We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The Swede Jonas Bronck is supposed to have been the first European settler there around 1630.
The Borough of the Bronx in NYC has 1.3 million souls. West to east, it runs from charming Riverdale with the lovely Wave Hill, to the unique City Island. North to south, it runs from famous Woodlawn Cemetery to Hunt's Point where most of the metropolitan area's food arrives. It's the most diverse political entity in the USA. OK, it has a ton of housing projects, including Co-op City, the largest residential development in the US with 45,000 residents. A city within a city, sort-of, and dreary to my way of thinking.
"The South Bronx has been notorious for crime, but not so much now."
Uh, you may want to research your route a bit further. The South Bronx remains a no-go zone. Fordham, outside the campus, is not safe. Even Arthur Avenue becomes marginal by mid-afternoon and downright dangerous after dark. I strongly suggest you run your route plans by a current Bronx native. Seriously.
That said, you're right about the Bronx hosting some incredible cultural and historical treasures. The New York Botanical Gardens, for example, is bigger and superior (imo) than the more famous Brooklyn Botanical Garden. You might want to consider stopping by the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage on the Grand Consourse in Fordham Manor.