concrete Plant Park

Discover Concrete Plant Park in Bronx, New York: A riverfront park that both remediated and preserved its industrial past.

Brutalism 1959
Begrisch Hall, Bronx Community College, City University of New York
Atlas Obscura 2019
Nano Billiards Cafe

Discover Nano Billiards Cafe in Bronx, New York: A basement pool hall is the front for some of the best Dominican food in New York City.