The Bronx Guesthouse

233rd Street, Wakefield, Bronx, New York 10466
Innkeeper(s): Denise
 
  • Introduction

    Welcome to the Bronx Guest House: Home Away From Home

    The house was built at the turn of the century; it still retains much of the old world flavor, such as gas fixtures and the original moldings in some of the bedrooms.  The house has three guest bedrooms.  The guest rooms have a shared bath, each room with its own distinctive décor, and offer an eclectic and peaceful retreat. Guests can explore the proximity of local attractions in Manhattan as well as discovering the Bronx and lower Westchester. We cater to non-smoking, business, cosmopolitan and urbane travelers, and families from out-of-town.

    Area attractions include Art Galleries, Concert Venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Live Music, Movie Theater, National/State Parks, Nature Walks, Ocean Fishing, The Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation, Orchard Beach, Bronx Opera & Symphony, The Bronx Greenway (hike & bike routes), New York Botanical Gardens, Mount Vernon Museum (driving distance), Woodlawn Cemetery (walking distance), and a Performing Theater.

    Nearby activities include Golf Courses, Horseback Riding, Sailing, Swimming, Tennis Courts, and the Bronx River Park (four blocks from the guest house).

  • Hostess

    I have assisted individuals and agencies  for the past  nineteen years as a food consultant  chef. I was formally trained as a chef at  The Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, in New York City, where I studied under the Institute’s founder, Annemarie Colbin, Ph.D.

    My objective is to  use a “down-to-earth” approach that support the rest of my practice,  as well as offer my clients additional ways to make changes that favor their health and well-being. “I addressed theoretical and practical approaches to why people get sick, and then approaches to what can make them well. “I also learned  dietary methods to assisting in, immune building,  techniques, home remedies;  right down to the full circle  of sprouting, gardening and composting.

    I am also available for consultations in person or via telephone. Distance is no barrier for learning healthful cooking techniques,  and I have found that a telephone consultation can be just as effective as an in-house meeting.

    If you are interested in scheduling a private cooking class, a telephone consultation, or participating in a cooking workshop during your stay, please contact Chef Denisey at Bronx Guest House at 718- 881-7022 or e-mail me at denise@bronxguesthouse.com.

    Taking everyday healthy steps  towards achieving healthy results for Life's Journey.

  • Area Information

    The Bronx

    New York City's most northern borough is home to everything from a baseball stadium to cultural institutions, beaches, gardens, and historical attractions. In addition, almost one quarter of its area is devoted to parks. While destinations are located all over the borough, they are all easy to reach using public transportation.

    Yankee Stadium

    River Ave and 161 St.
    The Yankees have been playing here since the stadium opened in 1923 for a game versus the Boston Red Sox (The Bronx Bombers won 4-1). The facility is also available for non-baseball related events all year long. Subway: 4 train to 161 St-Yankee Stadium; Bus: Bx1, Bx6, Bx13

    Valentine-Varian House                

    3266 Bainbridge Ave. This pre-Revolutionary two-story fieldstone home is the second oldest house still standing in the borough. The Museum of Bronx History, located inside, is open for visitors on the weekend. The house is owned and managed by The Bronx County Historical Society. Subway: to 205 St, to Mosholu Parkway; Bus: Bx10, Bx16, Bx28, Bx30, Bx34

    Poe Cottage

    2640 Grand Concourse at Kingsbridge Rd. The last residence (1846-1849) of Edgar Allan Poe was built in 1812. Recognized as one of this country's greatest writers, Poe wrote several of his famous poems while living here, including Annabel Lee. On weekends, a house tour and audiovisual show are available to visitors. Subway: to Kingsbridge Rd.; Bus: Bx1, Bx2, Bx9, Bx22, Bx28, Bx34

    New York Botanical Garden

    200 St and Southern Blvd. One of the oldest and largest botanical gardens in the country, its 250 acres include 40 acres of New York City's original forest. Subway: to Bedford Park Blvd, then Bx25 or Bx26 bus
    Bus: Bx19, Bx25, Bx26, Bx41, Bx55

    Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum At Pelham Bay Park

    895 Shore Rd. Located on a 220-acre former estate, the mansion is a rare example of a country manor in New York City. While the original estate dates to 1654, the current house was built in the Grecian style in the 1840s. The mansion, gardens, and carriage house are open to the public Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Subway: at Pelham Bay Park, then Bee-Line 45 bus; Bus: Bee-Line 45

    The Bronx Equestrian Center At Pelham Bay Park       

    9 Shore Rd. This full-service facility is open all year long for lessons, trail or pony rides, boarding, sales, and hires elegant carriages for special events. Subway: to Pelham Bay Park, and then the Bx29, Bx5 or Bx12 (see above); Bus: Bx 29, Bx5 (summer weekends only), Bx12 (summer only)

    Orchard Beach At Pelham Bay Park

    The only public beach in the borough, this 115-acre, 1.1 mile-long beach overlooks Long Island Sound and has a central pavilion with food stores, specialty shops, two playgrounds, two picnic areas with barbecue grills, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball, and handball. Subway: to Pelham Bay Park, and then the Bx5 or Bx12 (see above); Bus: Bx5 (summer weekends only), Bx12 (summer only)

    City Island Museum

    This small nautical community on the Long Island Sound was once a hub for shipping building and yachting during the 18th and 19th centuries. Today it has restaurants, sights, and activities one might associate with a New England town. The , 190 Fordham Street, is housed in the old P.S. 17 and was built in 1897 on a former Indian burial ground. Subway:/Bus: to Pelham Bay Park, then the to BX 29 towards City Island

    Bronx River

    The Mohegan Indians who first lived and fished along the Bronx River called it Aquehung, or "River of High Bluffs." Swedish settlers in the 1600s began establishing hydraulic mills manufacturing paper, flour, pottery, tapestries, barrels and snuff. In 1915, the completion of the Kensico Dam diverted the upper part of the River and reduced the Bronx River's water supply by one-quarter. The rise of industrialism, specifically the construction of the New York Central Railroad turned the valley into an industrial corridor and the Bronx River degenerated into an "open sewer" or human and industrial waste. During the reign of city planner, Robert Moses, the Bronx River and its communities were divided by the construction of new highways. The City of New York Parks and Recreation has partnered with numerous community organizations to help clean up the river. Today, it is home to hundreds of species of native plants and animals and one can find bikers, fishers, and sunbathers along its banks

    Paradise Theater

    Completed in 1914, the Grand Concourse was built as the main thoroughfare to the borough's rapidly expanding factories and neighborhoods. Modeled after Paris, France's Champs-Elysées, it extended four and a half miles through the center of the West Bronx from Mott Avenue and 138th Street to Mosholu Parkway near Van Cortlandt Park. The Fordham Road/Grand Concourse intersection quickly became the Bronx's commercial center displaying the latest architectural styles on tree-lined avenues. In 1929, Loews built the $4 million Paradise Theater on the Grand Concourse, just south of Fordham Road. The theater seated 4,000 and had a baroque dŽcor that displayed a dark blue ceiling with small lights to resemble stars and simulated clouds blown across the ceiling by machine. The Paradise Theater was closed in 1994, but re-opened in October 2005 as the Paradise Theater, featuring special concerts and cultural events. Like much of the Bronx, the Grand Concourse experienced decline during the 1970s and 1980s, however, few of the building were razed. For that reason, the concourse is still lined with many of its original Art Deco buildings.

    The Van Cortlandt House

    The Van Cortlandt House is a mid-18th century home that was originally the main house for a large grain plantation and mill. The Dutch family was a member of New York's mercantile class who conducted trade between American, European, and West Indian ports. As late as 1810, Van Cortlandt was still a working plantation including slave labor. In 1889, after 140 years of Van Cortlandt family occupation, the House and surrounding land are sold to the City of New York. In 1897, the National Society of Colonial Dames of the State of New York opened the Van Cortlandt House as a public museum. Today, the house has been fully renovated with even the East and West Parlors restored to their original paint colors.

    Wave

    The Greek Revival style, Wave Hill house was built in 1843 as a country home for attorney William Lewis Morris. In the 19th century, Charles Darwin, Theodore Roosevelt's family, and Mark Twain leased the home because of its terrific views of the Hudson River and the New Jersey Palisades. In 1903, George W. Perkins, a partner of J.P. Morgan, purchased Wave Hill House and began building gardens, greenhouses, terraces, a swimming pool, and a recreational facility. "The land was graded and contoured, rare trees and shrubs were planted on the broad lawns, and the gardens were created to blend harmoniously with the natural beauty of the Hudson River highlands." Wave Hill was deeded to the City of New York in 1960. Today it is maintained as a non-profit corporation that offers programs in horticulture, environmental education, woodland management, and the visual and performing arts.

    Bronx Zoo

    Founded in 1895 as the New York Zoological Society, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) was one of the first conservation organizations in the U.S. The Society began with a clear mandate: Advance wildlife conservation, promote the study of zoology, and create a first-class zoo. The Bronx Zoo opened its gates to the public on November 8, 1899, joining the ranks of New York City’s most beloved cultural institutions. Its success led WCS to acquire four more wildlife parks over the course of the twentieth century. In 1902, WCS took over management of the New York Aquarium, then in Manhattan’s Battery Park, and in the mid-1950s, relocated it to Coney Island, Brooklyn. In 1988, the former menagerie in Manhattan’s Central Park reopened as WCS’s Central Park Zoo. The Queens Zoo and Prospect Park Zoo opened in 1992 and 1993, respectively. Together, the five parks draw more than 4 million visitors a year. The Wildlife Conservation Society is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

    Seton Falls Park From the NYC Parks Dept.

    A peaceful oasis in a high-traffic area, Seton Falls' playground and open spaces are nestled alongside more than 30 acres of preserved natural land. A stroll through the park's forest offers a relaxing escape from the busy city. A man-made waterfall flows from the west side of the park, and visitors can walk along the water through the woods, watching for any of the thirty species of birds that live there. With its playground and wetlands placed side by side, Seton Falls is an ideal place to rest from the bustle of urban life. Rattlesnakes? In New York City? Not anymore. The last rattlesnakes in the Bronx, their last stronghold, died off around the turn of the last century because of encroaching civilization as streets were laid out and housing was built. People and rattlesnakes aren't a good mix; snakes have fangs and people have pitchforks. (Smaller snakes like garter, ribbon and brown snakes can still be found in parks.) Probably the last haunt of rattlesnakes in New York City was in what is now Seton Falls Park in the Eastchester section in the Bronx.

    The Woodlawn Cemetery

    Established in 1863, New York City's Woodlawn Cemetery is internationally known as the resting place of a host of history's greats. Non-sectarian and multicultural from its inception, those interred here include giants in the fields of business and industry, civic life, the arts, entertainment, and more.

    Van Cortlandt - Home

    Van Cortlandt Golf Course is located in the North Bronx close to the Yonkers border. It is the oldest public golf course in the USA. Known as "Vanny" by the locals, it is the most easily accessible NYC course to mass transportation. The # 1 train leaves you just a short walk to the course. Over the years many famous people have played at Van Cortlandt. They include Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Joe Lewis and the Three Stooges. Under new management, Van Cortlandt features seven new greens, new tee boxes, additional cart paths, improved bunkers, and dramatically improved drainage. The cost of these improvements approximates one and a half million dollars. The architect in charge of this renovation is Stephen Kay. This golf course, situated in a park-like setting, is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of NYC without ever having to leave the City.

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  • Tourist Information - Helpful Links

    Big Apple Greeter: www.bigapplegreeter.org

    Central Park: www.centralpark.com

    Center for Cuba: www.cubanartspace.net

    City Island Chamber of Commerce: www.cityislandchamber.org.

    Currency Converter: www.ex.com/ucc/

    Explore New York: www.explorerpass.com

    F.A.O. Schwarz Toy Store: www.fao.com

    Going to New York: www.newyork.going.com

    Gary Line Bus Tours: www.coachusa.com

    Hayden Planetarium: www.haydenplanetarium.org

    I Love the Bronx: www.ilovethebronx.com

    New York Transit Museum: www.transitmuseumstore.com

    New York Travel Information: www.nyc.com

    Seton Falls Park: www.nycgovparks.org

    The Bronx Library Center: www.nypl.org

    The Cloisters: www.metmuseum.org

    The National Museum of Catholic Art and History: www.nmcah.org

    Nitchen Children's Museum of Native America: www.nitchenschildrensmuseum.org

    The Smart Ticket Buyer's Guide to New York City: www.entertainment-link.com

    The World Clock - Time: www.timeanddate.com

    The Woodlawn Cemetary: www.thewoodlawncemetary.org

    World Weather: www.worldweather.org

    Empire City at Yonkers Raceway: www.yonkersraceway.com

    Explore the Hidden Attractions of New York City: http://video.answers.com/explore-the-hidden-attractions-of-new-york-city-254571373

  • Guest Comments

    "The Bronx Guest House is a delightful retreat in the heart of a thriving area. Where else does a weary traveler arrive at their destination to find a fresh brewed pot of tea and a smiling hostess to greet them? I have stayed there several times now and plan to return. The Metro North Train is within easy walking distance and takes you to the Bronx Zoo, Botanical Gardens, or Manhattan. If you are in the area, check it out." - Judy 

    "Denise went out of her way to get special food for me and make sure I had everything I needed for my interview (like an ironing board and a car service to get there on time). The room was very comfortable, and this B&B is the greenest one I've seen, with rain water barrels, a garden, and composting going on! If you want to feel at home, stay here. :)"

    "Very cool...‎Hey! Very cool ! I just mentioned to Edna that I hadn't had an Egg Cream in years and boom the fox,  U Bet and seltzer were in the fridge. Thank you!" - Will, CA

    "When I said to my family in France that I would stay in the Bronx, they called me a fool (I'm 52). But this place makes you forget where you are and I really encourage you to come around and have discussions with Denise on organic gardening (yes you're still in the Bronx!). As I said to her : à bientôt avec mon épouse et continuez, ce sont les gens comme vous qui ferez changer les esprits."

    "I was not sure what I was getting into. I thought in the worse scenario, I would move out the next day and get a refund. My wife and I got there and it was surprisingly nice and well maintained. And the owner was very nice."

    "Dear Ms. Denisey,

    Thank you so very much for wonderful hospitality.  We felt at home while away from home. When we arrived it was cold and rainy and you quickly offered us warm drinks and blankets, You don’t get that kind of service at a regular hotel, thank you again for making our stay comfortable.

    Teresa G. and Family, Alexandria, VA"

    "Thank you SO MUCH for providing a wonderful stay for my God-mother! You run a fabulous establishment. "BETTER than advertized! The hospitality and attention to detail was refreshing. My stay felt cozy and luxurious. Accommodations were immaculate and charmed with good sense of style. I'm sure to be a repeat-customer on my next trip to United States. THANK YOU.

    Best,
    Ramon and God-mother"

    "We appreciate your kindness & service. Your house is beautiful and relaxing. Thank you." - Roberta

    "Thank you so much. I will tell all my Washington Post friend about the Bronx Guesthouse. I had a very restful and quiet stay. Thanks very much." - Michel

    "We just wanted to say here that myself and my brother with his kids, stayed at Bronx Guest House… we were very impressed with how she kept the place, clean and orderly, not to mention that we were touched by her hospitality and warmth, her helpfulness with finding our way around and getting us settled in NY. We couldn’t have done it without you, thank you so much Denise and your team there." - Lydia

    "A very comfortable room with extra-ordinary service I really appreciate the friendly environment, care & kindness during the stay. I wish to again come & live here.

    With love,
    Uifshatli Kochi University of Technology Japan"

    "We enjoyed our stay at the bronx guesthouse. We enjoyed the friendly interaction with folks at the guesthouse." - Isaac & Ese

    "I think it is a beautiful place, we enjoy the stay and hope to come back It was the best pick!" - Jose

    "Very neat / clean tranquil nice guest home-like very cozy romantic great hostess good price wonderful breakfast. Will def. return" - Eli & Naloni (The love birds)

    "I had a lovely stay thank you for everything god bless! Thank You so much!" - Moelle, Marianne, Stephen

    "Nice surprise. Excellent attention to small details. Definitely would stay again." - Doha

    "Thank you for everything!

    Cheers,
    Denise"

    "I found my Home far from Home, thank you so so so much Denise! I spent a beautiful month in Bronx Guest House, a piece of Heaven in the big busy Apple! I have got a generous rich breakfast with all kind of drinks and cereals and fruits and I also had the chance to eat a wonderful breakfast cooked from Denise (the owner) in person which was awesome! Besides that I found any kind of help from the owner which is always ready to give you advices about where to go and what to do in NY and always at your disposal for any kind of information or request. She's amazingly kind and friendly. Hospitality and comfort in a warm quite atmosphere is absolutely possible in the Bronx thanx to you Denise! I miss you Denise and Lucy and Flashy e.. hopefully see we soon at Bronx Guest House! waves from Marta (Italy)"

    "Dear Denise,     

    Thank You can be said in so many languages. Muchas  Gracias,  Danke Scbon,  Merci Beauoup, Grazie. Thanks A Lot!

    Jimmy"

  • Directions

    Directions by Train

    The Bronx Guest House is off East 233rd Street in the Wakefield section of the Bronx. *Specific directions provided at the time of reservation.

    Woodlawn Station

    Train Service: Harlem Line. 4 1/2 blocks from Bronx Guest House location between Webster Ave. and Bronx Blvd (11.8 miles to Grand Central Terminal. 18 minutes)

    Please pick-up a train schedule at Grand Central Station Parking or at the Guest House. There is no staffed ticket office at this location. There are three ticket machines. One ticket machine is located on the Southbound platform (Tk.4). Two ticket machines are located at the top of the Northbound platform stairs (Tk.3). Ticket machines accept cash, credit card and debit cards.

    East 233rd Street Subway Station, Bronx, New York City

    Bus Connections:

    • 233rd Street
    • White Plains Road
    • Bx31
    • Bee Line #42
    • Metro-North 2 train stops 2 Blocks west from  BGH

    5 Lexington Avenue Express

    #5 train will stop only on east 233rd st. on RUSH HOURS only 6-10 am 3 -7pm M-F only

    4 Lexington Avenue Express

    #4 Train Lexington Ave Express Uptown 9 Blocks west of BHG

    Bus Connections:

    • Bx 16
    • Bx 34
    • Bee Line #4
    • #20
    • #20x
    • #21

    Express Bus Bx M11 Fare $5.00 One Way 2 Blocks west from BGH  go in to manhatton

    Bus 31,39

    East 233rd St. & White Plains

    Zipcar

    Drive Zipcars by the hour or the day. Gas, reserved parking, insurance and 180 free miles are included with every reservation. (Sweet huh?) www.zipcar.com

    Black Car

    Service is available upon request. Please contact concierge.

    Street Parking

    There is parking, on weekends normally ample. Alternate side street parking rules are in effect.

    • Thursday: 9:30 am to 11:00 a.m
    • Friday: 9:30 am to 11:00 a.m

    Please read the signs. Guesthouse parking is limited.

    Airports

    John F. Kennedy International Airport

    Total Travel Estimate: 32 minutes / 20.03 miles.
    You can take an “official” taxi from the airport. Cost is a flat $70,  plus toll (approx $5.50), plus tip.

    LaGuardia

    Total Travel Estimate: 23 minutes / 12.89 miles. Taxi $50.00 plus toll (approx. $5.50)

    Westchester County

    Total Travel Estimate: 27 minutes / 19.61 miles.

    Newark, New Jersey

    Total Travel Estimate: 40 minutes / 30.37 miles. A taxi costs approx. $100 and a shuttle $19 per person. A monorail now goes from Newark to a Train location - which takes you to Penn Station. Then you have to take a taxi or subway.