Happy Mexican Independence Day!


Feliz día de la independencia Mexicana!

We would like to wish our Mexican – American Bronxites a Happy Mexican Independence Day!

During the past several decades, the Mexican community has grown from virtually nonexistent to being one of the most visible members of the South Bronx particularly in Melrose and Mott Haven.

This explosive growth, not just in the Bronx, but across New York City was the impetus for the creation of the CUNY Institute of Mexican Studies at Lehman College – the first of its kind along the ENTIRE Eastern Seaboard – in February of last year.

The Institute says that, “…Mexicans constitute the fastest-growing national sub-group in New York City, due to high rates of immigration and births. If these rates remain the same, the Mexican population will surpass that of other Latino groups in New York City by the year 2024. The number of Mexicans living in New York City has grown 57.7 percent in the last decade. The Mexican population in New York City is 319,126, according to U.S. Census data for the most recent year available, 2010.”

Here’s to the continued success of our fellow Bronxites in their new homeland!

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Ed García Conde

Ed García Conde is a life-long Bronxite who spends his time documenting the people, places, and things that make the borough a special place in the hopes of dispelling the negative stereotypes associated with The Bronx. His writings are often cited by mainstream media and is often consulted for his expertise on the borough's rich history.