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The Bronx is the only borough of New York City located on the U.S. mainland. The second smallest borough in size, the Bronx has 42 square miles of area and is home to 1.3 million people.

Con Edison has 415,000 residential and commercial electric customers and 303,000 residential and commercial gas customers in the Bronx.

In its earlier years, the Bronx was thought to be "suburbia" to New York City. Many aspired to better their lives by renting or purchasing a home that was in close proximity to Manhattan, yet situated in an atmosphere reminiscent of the small towns and villages from which many of New York’s immigrants had come.

Today, the Bronx offers its diverse mix of residents a broad range of lifestyles. Almost 24 percent of the land area is parkland including Pelham Bay Park, the largest park in New York City. Easily accessible by subway, commuter rail, and bus, the Bronx is inhabited by working-class people who, at the end of the day, come home to a neighborhood where they can relax and enjoy a slower pace and family life without having to endure a lengthy commute.

The borough’s main thoroughfare, the Grand Concourse, was inspired by Paris’ great boulevard, the Champs Elysees. Other well-known attractions in the borough include the Bronx Zoo (one of the largest zoos in the world), the vast New York Botanical Gardens, and, of course, Yankee Stadium.

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