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Bronx
Bronx
New York
287 reviews

The Bronx is the northernmost of the five boroughs of New York City, in the U.S. state of New York. 

It is south of Westchester County; north and east of Manhattan, across the Harlem River; and north of Queens, across the East River. Since 1914, the borough has had the same boundaries as Bronx County, the third-most densely populated county in the United States.

The Bronx has a land area of 42 square miles (109 km2) and a population of 1,471,160 in 2017. Of the five boroughs, it has the fourth-largest area, fourth-highest population, and third-highest population density. It is the only borough predominantly on the U.S. mainland. The Bronx is divided by the Bronx River into a hillier section in the west, and a flatter eastern section. East and west street names are divided by Jerome Avenue—the continuation of Manhattan's Fifth Avenue. The West Bronx was annexed to New York City in 1874, and the areas east of the Bronx River in 1895.

Bronx County was separated from New York County in 1914. About a quarter of the Bronx's area is open space, including Woodlawn Cemetery, Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, the New York Botanical Garden, and the Bronx Zoo in the borough's north and center. These open spaces are situated primarily on land deliberately reserved in the late 19th century as urban development progressed north and east from Manhattan.

The name "Bronx" originated with Jonas Bronck, who established the first settlement in the area as part of the New Netherland colony in 1639.

The native Lenape were displaced after 1643 by settlers. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Bronx received many immigrant and migrant groups as it was transformed into an urban community, first from various European countries (particularly Ireland, Germany, and Italy) and later from the Caribbean region (particularly Puerto Rico, Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic), as well as African American migrants from the southern United States. This cultural mix has made the Bronx a wellspring of Latin music hip hop and rock.

The Bronx contains one of the five poorest Congressional Districts in the United States, the 15th, but its wide diversity also includes affluent, upper-income and middle-income neighborhoods such as Riverdale, Fieldston, Spuyten Duyvil, Schuylerville, Pelham Bay, Pelham Gardens, Morris Park, and Country Club.

The Bronx, particularly the South Bronx, saw a sharp decline in population, livable housing, and the quality of life in the late 1960s and the 1970s, culminating in a wave of arson. Since then the communities have shown significant redevelopment starting in the late 1980s before picking up pace from the 1990s until today.

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This place has many friendly people who needs care taking and help and I feel I want to be able to help these friendly people
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New York City has built so many new buildings in the bronx. With so many different types of nationality living all together in the same neighborhood, i feel its good that its changing in the good wat. You have easy access to a lot of different types of transportation. They also have built great schools. And most parks are im the center of many neighborhoods. So everyone comes together im one place. One more comment. I grew up in the 80s and 90s, where their was abandoned buildings on every block, stray dogs on every block, drugs was infesting so many peoples minds, this was also the crack era. Cars were om bricks. Its so much more that not only Melrose, but the whole bronx has changed. And im glad my children will not grow up in the conditions that the bronx was in those days.
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I live in a apartment building area so there's people of very age living around me from really young to old. Besides the housing area I live in there are residential neighborhoods not that far where families of different ages live.
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My neighboorhood is age friendly because we are all one community and we try to help out as best as we can whether its making sure kids in the neighborhood are safe and the elderly.
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I believe my community is age friendly because everyone in my neighborhood helps eachother out. Everytime there giving out food for the community we make sure the elderly get there's first. Something to that I also love is that almost every building my in neighborhood has a ramp for those in wheelchairs.

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How did New York earn the grade of C? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. New York has a state sales tax of 4.00%. Of particular interest is that New York does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. New York has an effective property tax rate of 1.65%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how New York earned its state tax grade of C.

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