Puerto Rican

Lucero Castillo, from Mexico, lost a member of her family in the Mexico City earthquake. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Mexicans, Puerto Ricans Respond to Tragedy Back Home

Immigration, Metro Area, Mexican, New York, Puerto Rican September 21, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in the metro area struggled to get news from their homes, ravaged by a powerful earthquake and a hurricane respectively, and are mobilizing to send help, El Diario/La Prensa reports. 

At the Loíza festival. (Photo via Manhattan Times)

Celebrating Afro-Latin Roots at Loíza Festival

African, Culture, Manhattan, Puerto Rican August 3, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Crowds gathered in East Harlem for the Loíza festival, named for the city in Puerto Rico that is home to the largest community of African descendants, writes Manhattan Times.

From left to right, Wilfredo “BIO” Feliciano, Hector “Nicer” Nazario, and Sotero “BG183” Ortiz of Tats Cruller stand before the completed mural of La Borinqueña at Casita Maria on Simpson Street. (Photo by Jaime Longoria via Hunts Point Express)

New Hunts Point Mural Reflects Puerto Rican Identity

Bronx, Culture, Puerto Rican June 14, 2017 at 5:09 pm

A new mural in Hunts Point featuring comic book superheroine La Borinqueña reflects the Bronx neighborhood’s Puerto Rican culture and history, writes Hunts Point Express.

(Photo by Melvin Audaz)

Why I Marched on 5th Avenue with a Machete and a Clown Nose

Culture, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican June 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm

Street theater artists from Puerto Rico, joined by some Puerto Ricans in New York, offered a special form of protest at the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 11.

The Arana Pomales sisters moved together from Puerto Rico to New York. (Photo Cristian Morán) (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Meet the New Boricua Diaspora

New York, Puerto Rican June 12, 2017 at 5:14 pm

As the fiscal crisis drove 89,000 Puerto Ricans to the U.S. mainland in 2015, setting a historical record, the new wave of Boricuas in New York is more educated than their forebears, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The mural, almost finished. (Photo provided to El Diario by the Loisaida Center)

Restoration of LES Mural Honors the Struggle of Immigrants

Culture, Immigration, Manhattan, Puerto Rican June 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

The restoration of a 30-year-old mural seeks to link the Lower East Side Puerto Rican arts movement in the 1980s with the current immigrant struggle, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A scene from last year's Puerto Rican Day Parade in Sunset Park. (Photo via Brooklyn Media Group)

A More Authentic Puerto Rican Day Parade in Sunset Park?

Brooklyn, Puerto Rican, Traditions June 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm

The third annual Sunset Park Puerto Rican Parade will offer a less commercial opportunity to celebrate the island’s culture – and to consider its colonial status, organizers say in Brooklyn Reporter.

Boricuas celebrating their culture during an earlier National Puerto Rican Day Parade (Photo via El Diario)

Organizers Denounce ‘Destructive Campaign’ Against Puerto Rican Parade

New York, Puerto Rican, Traditions June 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

As Oscar López Rivera, a nationalist at the center of the controversy over his role in the Puerto Rican Day Parade, stepped aside as honoree, an organizer denounced a politically motivated campaign to damage the parade, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

The 30th Anniversary of the festival is dedicated to the "Spirit of the Immigrant and Migrant Community." (Photo provided to El Diario)

Loisaida Festival and Uptown Arts Stroll Kick Off Summer Cultural Season

Culture, Latino, Manhattan, Puerto Rican May 26, 2017 at 6:20 pm

As the Loisaida Festival will celebrate 30 years this Sunday, the monthlong Uptown Arts Stroll will feature more than 150 cultural events around Inwood and Upper Manhattan starting next week, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Boricuas at the 32BJ SEIU headquarters (Photo via El Diario)

Show of Support for Embattled Puerto Rican Day Parade Board

Culture, Manhattan, Puerto Rican May 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm

As the National Puerto Rican Day Parade keeps losing sponsors, a group of Puerto Ricans rallied yesterday in support of the board’s controversial decision to honor Oscar López-Rivera, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Eric González was born and raised in Brooklyn to Puerto Rican parents. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Eric González in Historic Race for Brooklyn DA

Brooklyn, Criminal Justice, Puerto Rican April 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric González, of Puerto Rican heritage, seeks to be the first Latino district attorney elected in the state of New York, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Marjorie Velázquez has a long trajectory as an activist in her district. (Photo via El Diario)

Marjorie Velázquez Seeks to Be First Latina to Represent 13th District

Bronx, Elections 2017, Puerto Rican April 18, 2017 at 4:17 pm

El Diario/La Prensa interviews Bronx activist and City Council candidate Marjorie Velázquez, who aspires to be the first Latina elected to the 13th District seat.

Empowering Sanctuary Cities

Empowering Sanctuary Cities

Immigration, New York, Puerto Rican, Video April 14, 2017 at 1:06 pm

CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” looks at efforts to bolster sanctuary cities as the federal government moves to cut funding. Meanwhile, as many immigrants stop going to hospitals, officials seek to dispel their fears.

Hats by Neysha De León: Nostalgic and Eco-Friendly

Hats by Neysha De León: Nostalgic and Eco-Friendly

Brooklyn, Business, Culture, Featured Posts, Puerto Rican April 3, 2017 at 4:50 pm

Neysha De León’s brand of upcycled custom-made hats is inspired by her childhood in Puerto Rico.

The never-ending debate over the status of Puerto Rico persists as the first 100 years of the Jones Act are commemorated. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Puerto Ricans in NYC Reflect on 100 Years of U.S. Citizenship

History, Puerto Rican March 2, 2017 at 6:25 pm

Puerto Ricans in New York are divided over the commemoration of 100 years since the island’s residents got U.S. citizenship, and a proposed new referendum on Puerto Rico’s status, El Diario/La Prensa reports.