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Area Code 347

Where Is Area Code 347?

Updated: December 20th 2017

Area code 347 is the area code for the New York boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, The Bronx, and the Marble Hill section of Manhattan. Area code 347 was put into service on October 1, 1999, and was created as an overlay of area code 718.

The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City. The Bronx is the northernmost of the boroughs and is the only mainland borough. Going back in history, European colonization of the Bronx started in 1639. The first recorded European settler in the area was Jonas Bronck; the Bronx River and the Bronx were named after him. The Bronx’s strategic location between New England and New York led to its development. In 1898, the Bronx became one of the five boroughs of New York City. The Bronx was a mostly rural area until it turned into a railroad suburb in the late 19th century and then underwent rapid urban growth after World War I. During Prohibition, bootleggers and gangs were present throughout the Bronx. The decline of the Bronx occurred during 1930 to 1980 when high rates of poverty and unemployment plagued the area. By the late 1980s, the Bronx underwent significant development to rebuild the social, economic, and environmental infrastructure.

The Bronx is almost entirely situated on the U.S. mainland, unlike any other borough of New York City. West Bronx has a hilly terrain while East Bronx is considerably flatter. Bodies of water that separate the Bronx from other areas include the Hudson River, the Harlem River, the East River, and the Long Island Sound. The Bronx is known for having numerous neighborhoods; South Bronx is a poverty-stricken area known for its hip-hop culture and graffiti; Little Italy is known for its Italian immigrant heritage that dates back to the 1950s; Riverdale is an upper middle class residential neighborhood. When it comes to transportation, around 60% of all Bronx households do not have access to a car. To get to Manhattan from the Bronx, there are thirteen bridges and three tunnels connecting them to each other; there are three bridges that connect the Bronx to Queens. Major limited access highways that travel through the Bronx include the Bronx River Parkway, the Bruckner Expressway, the Cross Bronx Expressway, and the Henry Hudson Parkway.

The Bronx has a population of 1,385,108 and the racial makeup of the Bronx is 53.5% Hispanic, 36.5% African American, 27.9% White, and 3.6% Asian (2010 Census). The Bronx is thought to be the most diverse area in the country.

Major Cities In Area Code 347

Brooklyn

Queens

Staten Island

The Bronx

The Bronx is known for its rich culture. Author Edgar Allan Poe lived in the Bronx from 1846 to 1849, which were the final years of his life. Poe moved to the Bronx from Manhattan due to his wife’s health problems. Poe lived in a cottage and it was in that cottage in the Bronx where he wrote one of his most famous works, Annabel Lee. It was in the early 1970s when Hip Hop first emerged in the South Bronx. It was during this time that beat match DJing and MCs/emcees got their start. Hip-hop artists from the Bronx include Swizz Beatz, Fat Joe, Terror Squad, and Lord Toriq and Peter Gunz. Eventually the Bronx became known as “The Boogie Down Bronx.” When it comes to sports, the Bronx is home to the New York Yankees. The original Yankee stadium opened in 1923 and then closed in 2008 to make way for the new Yankeee Stadium. With so many things to do and see in the Bronx, major points of interests include the New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx Zoo, the Wave Hill, the Van Cortlandt Park, the Pelham Bay Park, the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, and the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. The Bronx is home to a few Off-Off-Broadway theaters, which are theaters that are smaller than Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters. While the Bronx is a great place to visit, caution must be taken because the Bronx does have a reputation for being a violent and dangerous place. In popular culture, the Bronx has been featured significantly in movies and literature.

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