My favorite place to grab pizza from is the Crosby Pizza Stop whenever go through the Crosby Avenue. In fact, it’s the best pizza I have had in Bronx yet and my kids love this place for being so clean and comfortable. The slices are super huge and the quality and taste is amazing. I didn’t like the garlic bread tho, it was overly tasty. My kids enjoy being here because the staff’s just too friendly and a guy is even friends with my little one! By the way, how is the peperoni pinwheels from here? I’ve never tasted that my entire life! My husband mentioned about it. I guess I should give it a try as well when I come to this place with him!
Crosby Pizza, 1731 Crosby Ave, New York, New York 10461, United States
I was working on my research on Hart Island when I discovered some interesting facts about it that I thought you all should know too. Here goes! So Hart Island is basically New York’s mass burial cemetery. There used to be several known parks in this area including Madison Square Park. One fact that shocked me is that it does not appear on the MTA Maps, and I checked for myself as well! It’s the United State’s major tax-funded cemetery that has several abandoned buildings too. (Now that sounds creepy, I wonder if ghosts live in those buildings). Not many people visit this place as it’s not really open to the public. To my surprise, the first child that died of AIDS is also buried in this cemetery, and most of the area is still not defined properly. I wish to learn more about the place, so please share your thoughts too!
If you are looking for a place to get a decent haircut in Eastchester, do check out The Dapper Division Barbershop at 157 Fisher Avenue. They are quite ritzy and famous around that corner. I personally loved the owners, Matt and Alex who were really welcoming and full of interesting stories of the hood. Without a doubt, they give the best haircut in town and stay true to their name, The Dapper Division. They have worked on their interiors really well, they have a luxurious lounge area where you can relax and wait for your turn while having an espresso. A normal haircut would cost you around 30$ which seems quite affordable considering the amenities they provide so all in all it's a good deal. It stays open from Monday to Saturday and is crowded during the weekends so you can pre-book an appointment for yourself.
I am sure if you visit City Island, you would not leave without tasting the seafood here. It appears to be the hub of all the seafood restaurants and choosing where to eat could be one hell of a task. Sammy’s shrimp box kind of stood out from the other restaurants, maybe because of the crowd. I visited there during lunch hours which is supposed to be free but I still had to wait in line for the entry. The ambiance was very cozy and dark, they had neon lights hung over which was making the dine-in experience even more subtle. The menu there might seem a bit overpriced but it gets compensated with the taste, it's simply awesome. If you’re lucky, you may get appetizers for free. Do try out “The Crab and Lobster Feast” there, it comprises a whole Maine Lobster with King Crab Legs, Snow Crab legs, Crab Catch of the day and Jumbo Fried Shrimp served with yellow rice. This was enough to energize me for the entire day. I am sure you would cherish your visit to the Sammy’s Shrimp Box so do check it out!
Sammy's Shrimp Box Restaurant, 64 City Island Ave, New York, New York 10464, United States
I wanted to get my son’s trousers hemmed when I stumbled across this amazing place at 2505 Eastchester Road. It goes by the name Frida Garment Care and is one of the oldest stores there in the neighbourhood. They have an experienced old-school tailor who has been in this business for almost 50 years and has mastered this art next to perfection. It’s almost as if he is aware of every single inch being torn and stitched. With great experience comes great precision and that gets reflected in the invoice you get. You won’t feel that you are being overcharged. I got my son’s trousers hemmed for just 20$. They also have a dry cleaning facility which is equally lucrative and efficient. I’ve got the worst stains removed from my winter wear and they have become as good as new. All thanks to Frida Garment Care.
2505 Eastchester Road, Bronx, New York 10469, United States
If you are in City Island and planning a fishing expedition, Jack’s Bait and Tackle is the store you can always rely on. They are the largest wholesaler on the East Coast running this business for four generations. You will find them rolling at 551, City Island Avenue selling almost everything when it comes to fishing. You can even rent a boat here (Chartered/Unchartered) at a very affordable price but that happens on a first-come, first-serve basis. The fishing gear that you get here is top-notch but their USP is fresh baits. You can get eel, bloodworms, nightcrawlers, crabs, trout worms, in short, almost everything that the fishes love to eat. The staff here is really helpful, they not only helped me with all the supplies but also guided me to the perfect spot where I can catch a Porgy or a bluefish. Luckily, I was able to catch both!! Next time you think of fishing, knock Jack’s Bait and Tackle, you won’t be disappointed!
551 City Island Avenue, Bronx, New York 10464, United States
Collecting vintage toys and gadgets has always been my obsession ever since I got hold of my senses. Starting with tazos to action figures, you will find everything arranged in my cupboard. Last week, I was on a solo trip to City Island, when I came across this eerie-looking vintage store at 239 City Island Avenue, known by the name 239 Play. As soon as I entered, it had this 80s vibe and they are actually selling people’s childhood back to them. From 1890s frozen Charlotte Dolls to small ceramic figures, nostalgic Nintendo consoles, and the re-energizing Ninja Turtles and Transformers action figures, this store has it all. For a second I felt that I am just a kid and the stream of endorphins rushed through my brain. You would love to meet Dan Treiber, who is the owner of 239 play and stays more ebullient than anyone else. Like all other small businesses across New York, 239 play had to stay closed during COVID, so if you are in City Island, do take some time out and support this Vintage store!
Starving Artist Cafe & Gallery, 249 City Island Ave, New York, New York 10464, United States
If you live near Pelham Parkway in the Baychester neighborhood, there is one place that I am sure you would never miss going to!!! You might have guessed it right, it's the Garabedian House. On a usual day, it may seem like a regular 2 storeyed house to you, but Garabedians have created their own small world inside. It's a tradition that this family has been following for the last 40 years, putting their soul into decorating the mannequins and always giving people something new to look for. Your eyes will get stuck at the sight of Jesus surrounded by Joseph, Mary, and the Three Kings, MJ singing his best hits, Superman holding Louis Lane, and Donald unable to get his eyes off Marilyn Monroe. The kids already love this place and to make it even more welcoming they have recently added 3 fiberglass figures of Alvin and the Chipmunks. During Christmas eve the house gets so crowded that it's almost impossible to find a place to park your vehicle and locals might not be that friendly so avoid parking in front of their residence. Gary Garabedian, the owner of this house is such a benevolent human being and it's really hard to find people who value legacy more than anything in this world. They are soon going to add new attractions to their portfolio real soon, so don’t forget to check this place out.
The Pelham Parkway Christmas House, 1605 Pelham Pkwy N, New York, New York 10469, United States
If you are near 233rd Street in the Bronx and looking for a place to finish your papers, research, or study, make sure to check in Edenwald Public library. Do not judge the book by its cover, they kind of stand true to this phrase! It’s a single-story unit inside which they have created separate sections for Kids, young adults, and adults. Just a warning! The kid's section will be a bit louder so you can refrain from visiting in the early hours. They have recently upgraded their interiors and systems, breathing a new life into the library. You might feel this library is not as big as other libraries in New York but this is actually a boon for the residents of the Bronx, especially kids. They arrange for specially recorded sessions for kids helping them learn and grow. It is always nostalgic for me whenever I visit this library as it takes me down the memory lane when I was a kid not from a very affluent background spending most of my childhood here, making new friends, and learning novel things every day. Do visit this library if you are in the Bronx, it will definitely revive all your childhood memories!
New York Public Library - Edenwald Library, 1255 E 233rd St, New York, New York 10466, United States
I was 10 when I first did horseback riding. I remember it vividly because I broke my leg while doing that. Since then, I never got a chance to experience that exhilaration. Last week, I shifted to the Bronx and the first thing that I decided to do was to get myself enrolled at the Bronx Equestrian Centre. It’s located at the Pelham Bay Park close to the City Island so anyone who wants to join, can find me riding the stallion in the evening! The horses are really cool and friendly, it seems they have been trained really well. The trail rides are amazing, it almost seems that you are not in the city anymore. You can plan on taking your kids there too as they have beautiful ponies ready to be taken for a trail ride. My daughter was really happy so I know it’s worth the money that you spend. Avoid shooting videos while you are riding, there is a possibility that you might drop your camera and never find it. Trust me when I say this!! Bronx Equestrian Centre, remember this place whenever you think of horse riding!
Bronx Equestrian Center, 9 Shore Rd, New York, New York 10464, United States