Puerto Rican

Masks from carnival celebrations in Puerto Rico were on display at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, as part of a series on Caribbean culture. (Photo via Hunts Point Express)

Unmasking Puerto Rico’s Carnivals

Bronx, Caribbean, Culture, History, Puerto Rican July 25, 2013 at 5:15 pm

As part of a series on Caribbean Carnival in the Bronx, Puerto Rican masks were on display as panelists discussed the significance the masks have on carnival celebrations on the island, reports Hunts Point Express.

Aileen Torres and her husband Edwing Toro, were born in New York to Puerto Rican parents but now they're seeking a better quality of life and new horizons in the Sunshine State of Florida. When it comes to Puerto Ricans, they're not alone. (Photo by Jose Acosta via El Diario-La Prensa)

Boricuas Seek Better Life, ‘Sunshine’ Outside of NYC

Demographics, In the News, Latino, Puerto Rican June 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm

El Diario-La Prensa speaks to Puerto Rican New Yorkers who are seeking a better quality of life in other states. Over 90,000 have left the city over the past decade for calmer, less expensive destinations like Florida.

Fidel Feliciano dances with his caregiver Vernetta Darby of Throgs Neck Extended Care Facility. (Photo by José Acosta via El Diario-La Prensa)

Dancing ‘Like a Spinning Top’ at 105

Bronx, Demographics, In the News, Puerto Rican May 14, 2013 at 4:53 pm

El Diario-La Prensa is celebrating it’s 100th anniversary but at the annual Centenarian Celebration in the Bronx, the publication found someone older, Fidel Feliciano. The paper had a Q-and-A with the 105-year-old Puerto Rican.

One of the protest signs from the movement against the U.S. Navy's presence on Vieques. (Photo by wolftone via Flickr)

From Vieques and Beyond, NY Boricuas Fight for Home from Afar

El Diario-La Prensa looks at the fight to push the U.S. Navy out of Vieques – which succeeded a decade ago this week – and involved many New Yorkers, including Melissa Mark-Viverito, Adolfo Carrión and Rosie Pérez.

La directora Leticia Rodríguez busca cómo atraer benefactores para salvar La Casa de la Herencia Puertorriqueña, organización fundada en 1980.
Foto: EDLP Carolina Ledezma

Boricua Institution Fears Becoming a ‘Dinosaur’

Culture, In the News, Latino, Puerto Rican, Traditions March 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm

La Casa de la Herencia Puertorriqueña has been promoting Puerto Rican culture for over three decades but with rent increasing and times changing, can the center survive? El Diario-La Prensa reports.

Boerum Hill (Photo from Brooklyn Ink video)

Few Boricuas Left in Pricey Brooklyn Neighborhood

Brooklyn, Demographics, Housing, Puerto Rican, Video March 5, 2013 at 4:37 pm

Skyrocketing housing prices mean new faces and demographic shifts in the once heavily Puerto Rican neighborhood of Boerum Hill. The Brooklyn Ink speaks to some of the few Boricuas who have stayed behind.

(Photo via News India Times).

Book Exposes Lost History of ‘Bengali Harlem’

Immigration, In the News, Manhattan, Puerto Rican, South Asian February 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm

A new book by Vivek Bald unveils the South Asian immigrant experience in America and its connection with the African-American and Puerto Rican communities, The News India Times reports.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor when appointed by president Barack Obama in 2009 (Photo via El Diario/La Prensa).

Sotomayor on Puerto Rico, Not Speaking Spanish… and Poker

Bronx, In the News, Latino, Politics, Puerto Rican January 15, 2013 at 3:10 pm

In an an exclusive interview just before the publishing of her memoir “My Beloved World,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks with El Diario/La Prensa’s Erica Gonzalez about her relationship with Puerto Rico, her wish to improve her Spanish and even her poker skills.

Woodhaven Pulses to a Latin Beat

Woodhaven Pulses to a Latin Beat

Demographics, Dominican, Featured Posts, Latino, Puerto Rican, Queens January 10, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Over the last two decades, Woodhaven, Queens, has been transformed with the influx of Latinos. Today, they make up 40 percent of the population but their political clout remains minimal, El Diario La Prensa reports.

La página "Boicot a La Comay" -creada por el neoyorquino Carlos Rivera- tenía este sábado 65,354 seguidores. (File photo from El Diario La Prensa)

Puerto Ricans Call for Peace Back Home

Crime, In the News, Latino, Media, Puerto Rican December 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm

El Diario La Prensa reports that Puerto Rican demonstrators held a vigil in New York on Saturday appealing for an end to the violence on the island, as well as the cancellation of TV show “SuperXclusivo” which they say is perpetuating the problem.

Rep. Jose Serrano said the vote means Puerto Ricans want change. (Photo by Azi Paybarah via Flickr Creative Commons)

Serrano: Vote for Statehood is ‘an Earthquake in Puerto Rican Politics’

Elections 2012, New York, Politics, Puerto Rican November 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

On election night, an unprecedented vote took place outside of the 50 states: Almost 61 percent of Puerto Ricans voted in favor of statehood, the first time a clear majority voiced their desire to become the 51st state.

Gustavo Padilla says he fears more for the living than the dead and enjoy their work. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via EDLP)

Working in Peace Among the Dead

Brooklyn, Caribbean, In the News, Labor, Puerto Rican November 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Employees at Green Wood cemetery such as Gustavo Padilla enjoy the tranquility and quiet of days spent gardening and restoring old tombs at the historic 174-years-old Brooklyn graveyard, El Diario La Prensa reported.

Baker Nancy Mendes rolls dough for a batch of toasted walnut rye bread. (Photo by Natasha Verma via Northattan).

Women Bakers, New Bakery, Breathe Life into La Marqueta

Economy, Latino, Manhattan, Mexican, Puerto Rican October 23, 2012 at 4:21 pm

A non-profit bakery is helping revitalize the once-renowned ethnic food market La Marqueta in East Harlem by offering on-site baking training to immigrant women, reported Natasha Verma in Northattan.

State Senator Goes Head-to-Head with Lawyer in Primaries

State Senator Goes Head-to-Head with Lawyer in Primaries

Elections 2012, Latino, Politics, Puerto Rican August 29, 2012 at 8:16 pm

In Brooklyn’s 18th State Senate District, incumbent Martin Malavé Dilan claims that opponent Jason Otaño moved to the district to launch his political career after failing to do so in Sheepshead Bay, while Otaño calls Dilan the “worst representation in Albany that South Brooklyn has ever had.”

Mark Gjonaj, precandidato a la Asamblea Estatal por el Distrito 80. (Photo via El Diario/La Prensa)

Albanian Assembly Candidate Makes Inroads in Latino Stronghold

Bronx, Elections 2012, Politics, Puerto Rican August 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Even in a Bronx district that’s 45 percent Latino, an Albanian upstart may give the incumbent Puerto Rican Assemblywoman a run for her money in next month’s primary, reports El Diario La Prensa. Residents of District 80 say they’re impressed with challenger Mark Gjonaj’s door-to-door campaign, while Assemblywoman Naomi Rivera is hardly seen.