DO NOT FEAR A BRONX CHEER

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Bronx Cheer is used tongue in cheek and sarcastically because it is not a cheer. It is used to show disapproval. The term originated as a reference to the sound used by some baseball fanatics attending games at Yankee Stadium, which is located in the Bronx, New York City.

It used to be that making a Bronx cheer was to make a noise signifying silliness. It was made by sticking out the tongue between the lips and blowing to make a sound reminiscent of flatulence.

The Bronx, which is the only NYC borough which is attached to the US mainland, lost 21% of its population in the 1970s, but added 52,458 people last decade, topping each of the other four NYC counties, according to US census figures.

Much of the growth occurred in South Bronx, an area which once were devastated. The Bronx has quietly made many gains. Salaries are growing faster than in any other borough, job growth is outpacing the city's as a whole, and it is becoming a mecca for immigrants, adding more foreign-born residents in the last decade than anywhere else in NYC.

There is still a long way to go although personal income has increased 54% between 2000 and 2009, indicates the Bureau of Economic Analysis, but the $28,500 is 71% lower than the level for the city overall. And more than 40% of the jobs created in the borough in the past decade were in the low-paying fields of retail and home health care, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Meanwhile. Atlantis Management Group is planning an alternative-fuel station in Hunts Point by 2013. NYC is offering $100 million in funding to help revitalize the Hunts Point produce market, the largest in the nation.