All Photographs © Joakim Lloyd Raboff


The Bronx is arguably the most interesting of New York’s five boroughs. It’s the birthplace of hip hop, a bunch of famous folks, including fashionista Ralph Lauren and Yankee Stadium where legendary baseball team New York Yankees play their home games.

The South Bronx continues to be one of the city’s saltiest, grittiest places. And even if the acronym SoBro hasn’t received much traction in the same was as other New York neighborhoods (like SoHo, LES and Nolita, TriBeCa), its deep cultural significance ensures that this historically troubled Bronx neighborhood will always be relevant.

If for no other reason, I’d argue that a visit to the South Bronx is a great way to experience a more authentic version of New York than what you can get on Manhattan or in most of today’s Brooklyn.