Meet your guide and collect your rental bike and helmet in Harlem, and cross the narrow Harlem River into the Bronx. While most visitors — and even many native New Yorkers — never make it this far north, you’ll discover the unique neighborhoods and features that make this ‘neglected borough’ well worth a look.
Go beyond the well-known attractions of the Bronx Zoo and Yankee Stadium for an authentic glimpse into the up-and-coming communities of the South Bronx. Learn about famous former residents like Colin Powell, and see how once-gritty and dilapidated neighborhoods are now sprouting art galleries, trendy bars, and suburban-style homes. Pedal along the surprisingly pristine Bronx River, one of only two freshwater rivers in New York City, and hear how wild beavers have been spotted making their home among its waters.
After working up an appetite, head over to the Bronx’s Little Italy for a lunch of gourmet sandwiches, sausages, pasta, or whatever else you crave at the Arthur Avenue indoor market (own expense). In the afternoon, reach back 150 years into Bronx history at Edgar Allen Poe’s cottage, the ideal site for a dramatic reading of the macabre writer’s poem 'Annabel Lee.' Check out some filming locations for the film A Beautiful Mind before wrapping up your full-day Bronx adventure in the late afternoon.