A touch of New England -- with a Bronx accent
The rocky shore of Pelham Bay Park (Rolando Pujol)
Part of the Bronx has a coastline so rocky and rugged you could mistake it for New England. In fact, the borough has many natural getaways that can’t be missed. Head to Pelham Bay Park for a taste of Maine.
There are beautiful hiking paths such as the Kazimiroff Trail, as well as little-known gems called Twin Island, Two Trees Island and Hunter Island. The coast is rocky, with stone displaying glacial striations. It’s considered geologically to be the southern end of New England’s rocky shoreline. Among the thriving wildlife are mussels, crabs and seaweed.
Just south is Orchard Beach, once the Riviera of the Bronx. In the off-season, it’s a haven of solitude. You have this beach, created by Robert Moses in the 1930s, all to yourself.
Next, head to City Island. Stroll down City Island Avenue, stopping at a range of quaint shops and restaurants. Wander off to the side streets, which teem with historic homes — Schofield Street is beautiful. At the southern tip of the island are seafood restaurants. Take the No. 6 train to the last stop, then jump on the Bx29 bus and take it to the City Island Circle.
A short walk north are Orchard Beach and the islands. The bus also connects you to City Island just to the south.