‘We have a new Bronx’: Borough celebrates 100 years

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Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx as the sun rises on May 2, 2014. (Photo: PIX11)

THE BRONX (PIX11) – The melting pot of cultures that is the Bronx is turning 100 years old this year, and PIX11 Morning News was at Joyce Kilmer Park Friday to explore what makes the borough so special.

At 42 square miles, the Bronx is the only borough actually attached to North American mainland.

Some 1.4 million New Yorkers call the Bronx home. Hispanics make up the borough’s largest ethnic group, with large populations of Dominicans, African Americans and Nigerians.

Below, watch as Bronx natives show off their unique talents and share their best-of from the borough.

It’s a cultural melting pot that went from being the final home of poet Edgar Allen Poe to a hot bed of Latin jazz eventually evolving into the birthplace of break dancing and the home of hip hop.

The Bronx is home to iconic Botanical Gardens, Bronx Zoo, Van Cortlandt Park, Italian markets of Arthur Avenue, and of course Yankee Stadium. Among its famous natives are Jennifer Lopez, Glee’s Lea Michele, Scandal’s Kerry Washington.

The borough is celebrating its centennial starting May 8. Visit ILOVETHEBRONX.com for details on events.

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