We love The Bronx, the much maligned borough of New York City.

I dare even say that Bronx pride surpasses that of other boroughs.

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We have so much to be proud of throughout our history giving birth to so many movers and shakers, artists, music genres, and that’s not even touching upon our beautiful, natural resources.

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From the largest parks in New York City, to the only fresh water river in this vast metropolis, to the world renowned New York Botanical Garden and The Bronx Zoo, the latter two of which are, without a doubt global leaders in their respective fields.

But what does The Bronx mean to you? What makes it beautiful for you?

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We are at a major crossroads in our history. From half a century of decline and neglect, WE, rebuilt this borough from the devastation of planned shrinkage and disinvestment when no one would lend us a hand—or a dime.

It was the people of The Bronx who turned our borough into the success story that so many want a piece of despite the long way we have to go to cure all which ails us.

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We’re still on the bottom of the list with poverty, health, and education which is ironic considering the health industry is our largest employer and we are the borough of universities.

We are turning to you in weaving this narrative about us BY us and we want to hear from you why The Bronx is Beautiful. Whether through photography, poetry, or simply your own words, show us!

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Send us an email to submissions @welcome2thebronx with the subject heading ‘The Bronx is Beautiful Because’ and we’ll share it here to showcase what it all means to us.

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