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.