The Bronx is looking pretty good for 100 years old.
The land that was once part of Westchester and would later become Bronx County was annexed to New York City in the late 19th century, but it wasn't until 1914 that it officially became a county separate from Manhattan, after residents expressed a need for their own government.
"Even though there was a borough of Manhattan and a borough of the Bronx, they were both combined in the County of New York, which meant that all of the legal action that had to be taken - court trials, registering of deeds, registering of wills, anything like that - had to occur in the county offices in New York County, which was way down at the lower end of Manhattan Island," said Bronx County Historian Lloyd Ultan. "Agitation began to grow for the creation of a Bronx County."
Later this week, officials will kick off a year-long celebration.
On Thursday night, the Empire State Building will be lit with the colors of the Bronx flag.