Puerto Rican

Balls, Costumes and the Life of Héctor Xtravaganza

Balls, Costumes and the Life of Héctor Xtravaganza

Latino, LGBTQ, Puerto Rican March 6, 2019 at 2:56 pm

El Museo del Barrio plans a remembrance of Héctor Xtravaganza, reports Manhattan Times.

Sammy González, of Puerto Rican heritage, is running for the legislator seat left vacant in Brentwood, Central Islip and North Bay Shore. (Photo via Noticia)

Sammy González Seeks to Keep Martinez’s Seat in Hispanic Hands

Long Island, Politics, Puerto Rican February 20, 2019 at 3:55 pm

Noticia Long Island interviews Sammy González, a salsa musician of Puerto Rican heritage who seeks to replace Mónica Martinez as Suffolk legislator for the 9th District and continue her work fighting gang violence.

The paper currency comes in seven denominations. (Photo via The Bronx Free Press)

A Community Currency Based on Storytelling

Economy, Puerto Rican February 15, 2019 at 5:15 pm

Two Puerto Rican artists and educators have created a community currency that is “part storytelling and part social transformation,” writes The Bronx Free Press.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Kerry Washington (far left) met with Bronx schoolchildren. (Photo by Joseph Martin/Keyz 2 Life Media via The Bronx Free Press)

Justice Sotomayor Inspires Bronx Children

Bronx, Puerto Rican, Women February 1, 2019 at 4:44 pm

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor met with elementary school students at Hostos Community College where she presented her children’s book, reports The Bronx Free Press.

(Photo by Andrei Averbuch, courtesy of Flor de Toloache, via El Diario)

For All-Female Mariachi Band Flor de Toloache, Breaking Rules Paid Off

Culture, Dominican, Latino, Mexican, New York, Puerto Rican, Women January 4, 2019 at 3:09 pm

Members of the New York mariachi band Flor de Toloache, in concert this Saturday at the Highline Ballroom, talk to El Diario La Prensa about their upcoming album and the criticism they have faced from the mariachi community for being all-female and not exclusively from Mexico.

Puerto Rico Feels Pinch of Government Shutdown

Government, National, Puerto Rican January 4, 2019 at 2:25 pm

The effects of the partial government shutdown are increasingly being felt in Puerto Rico, where an estimated 4,000 federal workers are without pay, El Nuevo Día reports. The biggest worry is potential delays in reconstruction projects, particularly those managed by the Housing Administration, one of the main agencies affected by the shutdown. Tourism is also impacted as many landmarks are federally run, although the local government intervened to keep the San Cristóbal and San Felipe del Morro castles open. Meanwhile the U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended 40% of operations in the El Yunque forest. FEMA, considered to provide essential services, remains open.

‘Brooklyn Before’ in Photographs

‘Brooklyn Before’ in Photographs

Brooklyn, Culture, History, Puerto Rican, Western European December 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

Photographer Larry Racioppo evokes South Brooklyn of more than four decades ago. Bklyner spoke with him about his book and current retrospective.

Thomas “Tommy” Lopez in his apartment. (Photo by Andrea May Sahouri)

A ‘Borinqueneer’ Reflects on Serving in Korea

Featured Posts, History, Manhattan, New York, Puerto Rican November 2, 2018 at 5:57 pm

One of the Puerto Ricans who served with the Borinqueneers 65th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War talks about his experiences.

Janet Guzman (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

A Year Later: How Puerto Ricans New to NYC Are Faring

Environment, New York, Puerto Rican, Social Services September 20, 2018 at 6:22 pm

El Diario/La Prensa marks the first anniversary of Hurricane María with a series of stories on how New York responded to the arrival of thousands of Puerto Ricans and the challenges they still face.

Puerto Rican-born George Siberón was nominated by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to lead the Latino representation at Nassau Community College. (Photo via Noticia Long Island)

Siberón: First Latino on Nassau Community College Board

Education, Long Island, Puerto Rican September 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm

George Siberón vows to improve services for immigrant students and promote more African-American and Hispanic teachers, Noticia Long Island reports.

Pedro Adorno Irizarry in "Corazón de papel: A Hurricane Story" (Screen shot from the International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC)

‘Corazón de papel: A Hurricane Story’

Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Puerto Rican August 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm

“Corazón de papel: A Hurricane Story,” which tells the story of seven people who died following María, premieres at the International Puppet Fringe Festival NYC on Aug. 10.

Sandra Martínez and her son Adrian. (Photo by C. Vivar via The Bronx Free Press)

Puerto Rican Families: Living in Limbo

Bronx, Brooklyn, Puerto Rican, Queens, Social Services July 17, 2018 at 10:02 am

The Bronx Free Press talks with families displaced to NYC by Hurricane María last fall, who are making new living arrangements as FEMA support runs out.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Photo via ocasio2018.com)

Ocasio-Cortez’s Victory – a Warning Sign?

New York, Politics, Puerto Rican June 28, 2018 at 5:52 pm

According to political experts, the stunning primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the 14th Congressional District indicates to the New York Democratic establishment that centrism is being rejected, especially by voters of color, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A Puerto Rican family who took refuge in a New York hotel after fleeing Hurricane María. (Photo via El Diario)

As FEMA Help Runs Out, City Offers Shelter to María Victims

Government, Housing, New York, Puerto Rican June 28, 2018 at 4:50 pm

The de Blasio administration announced that hundreds of Puerto Rican María survivors will be relocated to hotels and shelters after a FEMA assistance program comes to an end, but some decry the lack of a permanent solution, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Andrea Tejeda, 26, feeds her 4-year-old daughter, Jadieliz Padilla.  Limited food and cooking facilities are available in a Manhattan hotel where they are living. (Photo by Maite H. Mateo via Feet in 2 Worlds)

What Next for Hurricane María Evacuees?

Housing, New York, Puerto Rican June 12, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Feet in 2 Worlds looks at the longer-term prospects for housing Puerto Ricans who left the island for NYC and other locations after Hurricane María.