Puerto Rican

Puerto Rican families affected by hurricane María fear homelessness after FEMA announced it will stop housing payments on April 21. (Photo via El Diario)

María Victims in Shock as FEMA Suddenly Ends Housing Subsidies

New York, Puerto Rican April 18, 2018 at 1:15 pm

Puerto Rican families who took refuge in New York after Hurricane María risk getting thrown on the streets after FEMA suddenly announced it will stop paying for their housing next weekend, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

“Six months later, our island is still in crisis,” said José López, Organizing Director of Make the Road New York (MRNY). (Photo by Gregg McQueen via Manhattan Times)

Six Months after María, Urging Action

Health, Housing, New York, Puerto Rican March 23, 2018 at 2:40 pm

Make the Road NY and families from Puerto Rico urged more government action to alleviate still-desperate conditions on the island, Manhattan Times reports.

Chirlane McCray during the announcement of the city’s latest effort to help Puerto Rico. (Photo via El Diario)

NYC First Lady Sends Mental Health Experts to Puerto Rico

Health, New York, Puerto Rican March 15, 2018 at 12:18 pm

New York City first lady Chirlane McCray leads an effort to send mental health experts to battle a crisis of stress and suicide in Puerto Rico, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

At Lalo's in Bushwick. (Photo by Jose Alvarado via Bushwick Daily)

A Look at Lalo’s, a Puerto Rican Barbershop

Brooklyn, Business, Puerto Rican March 12, 2018 at 2:32 pm

Bushwick Daily profiles a tiny Puerto Rican barbershop on Suydam Street.

Jenny Cortez with her father in Mott Haven. (Photo by Paula Moura via Mott Haven Herald)

Hurricane Victims in the South Bronx

Bronx, Puerto Rican March 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Mott Haven Herald takes a look at how some of the Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane María, who have relocated to the South Bronx, are faring nearly six months after the hurricane hit the Caribbean.

Luis Miranda Jr. (Photo via Impacto Latino)

Luis Miranda Jr. Seeks Fair Representation for Latinos

Latino, Politics, Puerto Rican February 22, 2018 at 4:44 pm

Luis A. Miranda Jr., the influential Puerto Rican political strategist who founded the Hispanic Federation, is now the board chair of the Latino Victory Project, which seeks to expand Latino representation in the United States, Impacto Latino reports.

“Most of the items are related to providing light,
power or food,” explained Mejías, shown here at work. (Via Manhattan Times)

The Team Behind ‘Eco Kit Puerto Rico’

Environment, Manhattan, Puerto Rican January 24, 2018 at 3:41 pm

“Eco Kit Puerto Rico” was the brainchild of three artists and activists, and the kits are put together at the Loisaida Center, reports The Bronx Free Press.

Adela Fargas always offered her customers a warm welcome. (Photo via El Diario)

Puerto Ricans Mourn Founder of Casa Adela

Food, Manhattan, Puerto Rican January 17, 2018 at 5:28 pm

The Puerto Rican community, including Rep. Nydia Velázquez, bid farewell to Adela Fargas, the beloved matriarch who in 1973 founded the restaurant Casa Adela on the Lower East Side, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

Lin-Manuel Miranda reading Los Tres Magos [The Three Wise Men]. (Photo by Cristóbal Vivar via Manhattan Times)

Three Kings Day in El Barrio

Latino, Manhattan, Puerto Rican, Traditions January 11, 2018 at 2:48 pm

The Three Kings Day celebration at the Julia de Burgos Cultural Center in El Barrio held special meaning this year, Manhattan Times reports.

(Photo via Manhattan Times)

Politics and Culture at Three Kings Parade

Culture, Latino, Manhattan, Puerto Rican January 3, 2018 at 3:35 pm

The aftermath of Hurricane María and the political climate will be on the minds of paradegoers at this year’s Three Kings Day Parade in El Barrio, reports Manhattan Times.

A resident of Barrio Vaga in Sector 3 of Morovis, holding his granddaughter, stands in what was once a bedroom in his house. (Photo by Maite Junco)

Regreso a Puerto Rico

New York, Puerto Rican December 18, 2017 at 5:22 pm

En su segunda visita en dos meses, la escritora encontró la isla reverdecida, pero poco ha cambiado desde María.

A resident of Barrio Vaga in Sector 3 of Morovis, holding his granddaughter, stands in what was once a bedroom in his house. (Photo by Maite Junco)

Return to Puerto Rico

Featured Posts, New York, Puerto Rican December 18, 2017 at 5:21 pm

On her second visit in two months, the writer finds the island greener, but that much remains the same since María.

Willie Colón presents his show “Asalto Navideño” on Saturday at Lehman Center.

Willie Colón Brings Back a Very Nuyorican Christmas

Bronx, Culture, Puerto Rican December 7, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Salsa legend Willie Colón talks to El Diario about how he married New York’s street rhythms with Puerto Rican traditional music when he created Puerto Rico’s most famous Christmas record 46 years ago.  

The show will be a display of traditional Puerto Rican dances and music such as bomba and plena.
(Photo by Andres Rodríguez via Caribbean Life)

‘Christmas in El Barrio’

Brooklyn, Culture, Puerto Rican December 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

“Christmas in El Barrio,” a music and dance performance, is scheduled for Dec. 10 at LIU Brooklyn, reports Caribbean Life.

(Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

NYC Speaker Holds Final Roundtable with Ethnic Press

Melissa Mark-Viverito, who is leaving the City Council and her position as speaker at the end of the month, spoke with reporters at her final ethnic media roundtable.