Puerto Rican

CUNY students were part of volunteer groups helping after hurricane María struck. (Photo courtesy of CUNY, via El Diario)

CUNY Students to Help Puerto Rico Rebuilding Efforts

New York, Puerto Rican, Youth May 30, 2019 at 4:58 pm

CUNY students are helping as part of the New York Stands with Puerto Rico volunteer program, El Diario La Prensa reports.

Boricua Pride, and a New Currency, at Loisaida Fest

Boricua Pride, and a New Currency, at Loisaida Fest

The Loisaida Festival on Sunday drew crowds, including some who were waiting to learn about and obtain a new community currency, the Puerto Rican peso, part of a project called Valor y Cambio.

(Photo by Jorge Quinteros, Creative Commons License)

Puerto Rican Parade Slated for Bushwick

Brooklyn, Culture, Puerto Rican May 14, 2019 at 5:35 pm

The Knickerbocker Avenue Puerto Rican Day Parade returns to Bushwick after 15 years, reports Bushwick Daily.

The group is calling for a focus on the issues still facing Puerto Rican residents. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Calling on the Presidential Candidates to Prioritize Puerto Rico

Politics, Puerto Rican March 26, 2019 at 5:49 pm

The Power 4 Puerto Rico coalition made its plea on the 18-month anniversary of Hurricane Maria, reports Manhattan Times.

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.