The Bronx has a long and fascinating history, stretching back to its original inhabitants, the Lenapehoking of the Wappinger Confederacy. In 1874 and 1889, the area was ceded to New York County from Westchester County, and it eventually became Bronx County. During this time, Dutch and British farmers began colonizing the area. Although there is no evidence that Bronck built the first water-powered mill on the Bronx River, as is often believed, this period marked the beginning of a rich and vibrant history. The 1990s saw job growth in the area, as well as a sharp reduction in crime.
This has led to an improved quality of life in the Bronx. The Bronx River is the only freshwater river in New York City, and its banks are home to the New York Botanical Garden, which features a trail in the original forest that covered the city before colonization. In the 1950s and 1960s, public housing and highways were built that connected the Bronx to the rest of New York City. During this time, it was also home to the largest population of Jews in New York City. Co-op City was built between 1968 and 1970 and was one of the largest housing complexes in the world. The Bronx River Alliance works with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and other partners to protect, improve, and restore the Bronx River corridor.
The district itself is incredibly diverse, from urban streets in the South Bronx to suburban Throggs Neck, Country Club, City Island Yacht Club, and Fieldston Estates. It is also home to the largest population of ethnic Albanians outside of Albania. From its earliest days to its current state as a vibrant borough of New York City, The Bronx has been shaped by its people and its history. From its original inhabitants to its current residents, The Bronx has been a place of diversity and culture for centuries. Its rich history is something that should be celebrated and explored.